From gothic to neo-classical and everything in between, London is home to an array of breathtakingly beautiful churches to make your big day feel extra special. So if you plan on staying in the grandeur of The Chesterfield Mayfair for the post-ceremony celebrations, why not find an equally plush locale to say your vows in. Here we’ve selected London’s five best churches to get married in.
St Brides Church’s rich 2000 year-old history and stunning architecture is all the more reason to make it your first choice when selecting a church for the big day. The distinctive, wedding cake-inspired spire, designed by famed architect Christopher Wren, looms above London’s renowned Fleet Street. Inside, the intricate wood-panelled interiors, ornate gold cornicing and ceiling decoration and light and airy atmosphere create a stunning backdrop to the big day.
Situated in the heart of Chelsea, Holy Trinity has, in recent years re-established itself as a spiritual cornerstone of the local community. The revival and resurgence of this popular hub has made the church a vibrant spiritual centre and the perfect environment to honour the most significant day in a couple’s life together.
Designed by architect John Dando Sedding, the building is a prime example of the popular Arts and Crafts Movement of the mid 1800s. The ornate stained glass windows littered throughout the building even includes one created by master craftsman and designer William Morris. There are also many original and distinctive design features that celebrate the church’s stature as a beacon of architectural elegance.
Considered a true London landmark, the St Martins in the Fields church is a prominent feature of London’s bustling Trafalgar Square. Noted for its strong connection to music, the church is a world famous destination, hosting the best singers, choirs and orchestras from all over the world.
Bask in the grandeur of the Corinthian columns and the pristine white interiors, which offers a quiet sanctuary and a stark contrast to the busy streets outside. The primary location and unique building are a big draw for any couple that wish to wed in style.
Designed by illustrious architect John Francis Bentley, the Westminster Cathedral is considered the mother church of the Catholic community in England, and is the largest Catholic Church in England and Wales. Its stature and reputation is only matched by its grandiose neo-Byzantine design. Upon entering its doors, the cathedral’s extraordinary high alter adds to the lofty feel and atmosphere inside.
Dare to look up to the heavens and you’ll glimpse masterful mosaics that beautifully reflect the sunlight. The church’s exquisite interior decoration will no doubt have your guests gasping in adoration, but its most remarkable feature remains the Tower Viewing Gallery, which stands 64 metres above street level. With expansive views that stretch over Westminster and further across the city, this might just be the perfect setting for such a joyous occasion.
If you’re looking for a distinguished location that perfectly fuses the classic and the contemporary, One Marylebone is certainly a strong contender. Formally the Holy Trinity Church, built by Sir John Soane to celebrate the defeat of Napoleon, the historic building is now considered the architect’s most notable and extravagant architectural work. The Grade I listed site, although deconsecrated in the mid- 20th century, has now been returned to its former glory, and re-established as one of London’s best churches to get married in. Lending itself to dramatic décor and elaborate decadent affairs, each space within the restored building is filled with ornate finishes such as Baccarat crystal chandeliers that will wow your guests and make for the most magical setting.
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