What are the best wedding venues in London?

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Joseph Reaney

The British capital is home to a wealth of beautiful buildings, squares, parks and viewpoints which make for memorable wedding or civil partership venues. Here are three of our favorites.

Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich
The spectacular centerpiece of an enormous UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ORNC was once the training establishment of the world's foremost navy. Prior to that, the site was home to the favored royal palace of Henry VII, and the birthplace of sisters Mary I and Elizabeth I. And today, it's a major tourist attraction, most famous for its Painted Hall. Arguably the finest dining hall in Europe, it was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmoor, and lavishly decorated with striking maritime wall and ceiling frescoes. For wannabe spouses, the lovely on-site chapel will perform the Church of England wedding ceremony, while the Painted Hall will provide the reception.

Gray's Inn
One of London's four Inns of Court – the professional associations for barristers and judges – this quiet Holborn enclave has been a hub of legal activity since the 14th century. But it has also gained a reputation for throwing a party, with William Shakespeare said to have performed here... so where better to throw the biggest party of your life? Licensed for weddings and civil partnerships with up to 180 guests, the ceremonies and receptions can take place across a range of rooms (including in an authentic Elizabethan Hall and in the Large Pension Room) along with five beautiful acres of gardens.

Lord's Cricket Ground
Finally, for sport-lovers, how about hosting your big day in the grounds of one of the world's most famous sporting venues? Known as 'the home of cricket' and renowned for containing the world's oldest sporting museum, you can be sure of a wedding day to remember in this historic stadium.

Helen Ochyra

London is home to some truly spectacular wedding venues and whatever type of ceremony you're planning, choosing an iconic London location will make this most memorable of days even more special.
If you want something simple, book a ceremony room at one of the capital's registry offices. Marylebone Town Hall has several different rooms to choose from and the front steps with their towering columns are the perfect photo spot. This building also has a claim to marital fame – Paul McCartney married his current wife Nancy Chevell here in 2011.
For something even more theatrical, check out Shakespeare's Globe on the South Bank. Both the Balcony Room and the Underglobe are licensed for weddings and civil partnerships and the backdrop to tying the knot couldn't be more London, with views across the river to St Paul’s Cathedral.
Further along the Thames, it doesn't get much more imposing than the Royal Maritime College at Greenwich and here you can arrive by boat and even have your ceremony in the historic Painted Hall. London weddings don't get much grander than that!

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