The Happenstance Weddings

Rating
(25 reviews)
 
Location
No. 1A, Ludgate Hill, London, Greater London  View Map
Business Hours
By Appointment
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The Happenstance wedding venue is a truly unique venue with terrific views of St. Paul’s Cathedral. On weekends this transforms into a dream wedding venue, a tranquil hideaway, and the restaurant converts into a contemporary wedding destination for city-loving couples. Being so close to St. Paul’s Cathedral makes this wedding reception venue for couples marrying in the iconic landmark.

Wedding Venue Snapshot:

- The Happenstance can host indoor wedding dinners for 130 guests or standing occasions for up to 350 guests

- The venue is licensed for intimate ceremonies in The Lounge for 80 guests

- Alfresco dining can take place on the front terrace for up to 80 guests and standing receptions can accommodate 150 guests

- Enjoy the celebrations all night long with their 12am licence, late extensions available

- The Happenstance is exclusively yours on a minimum spend basis of 12 500 GBP including VAT during peak season

- St. Paul’s tube station and the City Thameslink are under a 5-minute walk from the venue

- Modern British cuisine is paired with expertly crafted cocktails and a large variety of local beers and ales

The Happenstance by Drake & Morgan is a truly unique venue with terrific views of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Located beneath the London Stock Exchange in Paternoster Square, it hums with activity during the week. On weekends the square transforms into a tranquil hideaway, and the restaurant converts into a contemporary wedding destination for city-loving couples. Being so close to St. Paul’s Cathedral makes this wedding reception venue an easy choice for lucky couples marrying in the iconic landmark.

A towering column walkway leading up to The Happenstance complements the surrounding London architecture. The open-air terrace dotted with outdoor plants and colourful lounge furniture overlooks Paternoster Square and reminds you why cocktails in the summer taste so great. Up to 150 guests can enjoy a standing drinks reception on the terrace or 80 guests can dine with a spectacular view of St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Venture through to the main restaurant to be welcomed by speckled concrete floors and a curving wooden bar painted in a funky herringbone pattern. With subtle rustic features and soft lighting, The Happenstance is the perfect backdrop for a modern boho wedding. Use a mixture of their solid wood tables and playful round booths to seat up to 130 guests for dinner.

The Lounge next door is perfectly suited to your evening wedding party, and the low lighting and a second quirky patterned bar transforms the room into your own private nightclub. With an optional separate entrance and a wedding licence, the lounge can also accommodate wedding ceremonies of up to 80 or be hired independently from the main restaurant to host engagement parties and hen nights. Next door, a private dining room connected to the main restaurant doubles up as a useful bridal room, cloakroom or hangout area for children. 

Due to its location, The Happenstance is a wedding photographer’s dream being surrounded by beautiful city buildings for urban couple photos. Skip around the corner to St. Paul’s Cathedral for dramatic wedding photos or pose in the picturesque Festival Gardens next to the cathedral, no permit required!

With such versatile spaces in and outdoors, striking views of St. Paul’s Cathedral and an agreeable modern interior, The Happenstance in Paternoster Square is a must-see wedding venue.


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Venue Features

Reception guests

Min 2 / Max 350

Ceremony

Indoors

Ceremony Guests

Min - / Max 80

Time restrictions

00:00

In-house catering

Yes

Event time included

12.00 hours

Music must end by

00:00

Reviews

(25 reviews)
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12 Apr 2019

Friendly and welcoming staff. We had the private room, on the food front and with 17 of us there was a wide variety pre-ordered off the all day menu and not one complaint from anyone, it was delicious and fresh...

22 Feb 2019

What an evening...they made my day.The service was just amazing, our bartender was the best waiter ever, very professional, high skilled, he has good sensitivity for the guest, his attention was spot on. I really want to say a big thank you. We will be back for sure. <3

1 Dec 2018

Great bar with wonderful staff. We had our own room with food and drink set out and attentive staff that came through regularly to tidy up and take drinks orders from those of us that wanted drinks other than the pre-ordered ones. The venue is lovely and in a wonderful spot. The food was really nice and the service was great. Would definitely visit again.

4 Nov 2018

I had a fab time at the happenstance along with family and friends. The service and food were both excellent and great value for money and location; situated close to St Paul's Cathedral. All in all worth a visit!!

13 Oct 2018

We were in a lovely private room on the side of the restaurant for a wedding reception. Plenty of seating, lovely candles and a bar. The ladies toilets had gorgeous scented candles in them and a jar of sweets! It's a shame the weather was so awful that day, otherwise we could have spilled out onto Paternoster square and enjoyed the October sunshine. Instead we enjoyed the lovely room, with its fur throws on some of the seats and its cosy ambience. Great place for a private celebration.

26 Jul 2018

I liaised with the Events Manager, Ruaidhri throughout organising our wedding lunch in July. He was absolutely brilliant and a joy to work with. Nothing was too much trouble and everything ran very smoothly. We had lunch for 45 people and everyone said the food was excellent. The tables were laid out as I wanted and the team were brilliant. In fact we were that happy we had breakfast for around 16 the next morning. Ruaidhri thank you!

