Islington Town Hall and Frederiks Wedding, North London
Head down the back lanes of Islington and you’ll find yourself in a whole other world. Transported back to the old days of cobbled streets and flea markets. Trinkets and tomes galore, if you’re looking for a charming place to while away an afternoon, you’ll find no better place. Further exploring will land you at one of the best Strudel cafes in London, but I’ll leave you to find that on your own, the adventure is half the fun. Islington Town Hall is becoming iconic on the modern wedding scene. I’m finding more and more couples are choosing to get married in one of London’s old registry buildings before heading off to celebrate in a pub, bar or brewery. I think this is a positive step. Religious ceremonies may be less popular, but I don’t see or feel that couples have any less desire to publicly celebrate their union, this feels like an ideal way to do it. The huge windows that line all of Islington Town hall as well as the dome that caps it all let in a tremendous amount of light, eve on a dreary english winter day, the interior feels bright and spacious. The ceremony room itself is epic. I love that guests can sit in a circle all around the couple, it feels so much more intimate, peoples faces is where the emotion happens, you need to be able to see them! Otherwise only the registrar and the photographer get to see how happy and emotional they are, whilst thats good for pictures, it’s all about sharing an experience with your guests!
Frederiks is a really funky venue, made even more so by the addition of a photobooth that looks like an oldschool TV. A small garden area to wander around in with a glass of champagne, cut off from ramblers so there’s no chance of your afternoon being interrupted by casual passers by. It’s also small enough to stop guests disappearing for hours on end. This is a genuine issue with big country manors. Whilst the grounds are vast, expansive and ultimately very impressive, if your guests go for a walk at the critical time they are needed for photographs, the timeline for the day quickly goes out the window. Frederiks is open as a regular bar throughout the week so if you’re in the hunt for a cool place to host a london wedding, get on down.