RIBA – A Unique & Prestigious Central London Venue

by Michelle

If you’re looking for a totally unique, prestigious and glamorous  venue then RIBA fits the bill perfectly. Located in Portland Place, Central London, The Royal Institute of British Architects’ Grade II listed building retains many original 1930’s features and it’s truly a stunning and romantic backdrop for your big day.

RIBA’s principal spaces are adorned with marble and wood flooring and have imposing full height windows with carved surrounds that allow natural light to come streaming through. Three roof terraces offer that all important outside space that’s such a bonus in the city and RIBA combines all of this with the top quality service that you would expect from such a prestigious venue.

RIBA is also perfectly placed for accessing some of London’s most beautiful churches and religious spaces. And it’s prime location also means couples can enjoy incorporating the best of central London in their photos.

To ensure that your wedding planning runs smoothly, RIBA  have an award winning venue team to advise on all aspects of your day and you will also benefit from your own personal wedding organiser who will be there to assist you from your initial enquiry right through to advising you on a wide range of trusted suppliers to make your day run smoothly, so all you have to do is relax and thoroughly enjoy it. Over to the team at RIBA now to tell us more.

Tell us about your venue

Celebrate your special day at the Royal Institute of British Architects’ unique London wedding venue on the grand, historic avenue of Portland Place. Our Grade II* listed historic building retains many of its original 1930s features, creating a stunning and romantic backdrop for your wedding or civil partnership.

With floor-to-ceiling windows, triple-height columns, carved stone details and three roof terraces, 66 Portland Place combines the very best in mid-century modern elegance and 21st century service.

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Situated in the prestigious and historic neighbourhood of Marylebone, we are just a short stroll from Oxford Circus, Great Portland Street and Warren Street London Underground stations and the green open spaces of Regent’s Park. We are also local to some of London’s most beautiful churches and religious spaces, including All Souls Langham Place and the Central United Synagogue.

Do you offer civil marriage and civil partnership ceremonies?

Yes – The RIBA Gallery is a striking, modern space with floor to ceiling windows. The simple decor and polished finish makes this bright room perfectly suited for wedding ceremonies for up to 130 guests

Our striking wood panelled Jarvis Hall is perfect for ceremonies over 130, seating up to 220 guests

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

They do not have exclusive hire of the venue – however they can have complete hire of the first floor rooms.

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

Ceremony can accommodate up to 220

The Florence hall can seat up to 250 guests for a wedding breakfast

Tell us just a little about any wedding packages you offer

We like to offer a package that is designed to help get you started with planning your special day here at RIBA however, however we understand that no wedding is the same – so once we have met our couples – we put together a bespoke package to suit them perfectly.

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

Yes we have in house caterers called CH&CO. We can offer dry hire on a Sunday – however we do have a selection of caterers that the client must use.

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

We are flexible for this.

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

No accommodation on site.

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

Yes – Samantha Peckham looks after our couples from enquiry stage, right up to being there on the day with them.

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

12pm, all depends on whether they having a ceremony or the start time of the reception- so generally we are flexible.

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

Yes we have a Terrace next to the Florence Hall which is lovely for photographs. Many of our couples also like to make the most of their central London  surroundings for photographs.

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

Find a venue that reflects both of you as a couple – whether it be a French styled venue that reminds you of a holiday you went on, a location near to where you met, or in RIBA’s case, a building with such unique architecture that it reflects your special relationship. It is always important to have those little roots, as it makes the day that even more special!

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

Samantha’s favourite moments include:

When the Bride and Groom enter the venue at the start of the day. It is always such a happy atmosphere full of excitement and the RIBA staff always love being involved in this special moment.

Another favourite moment is the speeches – you get to know a huge amount about the couples during the planning process, however there is nothing like speeches to really get to know two people you have been planning with for so long! It is always an emotional moment!

All images courtesy of RIBA

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