When planning a wedding or event an Art Deco venue could be the perfect choice. Originating in France during the roaring 20s, and continuing until the Second World War, Art Decoratifs is a 20th Century art style that represented modernism in a new world. Everything from fashion to design adopted this style and it continues to influence today. The release of The Great Gatsby film in 2013 sparked resurgence for the era in which it is set and has become a popular wedding and party theme.
Here are some of London’s top venues for Art Deco opulence:
Bloomsbury Ballroom located in Victoria House
Originally built in the 1920’s as office space, Victoria House is a Grade II listed, neoclassical, building situated on Bloomsbury Square with easy access to both the city and the west end. Located within the building is an original Art Deco ballroom, the Bloomsbury Ballroom which serves as an events space. Licensed for weddings it can accommodate anything from 50 to 300 people for a seated dinner through to 800 standing. Boasting high ceilings and oozing glamour this is the ultimate exclusive Art Deco venue.
Built in the 1930s on the site of the original fourteenth Century palace by wealthy American Stephen Courtauld, it is considered one of the most stunning examples of inner Art Deco. The circular panelled entrance hall with a striking glass dome makes for perfect ceremony space for up to 100 guests and the smaller drawing room painted orange makes a wonderful dining or adjoining reception area. However the crown jewel is the 200 capacity Great Hall mixing Medieval and Art Deco design that is truly unique to the eye. With 19 acres of beautiful gardens and reception rooms all leading onto the terrace this is the perfect venue for all seasons,where you can have an English country wedding with a London Post Code.
Hackney Town Hall
This east London building is a wonderful example of Art Deco design, boasting an original staircase, marble fixtures and stunning chandeliers draping from the high ceilings. The Assembly Hall can accommodate 550 people standing or be split into three smaller rooms and the Civic Suite, used for marriage ceremonies, can seat up to 100. Venues do not come much grander than this multi-functional space.
Originally built as a space for Masonic events as well as concerts and balls it became an important venue and social space. It was subsequently rebuilt between 1927 and 1933 to commemorate the Freemasons who died during the First World War and is one of the few buildings in London still used for its original purpose. Grade II listed, both internally and externally, and with an enviable Covent Garden location, Feemasons’ Hall is one of the most in demand venues for film premieres, opening night parties for West End Shows, fashion shows, award ceremonies, concerts, product launches and press conferences. Accommodating receptions of up to 1,200 people and dinners from 25 to 250 the space is perfect for both small and large events. Freemasons’ Hall is arguably one of the finest examples of Art Deco design in not only in the UK but in Europe.
The Grade II listed main hall was designed in the 1930’s and is full of Art Deco opulence and glamour. Its city location makes it the ideal venue for corporate parties and product launches. Its view of the Bank of England makes it the perfect backdrop for wedding photos. Whether hosting an event for up to 180 people cabaret style or a stand up reception for up to 620 this is a venue that should not be missed.
Built in Bloomsbury for the University of London in 1936 it was a modern campus designed to rival any other in both design and technology. Senate House has gone on to become the ultimate party venue hosting everything from dinner dances to elegant Art Deco style banquets to match the building and interiors style and opulence. With four unique halls, and various indoor and outdoor spaces, Senate House is one of the most versatile venues to grace London.
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Written by Sarah Guthrie, for and on behalf of The Events Mill