Photo credit - Sophie Duckworth Photography
Finding a London wedding venue can feel like a daunting task, but there are so many incredible options out there – including some amazing hidden gems. If you’re looking for a unique London venue, somewhere with a fascinating history or a secret little oasis in the heart of the city then one of my favourite places to start is ITA Weddings. They represent over 30 London venues, all of which are packed with character, history and charm. We’ve featured some of their iconic venues previously but today we’re discovering Haberdashers’ Hall – a fabulous venue in the heart of the City of London.
Located in West Smithfield, Haberdashers’ Hall is perfect for couples who love the history of old London but also prefer a modern aesthetic. The Hall itself was built in 2002 and was designed by one of Britain’s leading contemporary architects, Sir Michael Hopkins. As a result, the venue feels fresh, modern and filled with natural light – but still retains all the grandeur of a more traditional venue.
One of the real selling points of this city venue is the large cloistered courtyard hidden within its walls. With lush lawns, elegant bay trees and a sculptural fountain, this sun-filled space is perfect for Spring or Summer weddings and a beautiful place to enjoy drinks and nibbles with your guests. Such a secluded green space in the heart of the city really is hard to find and it’s definitely my favourite feature of this London wedding venue.
The ground floor Orangery leads out onto the courtyard and, with huge windows allowing natural light to stream in, it’s the perfect place for a wedding ceremony. After drinks in the Courtyard your guests will then be led to the sensational Livery Hall for a delicious meal created by in-house caterer, CH&CO, before you dance the night away. With oak-panelled walls and a statement vaulted ceiling, the Livery Hall is the largest and most awe-inspiring room at Haberdashers’ Hall and seats up to 200 guests for dinner. Although this is a modern space, the dimensions and ambience really lend it the splendour of a grand, traditional banqueting hall. It’s a space that will surprise and amaze your guests.
Photo credit - Sophie Duckworth Photography
The fresh, modern design of Haberdashers’ Hall also makes this venue a real blank canvas – a space you can make your own and transform with the right flowers and styling. It's an amazing opportunity to create a really personal wedding, but with so much possibility it can be hard to know where to start. So, to help you out we’ve picked three looks which we think work brilliantly in this venue, all illustrated with images from real Haberdashers’ Hall weddings to really get the inspiration flowing. Your Pinterest board is about to get gorgeous!
The architecture of Haberdashers’ Hall has a really bold simplicity to it, and a great way to embrace that is by using lush, abundant greenery for a stylish, minimalist aesthetic. This is also a wonderful way to make the most of that gorgeous courtyard and bring the sense of nature and the outdoors inside as well. Pots brimming with fragrant herbs on the tables, simple green and white flower displays, Mediterranean olive trees dotted around and abundant, foliage-filled bouquets create a really beautiful, cool, summery atmosphere. Twinkling candlelight as the sun goes down, and a menu filled with light, fresh dishes full of seasonal fruits and vegetables will give your day all the laid-back glamour of the South of France.
Photo credits include Dasha Caffrey
A blank canvas venue is a great place to go big with your flowers to create a truly feminine, romantic vibe. And if you can’t go for all-out romance on your wedding day, when can you?! Flower crowns, big blousy bouquets and bountiful floral centrepieces made from the most delicately coloured blooms bring a beautiful softness to this modern venue. Pretty calligraphy signs will set the tone and lead your guests through to the courtyard. Talk to in-house caterers CH&CO about continuing your chosen theme throughout your menu. Head Chef Zibi thrives on being creatively challenged and wowing couples with artistic food presentation and exquisite taste. Floral touches and edible flowers are simply stunning.
Pop of Colour
If you love the striking architecture and modern design of Haberdashers’ Hall, then perhaps consider an eye-catching pop of colour motif? Perfect if there’s one colour you really adore, you can carry this theme throughout each element of your day. Bold yet simple floral displays and bouquets, bright accessories, vibrant dishes and statement lighting make a real impact as you party the night away. This isn’t a theme for shrinking violets, but it's definitely a way to create a stunning, personal wedding.
Photo credits include Married To My Camera
To find out more about hiring Haberdashers’ Hall for your wedding, or to discover more amazing ITA Wedding venues, check out their website or contact their wonderful wedding specialist Olivia Parrott – email@example.com
All photography provided by ITA Weddings