Quirky Wedding Venues in London
As a London-based documentary wedding photographer, i’m lucky to be able to work in a wide variety of quirky London wedding venues – from posh hotels in Soho, grungy bars in East London to stately Georgian homes in Mayfair, there’s an abundance of choice when it comes to finding an unusual London wedding venue for all budgets and tastes.
My feelings on wedding photojournalism are that moments trump everything because moments are created by those nearest and dearest, but the hidden explorer in me can’t help but get giddy at the prospect of finding a roughly hewn gem among London’s bright and sparkle.
So whether you’re looking for an alternative venue, or somewhere that’s a touch on the unusual, here’s my list of unique wedding venues in London.
Asylum Chapel, Peckham
Caroline Gardens, Asylum Rd, London, SE15 2SQ. Website. Phone +44 (0) 203 302 5955
Dating from 1827, Asylum Chapel is a Grade II listed venue with a unique gothic twist aligned with minimalist charm. Unfortunately, the building got bombed during the war but remarkabley, much of the stained glass has remained intact. It’s sparse, rustic decor along with influences of Victorian gothica make this wedding hall a great choice for couples who are looking for an alternative London wedding venue.
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West Reservoir Centre
Green Lanes, London, N4 2HA. Website. Phone +44 (0) 20 8442 8116
1930’s glam with a modern, industrial feel. Fans of post-modern architecture (ahem, me) would love the details in this building; open steel beams, 1930’s design elements, airy and flooded with natural light and right next to a body of water. It’s one of those venues that has it’s own character but is demanding some creativity in it’s magnficent space. Great Gatsby themed wedding, anyone?
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Wilton’s Music Hall
My gosh. I went here recently to see a Christmas production with my daughter and pictures really don’t do it justice. A beautifully restored Victorian dance hall full of alcoves, twisted columns that give off a bohemian grandeur. Rustically refined, if you like.
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Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS Website. Phone 020 7382 7246
Another one for design fans and definitely one for couples looking for an unusual wedding venue: the famous Brutalist structures of The Barbican. It’s not all concrete though, as the ceremony takes place in the lush greenery of The Conservatory. Imagine a modern day Gardens of Babylon. Well that’s how I imagine it.
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79 Barlby Road, London W10 6AZ Website. Phone +44 (0)20 8962 8690
A favourite amongst media types which is not a surprise considering it’s a popular creative hub and location for photography and video. As you can imagine for such a popular filiming space, Sunbeam Studios is right on point when it comes to providing just enough unique details whilst giving you plenty of room to make your own mark. Oh…and that natural light…
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54 Holywell Lane, Shoreditch, London EC2A Website. Phone ++44 (0) 20 7422 7505
Celebrating your wedding in an Victorian viaduct. Yeah right. But seriously, there are so many inspiring features at this venue – the abundance of bare brick. the railway influenced arches and Victorian vaults, and that skylight! It’s a huge space that provides plenty of flexibility for the creative couple.
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Looking for relaxed, quirky wedding photography too?
I’d love to hear from you if you’re looking for a unique, relaxed approach to documentary wedding photography, whether in London, UK wide or international destinations.
What do I mean by unconventional wedding photography? Well check out this video of Nancy and Sean’s wonderfully relaxed wedding celebration: