The Victoria & Albert Museum (otherwise known as The V&A) is an extraordinary wedding venue that stands at the heart of London’s museum district in Kensington. Reflecting its reputation as the world’s leading museum of applied and decorative arts and design, the magnificent building offers astonishing possibilities for your timeless wedding celebration in South West London.
Wedding Venue Snapshot:
- World’s greatest museum of applied and decorative art and design - Only available for evening hire (departure of 1am) - 4 minute walk to South Kensington tube station - Maximum dinner dance of 400 guests - Dry hire available with no corkage charge - Four spaces available for hire - Venue hire ranges from 12,000 GBP and 22,800 GBP - Dedicated Event Manager, security and cleaning staff, and basic lighting included
The striking V&A Museum, in the illustrious area of South Kensington, is a unique masterpiece of Victorian architecture and a treasure trove containing nearly 3 million objects spanning 5,000 years. Since 2001, the V&A Museum has embarked on a major 150 million pound renovation programme, to ensure that it has all the latest technology to create up-to-the-minute exhibitions and seamlessly run events and wedding celebrations.
The V&A Museum was founded in 1852 and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, perhaps one of the most famously in love Royal couples. Queen Victoria even expressed her devotion to Albert publicly: ‘his excessive love and affection gave me a feeling of heavenly love and happiness I never could have hoped to have felt before!’ The museum plays a touching homage to the great affection between these two individuals and their romance lives on within the museum, making the V&A is a fitting setting to celebrate love.
At the entrance, beneath the dome, is a stunning Dale Chihuly’s central glass sculpture, immersed within a scene of soaring ceilings, marble flooring and classical architecture. This room is one of London’s grandest and most impressive backdrops for a wedding celebration of up to 250 guests.
Another iconic room within the museum is The Dorothy and Michael Hintze Sculpture Galleries. The black and white mosaic flooring emphasises the beautiful collection of pearlescent sculptural art, coupled with a beautiful view of the John Madejski garden. The tall windows open directly onto the garden so guests can flow between the two spaces and mingle amongst the heavenly chiseled carvings.
Speaking of The John Madejski Garden, this secret garden is one of London’s hidden jewels; a tranquil space featuring a plethora of elegant fountains, which are perfect for wedding pictures. During the evening, the garden is illuminated, enhancing the 19th century terracotta facades and creating an ethereal atmosphere for you and your wedding guests.
Another option is The Raphael Gallery, the museum’s largest and most prestigious space which houses some of the most important serving examples of Renaissance art in the world. The compelling room features a Spanish altarpiece, lending a striking background to wedding dinners of up to 400 guests.
Elegant, atmospheric, iconic and unforgettable, the Victoria & Albert Museum certainly does not disappoint. Although the V&A is not licensed for ceremonies, there are a magnitude of nearby venues and churches that can host your nuptials. So, if you want an atmospheric evening engagement celebration or a wedding reception in an iconic, historical venue, then the V&A Museum is the perfect choice for you.