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8 sumptuous London venues you don’t want to miss

A London wedding is always something to celebrate. From historic grandeur to quirky one-offs, venues in our capital have such a wide range of facilities and function spaces that you are bound to find the perfect one for you. If you are looking for something special in the centre of London, here are our 8 must-sees.

BMA House

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Located in the fashionable Bloomsbury quarter, this gorgeous Grade II-listed house can cater for up to 320 guests to celebrate your big day. Built in 1911 by the architect Sir Edward Lutyens, its neo-classical Palladian facades tower elegantly over this historic area of the capital.Inside are four opulent spaces, each licensed for civil ceremonies. The intimate Prince’s Room can seat you and 30 friends, while the Great Hall can host a sit-down dinner for 200.

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While the necoclassical style of the building is suited to traditional weddings, an increasing number of brides have been taking advantage of the wedding team’s 1950’s inspired tea-party wedding breakfasts, complete with vintage crockery and gin-based cocktails. With a garden and courtyard offering gorgeous backdrops for photographs on a sunny day, BMA House has the glamour and historical allure to host the most sophisticated of wedding celebrations. Bride Chloe Bradbury, who held her wedding here, said, ‘We had the time of our lives. It is a hidden treasure in the centre of London.’

The HAC, Armoury House

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Standing somewhat astonishingly in the middle of bustling Moorgate is the 18th century mansion, The HAC, Amoury House nestled within a peaceful six-acre garden. Planning a huge wedding? Seat up to 350 guests in the stylish and contemporary Prince Consort Rooms (this location is particularly popular for Asian and kosher weddings). Alternatively, the more traditional oak-paneled Long Room is an elegant Georgian setting, holding up to 150 guests. The minstrel’s gallery, stone fireplaces and huge picture windows from which guests can enjoy lovely views of the garden all make this an impressive space.

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Catering can be done by the brilliant in-house team (in certain cases external suppliers can also be used), and there is a range of wedding packages available to help you get the most out of your day. We love the oasis-like feel of The HAC, and how great the transport links are, meaning most guests will be able to get to you with no issues. But the selling point is surely the garden, for those summer evenings wandering with cocktails in hand, and for the most memorable photographs.

Hampton Court Palace

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Follow in the footsteps of Kings and Queens at this quintessentially regal venue in the southwest of London, permeated with history and splendour. At Hampton Court Palace The Great Hall, where 400 can gather for a reception, is simply one of the most spectacular spaces in Britain. England’s last and greatest medieval hall, this is where monarchs dined, intrigues were plotted, and every kind of dignitary has been entertained.

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There are 12 spaces in all available for hire, so if your party numbers aren’t quite up to Henry VIII’s guest list, fear not. The atmospheric Undercroft holds up to 180 for dinner, while the Tudor Kitchens, with their stone slab floor and roasting fireplace, make an awesomely different venue for a wedding breakfast of up to 100. Splendid formal gardens, elegant cobbled courtyards and magnificent Tudor and Baroque architecture make this 500-year-old treasure an awe-inspiring backdrop for your wedding.

Banqueting House

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Another stunning venue with breathtaking interiors, Banqueting House at Whitehall was built for entertaining. The main hall dates from 1622 and will dazzle up to 500 guests with its extraordinary masterpiece ceiling by Rubens. You arrive through a grand entry hall and grand staircase, which sets the tone for the room beyond.

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Alternatively you can escape to King James I’s drinking den, the Undercroft, which is licensed for civil ceremonies as well as being a perfect party pad for up to 380. Here monarchs have caroused til dawn on many occasions, so you will be following in famous footsteps with your own reception.

Kensington Palace

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Set in beautiful Kensington Gardens in west London, Kensington Palace radiates charm and romance in equal amounts and promises an unforgettable backdrop for your wedding.

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The Orangery, which can hold 150 for a civil ceremony, is a truly stunning room, with its floor-to-ceiling windows allowing light to flood the space. Here you can both say your vows and hold your wedding breakfast, or perhaps choose one of the many other spaces in the palace, from the distinctive Cupola Room to the beautiful Entrance Hall. Outside Kensington Palace the grounds are picture-perfect, with topiary, colourful borders and walled gardens for your guests to stroll around while the photographs are taken.

Lord’s Cricket Ground

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Whether you are a cricket fan or not, there’s no denying the sense of occasion and history at this sporting venue that can accommodate up to 400 partygoers. The pavilion at Lord’s Cricket Ground is Grade II-listed and carries with it an old-world grandeur. If you fancy making a real entrance, how about the Long Room (where the cricket players pass through before entering the grounds), all 27 metres of it? This makes a brilliant setting for the ceremony and can take up to 230 guests.

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With views across the grounds and filled with cricketing memorabilia, it is permeated with the history of the game. Quirky touches abound here; you can have your own personal message flashed up on the Lord’s scoreboards, or incorporate a tour of the grounds for you and your guests. And who could resist drinks on the famous terrace as the sun goes down?

No.4 Hamilton Place

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How do you fancy your own roof terrace overlooking Hyde Park and Mayfair, with Edwardian styling and sumptuous surroundings? You do? Look no further than No.4 Hamilton Place, perfect for you and up to 300 friends and family. Flexibility is key here, with three spaces available for ceremonies and six for receptions. Choose the Argyll Room for a light yet ornate feel for a ceremony for up to 120 people, and the all-important terrace at the end for guests to spill out onto.

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Alternatively, for a smaller do (up to 80 guests), try the Marshall of Cambridge room with its gold silk damask and polished wood. The menus at No.4 Hamilton Place are modern and eclectic so you are sure to find something to your taste – and as an added bonus, the bride and groom can enjoy a complimentary night’s stay at the nearby Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel.

RIBA – The Royal Institute of British Architects

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With three terraces and fantastic views of London, this building in the heart of the West End represents the best of 1930s architecture. Art Deco glamour is the order of the day here, with the high ceilings and grand piano of the First Floor Landing a natural point for welcome drinks at RIBA. For your ceremony there are a range of spaces that can accommodate from 40 to 250 guests – you can even get married on the First Floor staircase.

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Meanwhile the marble-and-wood grandeur of Florence Hall is the perfect place for a dinner dance or reception, and the Jarvis Foyer can be transformed into a dance floor for eager partygoers to dance into the night. Catering, all done in house at RIBA, is modern and contemporary – but flexible too, to cover all tastes. If sophisticated glamour is your thing, this is your venue.

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Sarah has been a journalist and writer for more than 20 years, including 12 at The Telegraph Magazine, and is still dining out on her own wedding tales after more than a decade.