July 25, 2020

Top 10 London wedding venues for less than 30 guests

Top 10 London wedding venues for less than 30 guests

Following on from my blog post about why photography is still important for your intimate wedding, I thought it would be a great time to share some of my insider knowledge and list some of my favourite venues for 30 or fewer guests.

The wonderful thing about having less than 30 guests is that you are totally spoilt for choice for chic, stylish, urban venues, whereas the more people you invite, the fewer venues can accommodate you. You’ll get the choice of chic private dining rooms, gourmet restaurants and warehouse type spaces, and can spend less on food and drink, while still enjoying the best.

So here’s my top 10 list. Some of these are beautiful places I’ve worked at before, others are true bucket list spaces.

  1. The Ned

The gloriously Chic Ned, in the heart of The City, has a wealth of spaces, but some of the most beautiful and characterful are their smaller spaces, including the Terraces and The Princes Dome.

2. The Ace Hotel, Shoreditch 

I’m in love with weddings at The Ace – it’s a small intimate space, with a glorious balcony with which to watch the sun go down on the craziness of Shoreditch High Street below, their events space has a great flow and has a max capacity of 40-50, so 30 or less wouldn’t feel lost in the space.

3. The Swan at the Globe

Has a variety of spaces you can hire, including The Bull Room. Restaurant food, a beautiful view over the Thames, the Southbank a short stroll away for photos and a big slice of London History.

4. St John Bread and Wine

Their Spitalfields restaurant can hold a maximum of 64 guests, so again, 30 wouldn’t feel uncomfortably empty. It has a beautiful, austere aesthetic and amazing food.

5. Brunswick House

Sitting in the middle of the Vauxhall gyratory, a pretty unassuming location for an electic, antique filled haven. The Parlour, The Library and the Smoking Room are their small, but perfectly formed intimate private dining rooms, comfortably fitting less than 30 people.

6. Clissold House

Situated in the middle of glorious Clissold Park, Stoke Newington residents will know the iconic Clissold House. It’s made up of a variety of spaces, none of them especially large for a seated dinner, but they can host ceremonies too, or you could hop on over from Stoke Newington Town Hall, which is just a stones throw away.

7. The Drapers Arms

There’s a few pubs and bars with private dining rooms a hop, skip and a jump away from Islington Town Hall. In fact ‘places to have a reception when you’re getting hitched at Islington Town Hall’ could indeed be a blog post of it’s very own – it was certainly the subject of many extensive google sessions when planning my own ITH wedding. Anyway, The Drapers is kind of old school, charming, fuss free and down to earth. You can hire the upstairs dining room, which seats up to 50 (and is pretty full at that point, so 30 would be a joy!) and the world keeps on spinning in the bar below.

8.Petersham Nurseries

A visual feast and an iconic spot. Whilst they have always done bigger hires, they also have a number of smaller private dining spaces for hire. Fancy eating in a Greenhouse, surrounded by plants on gorgeously patina-ed tin topped tables. Now it’s your chance.

Image courtesy of Petersham nurseries

9. Sevendroog Castle.

One of those places you’d almost never know was there unless you’re a local. Sevendroog Castle is a tiny folly hidden away in Oxleas Wood, off Shooters Hill, in deepest darkest South East London. It’s a great venue for a truly intimate wedding – you get the ‘whole’ castle (i.e. three rooms) and the views from the ramparts are pretty spectacular.


10. Carousel restaurant

This unassuming restaurant on a Maryebone side street is the perfect spot for anyone getting married at Marylebone Town Hall. They have a big, warehouse like private space on the top floor with a communal table and, crucially, lots of space. Surprisingly not funfair themed, though check out Brunswick House if that is your vibe.



Images featured are photographed by Ellie Gillard photography unless otherwise specified.

Ellie is a wedding photographer split between London and Norfolk, and absolutely adores capturing small, intimate weddings. Coverage for the rest of 2020 starts at a minimum of 2 hrs and starts at £450. For more information on why she thinks small weddings are important and worthy of being documented, check out this blog post