Gorgeous for all Occasions

ART

Exhibition space

We welcome art galleries based in London and throughout the world to exhibit at the Fitzrovia Chapel. Over the last year, we have hosted exhibitions by galleries and cultural organisations including the Stephen Friedman Gallery, Richard Ingleby Gallery, the Horiuchi Foundation, Erskine, Hall & Coe, the installation artist Scanner and TJ Boulting Gallery. The chapel has taken part in Photo London fair and Frieze Art Fair. We are experienced at showing and promoting high-quality exhibitions in our beautiful space.

An architectural, historical and design masterpiece in its own right, the chapel provides an inspiring backdrop — and sufficient empty space — to show artistic pieces in the most stunning way. Your exhibition will gain publicity not just by its own merit but by its association with the chapel which often becomes a talking point in reviews and articles.

Stephen Friedman Gallery

Stephen Friedman Gallery presented hand-painted sculptures by artist Yinka Shonibare MBE during Frieze London in October 2018.

Richard Ingleby Gallery

We were delighted to welcome Richard Ingleby Gallery in residence during Frieze London in October 2017. Artists David Batchelor, Jonathan Owen, Kevin Harman and Peter Liversdge were presented during the show.

Horiuchi Foundation

In May 2017, the Horiuchi Foundation presented a series of photographs at the chapel by Tomohiro Muda. The exhibition was called Icons of Time: Memories of the Tsunami that Struck Japan and was a photographic record of artefacts left behind in the wake of the disaster in 2011. It formed a satellite event for Photo London fair.

Erskine, Hall & Coe

This major London ceramics and sculpture gallery hired the chapel in July 2017 to present Claudi Casanovas’s third solo exhibition with Erskine, Hall & Coe. Quart Minvant explored the concept of emptiness with six massive stone sculptures in the jewel-like interior of the chapel.

TJ Boulting

This boutique, Fitzrovia-based gallery has shown works by artist Stephanie Quayle and photographer Sian Davey at the chapel. Gallery owner Hannah Watson said: ‘’The chapel is perfectly situated to attract visitors to a show. Its beautiful space was a huge asset to my exhibitions.’

FASHION

Showing your collection

If you’re looking for a unique venue hire in London for fashion week — or a special shoot any time in the season — give us a call. We are centrally located and easy for your guests to travel to. Yet we are also a ‘hidden gem’ with a unique vibe which will thrill and amaze.

The main body of the chapel actually has a natural — and stunning — runway. There is also room for up to 75 chairs on either side. If you are holding a presentation rather than a catwalk show, there is space to display your pieces and for visitors to view them with ease. The ethereal and ornate backdrop of the chapel will provide an extra wow factor for buyers, journalists and creatives at your shows.

Reganalds

Luxury London-based brand Reganalds showed their men’s and women’s collections at the chapel during London Fashion Week autumn 2018. The collection featured stunning blues, golds and scarlets among the glittering stars of the chapel,

Phoebe English

The chapel hosted the Phoebe English show as part of London Fashion Week. It was featured in Vogue and Elle, among many other publications.

Alistair James

We were delighted to host the spring and summer 2018 show for London designer Alistair James during London Fashion Week. The show was featured in Vogue.

Avenue 32

Luxury womenswear retailer Avenue 32 hired the chapel to promote a range of crushed velvet and high-end designer clothes.

Sharon Wauchob

Sharon Wauchob is a designer who focuses on bringing the unexpected to the area of contemporary luxury clothes. For her collection shown at the chapel early in 2018, as part of London Fashion Week, she demonstrated her trademark use of fabrics, folds and elegant details.

Phoebe English
CELEBRATIONS

A Unique Place

If you’re searching for a stunning location for your drinks party (or even after-party), birthday celebration, private dining or Christmas occasion, the chapel will provide the ultimate in alternative, exquisite locations. We host private dining experiences and cocktail parties, award ceremonies and prize-giving. Increasingly, our visitors are looking for a beautiful, immersive experience to accompany their event or special occasion. A venue with an imaginative and dream-like interior that matches their ambitious event ideas. That is why the exquisite surroundings of the chapel are so popular as a gorgeous backdrop. Our clients have included Artangel, the Arts Council, the Fitzrovia Partnership and Young People in the Arts. Please talk to us about your party or celebration ideas.

PROPOSALS

Planning to Propose?

