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We have been through nearly 2 years lockdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These have sent engaged couples and wedding planners into a state of chaos. Venues have closed, leaving couples with no choice but to postpone their big day. For some, this means they’ve been able to save up more to really “make a splash”. For others, it’s meant reevaluating budgets and careful planning in the midst of uncertainty.

Do you want an amazing wedding? Of course, you do! It’s going to take some creative refocusing.

Saving on the venue means you will have a little more left to spend on things like amazing food, stunning decorations and wedding photography you will cherish for years to come. It also means that if plans change due to the pandemic, the financial impact is less of a worry.

Should I Plan a Wedding in 2022?

With lockdowns still taking place up and down the country, it’s difficult to predict what will happen next. What we do know is that weddings is resuming with no restrictions and the government has set out plans for autumn and winter 2021/22 in England in response of COVID-19. But as we’ve seen – this could all change in an instant.

In most cases, venues should offer refunds, but they may be entitled to hold some expenses already incurred. If you’re planning a wedding, it’s best to bear this in mind.

Booking a cheaper venue means that if things do go wrong, the loss will be smaller than if you had gone big. If some of your wedding guests are unable to attend due to flight restrictions or other pandemic regulations, your cost per person loss won’t be as drastic.

To help you pick the perfect spot, here’s our guide to the best reasonably priced wedding venues in London in 2022-2023

From lavish libraries to cool underground cellars, we’ve got you covered with this list of 15 affordable venues that don’t compromise on style.

1. Queen Mary University London

Constructed in 1888, this stunning venue used to be the original Queen Mary Library, designed by Victorian architect ER Robinson. Impressive three-storey domed ceilings, sculptures of some of Britain’s most eminent wordsmiths (think Shakespeare, Wordsworth and Chaucer) plus a garden and courtyard complete this unique wedding setting.

Key facts:

The venue offers micro packages for lockdown, ranging from £2250-£3,000 for 15 guests. In addition, they still offer: The Octagon, Ceremony Only and Dry Hire in 2021 packages and 2022 packages starting from £115 per adult guest on Friday and £3000 venue hire for 4 hours.

2. The Petersham Hotel

Built in 1865, this historic venue has a view of the Thames – perfect for watching the sunset over a glass of bubbly. This grand venue is bursting with Victorian character, including a stunning Portland stone staircase, ornate chandeliers and marble-tiled floors that would make the perfect backdrop for some truly elegant wedding photos.

Key facts:

A 4-star hotel in leafy Richmond, Surrey—with a special restriction-compliant package from £2021 for 15 guests or £135pp and a luxury wedding package starting from £195 pp in 2021, £205 pp in 2022.

3. RSA House

Voted one of London’s best wedding venues by the Evening Standard, this opulent Georgian townhouse provides a sumptuous setting for your wedding. Soak up the atmosphere in the bright, high-ceilinged Benjamin Franklin rooms or head down into the brick vaults for some truly atmospheric wedding photographs.

Key facts:

Central London venue from £600, including ceremony-only package, intimate weddings package and Vaults-only intimate wedding package for up to 15 guests with in-house catering in four licensed venues: Benjamin Franklin Room, The Great Room, The Vaults and The Tavern Room. They also have Sunday wedding special offer while you host your wedding on Sunday and get 15% off your package.

4. Dukes Hotel

A stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace, the historic DUKES LONDON is an elegant luxury 5-start hotel nestled in the heart of St James’s Mayfair. The retreat of writers and royalty alike, this sumptuous venue offers period detailing with contemporary comfort. Couples will get their very own personal wedding planner to help guide them through the journey, while the team’s executive chef is on hand to create a bespoke menu for the big day.

Key facts:

Mayfair location, price from £95 pp. Two-night weekend wedding packages available.

5. Tattershall Castle

Mingle with guests on the deck of a charming boat moored in a prime spot on the Thames. With idyllic views overlooking the Houses of Parliament and the iconic London Eye, this refurbished venue blends old character with contemporary style. Sip champagne out on the sunny deck, then head inside for a delicious three-course meal in the cosy interior.

Key facts:

Embankment location with London Eye views. Prices from £75 pp.

6. Linden House

This elegant four-storey hideaway is thought to date back to 1685. It’s currently used as a sailing and rowing clubhouse – activities made possible thanks to its picturesque riverside location. A charming south-facing façade means guests will be wined and dined in bright, sunlit rooms full of charm and character.

