The Museum Of The Order Of St John

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This Tudor gatehouse, still used by the Knights of the Order of St John, is an architectural jewel with a peaceful garden.
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Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
Usual Access Time
08:00 AM
Late Night Extension

Food and Drink

External Catering Permitted
No Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol

Ceremony & Reception

Church Within Walking Distance
Wedding Licence
Dancefloor Available


Grade I/II Listed Building
Exclusive Use
Disabled Access
Outdoor Reception Space
Full Description
Standing at the edge of the City of London, the Museum of the Order of St John offers eight stunning rooms dating from the twelfth to the twenty-first centuries, and a secluded garden. It is steeped in History; From the 1140s until 1540, the Gate was the entrance to a vast priory, the English seat of the Knights Hospitaller. After the Reformation, it passed to the crown, and 30 of Shakespeare's plays were licensed in the Gate when it was the office of Elizabeth I's Master of Revels. In the 18th century, painter William Hogarth's father opened a coffee house here, and Dr Samuel Johnson later frequented it when the Gentleman's Magazine operated from its offices in the rooms above St John's Lane. Charles Dickens was a regular was the gate housed the Old Jerusalem Tavern in the latter part of the 19th Century. Two of the rooms are available for Civil Ceremonies - the Council Chamber, an intimate, ancient room, and the grand Chapter Hall. All spaces are available for hire as part of a reception,* and an impressive array of the finest caterers ready to help plan your perfect wedding breakfast. *With the exception of the Crypt of the Priory Church.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Juliet
Hello, and welcome to the Museum of the Order of St John! We have a variety of incredible, unique spaces to offer you - and we look forward to hearing more about your day, and working on an individual plan to make that perfect day happen! We really enjoying meeting couples before they book, to give a personalised tour of the spaces, discuss pricing plans, and talk about all the little details which will make the day so special - so please get in contact to book in your showround.


No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
No. of People In Team
Married in February 2018
August 2018
"It was absolutely perfect on the day"
“We want to express our deepest thanks for your organisation and efficiency on the day of our wedding at the Museum of the Order of St John. I really appreciate efficiency! Thank you also for answering my many minor questions prior to the event, it was absolutely perfect on the day. All staff at the Museum were really helpful and we are delighted to have had our wedding ceremony with you.”
Helen and Ed
Married in August 2017
August 2018
"It really is a special place"
Thank you again to you and your team. We had an amazing day. So many people have complimented us on the choice of venue, it really is a special place.”
Married in April 2017
August 2018
"We had the best of days"
Thank you so much to all the people at the Museum who made such an effort to make the day so wonderful; we had the best of days and the Museum was a much-commented-on element of our wedding. I thought it looked magnificent decked out in all that beautiful foliage and the choir and the quartet commented that the acoustics in the venue were superb.”
Married in February 2017
August 2018
"Our guests LOVED the venue and so did we"
“A very quick note to say a big thank you for all your help on our very special day – it was truly wonderful and made far more hassle-free by you and the staff at the Museum. Our guests LOVED the venue and so did we. Thank you.”
Gary & Lauren
Married in October 2016
August 2018
"Our guests loved the venue"
Thank you so much for helping to make our wedding day so perfect! You made us feel so relaxed and calm and really took the stress out of the day! Our guests loved the venue.”
Married in June 2016
August 2018
"A wonderful venue for a wedding"
“What a splendid day we had on Saturday; the Museum of the Order of St John is a wonderful venue for a wedding. I can’t say a big enough thank you to you and all of your staff who were an absolute delight; not just endlessly helpful, but also wonderfully friendly. They all helped make the wedding setting-up a very jolly part of the day.”
Location & Contact Details


St John's Lane, London, Greater London, EC1M 4DA, England

Travel Notes

We are really lucky to have some plenty of travel links nearby - so we are very easy to get to! The venue is located within the historic gate, so it definitely sticks out as somewhere different

Nearest Town

Nearest Motorway & Junction

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Nearest Airport


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What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?

One wedding had the Wedding Car wearing a top hat and bow tie! There was an oversized hat attached to the car itself (see our photos, we uploaded it specially!) and we thought this was really quirky and fun!

Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.

Historic, Elegant, Intimate, Timeless, Unique

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

Each room has its own character and best spots- so this is a tricky one! The Cloister Garden in the summer is a definite favorite spot in the sun, and the Chapter Hall is also brilliant for those classic, timeless shots.

What’s your favourite canapé?

Anything that won't spill down our front! We are lucky enough to work with an array of brilliant caterers, and everytime it seems like they can never get tastier...but they always do!

What is your venue's most unique feature?

The Gate is one of the last of its kind in London - you won't find any in Central London outside the Tower!

What part of your business are you most proud of?

We'e a small team that prides itself on being as accommodating as possible