Thursday 28 June 2012

HOT NEW VENUE: 29 Portland Place

Say hello to one of the dreamiest, most sybaritic wedding venues in the land. And yes, I'm biased as I get to work just one floor up from the beautiful reception spaces of 29 Portland Place so they are technically home. But as I'm a sucker for anything fabulously period drama English in that rococo grandeur meets stylish palettes of eau de nil, frothed milk white and a little lick of peppermint sort of way, I'm hoping you'll let me off when you see the pictures....

Dating back to the mid 1700s, the Robert Adam townhouse which houses these ballrooms sits just a few doors down from the deshabille rooms used for The Kings' Speech film location (remember the peeling plasterwork of Geoffrey Rush's speech clinic?). It's hard to believe these are the exact twin of those spaces, with all of their original stucco plasterwork, shimmering crystal chandeliers and french doors still in place.
Now that's what we call a hangover: flowers by Pinstripes & Peonies. Image kind courtesy Aneta  Mak
Very recently licensed for events, the ballrooms hold a maximum of 200 guests across the two floors, so you can host an elegant drinks reception in the lower salons before ascending to the larger open-plan ballrooms by way of a grand sweeping staircase.
One adorable, stylish wedding: images courtesy of Aneta Mak

Although the venue likes to work with a hand-picked clutch of suppliers that include Vogue favourites Cellar Society, Sparks and Ashton for luxury cocktails, Great Hire and Aneta Mak, you can of course bring in whichever amazing suppliers you like.

Sigh. They almost make me want to reconsider my little country wedding venue sourced two years ago.

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