Key facts:

Hammersmith location, room hire £400, wedding packages from £55pp.

7. Hackney Town Hall

A short stroll away from London Fields and Hackney Central station, this award-winning venue comes with five wedding spaces. Two stunning curved wooden staircases make the perfect photo op spot, while the refurbished 1930s event spaces come with an art glass-roofed atria that flood the spaces with natural light.

Key facts:

Central Hackney location, a choice of rooms, registration guidance. Prices are dependent on the venue, starting from £275 for any ceremony happens between 1st April 2021 to 31st March 2022. The ceremony suite can accommodate up to 16 people.

8. Grand Junction

You don’t get closer to a fairytale wedding than this. This 19th-century hall makes the perfect setting for an unforgettable first dance. The venue also boasts an atmospheric vaulted underground space that’s perfect for candlelit dinners, while beautiful lawns outside make a dreamy spot for guests in the sunshine.

Key facts:

Three unique settings in central London. Venue hire including food & drinks from £2500. Contact venue for per person rates.

9. South Place Hotel

From secret gardens to speakeasy-style bars, there are many choices of perfect settings for your big day. Oozing with style, floor-to-ceiling windows, natural herringbone wood floors and dazzling chandeliers provide a luxurious feel.

Key facts:

£2,500 for 15 guests, including VAT;  £5,000 for 30 guests, including VAT. Contact South Place Hotel for more details.

10. Altitude London

Three unique venues give you a variety of options for getting married amongst the city’s most iconic landmarks. Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views over the city in chic modern surroundings while the venue’s in-house events team takes care of every detail.

Key facts:

Prices start at £70 for up to 15 guests in 2022. Choose from a range of packages or opt for the DIY hire option and use your own caterers and suppliers.

11. The Bull and Gate

An iconic 80s music venue, this historic pub was once filled with the sounds of Blur, Oasis and Nirvana, who all performed here. Famed for its fantastic catering, this traditional pub is nestled in the heart of Kentish Town. Chat with guests in its decadent cocktail bar, then sit down to a sumptuous wedding lunch in the stunning dining room with its exposed stone walls and wooden beams.

Key facts:

Kentish Town location from £50 for venue hire, £500 for the dining room, from £83 per person.

12. Kachette

Hidden away in East London’s street art district, Kachette is everything you’d expect from a venue in one of London’s hippest quarters—think exposed brickwork, industrial detailing and a pared-back interior that will make for some seriously cool wedding photos. Once a working ticket station, this railway arch building is now a popular working music venue nestled amongst the bars, pubs and clubs of Shoreditch.

Key facts:

Host wedding receptions without restrictions in 2022. Shoreditch London’s railway arch wedding venues are licensed with Hackney Council, Kachette dry hire from £2,750 for Arch 1 or £4,250 for whole venue.

13. Bingham Riverhouse

Located on the banks of the Thames, the historic Bingham Riverhouse is hidden away in leafy Richmond and surrounded by English gardens that have inspired poets and novelists alike. Special events take place in the garden rooms, which open out onto the riverside terrace where the sounds of clinking glasses mingle with music and rushing water. Choose from mouth-watering seasonal wedding menus, sharing platters, garden barbecues—or just opt for elegant tipples and nibbles on the big day.

Key facts:

Richmond location. Host up to 90 guests seated or 150 guests standing and offer full package from £5000 including venue hire, food and drinks etc.

14. Burgh House & Hampstead Museum

Steeped in history, this Grade-1-listed Queen Anne House is nestled away on the cobbled streets of Hampstead Village. This once privately owned 300-year-old house is now an elegant museum and gallery, filled to the rafters with fascinating artwork and objects. Elegant period interiors with wood panelling, a library and lofty windows with magnificent views over the Heath provide a truly magical setting for your wedding.

Key facts:

A historic building with a central Hampstead location. Prices starting from £765, up to 70 guests for ceremonies.

15. The Colonnade Boutique Hotel

Birthplace of Alan Turing and home to one of the oldest operating lifts in the UK (true story!), this history-steeped hotel embodies quintessential British charm. Lavish interiors, mouth-watering menus and a sunny terrace make this an opulent setting for your big day.

Key facts:

Little Venice location, venue hire starting from £350 venue hire,  package starting from £50 pp.

Don’t Forget the Photos...

Perfect wedding photos are a lifetime keepsake of your special day. From the venue to the decor, to the happy couple and their guests, ensure that every moment and detail is beautifully photographed and commemorated, without costing a fortune.

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