11 Mar 2018

Such a beautiful venue, so ideal for a small family wedding. We were made to feel welcomed the second we walked into the place. Anything they could do to help and assist they did. Although it was on and off with rain all day, it was a beautiful wedding.

16 Dec 2017

Such an amazing night. AMAZING staff, great food, great value, great atmosphere. Everyone had the best time!

20 Nov 2016

Will and his team hosted our wedding at The Happenstance last year, we had the most wonderful day and cannot thank the team enough for their hospitality and attention to detail. The venue was perfect, the food was delicious and the service was amazing. Nothing was too much trouble! Thank you Happenstance for being a huge part of our incredible day!xx

28 Oct 2016

We had our wedding at The Happenstance in October 2016. We chose this venue over others as, from the moment we met Will and Rhiannon, it quickly became clear that they were the people we wanted to manage our big day. We had numerous meetings with the team who were always professional and diligent, their attention to detail meant that we didn’t have to worry about anything on the day. From the moment we arrived at the reception we couldn’t have been looked after better, friends and family were all extremely impressed with how attentive and welcoming the staff were. The venue is in a perfect location, with St Paul’s in the backdrop and in the heart of the city. But, it was the hard work, thoughtfulness and friendliness of Edgar/Damian and their team who worked on the day that it made it even more special. We know they do a number of weddings at the venue but, despite this, it felt like the venue was completely transformed to suit us for the day and that’s not an easy feat to achieve in central London! I work near The Happenstance and whenever I walk by I always smile at the memories they created for us. Thank you again! Leon and Victoria xxx

21 Oct 2016

We had our wedding at The Happenstance in October 2016. We chose this venue over others as, from the moment we met Will and Rhiannon, it quickly became clear that they were the people we wanted to manage our big day. We had numerous meetings with the team who were always professional and diligent, their attention to detail meant that we didn’t have to worry about anything on the day. From the moment we arrived at the reception we couldn’t have been looked after better, friends and family were all extremely impressed with how attentive and welcoming the staff were. The venue is in a perfect location, with St Paul’s in the backdrop and in the heart of the city. But, it was the hard work, thoughtfulness and friendliness of Edgar/Damian and their team who worked on the day that it made it even more special. We know they do a number of weddings at the venue but, despite this, it felt like the venue was completely transformed to suit us for the day and that’s not an easy feat to achieve in central London! I work near The Happenstance and whenever I walk by I always smile at the memories they created for us. Thank you again! Leon and Victoria xxx

26 Aug 2016

We celebrated our wedding day at The Happenstance with a group of around 125 adults and children and from start to finish we knew we were in safe hands! It was a fantastic celebration with excellent food, well served, in a fantastic setting. We would strongly recommend The Happenstance as a stunning central London venue (right next to St Pauls!) and we are hugely grateful to them for their attention to detail. Will and Rhiannon who orchestrated our event are hugely experienced and well-organised and we quickly felt at home with them. Menu tastings were very enjoyable (!) and even with our stream of elaborate decorations being delivered at the last minute - no requests were too much for them. Arrangements for DJ's, lighting, bands, late licences and cakes all perfectly co-ordinated without any fuss. Huge thanks to everyone at The Happenstance for making our day so special!

19 Aug 2016

Great private dining room area. It's not only spacious to easily accommodate about 30-40 people but carries a sense of warmth that is both modern and yet homely. I not only had a wonderful evening, plus the great service we received. Very much thankful for the staff for looking after us from the booking all the way through to the late night dinner.

13 Aug 2016

The Happenstance hosted our wedding reception at the end of August and we had an absolute ball! Everything went smoothly from the very first time we met with Will and Rhiannon (who coordinated our day) and we couldn't have been more pleased with our celebration. The food is of an excellent quality - felt like home-cooking for a group of around 125 adults and children which cannot be easy to achieve - nor flexing so effortlessly to suit our slightly slipping timings for food! The venue itself is fantastic - contemporary and eclectic with beautiful chairs and interior design. We really felt in safe hands and all of our requests, no matter how large or small were attended to including dietary requirements, late licences, big decorations, cake co-ordination, lighting orchestration... the list goes on. Big thanks to The Happenstance.

14 Jul 2016

We booked the Happenstance for our wedding reception venue, had an amazing day and would thoroughly recommend, both for events and for dining in London. The food and wine was excellent (and really good value) and the service was outstanding. All the staff were personable, friendly and couldn't do enough to look after us. We ate at the venue a number of times before the day itself, and really enjoyed the food, wine and excellent cocktails! The service was consistently good on all our visits. Will Breteau helped us plan our day long in advance and had loads of ideas, suggestions and contacts to help us make the day exactly as we wanted. On the day, Will and all the team at the Happenstance looked after us brilliantly and adapted to every last minute request. We cannot recommend The Happenstance highly enough to any couple looking for a London reception venue. Thank you!!

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No. 1A, Ludgate Hill, London, Greater London

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