ITA VENUES - LONDON'S MOST ICONIC WEDDING VENUES


I was recently invited along to a wedding showcase at the beautiful 28 Portland Place – a fabulous central London wedding venue run by ITA Venues. If you’re planning an intimate, sophisticated city wedding then this elegant Georgian townhouse should definitely be on your list.


Photo Credit - Douglas Fry Wedding Photographer


In fact, if you’re planning any kind of London wedding I highly recommend checking out ITA Venues’ incredible portfolio. With over 40 wedding venues, ITA Venues have some of the city’s most iconic locations in their collection. Whether you want to put on a lavish feast in the same room that Henry VIII did or say your I Do’s in the zoo – ITA Venues can make it happen!


ITA exclusively run some of the venues in their portfolio, but all of the venues can be booked through them, and their award-winning catering companies Chester Boyd and Ampersand also provide the catering for all of the venues – making that one less thing you need to think about! I’ve tasted their canapés a few times and they are delicious!


I’ve picked my favourites to give you a little taste of the venues they have to offer, but to view the full collection head to their website.



28 PORTLAND PLACE

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28 Portland Place is a beautiful, classic Georgian townhouse right in the centre of London – right next to the BBC, Oxford Circus and The Langham (which would be an amazing place to spend your wedding night!). Dating back to 1775, it was designed by celebrated Scottish architects, the Adam Brothers – who basically epitomise 18th Century neoclassical design and architecture. So, if high ceilings, sweeping staircases, huge sash windows and elegant pastel colours are your jam – then this could be the wedding venue for you!


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The venue is licensed for civil ceremonies and comes on an exclusive hire basis, so you and your guests can really make the most of the various spaces available. The gently curving duck-egg blue walls, huge chandeliers and sweeping bay windows of the Sainsbury Room are perfect for your ceremony. It can hold up to 80 seated guests, making this the ideal venue for intimate weddings

You can then head up the grand, winding staircase - when we visited it was decorated with scented candles, roses, eucalyptus and hyacinths which not only looked gorgeous, but smelled heavenly! The lavish Heggie Room is the ideal spot for a sophisticated wedding breakfast, with elegant round tables seating up to 64 guests. If you need more space you can open up the adjoining doors to the Harben Room and seat another 40 guests in equally opulent surroundings. Then it’s back downstairs to dance the night away in the beautiful Adam Suite.







Photo Credit - Douglas Fry Wedding Photographer



HAMPTON COURT PALACE


If, like me, you love all things Tudor (I have just finished Bring Up The Bodies and I want to go back and read it again immediately – any other book recommendations welcome!) then what better place to throw the biggest party of your life than the very hall where Henry VIII hosted his legendary feasts?



There are actually various gorgeous wedding spaces in the historic riverside palace, including the Garden Room and the Orangery. But if you’re looking for a truly iconic space, it’s got to be the towering Great Hall, which seats up to 270 people for dinner. It was the last, and greatest medieval great hall to be built in England and it’s where Henry VIII’s courtiers would dine each day and extravagant royal feasts would take place. The walls are still adorned with Henry’s finest tapestries and the soaring timber ceiling is still engraved with Henry and Anne Boleyn’s initials. In 1603, Shakespeare’s own company first performed Hamlet and Macbeth for the new Stuart King James VI and I in this very room. If you’re a history lover like me, this is a venue not to be missed.






CHISWICK HOUSE


Fancy bringing a touch of old-school Mediterranean glamour to your London wedding? Chiswick House is an 18th century neo-Palladian villa – a style inspired by the Venetian architect Andrea Palladio – and is surrounded by perfectly manicured Italian style gardens. Built in 1729 by the Third Earl of Burlington, the house was specifically designed as an entertainment venue rather than a private residence – and no expense was spared on the design and interiors. Which all makes for a pretty perfect wedding venue!



The glorious domed salon at the centre of the building is the ideal place for a memorable ceremony, surrounded by beautiful antique paintings. Afterwards your guests can head through to the lavishly decorated Long Gallery or have drinks in the courtyard and garden. Alternatively, the Conservatory is a 19th Century glasshouse set within the Italian gardens planted with fragrant roses and wisteria. Filled with natural light, it’s a beautiful choice for a summer ceremony, or a pre-dinner drinks reception.



For dinner and dancing, the Burlington Pavilion is a fully lined ivory marquee that can seat up to 150 guests for dinner and 70 further evening guests. Nestled in the gardens, it’s a perfect blank canvas space that you can personalise to fit your wedding style and create a beautiful, unique wedding in this classically stylish venue.





OLD ROYAL NAVAL COLLEGE

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It’s always worth thinking about your photographs when you’re choosing your wedding venue, and the fabulous architecture of the Old Royal Naval College would be an absolute playground for your photographer, with lots of gorgeous spots for portraits. In the heart of the World Heritage Site of Maritime Greenwich and on the banks of the Thames, this would be a beautiful venue for an elegant summer wedding. You can even arrive by boat!


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The oldest building within the Old Royal Naval College is the Admiral’s House, which is licensed for civil ceremonies and is ideal for small, intimate weddings of up to 60 people.


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Larger weddings can be held in the show-stopping Painted Hall, which can host weddings for between 100 and 400 guests, with dancing in the Queen Mary Undercroft. There’s even a Victorian skittle alley to amuse your guests!


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Whichever space you choose, the lawns, courtyards and colonnades are the perfect spot for champagne and canapés in the sunshine – and some stunning photos!


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STATIONERS’ HALL


Stationers’ Hall is an extraordinary wedding venue hidden right in the heart of the City of London. If you’ve ever seen the annual Lord Mayor’s Show, you’ll have a rough idea what the livery companies of the City of London are. They’re ancient guilds and trade associations for various crafts and processions, and Stationers’ Hall – which is one of the last remaining ancient livery halls – is home to The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers. Fancy, huh?! And wouldn’t it be perfect for any journalists getting married?!



The venue is licensed for civil ceremonies, so you can get married in the exquisite, and beautifully bright, Court Room. A pretty wrought iron staircase leads directly from the Court Room to the hidden gem that lies within this venue – a gorgeously green, secluded courtyard. A real oasis in the heart of the city, this is the perfect spot for drinks and nibbles – and why not hire some wandering musicians to entertain your guests while they mingle?


Then you’ll head back indoors to the seriously impressive, wood panelled Livery Hall for dinner where you can put on a truly memorable feast for up to 200 guests in the heart of the historic City of London.





ZSL LONDON ZOO

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One for the animal lovers and quirky venue seekers. Forget traditional venues – get married in the zoo! I absolutely love this idea – such a fun, memorable and totally unique wedding venue. ZSL London Zoo is licensed for civil ceremonies and there are loads of spaces you can choose from so you can really create a really personal wedding day. Ampersand will provide your catering and you can choose anything from a formal four course wedding breakfast to a relaxed barbecue style buffet.



There are some lovely rooms and pavilions to choose from depending on the size of your wedding – but for a really wild wedding choose one of the famous Animal Houses! You can sip on champagne at Penguin Beach, the Aquarium or on the Lion Terraces before moving into the Prince Albert Suite or Mappin Pavilion. Your guests – and your photographer – will love it!



By holding your wedding at the zoo, you will also be directly contributing to the conservation of wild animals and their habitats, so it really is the perfect place for the animal lovers out there to say I Do.



ITA Venues have a portfolio of over 40 amazing wedding venues in and around London. For full details, head to their website.


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