If you’re looking for something vibrant and fun, celebrating Mexican flavours with tasty British ingredients, then I’d suggest KOL. The food and drinks are as colourful as the staff, with the private dining room and kitchen on the lower floor creating a really welcoming space for smaller wedding parties.
Seating: The KOL Mezcaleria can host up to 25 guests and can be exclusively hired on its own. If you need more space, you can add the Chef’s Table with double doors connecting both spaces to seat 40 guests.
A wedding venue that exudes warmth and elegance in the heart of London’s arts and culture scene is Spring. This stylish but relaxed restaurant is located in the New Wing of Somerset House and the setting is complemented by wholesome cooking. They have a dedicated events co-ordinator to make sure everything is as you want it and are committed to sustainable practices.
Seating: There is a garden dining room, The Salon, which can seat 36 guests in its enclosed interior atrium. For a bigger wedding, the restaurant can accommodate 116 for a sit-down dinner, or 150 for a standing reception.
Wild by Tart
This neighbourhood restaurant has a lot of character, and they even welcome dogs! It once housed a power station and coal store but has since been converted into a multi-purpose restaurant, bar, coffee kiosk, retail store, events space, and photography studio – great for a wedding reception! They have a seasonal, sustainable approach to food.
Seating: They have a variety of venue options for weddings. The Mezzanine overlooks the restaurant and bar, with seating for 15 and standing room for 20. The Studio has a high, glass-panelled ceiling with lots of light with capacity for 60 seated and 100 standing. Alternatively, you can hire out the whole venue for a versatile wedding accommodating 190 seated or 350 standing.
If Italian is more your style, then Luca serves incredible cuisine using seasonal British ingredients. It’s Italian traditional cooking – with a bit of rule-breaking. There is a joyful yet intimate vibe at Luca’s which makes it perfect for smaller weddings.
Seating: There are two private dining rooms, The Garden Room and The Pasta Room accommodating up to 10 guests. The Terrace can accommodate 18 guests.
For a fancier yet serene feel, Lyle’s is a Michelin Star-rated restaurant found on the ground floor of the Tea Building in Shoreditch. It has a minimal design with lots of natural light making it great for photographs. The team uses locally grown produce and is happy to tailor the catering to your wedding.
Seating: The entire restaurant can be hired out to accommodate 48 seated.
Bridal couples that are looking to let loose with great music at their wedding should check out Bistrotheque. They offer a range of equipment for the event, including a full sound system, disco lighting, radio mics and an electric baby grand piano.
Seating: The Bistrotheque Dining Room is an elegant venue that accommodates up to 100 people. The Cockatoo is another space which is better suited to more informal wedding lunches, accommodating up to 60 people. They are very flexible and can also make a plan for a multi-space wedding party.
This restaurant was started by Michelin Star-rated chef, Ollie Dabbous, so good food is guaranteed. There are three distinct venues at Hide; The Broken Room, The Shadow Room (which plays with lighting, shadows, angles and edges) and The Reading Room. They’re all located in subterranean vaults in The Bar Below and are great for smaller gatherings.
Seating: The Hide & Seek Rooms on the first floor offer a private dining experience for up to 20 guests. The Reading Room and The Shadow Room seat up to 8 people.
The Kudu Collective is a family-run group of restaurants with seasonal menus inspired by the owners’ South African roots. You can expect a welcoming vibe where guests fast become friends. The Curious Kudu mirrors as a gallery and exhibition space during the day creating a really artistic feel.
Seating: The Curious Kudu is a private dining room which accommodates 14 seated and 25 standing.
For great views of London, the Seabird is a wonderful rooftop restaurant in the heart of Southwark. They boast London’s longest oyster list, Mediterranean-inspired plates and city views.
The Garden Café
If you’re looking for something with a distinctive London Garden feel, I’d suggest The Garden Café at The Garden Museum on the banks of the River Thames sitting opposite the Houses of Parliament. The Garden Museum is dedicated to the art, history and design of gardens with the café serving a changing menu of modern-British and European seasonal dishes. The team works with some of the city’s best event suppliers with floral arrangements a specialty.
Seating: The soaring pillars, vaulted ceilings and stained-glass windows make The Nave an impressive wedding venue, seating up to 200 guests. The Dan Pearson-designed courtyard garden is an in-demand outdoor space for a cocktail reception accommodating 100 standing.
This is a contemporary, Pan-African setting that infuses the food, art and culture of Africa into your wedding. It was founded by Ghanaian-born Akwasi Brenya-Mensa and takes its name from a plantain pancake which is a quintessential Ghanaian dish.
This venue is buzzing with energy and warmth, with an Italian-inspired menu that incorporates handmade pasta and a charcoal grill. Seasonable and sustainable are important for all the dishes prepared here.
Seating: There is space for up to 34 guests for an intimate wedding.
This is a relaxed neighbourhood restaurant with a quirky interior and counter seating around a massive communal table. The food is simple but flavourful with a focus on shared dining.
Seating: There is space for up to 50 guests.
This is the sister restaurant to Primeur, and is both a bakery and a restaurant with a spacious yet comfortable feel that offers plenty of great light for photographs. The food is exceptional, with an ever-changing menu and great baked goods.
This is a floating restaurant on a chic barge, Poppy, which floats on Regent’s Canal. It has a charming, candlelit space with nautical splashes of white and navy paint, polished wooden floorboards and lamp-lit tables. They offer a small but great menu with Bistro-style food.
Seating: This is an intimate but unique wedding reception venue for up to 40 people.