BMA House – Such a Stunning Central London Venue with Two Gorgeous Outdoor Areas to Enjoy

by Michelle

BMA House the home of The British Medical Association is a stunning grade II listed venue, located in leafy Bloomsbury, Central London.

Such an exquisite choice for your wedding venue BMA House can host both your ceremony and reception in refined yet understated style. With a number of elegant interior spaces available from the spacious Paget Room through to the majestic Great Hall.

We know how much you will cherish your wedding photos and at BMA House, in addition to the majestic interior spaces, you have both the delightful courtyard and the secluded botanical garden at your disposal for photography. Outside space such as this is at such a premium in central London, so this is a delightful bonus and such a tranquil oasis in the city.

The knowledgable in-house wedding planers at BMA House will be with you from your initial showround right through to your big day and until your final guest departs, leaving you free to relax and enjoy your special day. Over to team now to tell us more.

Tell us about your venue

Our magnificent Grade II listed venue provides an exquisite backdrop for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Based in leafy Bloomsbury, BMA House is located on the site of Charles Dickens’ former home in Tavistock Square and accommodates four fully licensed rooms; the Princes Room, Snow Room, Paget Room and Great Hall, their flagship room.

So whether you’re looking for a smaller, more intimate room in which to say, ‘I do’, or a grander place with striking features, we will have your ideal room. However, our true secret lies in our two beautiful outdoor spaces; the Courtyard and the Garden, a hidden gem given our central London location. Enjoy your drinks reception and capture your cherished photos in these private spots, you can even choose to throw your bouquet from the Great Hall balcony that overlooks the Courtyard!

Do you offer civil marriage and civil partnership ceremonies?

Yes, we hold a civil license in four of our beautiful rooms; the Prince’s room, Snow room, Paget room and Great Hall, perfect for saving on travelling time for your guests!

Do couples & their wedding party have exclusive use of your venue?

At weekends, couples can hire our rooms and outside space privately; our House becomes your house for the day!

Venue capacity – How many guests can attend the day ceremony, if applicable, wedding breakfast & the evening reception?

The choice is yours! Our largest room, the Great Hall, can seat 200 for both ceremony and wedding breakfast; the Snow room takes 100 for a ceremony and wedding breakfast; the Paget room takes 150 for a ceremony and 120 seated dinner, and the Princes room takes 60 for a ceremony and 50 for a seated dinner. You can invite up to 300 evening guests too.

Tell us just a little about any wedding packages you offer

Our ‘Exclusive Hire Wedding Package’ includes hire of your chosen rooms and outdoor space, a Prosecco reception with nibbles, a 3-course wedding breakfast, half bottle of house wine, Prosecco toast, menu tasting, but most importantly a dedicated wedding planner to assist with all aspects of wedding planning.

If packages are not your thing, or you‘re looking to do things differently, chat through your ideas with our knowledgeable planners and we’ll put together a bespoke proposal. At the end of the day we want you to have the wedding you’ve always dreamed of! We offer a complimentary room for overnight storage both before and after the wedding day, making drop-offs and collection simple and secure.

Do you have in-house catering, or preferred suppliers or are couples free to choose their own caterers?

In house caterers, CH&CO, pride themselves in providing dishes with love and understanding. They use carefully sourced seasonal British ingredients, forging close working relationships with like-minded companies who share their ethos on issues such as sustainability, traceability and caring for the environment.

Bespoke menus can be created, and a menu tasting is also offered. Furthermore, we were one of the first venues to create and all-vegan menu, delicious!

Can couples supply their own alcohol for the evening? Is there a corkage fee?

Yes, we allow for wine and champagne to be brought in, a chill, pour and serve charge of £15 + vat applies for table wine and £18 + vat applies for sparkling wine and champagne.

Are couples completely free to choose their own wedding entertainment & do you have a specific sound system?

Yes, we allow for live bands and DJ’s to play both within our rooms, and outside in the Courtyard during your drinks reception. We ask for musicians to provide their own PA system that is fully PAT tested, however we have an in-house sound system for background music and speeches.

Do you offer accommodation on site? If so, for how many guests?

BMA House does not have accommodation on site, however we can recommend many beautiful hotels in the local area, all with preferential rates for our couples and their guests.

Do you have an in-house wedding co-ordinator?

Yes, this is one area we are experts in! Our caring wedding planners will work with you from the initial showround, be present at your menu tasting, guide you through the planning and build-up until the big day, be there on your wedding day right through until the last guest leaves. Your wedding will be seamless, so you can leave your worries with us and relax with your guests.

How far in advance can couples or their wedding stylist, florist etc have access to the venue in order to decorate it?

We like to offer access to our rooms the day or evening prior, however this will depend on availability. Access is available early morning on your wedding day.

Do you have gardens or an outdoor area for wedding photographs?

Yes. We pride ourselves on our two stunning outdoor areas. The Courtyard is designed for those larger groups of up to 300, with striking statues, a central fountain, and two grand balconies, you’ll be spoilt for choice of where to throw your bouquet from!

Our tranquil Garden is suited for those smaller wedding parties of up to 90 guests, with a feature pond, seasonal flowers within a peaceful setting, you’ll not realise you’re in central London!

What’s your best advice to couples when choosing their perfect wedding venue?

Don’t worry about the weather, this is something you cannot control. Instead focus on some doing interesting features inside the venue. BMA House has recently won ‘Greenest Venue’ in London, and our planners are always looking for ways to encourage our brides to think sustainably, for example, by choosing herb plants as table centre pieces, guests can have fun by adding fresh basil to their dish at the table!

Any finally, what are your favourite moments from previous wedding you’ve been involved with?

Oooh there are so many but being dragged onto the dancefloor by one of my favourite brides and joining in with their wedding guests was a lot of fun and really made me feel part of their special day!

All images courtesy of BMA House

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