A location for all time – Simchas Live 2017

A location for all time – Simchas Live 2017

It might be called Middle Temple, but it’s the tops for a wedding day

Brigit Grant is the Jewish News Supplements Editor

Middle Temple Hall is 
the perfect location for a simcha
Middle Temple Hall is the perfect location for a simcha

If you are going to get married in London, why not immerse yourself in the city’s history and bring a sense of occasion to your special day. In short, a function in a traditional venue is a fast-track to feeling royal and there aren’t many girls who don’t want to be a princess bride.

Built between 1562 and 1573, Middle Temple Hall, in the heart of London’s legal quarter, is the definitive location for a couple who want to host a memorable event. And if judges and lawyers are among your guests, they will appreciate your choice, while others can marvel at the surroundings.

Just a few minutes from Fleet Street, The Strand and Embankment and overlooking the River Thames, the secluded environment lends itself to corporate and private events because it houses some of the most imposing event space in London.

To think it is possible to hold a formal dinner, wedding, bar or batmitzvah in the place where the first recorded performance of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night was staged in 1602 is an extraordinary privilege.

And to add to its charm, it was here in The Parliament Chamber that Bridget Jones and Mark Darcy were memorably engaged.

Middle Temple Hall is the perfect location for a simcha
Middle Temple Hall is the perfect location for a simcha

With a rich tradition of romance, Middle Temple’s past members have included poets and playwrights who have been inspired to craft tales of passion and revelry. Try to imagine for a moment what a wedding in such a place would be like. If you choose the breathtaking Elizabethan Hall, it would give your function a real wow factor. An impressive setting for ceremonies with up to 100 guests, wedding breakfasts from 70 to 100, and informal receptions up to 500, you and your guests can sit on the same High Table where generations of Royalty have dined. The 29 foot long table is believed to be a gift from Elizabeth I and was made from a single oak tree from Windsor Forest and floated all the way down the River Thames to Middle Temple’s doorstep.

The hall can be set up in a variety of ways to suit formal or informal dining before you dance the night away, underneath the magnificent double hammerbeam roof.

The Prince’s Room, flanked by the surrounding historic red-chimneyed buildings, presents the perfect opportunity for up to 100 guests to meet for a drinks reception , prior to dinner in the hall or Parliament Chamber.

The working fireplace is the perfect backdrop for wedding photographs, along with the room’s wooden carved panelling and can accommodate 60 guests for a ceremony or 40 for a smaller intimate dinner.

When Prince William was called to the Bench on 6 July 2009 in Hall, the room was renamed to commemorate this royal occasion.

There are many rooms to suit any number of guests at Middle Temple and its experienced events team will assist with every step.

Whether it is a large party for 300 guests or a small reception for 30, the team will ensure everyone has an amazing experience. Middle Temple can accommodate blessings and Jewish wedding ceremonies and work with selected suppliers to provide wonderful catering.

And then there is the garden, where guests can enjoy a rare level of privacy while viewing the twinkling lights of the Embankment across the lovingly maintained lawns and award-winning gardens.

The tranquil Rose Garden provides an idyllic setting for more intimate receptions and has been renowned for its beauty since Shakepeare’s time. Your photographs taken in front of the fountain and ancient Mulberry trees will remind you that, on your wedding day, you were part of London’s history.

middletemplehall.org.uk/ 020 7427 4820

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