The Dickens Inn

(31 reviews)
Marble Quay, St Katharine's Way, Greater London
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Nestled on the serene water’s edge at St Katherine Docks in Tower Hamlets, spending your wedding day at the Dickens Inn is an 18th century time capsule in the present day. Remarkably restored and restyled for weddings, this timber framed pub restaurant has a distinctive character and enjoys a relaxed atmosphere overlooking the Thames and the neat rows of yachts moored in the marina.

Wedding Venue Snapshot:

- Unique and historic waterfront wedding venue in Tower Hamlets
- Just a ten minute walk from Tower Gateway tube station
- Licensed for wedding ceremonies in the barn style function room on the first floor
- Packages from just 65 GBP per head, excluding venue hire 
- In-house wedding coordinator to assist with you plans and preparations
- Capacity for 150 guests seated in the first floor function space, and 120 in both restaurants
- 12am late licence with the possibility to extend
- Corkage options available and dry hire is negotiable
- Full disabled access to all event spaces

Situated on the northern bank of the River Thames, immediately downstream from the iconic Tower Bridge and the rich history that surrounds the medieval Tower of London, The Dickens Inn is a charming pub restaurant with a fairy tale feel. Approaching this desirable wedding venue is a picturesque moment; it’s a beautiful setting for couple photographs, with the original timber frames and cascading plants visible behind. On arrival, you and your guests can enjoy the gastropub’s warm alfresco terrace with a Pimms in hand in summer, or a cosy up inside sipping mulled wine if you’re opting for a winter wedding. Whatever, the weather, The Dickens Inn has a timeless character all year round.

It’s often difficult to find such a historic pub style wedding venue of this size, and with enough room for 150 seated guests in the main function space, there is the flexibility to configure the room in any way you please. The soaring ceilings and wooden beams complement the heritage of the venue itself, and form a natural nave under which to exchange your vows. Whilst the room is turned over for your celebratory wedding breakfast, you are able to utilise the alfresco terraces and restaurant spaces to toast to the happy couple.

The Dickens Inn is steeped in history and is named after the legendary writer Charles Dickens’ grandson, who reopened the venue after the Second World War. Antiquity breathes through its timbers, and it makes the ideal setting for a modern day love story. With catered packages starting from just 65GBP on top of venue hire, The Dickens Inn is an affordable and unique venue to consider when planning your dream London wedding.


Venue Features

Reception guests

Min 20 / Max 150

Price per head

Low £65 / High £ 95



Ceremony Guests

Min 20 / Max 150

In-house catering


3rd party catering



(31 reviews)
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4 Jan 2020

I love this place. The facade is really beautiful, the interior is spacious and there is some extra exterior area as well. Overall, a great venue! I'd recommend it to anyone.

3 Jan 2020

Nice location for this pub/restaurant in a 18th century building in a restored dock and shipping area. The food was good enough to bring us back a couple of days later for another meal and the service was prompt and attentive. Go there, you'll like it.

21 Dec 2019

Food was great, staff really nice and a beautiful pub set in an old fashioned stone building.

16 Dec 2019

Cosy, characteristic pub in St Katherine's dock area, in the least crowded part of the city. Ideal for a quiet Saturday evening.

15 Dec 2019

An exceptional pub down by St Katherine's. Exceptional service in all parts of the business, the Grill restaurant is perfect for a celebratory meal out, and they are an amazing wedding reception venue!

8 Dec 2019

Lovely, historic and cosy pub, despite the huge size of it! Lovely afternoon/evening on a winter’s day!

6 Dec 2019

The staff were extremely helpful and arranged things in no time at all. The food was excellent and very reasonably priced, and the whole place was comfortable and cosy. Will be going back.

28 Nov 2019

I just love it. Great location lovely staff and really nice food. It's one of the best places around the Tower of London. Very picturesque :)

21 Nov 2019

Huge pub which has three floors! Great place to hold events. If your interested in boats there is always loads to look at and dream about! Great food, great staff, massive selection of drinks an honestly the best pub in London! A must go to!

