Wedding Photography at Fitzrovia Chapel: A Venue in Westminster, London
There was never such a beautiful wedding venue that looked so out of place as the Fitzrovia Chapel.
Once standing proudly at the heart of the Middlesex Hospital, it now sits in Central London’s Pearson Square amongst modern blocks of flats, restaurants and office buildings. Despite this, Fitzrovia is one of my favourite London wedding venues to photograph.
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Fitzrovia First Impressions
On walking into Fitzrovia Chapel, one is struck by the juxtaposition between the bustling, noisy streets of the concrete world outside and the quiet (almost sacred) tranquillity and beauty of the chapel.
Intimate grandeur and ornate decor contradict what it should be and where it sits in corporate London. The Fitzrovia website describes it as ‘stunningly beautiful‘ and ‘glorious‘, and I would concur with this 100%.
Secular and All Welcoming
Firstly, I must stress that the Fitzrovia is not a religious building. Its chapel tag is a misnomer:
Although it looks and feels like a Christian religious building, the Fitzrovia Chapel has never been consecrated. Therefore, it is secular, accepting couples from all faiths and denominations, and same-sex wedding couples. So if you’re an LGBTQ couple looking for a church-like venue you can get married in, the Chapel is gay-friendly and worth serious consideration.
There are three wedding packages that the chapel offers:
- A Ceremony and Toast for up to 50 guests.
- Traditional Ceremony for up to 60 guests.
- Intimate Midweek Ceremony with Champagne for up to 15 guests.
Contact the venue on 02034 099895 to discuss more bespoke requirements.
Wedding Photography at Fitzrovia Chapel in Westminster
There are no restrictions regarding photography except that public liability insurance is required. However, they request a conversation between the duty manager at the venue and the photographer before any work commencing.
As far as photographing the ceremony is concerned, I’ve always found the registrars at Westminster to be very easy going with no wedding photography restrictions either.
They even allow photography of the signing of the register which many do not allow.
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Fitzrovia Chapel – A Potted History:
- 1745 – The Middlesex Infirmary first opened on Windmill Street. In 1757, it moved to Mortimer Street where it stayed until its demolition in the 1980s.
- However, it wasn’t until 1891 that Victorian architect John Loughborough Pearson designed the chapel in an Italian Gothic Style.
- The chapel was finished in the 1920s by his son Frank.
- The original hospital was demolished and rebuilt around the chapel from 1927-1929.
- In 1929 the Fitzrovia Chapel was officially opened.
- 1970 – Grade II listed status was awarded, assuring its place as a historic venue for future generations to enjoy.
- 2005 – The Middlesex Hospital is finally closed and demolished. Once again, the Fitzrovia Chapel stands alone on the site while developers decide what should be done with the area.
- 2015 – The chapel reopened to the public following a £3 million restoration.
Fitzrovia Chapel Wedding FAQs
Q. WHY GET MARRIED AT FITZROVIA CHAPEL?
A. The Fitzrovia Chapel is the most popular wedding venue in Westminster. It is a real gem of a venue, and the ornate splendour inside (albeit small) really is jaw-dropping. The wedding team are attentive and determined that you and your guests have the best experience.
Q. IS PHOTOGRAPHY ALLOWED OF OUR WEDDING CEREMONY AND VOWS?
A. Absolutely, yes… The registrars at Westminster will conduct your ceremony and are amongst the most helpful and relaxed in London. They are happy for the photographer to move around (although there is limited space for this) to get the best shots. They also allow photography of the marriage register signing which many boroughs do not allow.
Q. IS CONFETTI ALLOWED AFTERWARDS FOR A NICE SEQUENCE OF PHOTOS?
A. Generally no, but I have attended one wedding where confetti was allowed. If it’s important to you, it might be worth asking. Bubbles and sparklers (when it’s dark outside) are popular alternatives and photograph well.
Q. WHAT IS THE LIGHT LIKE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY INSIDE THE FITZROVIA?
A. Generally, the lighting is poor, but this increases the ambience and highlights the ornate marble features and colours. A good professional photographer will have no problem in dealing with poor light to create a great set of photos for you.
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