The Gherkin, London
One of the London’s most iconic landmarks and arguably the most popular contemporary structure in the city, weddings here are in demand. The main event room, Searcys|The Gherkin, is located in the glass dome and at 180 metres boasts spectacular 360 degree views of London.
Smaller groups may want to consider The Gherkin club lounge, which is only available for hire on the weekends, is smaller in size and comes with a lower price tag but retains the breathtaking views.
Level 38 does not have a wedding license but is a fabulous post ceremony celebration venue. If the views and location weren’t enough, the food, wine and service are excellent.
Newbury, West Berkshire
The set of Downtown Abbey, who wouldn’t want to get married here? The sweeping staircase to the Saloon will make your walk down the aisle a truly stately, nostalgic one. Follow the ceremony with drinks on the lawn and a formal dinner in one of the many banquet rooms.
Westminter Abbey, London
Famous for hosting Royal Weddings such as Diana and Charles and William and Kate, Westminster Abbey is the ultimate venue. While you aren’t able to book the abbey itself for your London wedding, there are other area such as Cheyneygates, College Gardens and The Cellarium Terrace that are available for hire. The Cloisters and Chapter House are drinks only but make for stunning places in which to welcome your guests.
Rowton Castle, Shrewbury
A stunning venue located just a few minutes’ drive from the rural countryside town of Shrewsbury, Rowton Castle is much in demand. Manicured gardens, a beautifully decorated interior, periodic features, historical charm and the romantic Linden Belvedere structure in the rear garden set this castle apart.
With plenty of indoor and outdoor spaces to choose from, the castle really does offer the best of both worlds come rain or shine. It’s dining options and menus have also built up a commendable reputation under the management of award winning Head Chef, Jordan Lewis. Definitely one for your destination wedding shortlist.
Cooling Castle Barn, North Kent
A majestic sweeping driveway, landscaped walled gardens and a real castle, this is a fairytale venue come true. The beamed barns adjacent to the castle provide the perfect backdrop for a vintage, rustic chic or boho styled wedding.
Warwick Castle, Warwickshire
A true castle in every sense of the word, Warwick Castle is like something from the set of Harry Potter; majestic and beautifully ornate. Much of the decoration is already done and brides have a choice of several stately rooms for their ceremony with a marquee reception in the beautiful grounds.
Cley Windmill, Norfolk
Quaint and definitely quirky, windmills were and still are quintessential landmarks of the English countryside and a real piece of rural history. Perfect for intimate weddings, the windmill’s balcony and surrounding fields provide the ultimate photo opportunities. The mill also comes with B&B options for 16 people including a bridal suite, wedding day dining menus, formal dining room and the option to have a marquee on the lawn.
Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London
Although The Painted Hall, created between 1708–27 by Sir James Thornhill and often described as ‘the Sistine Chapel of the UK’ is closing its doors for renovation from September 2016 until 2018, the stunning Admiral’s House and Queen Mary Undercroft room are still available for hire. Both make for an elegant and sophisticated backdrop. We have heard that there is still some booking availability for this summer.
The Roman Baths, Bath
One of the most unique wedding venues the UK has to offer, you will not be disappointed. The Roman Baths, the iconic pump room and the terrace area make for wonderful champagne and cocktail spaces while the Kingston Drawing Room is available for a formal sit down dinner.
The Royal Pavilion, Brighton
A true architectural achievement, the Royal Pavilion is as majestic on the inside as it is overwhelming in magnitude on the outside. Despite its size, the civil ceremony rooms are on the small side yet grandiose in decoration – perfect for a wedding. The music room is perhaps the biggest of the two with a seating capacity of 90 and was proud to be featured as the first venue in the UK the celebrated a same-sex marriage. Post ceremony photographs can be taken in the Regency Gardens, on the private King’s Lawn or East Lawn.