Wedding Photography at Fitzrovia Chapel: A Venue in Westminster, London
There never was 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 in to 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, it must be stressed that the Fitzrovia is not a religious building. It’s chapel tag is a misnomer: although it looks and feels like a religious Christian building, the chapel was never consecrated. Therefore it is secular, accepting couples from all faiths and denominations, and gay wedding couples too.
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, it is requested that a conversation take place between the duty manager at the venue and the photographer prior to 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 allow photography of the signing of the register which many do not allow.
LGBT/Gay weddings and civil ceremonies are permitted at the Fitzrovia Chapel. So if you’re a same-sex couple looking for a church-like venue you can get married in, the Chapel is gay-friendly and worth serious consideration.
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Fitzrovia Chapel – A Potted History:
- 1745 – The Middlesex Infirmary first opened on Windmill Street. In 1757 it was moved to Mortimer Street where it stayed until its demolition in the 1980’s.
- However, it wasn’t until 1891 that the chapel was designed by Victorian architect John Loughborough Pearson in an Italian Gothic Style.
- The chapel was finished in the 1920’s by his son Frank.
- The original hospital was demolished and rebuilt around the chapel from 1927-1929.
- In 1929 the Fitzrovia Chapel is officially opened.
- 1970 – Grade II listed status awarded, assuring its place as an 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.
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