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The Horniman Museum offers 3 unique venues for your ceremony or reception, as well as a stunning backdrop for photographs

Wedding and civil ceremonies at the Horniman are organised through Suzanne James Ltd., who can provide event production and management, a designated events team and catering to suit any style or budget.

Venue Details

The Horniman Conservatory

Built in 1894, the Grade II listed Victorian Conservatory is a beautiful, elegant backdrop for any event. Standing with a stylish terrace area and enjoying view across award-winning gardens, this unique venue is available for hire from April to October. As darkness falls, the Conservatory looks stunning whether illuminated by simple candlelight or ambient lighting in the colour of your choice.

  • Available for hire April - October, subject to availability
  • Capacity for up to 120 guests
  • Licensed for civil ceremonies
  • Adjoining private terrace for al fresco dining
  • Area for marquee available to create further entertaining space
  • Fully accessible

“The Conservatory is not only one of the most elegant buildings in South London, but it has a wonderfully enchanting ambience on balmy summer evenings” (Client)

The Pavilion

The Pavilion was built in 2011, as part of the £2.3million Gardens renovation project. This stunning modern building has floor to ceiling windows which fold back, creating a light and airy space and allowing easy access to a terrace which overlooks the London skyline.

  • Available for hire all year round, subject to availability
  • Capacity for up to 60 seated guests or 80 standing
  • Licensed for civil ceremonies
  • Adjoining private terrace for al fresco dining
  • Fully accessible

The Bandstand

The Bandstand is perfect for small, intimate ceremonies, or for photographs folling your vows. Newly refurbished to its original Victorian elegance, it offers stunning views over the surrounding gardens and beyond to the horizon and impressive landmarks of Central London.

Useful information for all venues

  • Toilets, diabled toilets and baby change facilities are in close proximity to the Conservatory
  • Ample parking is available on nearby residential streets adjacent to the Museum, where parking is free an unrestricted
  • The nearest train station is Forest Hill, which is a 10 minute walk away
  • From Forest Hill, London Bridge is a 13 minute journey, and Victoria is 25 minutes
  • Several taxi companies operate in the area
  • Live and amplified music is permitted in all venues
  • An extension to midnight is available in both the Conservatory and Pavilion
  • Entry and exit for vehicles is only via London Road gates after 5pm
  • All bookings of 6 hours or more are offered the opportunity to reserve the Bandstand for photographs for up to 1 hour free of charge

5 steps to organising your wedding at the Horniman Museum

Once you have decided that you would like to host your wedding at the Horniman Conservatory, here’s what you should do next:

  • Contact Suzanne James Ltd on 020 8693 1476 (or via email info@suzannejames.co.uk) to check availability, obtain a detailed quotation and make a provisional booking.
  • Contact the Lewisham Registry Office to ascertain that they can perform the ceremony on your chosen day (see contact details below).
  • If both the venue and the Registrar are available, confirm your booking in writing to both parties.
  • Suzanne James Ltd will then send you a contract, terms & conditions and your invoice.
  • Choose your accredited suppliers for your event from the Approved Supplier List.

Lewisham Registry Office contact details

Telephone: 020 8690 2128
Fax: 020 8314 1078
Opening hours: Mon - Fri 9.15am - 4.15pm Address: 368 Lewisham High Street Lewisham, London SE13
Availability: From 2.30pm Wed - Sat
The ceremony, by law, may not contain any music or additional wording, declarations which are religious by nature. However, it may be possible, with agreement from the registrar, to include non-religious music, readings or poetry for your wedding. Ceremonies will be performed in the afternoon.


  • Minimum hire periods and other additional charges may apply
  • The venues may be available for hire outside the regular days by special request
  • Barbeques are not permitted in the Gardens, terrace area, Conservatory or Pavilion
  • Drinks may be consumed on the terrace area, but glasses cannot be taken into the Gardens
  • To maintain the beauty of the Gardens, confetti is not permitted
  • Smoking is not permitted inside the Conservatory or Pavilion
  • Streamers or balloons are not allowed in the Conservatory or Gardens

Wedding Photography

In addition to weddings, we offer spaces in our gorgeous gardens to capture your wedding memories.

See here for more information on wedding photography.