Caroline Gardens Chapel, London

Ok, Ok I got slightly distracted.  It is sort of industrial, but I just read “decaying Chapel” and knew it had to go on the blog!

This cracking wedding venue, Caroline Chapel Gardens, is in Peckham, London.  It is run by Asylum an artist lead organisation,  The Chapel was built in 1826 for use by the residents in Caroline Gardens and forms “the heart of London’s largest complex of almshouses.” It was sadly bombed in WWII and is now used in it’s current capacity as a space for hire!  I can’t think of a better use than to inspire others.

The grand entrance has beautiful steps leading up to a portico with columns and tomb-like tapered giant doors which are ideal for wedding day photos.  The chapel is situated in the middle of a large garden, with georgian alms houses all around it.  The gardens make a beautiful and peaceful backdrop for a wedding. Inside, the beautifully distressed walls are extremely photogenic and the large hall area offers many possibilities for set-up and styling. A table can be installed in the hall for signing purposes.

Beautifuil stained glass windows at Caroline Gardens Chapel

Beautiful stained glass windows at Caroline Gardens Chapel

The aisle layout at Caroline Garden Chapel

The aisle layout at Caroline Gardens Chapel

The front of Caroline Gardens Chapel

The front of Caroline Gardens Chapel


Get a feel for how your day might be with these real weddings:

Spring – Emma & Chris by Angela Ward Brown

Spring – Lucy & Richard by Mark Wallis Photo

Summer – Missy & Yoni by Babb Photo


Hear from the brides about their day via these wedding blogs:

Wendy & Alex via RocknRollBride

Alex & Alex via Love My Dress


There is a lot of great information about what you need to know to plan your day but here are a few FACTS:

  • Get married – The venue holds a wedding licence
  • Maximum Capacity – 150
  • Decoration – Asylum can help with this, you can do it yourself or Asylum can put in you in touch with a coordinator
  • Finish time – 9.30pm – There are recommendations on the site on where to carry on the party
  • Music – Amplified music must be agreed in advance.  The natural acoustics work well with live music.
  • Catering – You can supply your own food or hire one of their recommended caterers
  • Drink – You supply your own – which is as much as a bargain as the price of the venue

Need some decoration inspiration?

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