Hampstead is well known for its beautiful buildings and estates which open their doors to couples looking to tie the knot in some of the grandest venues in London. When I was researching my Wedding in 2012 I myself took a look at these lovely venues and wanted to share my top choices with you.
If you are a fan of Hugh Grant you might recognise this elegant mansion from the film “Notting Hill” – with its graceful white stucco exteriors, Kenwood House is both imposing and a well-loved landmark with spectacular views towards the centre of the city.
The original house dates from the early 17th century and since then has gone through a number of updates including the addition of the Orangery in 1700 and the remodelling from 1764 – 1779 by Robert Adam (Scottish neoclassical architect, interior designer and furniture designer) who added the stunning library.
Kenwood House is available for a ceremony, drinks reception and dinner seven days a week with a number of options for Weddings including the West Wing and old Kitchen offering space for 80, Green Room, Music Room and Dining Room with space for 40 and a Marquee in the Flower Garden for up to 480 guests for the reception.
This is a charming 17th-century merchant’s townhouse, now owned by National Trust, located at Hampstead Grove. It is a lovely detached house with a beautiful walled garden featuring roses, a 300 year old orchard and a working kitchen garden. Fenton House is amongst Choice Hotel’s top places to visit in Hampstead with some great sights.
The interior offers some fantastic ambience with collections of early keyboard instruments and paintings (including the collection of Peter Barkworth, and loans of Sir William Nicholson paintings), porcelain, 17th-century needlework and furniture from the Georgian period.
Fenton House has all the ingredients for an elegant and stylish wedding reception. The Long Dining Room offers space for 25 to enjoy a sit down meal, alternatively a canapé or drinks reception for 50 can be accommodated. If you wish to enjoy the enchanting garden then a Marquee can be erected which can hold 200 guests for drinks reception and 100 for a seated meal.
Amongst the cobbled streets of Hampstead Village, just steps away from the Heath you can find this Grade I-listed historic building Burgh House, constructed in 1704 during the reign of Queen Anne. The house has been home to many over the years the notable residents including Elsie Bambridge, daughter to Rudyard Kipling, and husband from 1933-1937.
When I visited Burgh House it was the traditional, wood-panelled Music Room which stood out as the perfect location for the ceremony with a Bluthner baby grand piano on hand for a magic entrance, and the modern Peggy Jay Gallery makes for a unique reception space. The venue offers space for 110 people for standing receptions and up to 72 for more formal, seated events.
Burgh House offers on-site catering for your big day with top notch staff guaranteeing the highest level of service for you and your guests. Host a champagne reception, treat your guests to a scrumptious vintage afternoon tea, nibble canapés, mingle over a hot buffet or seat your guests for a decadent evening meal. For more information see their Wedding Brochure.