Your London Wedding - January/February 2022 (Issue 81)

THE NED 020 3828 2000 | Sitting in the heart of the City, surrounded by 17th-century spires and modern glass towers, this Grade I listed hotel has nine restaurants, 250 bedrooms, a range of grooming services and a member’s club. Set in the former Midland Bank building, The Ned was designed by Sir Edwin ‘Ned’ Lutyens in 1924, whose style blended classical and modern elements. The faded glamour of a 1930s transatlantic ocean liner was the starting point for the interiors, with designers also trawling through the bank’s archives to find out what the building looked like in its heyday. Weddings at The Ned take place on the historic sixth floor. Its six rooms and two outdoor terraces with incredible city vistas can host parties of up to 200 people. Couples can hire the whole floor exclusively for groups of 80 guests and more. Most ceremonies take place in The Saloon, which is dominated by an 18thcentury chandelier, an ornate chalk frieze and a restored parquet floor. Receptions are held in The Tapestry Room for large parties of up to 140 loved ones, while more intimate celebrations are suited to the RWB Room. For weddings upwards of 50 guests, the venue offers free menu tastings and an overnight stay for the newlyweds. Some packages include free use of the Princes Dome on the roof for a delicious breakfast with guests the next day. ROSEWOOD LONDON 020 7781 8888 | With the feel of a stylish London residence, this hotel houses 262 rooms and 44 suites. Following an £85 million renovation to the 1914 Edwardian Belle Époque building, the original features were restored by an expert team of craftsmen, including the magnificent Grade II listed frontage and dome. Guests enter via a grand carriageway leading into a distinctive courtyard. Outside, The Terrace evokes an intimate English country garden. The Grand Ballroom is an expansive space offering refined style under glittering chandeliers. Two dramatic staircases lead to a balcony overlooking the Grand Ballroom’s spectacular Foyer – an extraordinary setting in itself. The Living Room is a more intimate option and features an exclusive lounge area and large windows flooding the space with light. With an elegant, residential style, it’s perfect for an intimate gathering and post-wedding brunch. The dedicated team of wedding specialists are passionate about creating the most memorable experiences. They’re wellversed in both contemporary styles and classic British traditions. HAM YARD HOTEL 020 7287 4434 | In the midst of Soho and moments from Mayfair, Ham Yard Hotel has an urban village feel. Revolving around a tree-filled garden with a bronze sculpture by Tony Cragg, the central location has plenty of world-class attractions on its doorstep. The fourth floor of the hotel boasts a large, leafy rooftop garden with sweeping views of London’s skyline. Scattered with Whitman benches, and boasting a bar and barbecue, it’s overlooked by trees and a garden that blooms year round with seasonal flowers. The interiors are beautifully designed by Kit Kemp in her award-winning luxurious modern-British style. Guests will love the sumptuous drawing room, library and orangery. Couples have a choice of seven ceremony spaces in all sizes for up to 250 loved ones. After the formalities, there are two reception spaces. The Roof Terrace seats 100 guests and is a wonderful spot to enjoy canapés and a barbecue. The Croc Bowling Alley accommodates 250 guests and is an original 1950s bowling alley imported from Texas, complete with bowling-style menus, private bar, karaoke and a dancefloor for a party to remember. The hotel is home to the luxurious Soholistic Spa, the perfect space to enjoy a range of treatments and pre-wedding pampering and guests can stay in a choice of 91 bedrooms and suites, each individually designed, generously sized and featuring floor-to ceiling-length windows overlooking the leafy courtyard or across the London skyline. LOCAL VENUES 29