London will be hosting not one, but three, prestigious wedding shows this month. So it’s no surprise that many brides and grooms-to-be will soon be looking for the perfect venue for their London wedding.
Read on to find out more about the wedding facilities at each of our five luxury London hotels, and for some tips from our expert wedding planners.
- Weddings at … the Royal Horseguards Hotel
Just moments from Whitehall Gardens, The Royal Horseguards is within easy reach of Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden – and overlooks both The Thames and The London Eye.
With a sweeping staircase, crystal chandeliers and opulent function rooms, this grand hotel is the perfect venue for elegant and traditional city weddings.
At the Royal Horseguards, you can be married or host your wedding reception in The Gladstone Library with its painted replicas of 30,000 rare texts, The Reading & Writing Room complete with crystal chandeliers, The River Room which overlooks the Thames and the London Eye, and The Whitehall Suite which features grand pillars and a carved wood ceiling.
If you’re a fan of the OMG I’m Getting Married blog, then you might just recognise our stunning wedding facilities at The Royal Horseguards – as our hotel and our adjoining One Whitehall Place function room featured on this blog’s search for the perfect wedding venue.
OMG loved One Whitehall’s elegant high ceilings, free standing marble staircase and spacious bridal suite complete with multiple mirrors and make-up stations for the bridal party.
- Weddings at … The Charing Cross Hotel
Designed by the same architect behind the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, The Charing Cross Hotel is a grand setting for timeless and elegant weddings.
With a sweeping marble staircase that’s perfect for group photos and for making a grand entrance, The Charing Cross is a Grade II listed railway hotel that’s known for its photogenic period features.
Notably, the Betjeman Suite – our wedding ballroom – boasts an original marble dance floor (the only one in London), as well as original chandeliers, pillars and ceiling work that all dates back to the mid-1800s.
Up to 150 guests can be seated in the Betjeman Suite for a wedding breakfast, and Trafalgar Square is just yards away for unforgettable city-centre wedding photos.
- Weddings at … The Cumberland Hotel
Stylish, spacious and ultra-modern, The Cumberland is perfect for brides and grooms looking for a cool, contemporary wedding venue.
Even though the hotel dates back to the roaring twenties and has a traditional exterior for timeless wedding day photographs, the interior is slick and modern – complete with striking crystal-drop light features and contemporary art installations.
At The Cumberland, couples can host their wedding reception in our modern Ocean Room – with a waved ceiling, or in Gary Rhodes’ Michelin-starred W1 restaurant.
- Weddings at … The Tower Hotel
Overlooking The Thames and The Tower, our Tower Suite is the perfect spot for couples planning a city wedding with uninterrupted views of the iconic landmarks most associated with London.
The Tower Suite can accommodate up to 600 people and it has its own private entrance, so it’s ideal for larger weddings as well as more intimate affairs.
The hotel has a modern exterior, but a more neutral and classic interior, making it the perfect backdrop for wedding photographs where the bride and groom are the focus of attention.
That being said the hotel is near Canary Wharf – perfect for contemporary shots, and The Tower – for historic snaps.
- Weddings at … The Grosvenor
The newest addition to the luxurious Guoman collection of London hotels, The Grosvenor is a historic railway hotel just minutes from Buckingham Palace.
This grand hotel is ideal for couples that are looking for period features, classic surrounds and a sense of history – as well as couples that are looking for a touch of the glamour that brings the roaring twenties and the Orient Express to mind.
Couples can get married or have a wedding breakfast for up to 30 people in the Viceroy room with its plush red velvet seats, and swirling red carpets. Or they can get married in and have a wedding reception for up to 150 people in the Orient Suite – complete with stained glass windows, marble pillars, a grand fireplace and glittering chandeliers.
Are you getting married in London? What are you looking for in a venue? What’s your favourite London wedding venue? Please leave us a comment and let us know …