5 super cool and unique london wedding venues

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Since I’ve been a natural wedding photographer in London for over 5 years, I get asked a lot what my favourite London wedding venues are, and the truth is I have so many!  I absolutely love discovering so many of London's hidden gems through wedding photography - from beautiful, light filled warehouses to stunningly beautiful palaces, London really does have it all.

Since I've been lucky to photograph weddings in so many amazing London venues I thought I’d do a series of blog posts to help anyone currently planning a London wedding, as with so much choice I know it can be a little overwhelming!

Are you looking for a venue that reflects your London life but that still feels romantic, fun and relaxed?

Couples that book me for their wedding photography often say that they wanted to plan a wedding that didn't feel too "weddingy", that was more about bringing friends and family together for an epic party, which is music to my ears! I love weddings that are done your way, in venues that don’t necessarily always look like wedding venues. Choosing a dry hire venue enables you to retain complete control over the food and drink you want to serve, have the set up however you like - and not a chair cover in sight! So whether you’re looking for a blank canvas in the heart of the city or just somewhere you can put your own stamp on the day, here are my 5 super cool and unique London venues, which also happen to be dry hires - I hope it gives you some inspiration!  

 

1 | MC Motors | Dalston

This East London beauty will always have a piece of my heart, having held our own wedding reception there back in 2012! Oozing character, natural charm and an abundance of natural light, MC Motors is a large industrial warehouse with a group of smaller buildings on the other side of an amazing victorian street that runs right down the middle. Having been bombed in the war, the street and the warehouse were subsequently skylighted, which means the whole space is beautifully light and bright. The really great thing about MC Motors is that it contains so many amazing props that are at your disposal – giant letters and illuminated stars to name just a couple! So while you can personalise the space as you wish, the venue doesn’t need that much decoration if you don't want to go overboard. Feast your eyes...

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And here's a little collage from my own wedding, c/o David McNeil Photography

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2 | Asylum Chapel | Peckham

If you have a love for history and all things “Old London” then this is venue could be perfect for you. The Asylum Chapel is a beautiful old chapel which was heavily bombed during WW2 and then left largely untouched until 2010. What it is today is an utterly unique and totally atmospheric shell of a building with beautiful stained glass windows, textured walls and dramatic light. It is filled with candles and character and both times I’ve shot there I’ve found it to exude a calm and restful atmosphere - it’s like a little oasis in inner city London. It just effortlessly oozes laidback style and the fading glamour of a bygone era.

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If you'd like to see more images from a wedding I shot at Asylum Chapel please take a look at Love My Dress who ran a feature on their blog.

 

3 | Trinity Buoy Wharf  | Docklands

If flexible, industrial spaces with high ceilings, exposed brick and steel pillars are your thing, then look no further than riverside warehouse Trinity Buoy Wharf! Located in the heart of Docklands on the banks of the Thames, this amazing historical wharf is bursting with all the charm, character and space of a former working dock. Boasting fab views of the Thames and the site of London’s only lighthouse! The site incorporates a range of historic buildings, from the Chainstore to the Electrician’s Shop and the Drawing Studio, making this such an interesting and flexible choice for your big day, and each couple can transform it into their own unique space. To top it all, it has a private pier for anyone wanting to include a boat trip as part of their day. 

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If you'd like to see more images from this wedding please take a look at Rock My Wedding which featured it on their blog. 

 

4 | The Tab Centre | Shoreditch

The Tab Centre is a beautiful old Tabernacle in the heart of Shoreditch, tucked away close to Columbia Road. If you’re looking for a romantic affair in one of London’s coolest neighbourhoods, you should definitely take a look around: the Tab boasts an ivory-coloured grand hall graced with elegant pilasters and a wrought-iron balustraded gallery. The perfect blank canvas for your hip, stylish and natural wedding. You can see more in Sam Smith’s video for Stay With Me.

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If you'd like to see more images from this wedding please take a look at Rock My Wedding which featured it on their blog. 

 

 

5 | Islington Metal Works | Angel

Nestled behind the Angel in Islington, the Metal Works is an old London transport storage warehouse and stables and, I might add, a FANTASTIC place for a wedding! This quirky industrial venue could be the perfect venue for you if you’re looking for a factory party vibe with loads of character and bold colour. Inside there’s a tube train bar and props room; the space can be personalised in so many ways to create an epic party for you and your guests to dance until dawn. A real London gem.

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I hope you've found this useful!