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Weddings at QMUL

£90 - £115 pp
Up to 240
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Our extraordinary venue creates a perfect backdrop to ensure you wow your guests by providing a unique setting for a wedding day like no other!
Pricing & Costs

(price per head)

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Minimum Number of Guests
Our price per head package includes: Dedicated Wedding Coordinator throughout your planning process Hire of the Octagon (8 hours) Menu ...
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Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
Bridal Suite
Changing Only
Usual Access Time
12:00 PM
Usual Finish Time
12:00 AM


Bridal Changing Facilities
Disabled Access
Exclusive Use
Grade I/II Listed Building
In-House Wedding Coordinator
On-Site Parking

Ceremony & Reception

Confetti Permitted
Dancefloor Available
Sound System Available
Wedding Licence

Food and Drink

Alcohol Licence
Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol
Halal Catering
In-house Catering
In-House Wine List
Kosher Catering

Cultural Specialists

Asian Wedding Specialist
Full Description
The Senior Common Room can accommodate civil ceremonies for up to 100 guests. This historical venue is located in the iconic Queens’ Building, overlooking the Queens’ Lawn and Victorian Clocktower. The Octagon can accommodate 240 guests (minimum of 100) for a sit-down dinner. Dining in the Octagon is an unforgettable experience. This extraordinary Grade II listed venue provides a truly atmospheric setting for your special day. The Octagon’s shelves are lined with brightly coloured books and busts of eminent authors which compliment the beautiful domed ceiling. Celebrate your wedding breakfast with a seated meal or hot fork buffet from our well-crafted menus. Our experienced in-house hospitality team will talk you through your options, and help you plan the perfect dining experience for you and your guests. We are able to cater for all dietary requirements. Our dedicated team aim to deliver a beautiful, relaxed wedding in the heart of East London. We are here to provide help and support to keep your mind at rest. 

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Ellie
Hi I'm really looking forward to helping you with one of life's biggest decisions and sharing how Weddings at Queen Mary can help make your big day, as stress free as possible! We are passionate about sharing our space with you and would love for you to come and see it - whether for a ceremony on its own, a reception or a ceremony and reception. If you have a question, however small, get in touch and I'll help!


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
Between 30 and 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
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Caroline and Tom
Married in August 2019
September 2019
Wonderful wedding experience with a great team!
We had a wonderful day, and it was thanks to the QMUL team for a great job to support us. They were flexible on several of our requests and I never had to worry. Plus the...
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Married in August 2019
September 2019
Great communication
Saran communicated so well that it made all the planning easy. Highly recommend her and her team.
Matt and Steph
Married in April 2019
April 2019
Simply stunning venue - the perfect day
We cannot recommend QMUL enough as a venue for your wedding. We chose The Octagon at QMUL as our reception venue having fallen in love with the space on going to see it ...
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Helen and Daren
Married in September 2018
October 2018
We had an amazing day!
We had an amazing day celebrating our 'For Life Party' at Queen Mary University of London. We chose QMUL because we live locally and wanted to pick somewhere that felt sp...
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Tom and Emma
Married in August 2018
December 2018
The best venue ever!
From our first viewing we knew we wanted our reception at The Octagon. Saran and her team were absolutely amazing throughout the whole booking process. They made sure tha...
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Jasmin Islam
Married in April 2018
December 2018
Amazing day and absolutely fantastic staff!!!!
I can not thank Saran and her team enough for all the support and effort they put in to help our wedding run smoothly. From the start they were so helpful, really quick t...
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Location & Contact Details


Mile End Road, London, Greater London, E1 4NS, England

Nearest Town

Mile End

Nearest Train Station

Mile End and Stepney Green Underground Stations

Nearest Airport

London City Airport

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Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?

One of our couples had a passion for gin - they used gin bottles as flower vases, invited their guests to 'find their seat, and let dinner be gin' - named their tables after various gins and used personalised Polaroid photos of their actual guests for their place cards!

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Plan, plan and plan - use the experience of your coordinator if you're struggling with the big picture!

What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?

Standing out from the 'usual' by taking the 'expected' and changing this - for example, instead of giving guests 'wedding favours' one of our couples gave a donation to charity on behalf of all their guests with a 'badge' memento to acknowledge this.

Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.

An historic, octagonal library with bags of ambience and wow!

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

On the balcony overlooking the Octagon with your guests behind!

Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?

Not yet, but we would love to have one!

What’s your favourite canapé?

Smoked salmon blinis with crème fraîche and caviar.

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

Pizza and Brownies!

What is your venue's most unique feature?

The ability to have your ceremony, drinks reception and wedding breakfast all within seconds in an uniquely historic presence under one roof, each with their own unique atmosphere.

What part of your business are you most proud of?

Sharing these 'hidden' gems with those looking for a wow factor!
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