Heather Sham Photography
Planning your Retro-Inspired Rock n’ Roll Wedding
Retro inspired Rock n’ Roll glamour is what I adore and niche in, with the 60’s and 70’s as my favourite eras where all my inspiration comes from. You know, for that rockstar wedding vibe the trailblazers set all those years ago. If you’re reading this, chances are you are my kind and want a fellow icons worshiper to help you pull your rockstar inspired wedding off just right.
My love of London
London is a cradle of all things iconic and cool - from music, fashion, nightlife, design, and architecture. There are so many incredible wedding venues in London suitable for different budgets and vibes. You can read more about how to choose your wedding venue on the blog here.
Of course, UK in general has an incredible selection of wedding venues to choose from. I’m here to help with that if you need me to. It’s all a part of the service here at Whole Lotta Love Weddings.
I’m listing a few of my favourites below, but don’t fret if you don’t see your venue amongst them. I couldn’t possibly fit all the cool venues onto one page!
My favourite wedding venues in London (and beyond)
Shoreditch Studios, East London
I adore this dry hire urban venue. You can really go to town with your wedding décor within it’s two barrel-vaulted ceiling rooms and a great courtyard too. Plus, Shoreditch has some wicked graffiti clad streets, perfect for your after the ceremony couples shoot. It’s 200 sg ft in total and can fit 100 to 170 guests.
Clapton Country Club, East London
This unique and quirky urban space is in the heart of East London. It used to be a tram shed and it still retains its industrial feel. It has a capacity for 140 seated guests and up to 220 standing for when the party kicks off.
Core Clapton, East London
This historic yet uber modern wedding venue is perfect for cool urban celebrations. It has 6m high barrel-vaulted ceiling and loads of natural light for that dramatic feel. It’s another dry hire blank canvas (all white) which lends itself to infinite décor possibilities. The hall capacity is 200 banqueting style, downstairs reception space fits 130 standing and 60 seated.
One Friendly Space, Deptford, SE London
This incredible 1930s warehouse space is a truly unique wedding venue that I adore. It’s big, 7500sq feet, spread over 4 floors and even has a roof terrace. It’s full of industrial chic backdrops, decaying conservatory, and the whole interior is full of incredible vintage boudoir like furniture, resembling a rockstar pad. Loads of parking, a large kitchen that can be used for catering. Just incredible!
/ Asylum Chapel South London
Asylum Chapel is one of the most romantic, unusual, and beautiful weddings venues you will ever see. Tall ceilings, large windows, decaying walls (for the most incredible dramatic photography) - so grand but intimate.
100 Barrington, Brixton, South London
This is Brixton’s hidden gem. Bult in 1879 next to the railway arches it used to be a furniture factory. It’s a great dry hire space over 1500 sq ft with its exposed original brickwork, high ceilings, exposed beams, and a great private courtyard. Maximum capacity 200 guests.
Battersea Arts Centre, South London
This huge and magnificent Grand Hall is South London’s most beautiful dry hire venue, lending itself to the most spectacular styling. I’m talking on a large-scale, people – up to 600 guests (and only up the road from me).
Loft Studios, West London
Another great dry hire refurbished Victorian warehouse venue, on a large scale. It has 5 interlinking spaces and 2 large secluded courtyards, exposed brickwork everywhere, high vaulted ceilings, oak flooring and loads of natural light. Capacity: 200 Cabaret style, 300 seating, 400 standing + theatre 300.
If you’re looking to throw a proper wedding party by the sea, then this bar/club venue is the one for you. It’s great for smaller weddings - sits 85 - or for a more relaxed, informal standing reception (and a good old-fashioned knees-up) up to 200. It has a nice large terrace too, perfect for balmy summer evenings. I keep being asked to style this venue, which is always so much fun as they let you do whatever you want (and there’s no hire fee if you spend enough dosh behind the bar - result!).
Botley Hill Barn, Surrey
This luxury rustic barn wedding venue sits high on Titsey Hill and has incredible panoramic views of the North Downs. It has beautiful, landscaped gardens, and a wooden terrace outside, perfect for the cocktail hour. The interior is more than impressive with its huge feature floor to ceiling windows letting in the light and exposed wood and flint, a perfect décor base colour.