Couples with a love of history need look no further for their perfect wedding venue; Gray’s Inn is one of London’s most fascinating hidden treasures. One of the prestigious four Inns of Court, Gray’s Inn was founded over six hundred years ago and is steeped in a rich and colourful history. An oasis of calm in the heart of the city, Gray’s Inn provides a breath-taking setting for weddings, from the authentic Elizabethan Hall, to the five acres of landscaped gardens which form one of the largest private gardens in London, known as The Walks.
This grand and exquisite venue is matched only by its delectable in-house catering team and its impeccable personal wedding planning service. Couples are assigned an experienced personal event manager to guide them through every stage of the planning process, ensuring every little detail is taken care of. With two registered civil ceremony spaces, the Inn can accommodate up to 180 ceremony guests and 300 standing reception guests, with many flexible options for smaller weddings or larger marquee receptions for up to 250-seated guests in The Walks, during the summer period.
As for the long history of Gray’s Inn, it has been home to London’s finest legal minds since before 1388 AD and is today responsible for the education and training of barristers.
While the Inn is best known for its place at the heart of London’s legal society, it has also played its part as a renowned historical venue for culture and entertainment. The sixteenth century was known as the “golden age” of the Inn, when Queen Elizabeth I was the Inn's patron. During this period, the Inn was famed for its shows, and there can be little doubt that William Shakespeare played in the magnificent Gray's Inn Hall.
Many historical meetings and debates have taken place at Gray’s Inn; Master Sir Winston Churchill and Mr Franklin Roosevelt first met in 1918 at the Hall’s high table.
During the blitz of World War Two, several of the Hall’s most notable features were moved and preserved, including the Great Screen, reportedly built from the timbers of the flagship of the Andalucian Squadron of the Spanish Armada in 1588 and the exquisite stained glass windows, some of which date back to 1462.
Gray’s Inn’s wedding spaces are available for exclusive use hire both on weekends and weekdays where available; tastings are possible following confirmation of bookings.