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 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. Its 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 even 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 1980s.
- 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 1920s 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.
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 is to increase the ambience and highlight 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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