20th century theatre wedding
“20th Century London wedding” – makes no sense as a blogpost title in 2012 maybe, but it’s the name of Jaina and Chris’s unique wedding reception venue in Notting Hill – the 20th Century theatre. Only a few feet from the famous Portobello Road in west London, the theatre would be easy to walk past on Westbourne Grove – at first glance it looks like an empty shop front.
But once past the threshold and up some stairs towards the back of the listed building, you find a piece of London’s theatre history. Built in 1860, it is one of the few remaining “ghost” theatres of London. A rectangular hall-type theatre which in the past hosted Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, Sir Henry Irving, Rex Harrison and where Sir Laurence Olivier made his acting debut.
It is showing it’s age. It’s not polished and spruced up like a hotel, the paint is peeling, the carpet a bit grubby but that is it’s charm. It oozes character, not only from it’s history but it’s slightly “down-at-heels” appearance. This makes it a fantastic blank canvas for a wedding couple to create a backdrop to their reception. Note the vintage, tea party theme that Jaina & Chris created for their guests. It knocks many an expensive luxury hotel for six as a wedding reception venue in London. ( Plus it has friendly and efficient staff – one of the few wedding receptions I’ve seen go on time this year! )
But back to the wedding last Friday. The day’s coverage began at the Zetter townhouse in Clerkenwell. Then it was across London to the famous Marylebone Town Hall for the ceremony( cheers to Mike at Galaxy Video for the lift ). With the rain just holding off still, a few portrait shots in Regent’s Park and onto the 20th century theatre in the Ambassador at a sedate pace.
And then there was the ‘wedding crasher’ – see if you can spot him amongst the shots below…
Here are a few images from the day…