ISLINGTON TOWN HALL
Islington’s Town Hall is a lovely, light venue on fashionable Upper Street in North London. It’s a popular place to get married and has various rooms to suit celebrations of any size. The steps outside are perfect for getting a picture of all your guests and the surrounding streets are full of great backdrops for a few urban portraits. The registrars are always easy to work with and relaxed about photography which makes working there such a pleasure time and time again.
CHELSEA REGISTER OFFICE
Right on London’s famous King’s Road, Chelsea Register Office has seen its share of famous unions, with Judy Garland, David Niven and Roman Polanski being married at the Town Hall. A big group shot is the classic Chelsea wedding picture and a quick stroll to nearby parks is perfect for a short portrait session. With smallish rooms, it’s ideal for an intimate wedding, even with just the minimum two witnesses (and I’ve been privileged to have been one). If you can find a Chelsea Pensioner en route, I’m sure he or she would happily oblige!
The City of London is full of quirky, atmospheric pubs that are perfect venues for a relaxed, urban wedding. The Peasant is not only a beautiful pub with its Victorian horseshoe bar and mosaic tiles but it’s one of the original gastropubs, serving fabulous food and a decent range of craft ales. Upstairs is surrounded by huge windows, flooding the room with gorgeous golden rays in the evening.
THE PRINCE ALBERT
I’m becoming a regular fixture at The Prince Albert in Camden where it’s the choice of venue for many couples looking for an alternative London wedding venue. It’s easily reachable by public transport but far enough from the Camden revelers to feel like it’s your own space for the evening. I’m always impressed at the tight ship they run each Saturday and are always flexible to meet your needs. They now have accommodation so you can take your time to say goodnight to your guests before stumbling upstairs.
A wonderfully grand location set in 100 acres, Hedsor House is a few miles out of London in Taplow, Buckinghamshire. Both the interior and gardens present a wealth of opportunities for superb images throughout the day, no matter what time of year you’re getting married. There’s a gorgeous bridal suite for your preparations and a grand staircase to float down to make your entrance.
IN & OUT CLUB
The In & Out Club is housed in a Grade II listed building just steps away from Piccadilly Circus. They are licensed to hold civil ceremonies and having your ceremony and reception in one location means that there’s no logistics to worry about and more time to mingle. The Coffee Room is by no means a cafe of any sort, if anything it’s the most elegant room, decked out with sumptuous paintings and chandeliers. For photography locations, there’s a reasonably sized courtyard and ask nicely to gain access to St James’s Square for your family and couple photographs.
Situated right in the heart of the City of London, Coq d’Argent has a roof terrace that offers stunning views of the London skyline. Not only do they offer a menu that will please the foodiest of foodies, but plenty of space to work it off. They must be one of the very few restaurants that offer a heated, covered terrace for dancing and a private garden, perfect for stargazing on a clear night.
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