Elopement sounds like an old term. In 2020, it means smaller intimate weddings. You don’t have to hide it from parents, afraid that you will get disapproval. (Unless you are a celebrity who wants some privacy?) And the best thing, yes, it is Covid-proof! Most people also think elopement equals to ‘adventure shoot’, have to be done in the countryside, standing on a lake or on top of a mountain with backpacks, thanks to social media! But it is not necessary. An urban elopement can be equally fun and picturesque. In 2024, Elopement has become a trend for the Brits, as well as the Europeans. It may be because of the economic recession, but most of the time, couples tell us they want their love story captured as who they are without the pressure of hosting a big party on the same day. Some couples will have another celebration afterward. If you are considering having an elopement or wedding overseas, it would be wise to research the documents you need to prepare. Please see the government website. Either eloping in the UK or overseas, The Snapshot Cafe is happy to help.

First thing, boring stuff, regulations… Unfortunately, if you choose to get married in England and Wales, you will have to get married in ‘a place has a roof’. Although some venues offer outdoor wedding experiences, they have to be licensed. You can make it official by signing the paper in a town hall (Remember to get two witnesses), then have a ceremony you want with a celebrant. Or, you can pick a place where only a small party is allowed. If you are planning an elopement in London, the bustling metropolis offers an array of charming and unconventional spots to tie the knot without the hassle of a big wedding. From historic landmarks to hidden gems, here are ten spots perfect for a London elopement that you won’t forget.

Here are 10 spots good for London elopement:

1) St. Dunstan In The Field – Nestled near the River Thames, this church ruin turned public garden provides a picturesque backdrop for an intimate ceremony. Exchange vows amidst the tranquil greenery and ancient stone walls, creating a timeless memory.

2) Tower Bridge (with wedding license) – Imagine saying “I do” against the backdrop of one of London’s most iconic landmarks. Tower Bridge offers a unique setting for your elopement, with its breathtaking views of the cityscape and the River Thames.

3) London Eye – Elevate your wedding experience by exchanging vows in one of the London Eye’s capsules. With panoramic views of the city unfolding around you, this intimate setting promises a truly unforgettable ceremony in the sky. Simply book a private capsule.

4) Asylum Chapel (with wedding license)- Ideal for bohemian brides seeking a unique venue, the Asylum Chapel exudes rustic charm and affordability. Say your vows amidst the atmospheric beauty of this historic space, creating an intimate and memorable moment.

5) The Golden Hinde (with wedding license) – Embark on a nautical adventure by getting married aboard The Golden Hinde, a replica of Sir Francis Drake’s famous galleon. Sail away into wedded bliss against the backdrop of London’s glittering skyline.

6) Greenwich Park (with wedding license in Queen’s House) – With its lush parks and riverside vistas, Greenwich offers a romantic setting for your elopement. Exchange vows in the place where “time begins,” surrounded by the timeless beauty of this historic neighborhood.

7) The Gherkin (with wedding license) – Ascend to new heights by getting married at The Gherkin, one of London’s most iconic skyscrapers. Enjoy panoramic views of the city as you say your vows, creating a truly unforgettable experience.

8) Waterside Adventure Playground – For a more unconventional elopement, consider tying the knot at the Waterside Adventure Playground. With its fire pit and kitchen facilities, this quirky venue offers a fun and relaxed atmosphere for your special day.

9) Pergola Garden in Golders Hill Park (with wedding license, but not accepting applications at the moment – updated 3rd March 2024) – Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Golders Hill Park. The Pergola Garden provides a picturesque setting for your elopement, surrounded by woodland and tranquil pools.

10) Royal Parks – From Hyde Park to Regent’s Park and Holland Park, London’s Royal Parks offer an array of stunning backdrops for your elopement. Exchange vows amidst lush landscapes and iconic architecture, creating memories to last a lifetime.

A friendly reminder: While spontaneous flash mobs may sound exciting, it’s important to obtain any necessary permits or permissions to avoid any potential disruptions on your special day.

Ready to start planning your London elopement? Click here to learn more or reach out to us with any questions. Whether you’re dreaming of a traditional ceremony or a more unconventional celebration, we’re here to help you create the perfect day to say “I do” in the heart of London. To learn more about elopement planning and having stylish authentic elopement photos and videos? Click here or drop us a few lines.