Your London Wedding - January/February 2023 (Issue 87)

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 18th-century 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. MUSEUM OF THE HOME | Housed in almshouses built in 1714, the Museum of the Home hosts a collection of items dedicated to life in the home. Built of dark red brick, the Grade-1 listed buildings boast a rustic aesthetic and surround the expansive Kingsland Lawns on three sides. Vine canopied doorsteps and a wooden 20th-century balcony create some romantic spaces next to the gardens. As well as the gallery the museum has a variety of spaces that are adaptable for weddings. With panoramic views over the Gardens Through Time, the Atrium is bright and open, with a distinctive glass ceiling and red-brick walls. This is the largest indoor space, suited to groups of 100 guests for your ceremony and wedding breakfast and 150 for the evening celebrations. The Studio seats up to 80 for your nuptials, followed by post-ceremony drinks on the private terrace opening into the gardens and The Georgian Suite is well suited to an intimate celebration of 40 guests with its doors open directly onto the Museum’s expansive lawns. The Pavilion is a light, flexible and modern space that’s fully accessible from the Museum or the Gardens Through Time. The room includes built-in AV such as speakers and portable microphones, and there’s space for up to 60 guests. At the heart of the Museum, you’ll find the original almshouse chapel that seats 40 for your ceremony. This is a beautiful, high-ceilinged space complete with wooden pews and pulpit. Choose from the Reading Lounge with a stunning wooden staircase and warm, lounge-like atmosphere, or exit the chapel directly onto the Kingsland Lawns for a post-ceremony drinks reception. Private access for your guests to the Museum’s galleries can be included in the hire of these spaces. Outdoors, The Gardens Through Time, which display the evolution of private gardens throughout the centuries, offer stunning opportunities for your photos. 21 LOCAL VENUES