London, one of the most exciting and culturally diverse cities in the world, with a huge range of approved venues and wedding reception possibilities for all brides and grooms regardless of the size of wedding or the budget.
London offers a unique metropolitan vibe whether you are looking for a grand, historical backdrop or something uber modernist and contemporary. Wed and celebrate in style in a grand house, palace or industrial, dockland conversion or choose one from a huge variety of niche settings, for small and intimate gatherings and a truly memorable day.
London offers tradition, period architectural style and riverside settings by the Thames but London is also a green city with classic parks, beautiful gardens and open spaces dotted all across the capital so your day doesn’t have to be devoid of nature and an outdoor setting. In such a rich and diverse city, there are of course lots of more unusual venues such as theatres, roof gardens in Kensington, photography studios and museums – you can even get married on the London Eye! The biggest challenge will be narrowing down your venue shortlist.
Most people think of London weddings as grand or niche events against a town backdrop but London has its own self-contained villages even in the centre of town plus peaceful suburban areas towards the outskirts of the city which really don’t seem like London at all. Both north and south of the river are leafy, green enclaves like Wimbledon in south-west London and Woodford Green to the north-east which offer all of the advantages of London without being right in the centre of the capital.
Cuisine is truly international in flavour with an enormous array of food types and tastes to choose from...literally, any menu is possible. There are artisan companies offering ethically sourced produce from the local home counties and regions of the UK so if source and food miles are your concern, then there are caterers who will provide what you want.
Costs are invariably higher with London weddings although clever planning can keep added expense to a minimum; just because it’s London, it doesn’t mean it has to cost that much more. However, accommodation in London is generally more expensive than elsewhere so it may be an alternative for some guests to stay a little further out of town and then use public transport to arrive on the big day. The tube network radiates from the centre of London in all directions and travels through Greater London and out into the bordering counties of Kent, Surrey, Hertfordshire and Essex. Still with great access to central London, it can be more budget-friendly to consider these locations for overnight accommodation rather than the centre of town.
Travel links to London are comprehensive with major rail networks from all parts of the UK starting and terminating in central London plus a selection of bus stations covering national and regional travel. There are four airports, London Heathrow and Gatwick to the west and south of the city and London Luton to the north west and London Stansted to the north east.