Middle Temple – An Impressive Hidden Gem of a Venue in Central London

by Michelle

Middle Temple must be one of central London’s best kept wedding secrets. Step away from the bustle of busy central London and onto the cobbles and lantern lit Middle Temple Lane and you will instantly feel that you are somewhere special.

One of the four ancient Inns of Court, Middle Temple is situated at the heart of London, overlooking the Thames. Although just moments away from Fleet Street, The Strand and Embankment, the peace and tranquility of the grounds and the awe-inspiring splendour of the buildings is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the London streets.

Built between 1562 and 1573, the main buildings have remained virtually unchanged to this day, with many original features surviving the Great Fire of London and both World Wars. Superb, detailed architecture, impressive oak paneling and beautiful stained glass create a breathtaking and majestic atmosphere – a truly spectacular setting for your wedding.

There are a number of elegant and inviting rooms to choose from for your ceremony and reception, including the towering splendour of the main hall. So whether you’re planning a celebration on a grand scale or something altogether more intimate, you’ll find something delightful and appropriate for your big day.

Middle Temple also boasts a generous garden space leading down from the hall itself towards the river. Perfect for a summer marquee dinner or cocktail reception.

It’s time to hand you over to the team now for a further insight into this superb venue.

Tell us about your venue

Middle Temple is one of the four Ancient Inns of Court that has been at the heart of the legal system since the sixteenth century. Situated on the banks of the Thames, moments away from the busy central London streets, the surrounding secluded grounds create an oasis of peace and calm.

Stunning architecture and ancient artifacts give this unique venue a wonderful sense of history and a dignified, stately atmosphere. With a soaring, double hammer beam roof, the Elizabethan Hall, one of the finest in the country, provides an impressive back drop for any event.

Do you offer civil marriage and civil partnership ceremonies?

Yes

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

It is a working Chambers, but they have exclusive use of the venue rooms.

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

Maximum numbers for the Hall are 320 for a reception, or 260 for a wedding breakfast, and 120 for a Civil Ceremony. Garden parties, with use of a marquee, can be a maximum of 700. Smaller rooms are also available for wedding ceremonies, receptions and dining. For all the room capacities, please visit our website.

Tell us just a little about any wedding packages you offer

Each event is tailored to suit the individuals, offering a truly bespoke service.

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

In-house catering is available, with an excellent team of chefs that will tailor a menu if necessary. Only the best produce is used for fresh cuisine with a modern twist. There is also a list of preferred suppliers available on the website.

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

Middle Temple has an impressive Wine Cellar, and a comprehensive list of spirits and liqueurs. However, couples can supply their own, with a corkage fee applied. Please see the Wine List on the website for more information.

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

We work with our preferred Wedding suppliers for entertainment and AV requirements. We provide a basic PA system for speeches

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

No accommodation is available on site, but there are many nearby hotels. Please see our Suppliers Guide online for more information.

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

We have a dedicated Events team, and work closely with external Wedding Co-ordinators.

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

We will be as accommodating as possible and work with the suppliers to ensure the best timings possible.

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

Yes – the gardens and Fountain Court are available for guests, and provide beautiful back drops for wedding photography.

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

Once you have decided on the theme and the feel of your dream wedding, choose a venue that will compliment and build on your theme. Find something different, a space that will awe your guests. The venue you choose will provide the back drop to your day, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

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

Seeing the Hall transformed into a Shakespearian fairy tale, filled with silver birch trees and delicate lighting. A truly memorable and beautiful sight.

All images courtesy of Middle Temple

 

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