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Weddings and civil ceremonies

Our unique hire spaces - the Conservatory, Pavilion and Bandstand - are licensed for wedding and civil ceremonies.

If you are looking for a unique venue for your special day the Horniman can be used for your wedding ceremony, your reception or both. 

An icon of south London, any ceremony at the Horniman will be a remarkable event, whether you are looking for something small and intimate or something larger.

Hold your ceremony under the beautiful Victorian Conservatory roof, or against a backdrop of the London skyline. Dance the night away in the Pavilion with our alpacas looking on, or across black and white Victorian tiles in the Conservatory.

Our weddings are all managed and booked through Suzanne James, award-winning caterers of distinction and dedicated caterers for Horniman events.  

If you would like to discuss hosting your wedding at the Horniman, check availability of dates, or obtain a quote, please contact Suzanne James.

Useful Information

  • Live and amplified music are permitted in all venues
  • An extension until midnight is available in the Conservatory and Pavilion
  • The nearest station, Forest Hill, is just a 10 minute walk away. Forest Hill station is a direct 15 minute train journey from London Bridge station and a 25 minute train journey from Victoria
  • The Horniman sits within the borough of Lewisham. To book a registrar for your wedding please contact register.office@lewisham.gov.uk or phone 020 8690 2128.

Our spaces

A partial view of an old white metal and glass conservatory seen on a sunny, blue sky day. The conservatory door is in front of us under an arch, with a small glass tower behind it and a weather vane on top. There are two bollards in front of the conservatory.

Conservatory hire

The Horniman Conservatory is a striking venue which makes a gorgeous setting for your event.
A bandstand with windows facing the camera on a spring day. There are blossoms on a tree branch in front of it and the sky is blue

Bandstand hire

Looking for a bijou backdrop for a drinks reception or photography shoot? Our Bandstand is the space for you.
A square building as seen from outside and slightly below at an angle. The end closest to the camera is open to a balcony, with a glass walled internal room behind it. There are trees and shrubs surrounding it

Pavilion hire

Our bright and airy Pavilion is a contemporary venue which includes a large outside terrace overlooking the Gardens.