How about elevating your big day to a new level altogether? This month I’m bringing a new perspective to the wedding venue round-up. We’re heading above street level and into the stars, to discover the top ten London wedding venues with the best views. Love, quite literally, is in the air. Not only will these city skyscrapers, riverside retreats and urban rooms with views ensure that your photos are out of world, but they all offer a sense of space and freedom, away from the hustle of everyday city life.
If there’s anywhere that has a reputation for breathtaking views over London, it’s the iconic Shard. Say ‘I do’ in the tallest skyscraper in Europe, and in front of dramatic, two-storey windows with views out across the sights of the city. There’s a choice of locations on offer within this jewel of London’s skyline: choose 5-star luxury at the venue’s Shangri-La hotel, or really hit the heights for a jaw dropping ceremony 800ft in the air at The View from The Shard. Whether you want to celebrate during the day or to a carpet of glittering streetlights after dark, this venue has got your backdrop covered. The Shard caters for intimate weddings of just 20 people, and up to a gathering of 200. Not to mention the opportunity to enjoy a sky-high wedding night in luxurious comfort.
Beauty and performance combine in this artistic hub. War Horse fans take note, this is where it all started. As somewhere that nourishes the arts and has panoramic 360-degree views from a wrap-around terrace, The Deck at The National is perfect for cultural couples. Here, the happy couple can take centre stage, before leading guests out onto the theatre’s private terrace, suspended over the river. It’s the kind of place where you’ll feel part of the view and connected to the city, while still in a magical space of your own. Keep it relatively small with dinner and a dance for up to 100 people.
Another London skyscraper, and there’s more than one venue to choose from at Millbank Tower. Created in celebration of the London Olympics, SkyLoft is a quirky venue with a view. Exposed brickwork (sourced from an old factory in Manchester) and reclaimed wooden flooring (sourced from a school gymnasium) means SkyLoft has raw character that blends with elegant charm, and can comfortably host up to 550 guests. While Altitude 360 is SkyLoft’s more reserved sibling, letting the views do the talking and providing pared back, minimal yet classic decor for complete versatility. Go chic, or go wild.
For a ceremony in the sky that will swoop you clean away from the crowds, the London Eye is the ultimate intimate wedding. Forget old Aunt Edna who you haven’t seen for 20 years, this is a venue for a small gathering of your most important guests, as a capsule can only fit 19 people (including the happy couple). It comes bedecked with beautiful, fresh flowers and glasses of Pommery Royal Brut Champagne at the ready to sip as you look out from your love pod.
Imagine the sunlight streaming onto your dress, as you walk down the aisle, framed by a view of the London skyline. To have a wedding at The Gherkin is to have a wedding in one of the most iconic pieces of architecture our capital has to offer. Its famous glass domed roof means that sunlight simply pours in from all angles. It is sleek, modern, and a little palatial. Perhaps dine under starlight (up to 140 guests) or swirl into a cocktail reception (up to 260 guests) and let the view silently mesmerise your guests.
Literature fiends, Shakespeare has handed you his quill. The script is over to you for a wedding day imbued with romance. The Swan at Shakespeare’s Globe is so close to the theatre that you can feel the magic of its presence. Here the walls have witnessed tragedies, comedies, and ridiculous romps all in the name of love. You are guaranteed an awesome scene for photos from the Balcony Room. It may have no view but if you opt for the aptly named Underglobe, you’ll get a a model oak tree and a grand sweeping staircase for you to make a spectacular entrance from. This venue is always going to perform.
OXO Tower offers a double whammy in terms of location. It’s got an enviable riverside location and delicious balcony views over London. Have your photographer snap some awe-inspiring shots of you out on the jetty, in the stillness of the water. Or take a quiet stroll, hand-in-hand as the the lights of the city dance over the River Thames. In terms of decor, it’s a creative couple’s dream, as the space is a blank canvas to work from. Think crisp white-washed walls and wooden floors ready to be adorned with whatever extravagance or understated chic you have in mind for the day. The Tower regularly hosts wedding previews, so you can get a taste of what’s on offer.
A wedding with a pool? In London? On a roof? You must be in Shoreditch. Shoreditch House is on the glamorous side of rustic. A converted East London warehouse, this venue treads that Shoreditch tightrope of fashionably edgy and authentically understated. Step out onto the rooftop for a wedding day in quirky style, with high London views. There’s wooden furniture, there’s foliage and, did I mention, there’s a swimming pool, and the added bonus of an on-site spa. All the spaces at Shoreditch House are available to hire for Soho House members only.
You’ll feel like you’re floating in this garden in the sky. Step into a wonderland of foliage and florals, suspended metres above the general footfall of London’s streets. In fact, this is the city’s highest public gardens, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows. You might be able to see all of London, but Sky Garden can make you feel like you’re in a completely different world. Hire the whole City Garden and Sky Pod for a blowout event with views, cocktails and canapes for up to 700 guests. Or take it to a more intimate level and hire City Garden for a smaller, bespoke wedding.
In its own humble words this venue is ‘light, airy, modern’. Rather than towering over the city, The River Rooms feel part of the fabric of London. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity that comes from close proximity to the waterside, and forget about what the weather is doing. It wouldn’t matter if you were married here on a rainy Monday evening or a sunny Sunday morning, the riverside views are always delightful. Just a few minutes’ walk from Blackfriars, it ticks some important boxes: prime location, versatile space, interesting heritage and, of course, those views.
I knew that stopping at ten London wedding venues with views would be just too tricky, so here’s a bonus extra for you, because I just can’t help myself!
Say your vows suspended over the river in one of London’s true icons. Tower Bridge offers three stunningly impactful event spaces, but my favourite are the high-level walkways, which span the North and South towers. These glass and metal walkways make for a modern and striking backdrop to your ceremony or reception, and at 42 metres above the Thames, you’re guaranteed some of the best views in the whole city. Able to seat up to 120 guests for dining, or 250 for a standing reception, the Tower Bridge walkways feature glass panelled floors, allowing you to experience the thrill of an iconic bridge lift from above. If you’re looking for a venue with a whole new perspective on London, then you might well have found a winner here.
I hope these London wedding venues with views have left you feeling inspired about your London wedding. If your venue hunt continues, check out my round up of London’s unique and quirky venues, and make sure you check back here for the next in the venue edit series – it’s a must for all you foodies out there.