The hustle and bustle of London streets continues apace, but step through the doors of Middle Temple Hall, and you enter not only another world but another era too. These exquisite Inns are an oasis of antiquity and calm, virtually unchanged in the almost 450 years since they were built – and the perfect setting for a timelessly elegant wedding.
Tie the knot within the walls of Middle Temple Hall, and you have the perfect combination of ancient and modern; this is without doubt one of the capital’s most historically significant settings, right in the heart of our world-class city, overlooking the River Thames and just a stone’s throw from Fleet Street and The Strand.
Indeed, it feels like a very well-kept secret; of the 8 million people living in London, not many people will have heard of it, and even fewer will get to see first-hand the splendour of this hidden gem – and your family and friends could be added to those ranks!
Middle Temple Hall has four rooms fully licensed for marriage and civil partnership ceremonies, able to accommodate wedding parties of between 20 and 750 guests, an experienced team of staff offering the highest levels of service, and kitchens that will leave even the most discerning guest impressed.
Whichever room most suits your wedding plans, these ancient Inns of Court will inspire your photographer and impress your guests with their grandeur and deep-rooted sense of tradition.
These rooms have truly stood the test of time, remaining intact through the Great Fire of London in 1666 and both World Wars, including the Blitz, which left so much of London decimated. Many of the original Tudor features have survived, and look as magnificent as they did in the 16th century, including the heraldic stained glass windows and spectacular beamed ceiling.
There are many fascinating nuggets of historic detail with which you could wow your guests, such as that the table you’ll be sitting at for your wedding breakfast is 29 feet long, made from a single oak tree felled in Windsor forest, which was then floated down the River Thames. It hasn’t left the hall since it was installed there in 1573!
As you exchange your marriage vows surrounded by the magnificent architecture, your own story will become part of the great history of these walls; walking through the halls, hand in hand in celebration, you are following in the footsteps of so many of distinguished names from history, including Shakespeare, Queen Elizabeth I, Sir Francis Drake, amongst others.
The Hall is without doubt the most imposing and impressive of all the licensed settings in Middle Temple Hall. With its dramatically high ceilings, oak panelled walls and exquisite stained glass windows, this is recognised as one of the finest examples of Elizabethan halls in the country.
Seated at long banqueting tables, this hall can easily accommodate 288 guests for your wedding breakfast, or 320 for reception drinks and canapes.
If you’re thinking of having a quartet or other musical accompaniment to to your celebrations, The Minstrel’s Gallery (shown below) could not be more suited; indeed, it has been used by many famous musicians over the centuries. You might be interested to know that the first ever performance of Shakespeare’s Twelth Night was performed here in 1602!
If that doesn’t allow quite enough room to squeeze in your guests, then don’t despair! The Gardens at Middle Temple Hall are available all year round, and with 1000 square metres of grounds and all-season luxury marquees available to hire, there’s no need to leave anyone out of your celebrations. Come rain or shine, your friends and family – all 400 of them – will enjoy the luxury of your wedding breakfast in style.
Still not enough? Then invite up to 750 for your reception! In the milder months, the landscaped gardens, with or without marquees, offer a tranquil and secluded setting for afternoon garden party style reception.
Although Middle Temple Hall has been home to legal professionals since it was first built in the 16th century, that doesn’t mean that life is taken too seriously! The rooms may be awe-inspiring, but there’s plenty of fun to be had once your ceremony is over; leave all the arrangements to the dedicated team of professional events organisers, and enjoy a celebratory flute of champagne and a few garden games on the lawns.
As befitting such a stately setting, the immaculate lawns and beautifully maintained borders are simply lovely, and as the sun sets, the gardens become enchanting, as the lights of Embankment twinkle below, like a glimpse into another world.
A wooden dance floor and atmospheric lighting can be professionally set up in any of the rooms, creating the perfect atmosphere for a fun-filled evening of entertainment.
If you prefer a religious ceremony in a place of worship, Middle Temple Hall would be pleased to offer a reception-only package, and there are several grand churches in the vicinity including the appropriately named St Bride’s in Fleet Street, the renowned Temple Church for members of Middle and Inner Temple and their families, and, for those with a RAF connection in the family, St Clement Dane’s in The Strand.
Impressive though these photos are, the sense of awe and grandeur can only really be experienced by visiting. The events coordinator would be only too pleased to show you around, so get in touch and book a tour!
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