Everything You Need To Know About a Horniman Museum Wedding


Thinking of getting hitched at The Horniman? Here is a guide filled with all the juicy details you need to know about your Horniman Museum Wedding!

The Victorian Conservatory and museum found in South London is home to award-winning gardens that have a stunning secret garden nestled somewhere in the landscapes. The white glass conservatory is a unique and beautifully structured Victorian building that will take your breath away!

Want to see the top 75 London Wedding Venues we love? Click here!

venue overview

Before we dive in, here are a few key points you need to know about a Horniman Museum Wedding. This will make it easy for you to figure out whether this is the right venue for your wedding!

  • The Horniman is licensed for weddings and civil ceremonies for up to 120 guests.
  • Live and amplified music is allowed in all three venue spaces.
  • A curfew extension until midnight is available upon request in the Conservatory and Pavilion.
  • Forest Hill is the nearest station and is only a short 10 minute walk from the venue. Forest Hill station is only 15 minutes away by train from London Bridge station.
  • The Horniman is nestled in the borough of Lewisham, so you’ll need to register your marriage with them.
There are three spaces available for you to hire;

1. The Horniman Conservatory

An elegantly structured Victorian Grade II Listed Conservatory paired with its own terrace and a private view of the exquisite gardens.

Capacity: 120 seated, 150 for an evening reception (with Guest Marquee)

2. The Horniman Bandstand

Newly renovated Victorian Grade II Listed Bandstand with majestic views of London’s skyline and the manicured gardens.

Capacity: 50 seated, 60 standing

3. The Horniman Pavilion

Built in 2011, the Pavilion is a modern-chic that is minimalistic and airy with floor to ceiling windows, a large open deck and stunning views.

Capacity: 60 seated, 80 standing


The Horniman Conservatory is a hidden gem nestled in an unsuspecting spot amongst the majestic rural parkland of South London.

The graceful Grade II Listed Victorian Conservatory is elegantly tucked away in a picturesque location that is radiant with romance. The stunning glass white structure is one of the few available for hire in London and is charmingly positioned with the surrounds of 16 acres of abundantly lush and gracious gardens.

The tasteful structure offers a Victorian-chic space that is exquisitely styled down to every detail. It’s a well-crafted space that requires little decoration and allows you to enjoy a wedding where you can simultaneously indulge in the warmth of the inside and get spoilt with the remarkable beauty of the garden.


There are three unique venues for you to choose from. You might fall in love with one of these spaces especially but should you fall in love with more than one, you are welcome to use them in conjunction with each other.


The graceful Victorian Conservatory showcases a stylish terrace that spoils guests with panoramic views across the award-winning gardens. The Conservatory was originally built in 1894, but by 1982 it had fallen into disrepair until it was skilfully restored and reopened in 1988.

The Conservatory allows for up to 120 guests for a ceremony or wedding breakfast, and there is an option to utilise a marquee that would make space for up to 30 additional evening guests.


Set within the Horniman Gardens the Pavilion is an open and airy space with a large private terrace that overlooks the outstanding garden and the dazzling London skyline.

This contemporary venue can host up to 60 guests for a wedding or civil partnership ceremony. The stunning floor to ceiling windows are able to fold back creating an extended open area to work with.


If you will be celebrating with a smaller or more intimate manner, the bandstand is perfect for a personal occasion. It has been recently refurbished and restored back to its Victorian grace and pairs well with the sensational view of the city skyline and the abundant gardens.

As few as 4 guests up can be hosted up to a maximum of 50. This space is also ideal to be utilised for your drinks reception. The venue boasts a beautiful balance of contemporary elegance featuring vintage Victorian sophistication in the utmost style.


If you aren’t quite convinced yet, here are some extra perks of having your wedding at The Horniman!

  • Free onsite parking for one vehicle (Wedding Car), plus disabled parking space.
  • All Conservatory bookings of 6 hours or more are offered the opportunity to reserve the Bandstand for photographs for up to 1 hour free of charge.
  • All venue spaces available are licensed for wedding and civil ceremonies.
  • Weddings at The Horniman are managed and booked through Suzanne James, award-winning caterers of distinction and dedicated caterers for Horniman events.


The Horniman Museum is a short 10 minute walk from Forest Hill station which is on the London Overground.

Please be aware the walk to the Horniman Museum and Gardens is uphill though. There are bus services that can be taken that stop at both the station and Museum which is a good thing.

Here is the address: Horniman Museum and Gardens, 100 London Road, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3PQ

Helpful Posts


Fill out the form and I’ll send you my detailed pricing guide. 
I can’t wait to hear from you! Seriously – I still do a happy dance whenever couples get in touch!