Horniman Conservatory

Introducing one of London’s best kept secrets! Hidden in the rural backdrop of Forest Hill, South East London, the Horniman Conservatory is an idyllic venue for a wedding or civil partnership ceremony, set in award winning gardens with stunning views across London. At night dramatic lighting can transform this Grade II listed building into an even more magical space. Guests can enjoy champagne and canapés on
the private terrace, followed by a candlelit dinner and dancing into the night.

Licensed for weddings and civil partnerships and available for exclusive hire 1 April – 31 October.

The Conservatory stands majestically within the Horniman Gardens, the exquisite architecture reminiscent of the icing on a giant wedding cake.
On this, the most special of days, every Bride & Groom deserves to be surrounded by beauty & splendour……

As you approach the Conservatory a string quartet or harp may herald your arrival….

….and finally it is time to make your wedding vows in front of your closest friends and family, with the beautiful gardens forming a backdrop to this magical moment.

After the ceremony comes the celebration, and what better way to start than with champagne and canapés on the private terrace?

Our canapés never fail to delight; best described as tiny works of art, each one is skillfully created as a single bite, bursting with flavour.

Following the £2.3 million redevelopment in 2011 the gardens are more stunning than ever before.

There will of course be time for photos and, if you wish, to take a moment away from your guests in the breathtaking gardens.

Whilst you relax and talk to your guests we will quietly transform the conservatory for the Wedding Breakfast.

Your guests will be invited to take their seats for the wedding breakfast, where they will enjoy our seasonal, organic, sustainable food served, as always, with exceptional style. To be followed, naturally, by the speeches and cutting of the cake!

Then on into the evening: choose your entertainment from live bands, a DJ, dancing, and snacks if required: a sweet stall, or maybe one our delicious cheese bars……

We will tailor our service around you, to ensure you have your perfect wedding day.

By day or by night, come rain or shine, the Horniman Conservatory is sure to delight!

With Suzanne James – caterers of distinction – you are guaranteed to have the wedding of your dreams.

“We have been working with Suzanne James for many years and have had, and heard, nothing but praise for her and her team. Suzanne was a great support to us when we first embarked on our corporate hire initiative, bringing calm professionalism to everything she did, a smiling face, and fantastic food! We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Suzanne on our events. She is a great ambassador for the Museum.
We know too that she will make sure that everyone who comes to a Horniman event has a special day”

I wanted to write to thank you for a perfect wedding day. We have been receiving letters all week from our guests thanking us for inviting them to such a wonderful event. Everyone has spoken highly of the quality of the food, and the professionalism of the service. We would like to pass on our thanks to James for his amazing organisation of the day, and to all the staff for their friendly and helpful approach. The slickness of the service was really impressive and everything went better than we could have ever hoped for – even the sun shone for us!

I am delighted that we had our wedding at the Horniman Conservatory – a dream come true – and am so pleased that Suzanne James were our wedding caterers and event organisers!

We won’t hesitate to recommend you to friends and family and hope to use you again in the future.

Kim and Ross Anderson

A heartfelt ‘thank you’ from Eileen and I for your efforts not just on the big day but also in the months leading up to it. Awesome! There could well have been major errors/ embarrassments without your team’s guidance and patience. Very glad you were there across the months!

Lee & Eileen Katipunan

A huge thank you to you and your team for Saturday’s wedding party. It had both discretion and style and your efforts matched the setting which lots of people commented on. It was clear that there is much to think about in order to ensure these events run smoothly and you managed it successfully but unobtrusively. The food was great.

We will happily act as someone to approach if anyone wants to know about hiring the conservatory and using your services!

Mr & Mrs Dorner

Thank you so much for the amazing food and impeccable service for our wedding recep:on. Since returning from our honeymoon we have not stopped hearing the fabulous comments about the meal.

Claire & Rebecca

There aren’t enough superla:ves to describe how we feel about our wedding day. Thank you all so very much for crea:ng the day I had envisaged and dreamed of, it was perfect. We’ve had so many comments that it was the best wedding ever, that the food was sublime and the service exemplary.

Kerry Grootveld

Thank you so much for all you and your team did to make our day so special. You guys were so professional and everything went so perfectly that even my trained event planner eyes couldn’t see anything to find fault with (not that I was trying!). You really did make it such a complete pleasure to organise from start to finish. I love your passion for what you do and it really shows through in the high standard of event you produce. The food was delicious – so many people commented – and everything ran perfectly to :me. The venue looked amazing and your on site team were really lovely and very much in control.

Miranda McConlough