11 Oct 2019

Such a lovely venue! Having had our wedding reception at The Dickens Inn, we can't imagine having done it anywhere else. We had a large wedding (93 people), about half of whom came from the United States and had never been to London before. With it's prime location at St. Katherine's Dock, our American guests got all the grandeur of a historic London waterfront venue! The price was very reasonable and the service exemplary. The space provided was well-sized, comfortable, and perfectly suited to what we needed. The venue also looked great, with it's exposed wooden beams, fairy lights, and wooden chairs (trust us, it is worth the minimal extra cost to have the white wooden chairs), we were able to have our warm and rustic autumn atmosphere despite the cold and rain outdoors The two members of the events team with whom we worked, Agata and Sam, were both marvellous. They were very responsive to our questions and needs, including a few transatlantic language mix-ups and a myriad of set-up questions! We were also very impressed with their chef, who was able to accommodate a last minute dietary request for one of the guests with only 48 hours notice! Every member of staff with whom we interacted was kind, courteous, and very professional. Do yourself a favour and don't give them a miss when you are looking at venues!

13 Sep 2019

We had our wedding reception at the Dickens on 14 September this year and I cannot begin to thank the staff enough for making our day really special. From the initial enquiry right through to the day all the staff were amazing and did everything they could to make our day as special as it could be. Everything went perfectly, the set up was beautiful, food tasted amazing and the drinks were flowing! Thank you again to all of the staff at The Dickens (especially Sam!)

1 Sep 2019

What a lovely find. Gorgeous outside with all the flowers so pretty. Nice big seating area inside with a large choice of drinks.

24 Aug 2019

We had a late summer wedding with around 100 guests, spread across three events over the day. The Dickens Inn is nicely tucked away from busy roads, the front square was perfect for our guests with children to roam around, whilst the adults enjoyed their refreshments during the function room change overs. We cannot thank Agata and her team in coordinating the day. They assisted us with all our requests and arranged the hall to exactly how we planned, including finishing touches such as table settings. The venue with its double storey height and exposed timber beams, added a character and glow to our wedding photos. Also, the food was delicious!

23 Aug 2019

We were lucky enough to be able to book this wonderful wedding venue on a Bank Holiday Saturday in August for our wedding, and we are so glad we did! We had often visited the pub for dinner in The Grill, or a delicious pizza, or just a drink, as it is such a beautiful location. We had family coming over from the States so we were looking for somewhere very centrally located, but somewhere with character and charm. The Dickens Inn ticked every box; the wedding venue is stunning, with its beautiful wooden beams and huge windows, and you are so close to Tower Bridge and the bustle of central London, but the cobbled streets around the quay could be a million miles away. Agata and her team were outstanding from the very first email exchange, nothing was too much trouble for them and we were in fairly regular contact for the year before our wedding, no question was too small and every detail was thought about. Any issues that arose closer to the wedding day were quickly and efficiently solved, and on the day we really felt that we could let go and enjoy ourselves, as Agata was there to make sure everything went to plan! We had the most memorable and perfect day, food was delicious and drinks plentiful, we were looked after so well and made to feel so special, and we can't thank Agata and The Dickens Inn enough for their personal, kind and efficient service. Would wholeheartedly recommend!

20 Jul 2019

We held our wedding party here for 100 guests. It was the best decision ever we made for our best day. First of all, Agata who is the even coordinators was absolutely amazing from the moment we contacted the venue until the wedding day (or even now!) she answered every single question we asked and made sure that we are happy with everything. As we weren’t sure with lots of things as it was our fist time organising wedding, she gave lots of support. And all the decoration I asked was done like a magic on the day! Options for food had lots of variety and we could make the way we like with our budget. And we never forget naughty pizza time at 10pm...! Even organising delivery from other companies (wedding cake shop, DJ etc), the communication was smooth and there is not even one stressful moment. You can really customise the way you like and with your budget. All the staff at the restaurant was very kind and helpful and all our guests had wonderful time! And also the location is fantastic, few mins walk to tower bridge which is going to be the best photo shooting location on your big day. If we do wedding again, we will definitely cheese here again for sure!

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