Alternative London: The most quirky wedding venues in Britain’s capital

Ever imagined yourself saying “I do” at a venue named Dead Dolls House or Asylum?

We hadn’t either, until we took a peek inside the magnificent interiors of  these unique places to wed in London…

 

Asylum Chapel

With walls steeped in history, kaleidoscopic stained glass windows and a grand doric column exterior, Asylum Chapel boasts the perfectly imperfect venue. Its interior remains untouched after damages from World War II bombings, including its windows that remarkably survived and continue to glisten to this very day. The venue is licensed for weddings and civil ceremonies and has a capacity of up to 120 people.

 

Barbican Centre

When the Barbican Centre isn’t busy hosting music concerts and art exhibitions, it is transformed into a tropical vibe wedding venue. While its glass-roofed conservatory isn’t a usual build for its location in the heart of the City of London, once inside it transports guests to an otherworldly oasis surrounded by over 1,800 species of flora and fauna. Couples being wed can do so from a platform in the upper conservatory area, while the 200 guests it caters for observe from a seated viewing area.

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Wilton’s Music Hall

Well-suited for music lovers, Wilton’s Music Hall boasts incredible acoustics and has a history of attracting London’s East End audience to its theatre and musical performances. It therefore comes as no surprise that it has been a popular venue with artists, including Duran Duran and Frankie Goes to Hollywood who have performed in the auditorium. The venue has a capacity of 100-400 people, who can dance the night away while a band performs on stage.

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Dead Dolls House

Conveniently located in Islington, this three-storey Victorian townhouse caters for all types of weddings. Whether you’re after a full blown-out party or an intimate candle-lit dinner, its many rooms can be transformed to suit your needs. Perhaps its greatest offering is the mixologists who create tailor-made cocktails to match guest’s personalities.

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Kew Gardens

From classic and intimate, to iconic and luxury, Kew Gardens caters for all wedding types. There’s a tranquil corner nestled in the private spaces of the glass conservatory for a small-scale wedding, as well as a dinner and dance space while immersed in the world’s largest Victorian glasshouse. No matter the time of year, florals won’t be a problem when celebrating at Kew Gardens.

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Union Club

A space of unique character, the Union Club is located in a 270 year old Georgian townhouse in Soho. Its aged mismatched decor gives the feels of a 1920s movie scene. Considering the club is usually members-only, a wedding here offers an insight to the lifestyle of those ‘in-the-know.’

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Village Underground

Hidden quite literally in the undergrounds of Shoreditch, Village Underground is an off-beat gem. Whether you’re a proud Londoner wanting a mobile tube train (yes, that’s really a thing!) or authentic brick tunnels, this venue offers a creative space for East End culture vultures. To top it off, all funds raised from venue hiring go directly towards their artistic programme.

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Everyman Screen on the Green

An eclectic venue for those with a passion for film, Everyman Screen on the Green is one of the UK’s oldest cinemas and has proven a popular hit with the likes of The Clash and the Sex Pistols who have performed here. Its neon-lit cinema writing and arches make it nearly impossible to walk past without a glimpse of curiosity. The screening room holds a capacity of 125 and is made even more luxurious with its premium double sofas.

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