Weddings at Queen Mary

£125 - £140 pp
Up to 240
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Our extraordinary venue creates a perfect backdrop to ensure you wow your guests by providing a unique setting for a wedding day like no other!
Pricing & Costs

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Our price per head package includes: Exclusive venue hire and use of The Octagon 2pm - 11pm (9 hours) Dedicated Wedding Coordinator throughout your planning process Event Manager to ensure the day goes off without a hitch! Two glasses of Prosecco for the drinks reception Three course Wedding Breakfast Coffee, tea and petit fours Half bottle of house wine to accompany your Wedding Breakfast One glass of Prosecco to toast the speeches Unlimited still and sparkling water Menu and wine tasting session for two All table linen, crockery, glassware, cutlery, tables and chairs A microphone for announcements and speeches 80 people minimum
What is included in this pricing:
Exclusive use
Wine / soft drinks allowance per guest
Non consumables (e.g. linen, lights etc.)
Furniture included
Wedding coordinator available on the day
Couple accommodation included
Day before set up available
Features & Capacity


Venue Type
City Hotel
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
Usual Access Time
Usual Finish Time
Late night availability

Ceremony & Reception

Sound System Available
Dancefloor Available
Confetti Permitted
Wedding Licence
Church Within Walking Distance

Food and Drink

In-House Wine List
In-house Catering
Halal Catering
Alcohol Licence
Kosher Catering
Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol
Asian Catering
External Catering Permitted


Exclusive Use
Disabled Access
Grade I/II Listed Building
On-Site Parking
In-House Wedding Coordinator
Outdoor Reception Space

Cultural Specialists

Muslim Wedding Specialist
Asian Wedding Specialist
Jewish Wedding Specialist
Full Description
***Venue unavailable due to refurbishment works from May 2023 - May 2025*** The Octagon provides a spectacular backdrop to any wedding day, and is licensed for civil ceremonies for up to 240 guests and can host 100 to 240 guests for a wedding breakfast. Dining in the Octagon is an unforgettable experience. This extraordinary Grade II listed venue provides a truly atmospheric setting for your special day. The Octagon’s shelves are lined with brightly coloured books and busts of eminent authors which compliment the beautiful domed ceiling. Celebrate your wedding breakfast with a seated meal or hot fork buffet from our well-crafted menus. Our experienced in-house hospitality team will talk you through your options, and help you plan the perfect dining experience for you and your guests. We are able to cater for all dietary requirements. Our dedicated team aim to deliver a beautiful, relaxed wedding in the heart of East London. We are here to provide help and support to keep your mind at rest. 

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Alex
Hi there, Myself and the team look forward to helping you with one of the most important days of your life. The team at Queen Mary Venues will help make your big day, stress free and enjoyable! We are passionate about creating the most memorable moments for you both and your guests. Whether for a ceremony only, micro wedding, a reception or spending the full day with us, we can't wait to show you how the spaces can be used. Pick up the phone and say hello, we would love to hear your story!


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
Between 30 and 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Ruth & Joe
Happy couple married in August
August 2022
Made our day perfect, thank you!
Alex and her team made everything run without a hitch, made quick changes in relation to the weather on the day, were flexible with our food options, and of course a beautiful venue, couldn't recommend enough!
Oliver & Joshua
Happy couple married in August
August 2022
Beyond Happy!
ver since I watched the Disney Beauty and the Beast, I've always wanted to find a library that looked the same in real life. When I first discovered the venue, I was blown away by the beauty of the place. Alexandra, Victoria, Fleur and the entire team at Queen Mary University added the magic needed to give our wedding the magic sparkles it needed for our most special day. From day one, the whole team has been helping us organising and planning the wedding while giving us plenty of useful advices. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much for the professionalism, patience, listening and tailored made event you helped us organise. Would definitely recommend.
Hannah & Alex
Happy couple married in April
August 2022
Unforgettable wedding celebration
I would love to express our heartfelt gratitude and thanks to Victoria, Alex and all the staff at the Queen Mary University of London for all of their hard work before and during our wedding. We had initially booked our wedding celebration in the Queen's Building for 2021, and then needed to reschedule due to Covid-19. Throughout the whole process our wedding planning team maintained communication and kept us up-to-date without being intrusive. We are so thrilled to have chosen to hold our wedding celebration at the Queen Mary for many reasons. The Octagon Library is a stunning backdrop for any event, while the serving team are both friendly and incredibly professional. I enjoyed seeing such a smooth running team at work - and the food was exquisite. Victoria and Alex are both knowledgeable and well versed in all areas of the wedding industry and it was an utter pleasure for us to trust them, relax and enjoy our incredibly special day. Thank you again for helping to make our wedding celebration so completely unforgettable.
Caroline and Tom
Happy couple married in August
September 2019
Wonderful wedding experience with a great team!
We had a wonderful day, and it was thanks to the QMUL team for a great job to support us. They were flexible on several of our requests and I never had to worry. Plus the venue makes for some great photos!
Happy couple married in August
September 2019
Great communication
Saran communicated so well that it made all the planning easy. Highly recommend her and her team.
Matt and Steph
Happy couple married in April
April 2019
Simply stunning venue - the perfect day
We cannot recommend QMUL enough as a venue for your wedding. We chose The Octagon at QMUL as our reception venue having fallen in love with the space on going to see it - it really is even more breathtaking when you see it in person. From the start Saran has been great to deal with. We had a lot of questions and she answered them all in good time, we always felt confident in her and her calm and relaxed nature helped us to feel relaxed, safe in the knowledge that our planning was in good hands! The day ran so smoothly thanks to Saran and her catering and hospitality team. The food was absolutely delicious (can highly recommend the lamb kleftiko!) We had lots of positive comments from guests about the food, the staff and the location. We could not have asked for more from a wedding venue and had the best day.
Location & Contact Details


Mile End Road, London, Greater London, E1 4NS, England

Travel Notes

We have a car park on site if you would like to drive and visit us! We are also 4 minutes from Mile End station, 10 minutes from London Liverpool street and easily accessible from the A12 and M25

Nearest Town

Mile End

Nearest Motorway & Junction


Nearest Train Station

Mile End and Stepney Green Underground Stations

Nearest Airport

London City Airport

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Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?

One of our couples had a passion for gin - they used gin bottles as flower vases, invited their guests to 'find their seat, and let dinner be gin' - named their tables after various gins and used personalised Polaroid photos of their actual guests for their place cards!

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

It can be very easy to get overwhelmed with other peoples ideas and opinions. Remember to enjoy the planning process and to focus on how the both your would like to celebrate your day!

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

One of our favorite personal touches was during the Summer of 2021 when restrictions were tight and couples opted to bring the outside in with large birch trees, hydrangeas and other potted plants and they used the plants to create an intimate space within the Octagon - It felt beautifully intimate and unique

Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.

Historical, quirky, unique, colourful, elegant

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

On the balcony overlooking the Octagon with your guests behind!

Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?

Well.....that would be telling!!

What’s your favourite canapé?

Oooh so hard to pick just one! Our favorite canapes are the ones our chef creates using fresh, seasonal ingredients (some of which are grown here on site!) with bags of flavour!

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

Selection of freshly cooked pizzas or unique themed evening food designed for the couple!

What is your venue's most unique feature?

The Octagon - The space, the walls, the ceiling - they all have to be seen to be believed!

What part of your business are you most proud of?

Sharing these 'hidden' gems with those looking for a unique venue!