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How (and where) to have your perfect chilled-out London pub wedding


Bride and groom dancing at Duke's Head Putney wedding

We all love a good pub, don't we. But a pub may not be the first place you think of when you're trying to find your perfect wedding venue. But London is FULL of amazing pub venues which are ideal for your wedding! So if you're looking for a venue with loads of character, great food, and a laidback vibe, read on to learn about some of the best options across the city. I've also added lots of photos, so you can get an idea of what your London pub wedding photos might look like!



Your perfect London pub wedding at...

The Rosendale, Dulwich

Bride and bridesmaids outside The Rosendale pub in Dulwich

Coming in hot at number one is this fab venue in leafy Dulwich. The Rosendale was originally a Victorian coaching inn, and it's very easy on the eyes and full of character both in and out - and out includes a huge outdoor area, giving you the option of an al fresco drinks reception in good weather. There's even a playground to keep the littlest guests occupied!

Bride walking down the aisle at The Rosendale wedding

The Rosendale has two private function rooms upstairs, both filled with natural light and period features. The West Room, pictured above, is long and airy, making it the perfect place for your ceremony, with room for 100 guests seated.

Confetti tunnel at The Rosendale wedding in Dulwich

For your reception, there's room for 90, so loads of space! For something a little smaller, The East Room has room for 25 people seated.

Bride and groom outside The Rosendale in Dulwich
Groom making speech at The Rosendale in Dulwich
Couple getting married at The Rosendale in Dulwich

Learn more about getting married at The Rosendale at: www.therosendale.co.uk/weddings



Your perfect London pub wedding at...

The Hare and Hounds, Leyton

Groom toasting at The Hare and Hounds in Leyton

The characterful Hare and Hounds in Leyton, east London is a perfect spot for your laidback London pub wedding. The venue dates from the 1860s, and is full of quirky details which will make your wedding photos really unique!

Bride and groom walking down the aisle at The Hare and Hounds in Leyton

The Lion Room is licenced for civil weddings, and has space for up to 50 guests, perfect for a more intimate do! It gets its name (unsurprisingly) from the ENORMOUS lion's head on the wall, which is certainly a striking backdrop for your ceremony!

Wedding reading at The Hare and Hounds in Leyton

The room links directly to the fab outdoor space which is mostly covered by a tipi-style roof, so if you end up with a rainy wedding day then you can still enjoy some fresh air! It's packed with comfy sofas and chairs, like an eclectic outdoor sitting room, so the perfect place for a chilled-out drinks reception after you're married.

Group wedding photo in the garden at The Hare and Hounds in Leyton
Confetti exit for bride and groom at The Hare and Hounds in Leyton
Bride at The Hare and Hounds in Leyton wedding
Bride and groom at The Hare and Hounds in Leyton

Learn more about getting married at The Hare and Hounds at www.hareandhounds-e10.co.uk/bookings



Your perfect London pub wedding at...

The Bedford, Balham

Two women getting married at The Bedford in Balham

Another pub with seriously funky features and unending character is The Bedford in Balham, South London. This pub is great if you're having a larger wedding, with loads of roomy spaces you can hire for your celebration.

Wedding toasts at The Bedford in Balham

You can tie the knot in the circular ballroom, with a mezzanine level running around the top, giving a great vantage point for photos. The venue holds lots of events here, so it comes with a full lighting setup, meaning you can light the room however you like - even to match your wedding colour scheme!

Brides getting married at The Bedford in Balham

Upstairs, there are several bars for your drinks reception, as well as a huge room perfect for the wedding breakfast. You also have access to an outdoor area if you fancy some fresh air!

Two brides at The Bedford in Balham wedding

The Bedford is packed with cool spots to take your wedding photos, from a glamourous loo lobby to a huge curved staircase. There isn't really a bad backdrop in the whole place!

Bride performing on stage at The Bedford in Balham

If you're looking for somewhere where you and your guests can stay on-site, then this is a great choice. There are 15 luxurious bedrooms upstairs, including ones with freestanding deep-soaking bathtubs - perfect for a relaxing soak the night before the big day - or a romantic one the night of!!

Two brides in a bathtub at The Bedford in Balham wedding
Brides having a drink at the bar at The Bedford in Balham
Two brides kissing outside The Bedford in Balham
Lesbian couple at their wedding at The Bedford in Balham
The Bedford in Balham set up for wedding ceremony

To find out more about getting married at The Bedford, visit www.thebedford.com/weddings



Your perfect London pub wedding at...

The Duke's Head, Putney

Wedding speech at The Duke's Head, Putney

This riverside pub in Putney is a beautiful and well-located place to have your wedding in south west London. There are several spaces here you can hire for your wedding, including the Coxswain Riverside Restaurant, a light and airy space overlooking the River Thames through its wall of windows with space for up to 80 guests.

Bride and groom outside The Duke's Head, Putney

For something more intimate, you can hire The Wolsey Room on the first floor, which also overlooks the river. And if you fancy a space that opens straight onto a terrace, check out The Rowing Club on the lower ground floor, which has room for 120 people.

Wedding speech at The Duke's Head, Putney

All the spaces here have lots of light and character, and the food is also seriously delicious, so a great choice if you're after good pub grub. The location on the riverside is also perfect for wedding photos, with a slope outside where you can literally walk straight down into the water (though you probably wouldn't want to in your wedding outfits...)

