almost two years of soggy outdoor nuptials imposed by the pandemic; munching on sausage rolls in your parents’ backyard, the government announced plans to legalize outdoor weddings.
Until now, weddings and civil ceremonies had to take place indoors or outdoors in a permanent structure such as a bandstand to be considered legal. This will change under new legislation, which states that bride and groom can be formally married at any licensed outdoor venue, whether it’s a rooftop patio or your grandfather’s vegetable garden. mother.
We’ve rounded up some of the coolest outdoor places in the capital to say ‘I Do’.
Studio 92 to Studio 9294
Looking for a wedding venue that could double as a rave? Look no further. This industrial place sits on the canal in Hackney Wick, with an outdoor terrace and on-site catering. The warehouse-style venue is essentially an empty shell with a huge sound system, perfect if you want fancy dining by day and a dirty DJ set by night.
Pop Box at Pop Brixton
Pop Brixton has for some time been a favorite haunt of South London creatives who flock to the recycled shipping containers to sample new food pop-ups and natural wine by the gallon. But you can also rent this space with a capacity of 200 people for your wedding. The Pop Box has a stage and sound system, on-site catering facilities and is a three-minute walk from Brixton Tube. Awesome !
Hackney Town Hall Atrium
Although technically indoors, the The earpieces the courtyard setting and state-of-the-art glass roof make it feel like the outdoors, just with the added bonus of being sheltered from the elements. This super cool venue seats up to 100 guests and feels like a mix of being on a Bridgerton set with a side of James Bond. Particularly at night, when the multicolored glass ceiling lights come on.
10-11 Carlton House
Hidden in the heart of Westminster, Carlton House looks like something out of the novel The Secret Garden. A few minutes’ walk from St James’ Park, this gated lawn was once the private residence of Prime Minister William Gladstone and was designed by the illustrious Regency architect John Nash, who also owns Brighton Pavilion and Palace of Buckingham on his resume. The leafy oasis is a great place for a summer aperitif, followed by a night of dancing in the indoor ‘music room’.
The Barbican Center Conservatory
This is one of the most unique and memorable wedding venues in the capital, nestled just minutes from Moorgate station in the heart of London. Venture into the rainforest roof from the iconic brutalist cultural hub and it’s easy to forget you’re still in the city. How many people can say they got married surrounded by 2,000 species of tropical plants and over 100 species of fish? I wouldn’t venture much.
The Chapel of the Asylum
Don’t be put off by its name, this crumbling chapel in the heart of Peckham is the epitome of shabby-chic romance. Category II listed Chapel, built in 1826 has been left almost intact in 200 years. Crumbling paint and stained glass certainly add a unique atmosphere, if not a layer of dust, to any wedding ceremony. Located in Caroline Gardens, just minutes from Queenstown Road Peckham station, the venue encourages couples to decorate the chapel however they wish, making it a perfect canvas for creative couples looking for a place with charm of yesteryear.
The Wetlands Center
If you prefer rubber boots to wedges, this one’s for you. This place is located a short walk from Hammersmith Broadway, yet you’ll feel like you’re blindfolded and transported deep into Devon. The replica Fisherman’s Hut sits in the middle of the West London Nature Reserve and can accommodate up to 42 guests, who can also spill out into the adjacent herb garden and sustainable gardens for drinks in the evening or shots of spirulina, whatever floats on your boat.
The Greenwich Yacht Club pavilion
Get married on the open sea in this floating venue. Greenwich Yacht Club sits in the middle of the River Thames with views of London’s O2, Thames Barrier and Tower Bridge, which light up as an exquisite backdrop for evening drinks and dancing on the upper deck.
The Century Club roof terrace
The roof terrace at club of the century is the largest in Soho, with views of the entire West End. The Members Club’s signature bar has the capacity for up to 180 people and a retractable roof to mitigate any dodgy British weather.
Yurt Cafe St Katherine’s Precinct
Have you always dreamed of getting married in a yurt but don’t want to go out in the big smoke? Look no further. The yurt cafe is fashioned in the shape of a traditional Mongolian yurt (essentially a large round tent) and has a log fire, perfect for keeping you warm even if there’s a gale outside. Just a five minute walk from Bank station, it’s super central and easily accessible.