This week 5 Star Wedding Directory enjoyed stunning views over the Thames and St Pauls during lunch and champagne hosted by The Swan at Shakespeare’s Globe, on London’s Southbank. The Shakespeare’s Globe, is not only, as many might think, a dramatic open-air theatre, but a rather magical and yet unassuming London venue steeped in literary history. The two striking event spaces can cater perfectly for different sized weddings.
We dined in the Balcony Room which holds up to 120 guests and serves as a perfect setting for photos with its romantic Juliet Balcony opening out onto unsurpassed views of the River Thames. The unique Underglobe, which is located directly beneath the theatre stage, can accommodate up to 400 guests and provides couples with the opportunity to create a more dramatic backdrop with its artificial oak tree, permanent staging, mezzanine level and sweeping staircase – we loved the idea of vintage birdcage chandeliers and lanterns to create a Midsummer Night’s Dream setting.
Drummers, aerial acrobats, vintage dressing up booths, buskers, sonnets and soliloquies can all be organised to ensure you and your guests experience an authentic and enchanting wedding night. The Swan’s in-house event chefs develop exciting menus each season, including sumptuous feasts, innovative canapés and theatrical food stations. Hard as it was, not to devour the whole platter of Kashmiri Chicken Poppadom canapés, I held back for the delicious Sea Bass main and was glad that I had when finally presented with my mango brulee dessert. Unfortunately my petit fours missed out but I was blissfully full from The Swan’s delightful example of its wedding breakfast.
A Wedding Ceremony at St Pauls or Southwark Registry Office followed by a reception at the Shakespeare’s Globe is perfect for those in search of tradition and drama conveniently located in the heart of London. For more information visit www.swanattheglobe.co.uk or call 020 7928 9444