Glasshouse, conservatory, orangery… they’re all different names for buildings that bring the beauty of natural light and foliage to your wedding. I’ve recently been working with a plant loving couple on their venue search for their wedding in 2020 and therefore checked out the conservatory venues in London. I love an Orangery wedding so much I even chose this type of venue for my very own wedding 10 years ago. Here are some of my favourite conservatory and orangery wedding venues in London.
The Conservatory at the Barbican, London is somewhat of a hidden gem. Full to the brim with tropical plants and exotic fish the space allows for ceremonies up to 150 guests. You can even have your wedding breakfast within the conservatory before moving through to one of their rooms (or to an alternative venue) for the evening party.
Another West London gem is Chiswick House which offers ceremonies and pre-dinner drinks receptions for up to 100 guests within their 19th-century conservatory. Guests then move through to their semi-permanent marquee for the wedding breakfast and evening party.
Set in the heart of Little Venice, within walking distance of Warwick Avenue tube station, Clifton offers two picturesque glasshouses – the Quince Tree glasshouse which seats 80 for the wedding breakfast plus the smaller, more intimate indoor plant glasshouse with a capacity of 50 for a standing drinks reception.
This 72 hectare park offers 3 options for your wedding, Gunnersbury Park House, the Orangery and Temple. Situated in West London, close to Acton Park Underground, it has undergone a £21m restoration and now hits the perfect balance of historic styling with contemporary facilities. The Orangery itself can cater for up to 80 guests for your ceremony or a standing reception.
The Orangery itself is licensed for wedding ceremonies for up to 120 guests. If your numbers are 80 or less you can also dine in the Orangery, otherwise, you can use the lawn for a marquee and seat up to 150 guests.
Located in South London, between Dulwich and Forest Hill, this Victorian conservatory has capacity for ceremonies up to 120 guests
The Kensington Palace orangery is closed until 2021 but I just had to include it as it’s possibly my very favourite orangery in London. It looks out over the stunning Kensington Garden lawn and Sunken Garden and can accommodate up to 150 guests for a ceremony and 300 for a standing reception.
Available for exclusive hire, Petersham Nurseries in Richmond is an amazingly tranquil setting for your wedding. Seating up to 140 guests for your wedding reception, your guests will dine on antique tables nestled amongst beautiful flowers in this stunning glasshouse. They use seasonal, local produce used for the wedding menus.
Kew has 4 structures available for weddings – the Nash Conservatory, the Orangery, the Princess of Wales Conservatory and the Temperate House and you can use more than one on your wedding day. Why not start with the ceremony in The Nash Conservatory, which seats up to 200 guests, moving through to the colourful Princess of Wales Conservatory for your drinks reception and then use the Orangery (up to 200) or the Termperate House (up to 120) for your wedding breakfast and evening party.
Syon House itself offers a stunning backdrop to your day, with ceremonies usually taking place within the Great Hall or the State Dining Room before guests proceed over to the Great Conservatory for the evening party, which is adorned with palm, exotic flowers and trees and was the stunning precursor to the original Crystal Palace. It can host 160 guests for dinner or 200 for a standing reception.
I’m an award-winning London and Hampshire-based wedding and event planner with more than 20 years of events experience to my name. With a passion for luxurious, stylish weddings and events, I love dreaming up exciting ways to bring ideas to life - from city chic London weddings and idyllic country house venues, to large scale celebrations bringing together guests from around the world. When the out of office is on, you’ll usually find me off on an adventure to a far flung destination or recharging with friends over cake and bubbly.