It can be hard to find the perfect wedding venue in the UK, especially in London with different event spaces popping up all over the place. Even more difficult if you have a forever growing must have list for your London wedding venue.
Well, as hard as it can be, I am here to help and to offer you recommendations for the top luxe event spaces in London for your wedding day. Today, we have, home of the first EVER afternoon tea (who doesn’t love an afternoon tea?!), the luxury Langham hotel in London. I visited recently - Why? I always check out any venue we recommend to our couples before I shortlist, to make sure that I know exactly what the venue is like, what they offer and to start to build a relationship with the venue, so that when I suggest the venue, it’s right for you and an easier process.
*I have been in no way sponsored or paid to write this article. I visited the venue and felt it was the perfect fit for my readers so I wrote about it!*
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As you know if you are a follower of mine, I absolutely love London, just being in London makes me happy! It has so much to offer! And this venue is smack bang in the middle of the West End, again, if you know me, you will know this is one of my favourite spots. With views across London, including the London eye, it is the perfect location!
The Beautiful History of The Langham
Known from the very beginning for it’s one-of-a-kind indulgences, the hotel first opened in 1865 and has had many purposes over the years, including during word war 2, when it was bombed, then used by the BBC broadcasting house, which is based opposite.
What kind of indulgences are we talking here? Well yes, as mentioned, they are home of the first afternoon tea (erm…yum!) but we are talking electric lighting, air con, hydraulic lifts….may seem like basics in the hospitality world now, but back then, these were luxuries, and guess what – The Langham had them!
They have kept up this reputation over the years, keeping at the forefront of the luxury hotel world, with famous Michelin star chefs, wining and dining some of the most important people in the UK (more to be revealed later!)
Perfect Wedding Venue Spaces
Back in 2018, the hotel had a £35 million refurbishment, keeping the hotel fresh and modern but still in keeping with their original style and brand.
The beauty of this venue is that not only do you have the astonishing Grand Ballroom, but you also have smaller event spaces, suited to your guest numbers and style, also perfect for pre wedding dinners or post wedding brunches.
Seating up to 220 guests for your ceremony or sit down meal, the Grade II listed Grand Ballroom just oozes grandeur, from the Murano glass chandeliers (which are hand blown!) to the original crystal embellished curtains, the high ceilings, and the neo class pillars. If you are looking for your guests to be wowed, they most certainly will be in this space! What I also love about this particular ballroom, is as well as having natural daylight (we will get on to that in a moment!) the colour palette is neutral, as well as the carpet. Many ballrooms can feature deep colours and garish carpets, which can be difficult to match with your décor.
So the natural daylight we mentioned – the Langham also boasts something which is very rare in London– an outdoor Garden Courtyard which can you can hire as an extension to the Ballroom – perfect for drinks receptions and evening garden celebrations. It is such a beautiful space, in keeping with the theme of being outdoors, with plants and greenery, and even festoon lighting. Modern, contemporary, something different and you even get to breathe in that London air!
For smaller celebrations, there are other spaces available, accommodating up to 44 guests, including the radiant room, The Postillion, which overlooks All Souls Church and has a spectacular wine cabinet as part of the décor! There are also the carriage rooms, named after horse drawn carriage, owned by wealthy Victorians in London, which can accommodate between 8 and 44 guests, and have their own characteristics.
Looking for something different? Well they have it! The conservatory holds up to 26 guests and definitely brings the feel of the outdoors in, with rustic wooden furniture, greenery and plants, showing their commitments to sustainability and positive changes for the environment.
The hotel also boosts a very cool space – Wigmore, their very own British tavern, which is perfect for more relaxed pre wedding parties or for evening celebrations and couples who want a relaxed feel to their day – I LOVE this space! It’s so different, and just shows that the venue offers not only different spaces to accommodate different guest numbers but also to accommodate couples with different preferences.
The Delicious Langham Dining
If you are foodies and looking to wow your guests with how incredible the menu is, then you will love that your wedding courses will be designed by celebrity chef Michel Roux Jr, offering French inspired, Michelin star food to you and your guests. Michel Roux Jr was actually onsite when I visited! From smoked duck to venison, buttered Dover Sole to lobster, crème caramel to apple tartin, you can expect a fine dining menu for your day, along with flights of wine to compliment the food.
What Makes The Langham Special
Bringing their playful side, the iconic signature shade of pink is seen across the resort, from the famous pink car that sits out front, the ice cream van, even the phones, menus and teacups within the hotel. Not to forget their home fragrance and commissioned Hunter wellington boots, oh and of course their delicious soufflé….
The pink not only keeps them memorable for their brand, but has a special and important representation – health, positivity, celebration and love. You can see this across their social media with the #InThePink campaign. Isn’t that just perfect for your wedding venue?! A venue that truly cares about these important factors for your welfare and marriage. For me, this makes the venue really special. It might just look like a bit of fun and an eye-catching marketing campaign, but it has meaning.
Who Has Visited The Langham
If you are looking to feel lie royalty for the day, well then the service must be good enough as royalty themselves have visited The Langham, including Princess Diana herself. Charles Dickens, Liza Minnelli and Oscar Wilde have also been visitors of The Langham. The hotel even aired on Channel 4’s Most Luxurious Hotel recently. Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Daniel Brühl and Uma Thurman also visited back in 2015 for the filming of movie ‘Burnt’, as well as Piers Brosnan when filming James Bond movie ‘Goldeneye’.
Sound like the ultimate wedding venue for you? Get in touch with us here and we can arrange a venue viewing for you, and accompany you to make sure it really is the perfect fit!