Islington Town Hall Wedding Photography

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Wedding Photography Islington Town Hall in London N1


An Islington Council Chamber Wedding from the Back of the Room

The Council Chamber has the largest capacity for guests out of all of the venue rooms.

Grade II listed, the building stands proudly on Upper Street.  Classical in appearance and built in the 1920’s, it was constructed and faced largely with Portland stone.  The interior has amazing art deco interiors along with the more traditional ceremonial rooms.

The first thing to notice when entering the building is the grand sweeping marble staircase.  This provides many fantastic photo opportunities for newly-wedded brides and grooms.  You should definitely allow time for some photos here.

Newly-weds leaving Islington Town Hall Wedding

All over… the ceremony that is! The newly-wedded couple leave Islington Town Hall to start their new life together. I always photograph a sequence of the couple leaving the venue and I love this black and white shot.

Islington Town Hall Location

The building incorporates Islington Register Office (sometimes miscalled registry) and the Assembly Hall.  Both are licensed for weddings and photography.

Located on Upper Street (otherwise known as the A1), the venue is very conveniently situated for those that are north of the river.  Highbury & Islington is the nearest train/tube station being just a five minute walk away and just one stop from Kings Cross St Pancras.  So it is ideal for your wedding guests arriving by public transport…

Registrar Conducting Gay Wedding at Town Hall Wedding

The Mayor’s Parlour is the smallest of the wedding ceremony rooms and this wide shot shows it off well.  Despite it’s diminutive size, the registrars at Islington are comfortable with the photographer’s presence.

I have photographed weddings at the venue a few times and have found it to be a very special and accommodating wedding venue.  All the ceremony rooms (listed below) are unique and photogenic, so whatever the size of your small to medium sized wedding (up to 160 guests), you’re sure it’ll be as memorable an occasion as is fitting for your special day.

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My wife and I are so pleased we hired Guy Milnes to shoot our wedding: he did a fantastic job!  Patient, knowledgeable and really friendly as well.  We had our pictures back in good time and he even put together some bespoke thank you cards for us as well.  Very transparent about costs and easy to work with.  He put us at ease and we love our photo’s.  Thank you Guy!

– Charlotte & Ryan had their wedding ceremony at Asia House

The corridors that you will walk down at Islington Town Hall are splendid and long with large windows lining the way.  Photography is all about the light so this is a real boon to your wedding photographer and will help them in producing some stunning portraits as well as natural environmental shots.

Bride with Father Waiting Infront of Large Arched Windows

The Bride and her Father thoughtfully wait in the corridor outside the ceremony room.

The Borough of Islington Registrars

The registrars are accommodating and seem keen for your photographer to get a good selection of photographs that tell the story of your time at the venue.  They allow the photographer to move around during the wedding ceremony.  The black and white photo above, shows how relaxed this registrar was about my presence throughout the ceremony.  They also allow photography of the actual signing of the register.  Many wedding venues do not allow photography of the signing, instead opting for a pretend signing of a 'dummy register'.  This has caused amusement and slight embarrassment with many happy couples, but not here at Islington Register Office!

Exchange of Rings at Gay Wedding in Islington Register Office

Taken in the Mayor's Parlour, this is one of my favourite gay wedding rings exchange photographs. Most couples don't notice their photographer at this crucial time.

Other Ceremonies and Events

As well as Marriages, the Town Hall also caters for Civil Ceremonies, Renewal of Vows and Naming Ceremonies.  If you are having an LGBT+/gay wedding, this venue is perfect and gay-friendly.

Contact the Islington Register Office Registrars on 020 7527 6350 to discuss your bespoke requirements.

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xchange of Rings in Black and White at Islington Town Hall

In the Council Chamber: The Bride slips the ring on her Groom's finger. A decisive moment to photograph!

Islington Register Office Wedding Photography Venues


There are 4 rooms to choose from for your wedding. Here is a list of them including my highlights of what makes them special:


The Council Chamber:

  • The Council Chamber lies at the top of the ornate main staircase and is the largest of the ceremony rooms in terms of seating.  It is airy and light with a vaulted ceiling and stained glass windows.  Seating is almost 'courtroom' style with guests seated on three sides on benches and chairs.
  • Holds 100 guests seated in the main room with a further 60 in the balcony = 160.
  • The room is not available on Sundays or Mondays and prices are £480 or £680 on Saturdays.

The Mayor's Parlour:

  • The Mayor's Parlour is the smallest room and located at the end of the long corridor on the first floor.  Furnished in rich red leather and oak panelling, the fireplace is the focal point.  The couple sit in two large red arm chairs with guests to their left and right on a sofa and chairs.
  • Just 12 guests seated on the sofa and chairs may attend a wedding in this room.
  • The room is not available on Sundays or Mondays and prices are £380 or £580 on Saturdays.

The Richmond Room:

  • Spatially, The Richmond Room is the largest at Islington Town Hall.  Long and with high ceilings and large windows, it would make an excellent venue for your wedding.
  • 60 guests may be catered for in forward facing seats.
  • Only available on Saturdays (except the 2nd of the month), the price is £480.
  • There are restrictions on music volume in this room to respect the close proximity of neighbours.

Room 99:

  • The curiously named Room 99 is the most popular.   The colour scheme is red and gold with permanent floral displays.
  • Seating is available for 28 guests.
  • Prices = Mondays £54.  Tuesday-Thursday £180.   Friday £230.  Saturday £280.
  • Time is more restricted in Room 99 with just the legal ceremony allowed.  There is no time for extra readings, bespoke vows or even separate registrar interviews and walk-in.  The cheaper pricing structure reflects this and, as a result, the room has a higher turnover of weddings.  If you need a more personal wedding ceremony, one of the other rooms is recommended.  This room is purely for those wanting a no frills register office wedding.

Wedding Guests Waiting in Hall Before Ceremony with Stained Glass Windows in the Background

This informal group shot of the guests waiting before the ceremony shows of some of the venue's art-deco features well.

Same-sex Couple Walking Down Corridor at Wedding

Islington's  lengthy corridors are great for taking a walking sequence of the grooms as they approach their ceremony room.

Wedding Couple Seated in the Mayor's Chamber

I love this shot I took of the happy couple seated in the Mayor's Parlour. They both look so 'in the moment' as they wait to take their wedding vows..

Bride and Groom Holding Hands During Their Wedding Ceremony

There is so much space in the Council Chamber to move around in and get the shot. The Islington registrars don't mind this at all.

First Kiss at Marriage in Black and White

The first marriage kiss is a must-have shot and the gorgeous directional light  can only enhance that.  It's important for couples to slow down here to allow the photographer to get the shot.

Gay Marriage Couple Signing the Wedding Register

The borough registrars are very relaxed about photographing the signing of the wedding register.  I prefer taking natural shots such as this one.

Group Shot in Mayor's Parlour at Islington at LGBT Wedding - Couple Kissing

This photo shows how the beautiful light coming in to the Mayor's Parlour works so well for wedding group portraits.

Confetti at London N1 Wedding - Islington Town Hall

Islington Town Hall allows confetti which always makes for great wedding photography.

Bride and Groom after Wedding Ceremony at Islington Register Office

This smiley shot of the happy couple shows off the beautiful facade and gives photographic context.

Islington Register Office,
Town Hall,
Upper Street,
N1 2UD.


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