Armourers' Hall  wedding photography

 A photograph of the impressive and historic suits of armour that flank the entrance to the  Armourers' Hall a unique and stunning City of London wedding venue captured by London Lane wedding photography

Wedding photographers at Armourers' Hall

Armourers & Brasiers' Company, Armourers' Hall, 81 Coleman Street, London EC2R 5BJ  Phone: 020 7374 4000 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Armourers' Hall  - A brief history

The Armourer and Brasiers’ Company has been at the same address for 667 years, since 1346 when it took over from the original ‘Dragon and five Shoppes’. Starting as Craft Guilds for social and religious reasons and then continuing as a way of protecting and enhancing their craft, the various Livery Companies that sprung up to serve the City of London were essentially trade associations which would then eventually receive Royal Charters laying down regulations for controlling their trade. The Armourer and Brasiers’ current charter was granted in 1708 and it combined the Brasiers, who worked in copper and brass, with the Armourers.

Over the centuries the Armourers’ Hall has survived the tests of time being one of the few places to survive the Great Fire of London in 1666 which consumed 373 acres of the City of London, burning 44 company halls, round 13,200 houses and 84 churches. It was enlarged in 1795 but later in 1839 the decision was made to rebuild the whole building at considerable cost. During World War ll on 29th December 1940 it survived a major bombing blitz which levelled all the buildings around it.  

 

Armourers' Hall  - Wedding photography opportunities

The Armourers’ Hall is a truly splendid London wedding venue and a dream location for any history inspired London wedding photographers and although not currently licensed to hold civil wedding ceremonies, it is a truly unique venue for any wedding reception celebrations.

Entering the front door wedding guests are immediately presented with two full suits of armour that flank the red regal carpeted staircase, the latter of which on a practical note serves as an ideal place for any indoor group wedding photographs. Then as you climb the staircase past the impressive chandeliers and plaque tributes to the war dead, you are presented with walls laid out with ancient glittering armour and weaponry again providing a wedding photographer and the wedding guests with fabulous backdrops for some memorable wedding photographs.

Then into the Drawing Room or Gold Room as it is also called for the pre-wedding breakfast champagne and canapés, a great space for family and guests to celebrate and with many items of historical note to grab your interest and provide you with more souvenir wedding pictures. As well as cabinets displaying ancient crossbows, swords and shields and individual pieces of armour such as gauntlets and helmets there is also the magnificent 14th Century Lee Suit of Armour made by the renowned Greenwich Armoury for Sir Henry Lee, Queen Elizabeth 1’s Champion in 1570 and Master of the Royal Armouries. This rich and opulent room holds two large and impressive pictures, one of Sir Henry Lee and the other of Anne Vavasour, a Gentlewoman of the Queen’s Bedchamber and also Sir Henry’s mistress. The Drawing room is carpeted throughout with a copy of the Ardebil Persian carpet, the famous original of which is to be found at the Victoria and Albert Museum and it can accomodate up to 100 standing guests or up to 50 for seated dining.

After the announcement for dinner the wedding guests are treated to the awe inspiring Livery Hall, the lower half of which is wooden panelled and upon which hang hundreds of historic coats of arms, whilst on the walls above hang impressive 16th and 17th Century suits of armour and weaponry. Three 16th Century George II brass chandeliers along with exquisite Men-at-Arms Candelabra provide evocative candle-lit dining for up to 100 seated guests and providing a wonderfully enchanting celebratory atmosphere.

Further rooms include the elegant Court Room which can seat up to 20 guests for dinner around its Regency dining table and the Library which provides a welcome rest area from the celebrations and which can seat up to 10 people for dinner.

As well as offering plenty of historical backdrops for some truly unique wedding photographs, outside immediately opposite the front door is a pleasant green area with grass and hedges which can be used for further wedding photographs of the newly-weds and which offers a breath of fresh air away from all the wedding celebrations.

All in all the Armourers’ Hall is a wonderful hidden gem of a London wedding venue offering a uniquely historical and memorable setting for the wedding celebrations with plenty of wedding photography opportunities and all run very smoothly and efficiently by a friendly, welcoming and experienced team of people.

Armourers' Hall wedding photographer testimonials

Happy newly-weds portrait wedding photograph taken on the dramatic staircase of the historic London wedding venue Armourers' Hall by London Lane wedding photography

 

Richard, you were indeed a star. Thank You SO much…you were such fun to have around…you worked tirelessly (even risking life and limb) to get the best shots, were incredibly patient…and managed to relax us all. For the first time in my life I almost enjoyed having my photo taken! Everyone was impressed and I shall have no hesitation in highly recommending you in the future..

Alex and Adele, Redhill, Surrey – Wedding at St. Margaret's Church, Lothbury and Armourers' Hall, London
     

 

An impressive display of ancient armour in this wedding picture taken on the ascent of the stairs at the fascinating and historic  Armourers' Hall a unique and grand London wedding venue

A happy Bride and Groom wedding picture taken as they walk along Coleman Street for their reception at the unique and historic City of London wedding venue Armourers' Hall

A wedding photograph of the wonderfully evocative candle-lit Livery Hall with it's display of arms and suits  ready for the wedding breakfast in the splendid Armourers' Hall London wedding venue

London wedding photographer newly-weds walking along the road to a reception at Armourers' Hall a unique venue with an ancient military heritage		Newly-weds walking along the road from the church in this wedding photo taken on the way to the reception at the wonderful Armourers' Hall a London wedding venue with an ancient military heritage

Guests relaxing in the golden Drawing Room with champagne in this wedding photograph taken in the historic Armourers' Hall a stunning and unique City of London wedding venue

The fascinating historical artefacts displayed in this wedding photograph taken in the Drawing Room where guests meet for pre-wedding breakfast drinks in the wonderful Armourers' Hall in London

A joyful happy couple walking from the small garden area opposite the fascinating London wedding venue with a military heritage Armourers' Hall

The Bride and Groom's loving looks in this wedding picture taken on the steps of  the impressive staircase at the Armourers' Hall a unique and historic London wedding venue in the City

A wedding breakfast head table setting wedding picture taken in the wonderfully atmospheric and historic Livery Hall in London wedding venue Armourers' Hall

The stunning armour and arms clad Livery Hall captured in this wedding picture complete with laid tables ready for this Armourers' Hall London wedding breakfast

The Groom proudly escorting his happy Bride across the square wedding photograph to the historic and enchanting Armourers' Hall a London wedding venue with a heritage back to the 12th Century

A small and intimate happy and smiling group wedding photograph taken on the staircase at the wonderfully historic Armourers' Hall captured by London Lane wedding photographers

A relaxed and happy couple wedding photo taken as they cut their wedding cake with a regimental sword in the grand Drawing Room at the unique and fascinating Armourers' Hall in London 

Happy newly-weds posing on the staircase wedding pictures taken at the wonderfully historic 12th Century Armourers' Hall a unique and unforgettable London wedding venue

A proud Groom escorting his happy Bride to dinner in the Livery Hall in this wedding photograph taken in the wonderfully enchanting Armourers' Hall a stunning London wedding venue with a long heritage

Expectant guests seated for dinner in this evocative wedding photo taken in the wonderfully atmospheric Livery Hall in the Armourers' Hall London wedding venue

 

 

Armourers & Brasiers' Company, Armourers' Hall, 81 Coleman Street, London EC2R 5BJ  Phone: 020 7374 4000 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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