Bride and groom by the River Thames in Putney
First dance at The Duke's Head, Putney wedding
Cutting the wedding cake at The Duke's Head, Putney

To find out more about holding your wedding at The Duke's Head, Putney, visit www.dukesheadputney.com/weddings



Your perfect London pub wedding at...

The Colonel Fawcett, Camden

Father of the bride speech at The Colonel Fawcett in Camden

This trendy Victorian pub in Camden Town is a great backdrop for your big day, with lots of character and enough space for up to 100 guests. A stone's throw from Camden Road station, it's really well-located, both for your guests and for places to take your wedding photos.

Outside The Colonel Fawcett in Camden

If you're a pizza fan, this venue might be the one for you, as they serve delicious pizzas from 081 Pizzeria - including gluten-free options (which I always appreciate!). Their more traditional pub food is also really tasty.

Guests dancing at The Colonel Fawcett in Camden

The venue boasts cool features such as a metal spiral staircase (perfect photo op), and two gardens so you're spoilt for choice with outdoor space.

Groom twirling bride at The Colonel Fawcett in Camden wedding
The Colonel Fawcett in Camden set up for wedding breakfast

To learn more about getting married at The Colonel Fawcett in Camden, visit www.thecolonelfawcett.co.uk/weddings



Your perfect London pub wedding at...

The Phene, Chelsea

 Alternative bride and groom outside The Phene in Chelsea

I love this beautiful pub in Chelsea, not too far from where I live. The food is AMAZING, and it's got several light and airy spaces you can hire for your wedding. The venue is licensed for wedding ceremonies, but is also a perfect spot for your intimate reception after a wedding at Chelsea Old Town Hall.

Wedding toast at The Phene in Chelsea

There are no less than seven spaces available to hire, including a large leafy garden, perfect for a summer drinks reception! You can also hire the whole venue, giving you room for up to 110 guests, and lots of different areas for all the parts of your wedding celebrations.

Wedding toasts at The Phene in Chelsea

The local area has so many great spots for wedding photos that you'll be spoilt for choice, and you're only a few minutes walk from the River Thames for a perfect romantic backdrop.

Wedding party clinking glasses at The Phene in Chelsea

To find out more about having your wedding at The Phene, see www.thephene.com/weddings



Your perfect London pub wedding at...

The Swan at Shakespeare's Globe, South Bank

Wedding party on the balcony at The Swan at Shakespeare's Globe

This riverside pub attached to the famous Globe Theatre is a perfect place for your wedding reception if you want somewhere historical, central, and with countless photo ops nearby. Situated on the South Bank right next to Millenium Bridge, with amazing views of St Paul's Cathedral, and only a few minutes' walk from London Bridge station, it doesn't get much better location-wise than this.

Couple on the balcony overlooking the Thames at The Swan at Shakespeare's Globe

The Balcony Room, true to its name, boasts a balcony with awesome views over the Thames, and has space for up to 70 guests for a sit-down meal. Decorated in green and full of natural light and fresh air, it's a perfect place to celebrate your wedding. The room is even licenced if you wanted to have your ceremony there too!

Wedding celebration at The Swan at Shakespeare's Globe

The food here is very tasty and inspired by seasonal British produce - and there's also a great selection of drinks. Plus if you're flagging a bit and need a caffeine hit, there's a Starbucks next door! (You'll probably find me in there...)

Bride on the balcony at The Swan at Shakespeare's Globe
Bride and groom kissing on Millennium Bridge
The Swan at Shakespeare's Globe wedding breakfast set up
Wedding breakfast at The Swan at Shakespeare's Globe

If you'd like to know more about celebrating your wedding at The Swan at The Globe, visit www.swanlondon.co.uk/venue-hire



Your perfect London pub wedding at...

The Dickens Inn, St Katharine Docks

First kiss at wedding at The Dickens Inn, St Katharine Docks

St Katharine Docks has always been one of my favourite areas of London, and it's also home to a fab wedding venue - The Dickens Inn. This historic galleried pub dates from the 18th century, and is brimming with character. There are spaces to hire across three floors, including The Dickens Suite, with space for up to 200 people, and views out onto the docks.

Wedding group shot outside The Dickens Inn, St Katharine Docks

The Dickens Inn is licenced for weddings, and all the natural light flooding into The Dickens Suite makes it the perfect place to hold your ceremony, in front of the big windows (and the light makes your photographer's job SO much easier). Downstairs, you can hire The Copperfield Bar for your drinks reception, with easy access outside.

Confetti tunnel at The Dickens Inn, St Katharine Docks wedding

There are so many good spots nearby to take your wedding photos; the docks themselves, down by the river, Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, the cobbled streets of Wapping...I could go on. You've got some truly iconic London landmarks on your doorstep to make the most of!

Couple kissing outside The Dickens Inn, St Katharine Docks
Bride walking down the aisle at The Dickens Inn, St Katharine Docks
Bride smiling during wedding ceremony at The Dickens Inn, St Katharine Docks

If you fancy holding your wedding at The Dickens Inn, check out www.dickensinn.co.uk/weddings

 

Feeling like a London pub wedding might be up your street after checking out this blog? If so, I'm so glad it's helped, and I'd LOVE to be considered as your wedding photographer! Hit the snazzy button below to contact me. Hope we get the chance to speak soon!


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