Get hitched at home: London's latest wedding venues offer spectacular views of the city - and could be right on your doorstep

Sky-high communal spaces at London's latest new homes developments make great wedding venues with unforgettable views.

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The wedding season is upon us and new housing developments offering extravagant communal spaces and leafy landscaping are becoming a popular choice both for ceremonies and receptions — especially with parents who have downsized and no longer have the room to host a big party.

Iconic backdrops are de rigueur for wedding photography, which is why Battersea Roof Gardens is set to become a venue of choice for well-heeled families in search of a memorable setting for the nuptials.

The gardens will overlook the giant Thirties Battersea Power Station and are being created by the designers of New York’s amazingly popular High Line gardens — which have transformed a disused elevated railway line running through Manhattan.

The new London roof garden will be among the largest in the capital and will stand alongside Frank Gehry-designed apartments at Prospect Place, which will include a 5,000sq ft residents’ lounge, big enough for a large wedding party, and where you can also hire a chef’s table, dining room, screening room and social lounge, and then spill out into private gardens.

Guests who have travelled far can be put up at the on-site hotel. Apartments start from £1.3 million, with service charges yet to be announced. Call 020 7501 0678.

The transparent “sky pool” topping neighbouring Embassy Gardens gets most of the attention at this Nine Elms development but, along with a shady orangery, residents have membership to the EG:LE club in the Ambassador Building. Now complete and 95 per cent occupied, Embassy Gardens has a private cinema and lounge area for hire, included in annual service charges of £5.34 per square foot. Suites start from £630,000. Call 020 7062 8940.

River views: glassy Landmark Place gives a full view of the Thames


Tower Bridge and the river are in full view from the ground-floor lounge at Landmark Place, Water Lane, EC3, as more than 80 per cent of the building is glass. Henry VII was once entertained by his courtiers on this site. Residents can host small events at no extra cost at this City scheme which also has a cinema room and a landscaped piazza. Flats from £750,000. Call Barratt London on 020 7048 0344.

Directly overlooking Regent’s Park, flats at The Park Crescent are modern spaces behind a Grade I-listed stucco façade. Amazon Property’s Chris Lanitis says the Regency-inspired development is true to John Nash’s original blueprint “with a modern and luxurious twist”. City brides still want leafy backdrops and the 20 properties share eight acres of secluded gardens which retain Nash’s original layout. From £4.5 million. Call 020 7724 4724.

Chelsea Town Hall is a much-loved spot for smart city weddings, so an apartment nearby is perfect. Albion Riverside makes a great wedding venue with romantic Albert Bridge a guaranteed scene-stealer for truly memorable photos on the big day. The building’s 71ft x 31ft reception room can host a large group and a wraparound balcony with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooks the river and bridges. Flats at Albion Riverside are priced from about £1.2 million. Call H Barnes & Co on 020 7499 3434.

Prices from £1.2 million: for apartments at River Tower in Nine Elms, where party guests can enjoy the private lounge on the 19th floor and sunset vistas from the 42nd-floor observation deck

Further downstream, party guests can enjoy the private 19th-floor lounge and sunset vistas from the 42nd-floor observation deck at River Tower, One Nine Elms, SW8. Some 77 one-, two- and three-bedroom flats make up the first release at the tower which has access to the Wanda Vista Hotel facilities including room service, concierge and butler. Honeymooners can exit to City airport in 35 minutes. From £1.2 million. Call CBRE on 020 7182 2477.

Guests in high heels might suffer while crossing the cobbled courtyard at Hunt’s Paper Factory in Munster Village, but this Fulham venue makes a pretty little secluded summer party space. A second phase of apartments starts from £750,000 for a two-bedroom home. Call Haus Properties on 020 7871 4242.

Secluded: Hunt’s Paper Factory flats have a pretty SW6 courtyard


Chiltern Firehouse luxury hotel and restaurant in Marylebone hosts über-stylish wedding brunches. Its interiors were designed by Studio KO, which is also working its magic at Manhattan Loft Gardens, a 42-storey tower in Stratford, east London, featuring luxury apartments and lofts, restaurants, a design hotel, triple-height entrance and three sky gardens, the highest soaring to 400ft and holding 100.

Flat owners can hire the private members club for up to 100 guests. Manhattan Loft Corporation founder Harry Handelsman hopes the lobby and bar, shared with the hotel, will create a “social, community atmosphere”. The 248 homes start from £615,000. Call 07519 266392.

The Residents Club and Sky Terrace at 10 Park Drive, Canary Wharf, come free, but residents pay for private functions. Studios start from £650,000 with annual service charges from £3,483. Call 020 7001 3800.

Fitzrovia’s coveted garden squares are a stroll away from mixed-use scheme Rathbone Square which has its own public garden square — London’s first in more than 100 years, says developer Great Portland Estates. Accessed via covered pathways linking Rathbone Place and Newman Street, the development also contains a residents-only garden, screening room and wine room. Three penthouses remain for sale from £4,475,000. Service charge is £8.50 a square foot. Call 020 7580 1100.

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