2016 Wedding Guide Part 2: London’s Best Private Rooms For Small Wedding Receptions
Small weddings are very special – the ultimate intimate sharing of a life-changing moment to be cherished forever. Picking the right venue with the right ambience that will make the day feel like you are the most important thing in the world, is vital. So here are our top picks for doing just that.
For smaller weddings that still want fine dining and luxury atmosphere we love Mosimann’s Private Dining Club in Belgravia. This former Presbyterian church is one of London’s most romantic venues, with stained glass windows, a small balcony for sunny days (Parmigiani Fleurier Room) and classic fine dining that’s guaranteed to deliver. Exclusive takeovers of the restaurant are also possible – especially on Sunday’s when the venue is normally closed, while other private rooms seat from 14 to 50.
Over in Notting Hill, for the most intimate of wedding breakfasts, Restaurant Marianne’s supremely elegant room for up to 16 guests will provide guests with a superb menu to remember forever, courtesy of Masterchef finalist & chef patron Marianne Lumb.
And then there’s Quo Vadis – this Soho icon just keeps getting better and better. The Marx & Leoni private rooms off a communal atrium lend themselves perfectly to a sit down reception for up to 32 and there are also further break out rooms for the bride and groom as well as a billiard table for anyone wanting a bit of light entertainment.
Equally, The Ivy provides a beautiful room as well as the kudos of being at one of London’s most celebrated venues. It’s private room at the top of the Ivy Club is also available for private hire and their bowl food is a showcase of all the Ivy classics and guaranteed to please!
Many smaller venues that are great for weddings with an informal and relaxed feel can be found in some of London’s top foodie-pubs. Why not consider The Princess Victoria in Shepherd’s Bush and its stunning first floor private room with marble bar and chandeliers for up to 70 or the Hampshire Hog in nearby Hammersmith with its White Room for up to 40 guests all seated on wooden dining hall tables and Paradise by Way of Kensal Rise with its quirky décor yet fine dining menu.
Similarly relaxed and informal, yet high quality are the various Tom’s Kitchen venues, Aubaine (Marylebone) with its modern loft-style interior (for up to 65 seated) and striking double height window extension with views of the square and Hush, where we particularly love the top room (for up to 60 seated) with its own bar, cloakroom and facilities.
And finally, we can’t not mention two venues in London that stand out for cascading stairwells – for couples who really want to make an entrance. Carrara with its marble one sweeping theatrically down from the main restaurant, and Brasserie Zedel’s art deco stairway which lends itself perfectly for guests to gather in the foyer below and welcome the new couple.