History lovers need look no further for their perfect ceremony venue, as London’s most fascinating hidden treasure, Gray’s Inn, is now offering ceremony-only packages.
Steeped in over 600 years of rich and colourful history, Gray’s Inn is one of the renowned Four Inns of Court. An oasis of calm in the heart of the city, Gray’s Inn provides a magnificent and diverse array of beautiful wedding backdrops, from the authentic Elizabethan Hall, to the five acres of landscaped gardens which form one of the largest private gardens in London, known as The Walks.
With two breathtaking licensed spaces now available for ceremony-only bookings, couples can say their vows in the stately, oak-paneled Elizabethan Hall, accommodating 100 – 180 guests, or in the bright and airy Large Pension Room for up to 120 guests.
In addition to ceremony bookings, Gray’s Inn is also available for wedding receptions and full wedding packages. The Inn can accommodate up to 180 ceremony guests and 300 standing reception guests, with many flexible options for smaller weddings or larger marquee receptions for up to 250-seated guests in The Walks, during the summer period.
The venue’s stately beauty is matched only by its second-to-none customer service. For ceremony-only bookings, the venue’s expert events team works with couples to create their ideal ceremony and is on hand to ensure that the big day runs like a dream. For full wedding days and receptions, the venue offers delectable in-house catering and an impeccable personal wedding planning service. Couples are assigned an experienced personal event manager to guide them through every stage of the planning process, ensuring every little detail is taken care of.
As for the long history of Gray’s Inn, it has been home to London’s finest legal minds since before 1388 and is today responsible for the education and training of barristers.
While the Inn is best known for its place at the heart of London’s legal society, it has also played its part as a renowned historical venue for culture and entertainment. The sixteenth century was known as the “golden age” of the Inn, when Queen Elizabeth I was the Inn’s patron. During this period, the Inn was famed for its shows, and there can be little doubt that William Shakespeare played in the magnificent Gray’s Inn Hall.
Many historical meetings and debates have taken place at Gray’s Inn; Sir Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt first met in 1918 at the Hall’s high table.
During the blitz of World War Two, several of the Hall’s most notable features were moved and preserved, including the Great Screen, reportedly built from the timbers of the flagship of the Andalucian Squadron of the Spanish Armada in 1588, and the exquisite stained glass windows, some of which date back to 1462.
The ceremony-only packages are available for bookings now. For exclusive ceremony-only rates, contact the events team at Gray’s Inn and quote (OurCeremony16) when booking a site visit.