Proposing at the Fitzrovia Chapel

If you’re looking for a unique location to make that first step in the journey of marriage, the Fitzrovia Chapel may well be your perfect venue. With our intimate atmosphere, breathtaking interior and sense of history, the chapel has become one of the best places to propose in London. We work with the capital’s most experienced proposal planners to bring you an occasion that neither of you will forget.

Wedding proposals ideas

The chapel is often called a ‘hidden treasure and it’s a wonderful secret spot to plan your wedding proposal. It’s your special occasion and can be as individual as you’d like it to be. Your input is hugely important. However, you might like to consider including elements including a field of rose petals leading to the altar, fairy lights, photo books telling the story of your relationship, musicians such as a harpist or violin player, beautiful flowers, candles or a professional photographer and videographer to create lasting mementos of your day. Engagement photos or an engagement film will become some of your most treasured items.

You may want to invite friends or family to be present to help celebrate your engagement or perhaps this is an event purely for the two of you. Whatever you choose, the chapel will become the backdrop to an unforgettable occasion you will remember for the rest of your lives.

Wedding proposal arrangers

Please contact the chapel team for more details and to find out abut more wedding proposal ideas that work. And if you’re a wedding proposal arranger who would like to talk to us about using the chapel as a venue, please get in touch. We work with professional wedding proposal companies including The Proposers and The One Romance.

The wedding

And after the proposal, we hope you will complete the circle by choosing the chapel as the location for your ceremony. With our vaulted ceilings, mosaics and exquisite architecture, we are one of the most amazing wedding venues in London.

WEDDINGS

Getting married

Going to the chapel and we’re going to get married

There can be few more amazing venues to hold your non-religious wedding or civil partnership than the Fitzrovia Chapel. Centrally located, yet intimate and unique in flavour, the Grade II*-listed chapel exudes grace, beauty, history and Gothic charm. When you take a look through the images throughout this website, you’ll discover that the chapel is truly the kind of place where memories are made.

An unusual London wedding venue

Take a look at the wedding photos on this page and you’ll see that the chapel is a different kind of place to get married. Many of our couples have been searching for a venue that’s like no other. We offer a building so steeped in beautiful design and history that you almost don’t need to dress it up fo the day — but of course you can. There’s a certain style and exclusivity that comes with the chapel and, blended with your own ideas and wishes, this makes it a fabulous location for your special day.

A legal or non-legal ceremony?

We are a registered venue for wedding ceremonies. This means that you can be legally married if your ceremony is officiated by a registrar from the borough of Westminster. However, you may wish to do something slightly different, outside of the legal (and religious) restrictions. You may like to make your vows in the presence of a humanist minister or a celebrant, for example. This can be a truly beautiful occasion. Some couples take care of the legal part at Westminster Registry Office but have a day to remember at the chapel as well.

Your wedding at the chapel

You can choose to have an intimate ceremony or a larger wedding with drinks afterwards. We would be delighted to work with you to create a bespoke wedding ceremony at our unique location.

Wedding photos  above courtesy of Guy Milnes Photography (image 4 and home page), Marianne Chua Photography (6 and 8).

  • Jordanna Marston Photography
  • Jordanna Marston Photography
  • A bride and groom going down the altar of the Fitzrovia Chapel
  • Mariannne Chua Photography
  • Photo courtesy of Marianne Chua Photography
What to ask your wedding venue

When you’re deciding on something as important as your wedding location, there will be questions to ask each venue. From our experience, here are 10 questions that should be high on your list:

  • How many guests does the venue hold?
  • Will the ceremony be legal?
  • What does a secular wedding mean?
  • What does the venue hire fee includes?
  • What is the curfew?
  • Do you have any suggestions regarding live music, caterers, decorations or flowers?
  • Does the organ work? Can we have an organist for our wedding?
  • How much time do we need for a wedding ceremony?
  • What are the restrictions regarding decorations?
  • Can we have confetti?
MUSIC

Recording, filming, playing

From classical music festivals and choral events to recording and filming, the chapel has become a desirable venue for all types of music professionals. If you’re searching for a standout background to your music video, a breathtaking location for your concert or an inspiring central London venue for a rehearsal, the Fitzrovia Chapel may be your place. There can be few spaces in central London that combine the intimate atmosphere you need for a shoot or small concert with the intricacy of design and stunning features you require for an incredible backdrop.

In good company

The chapel is the venue for part of the annual Fitzfest music festival and the London Handel Festival. We have welcomed Katie Melua to the chapel as well as the Genesis Sixteen choir, Allman Brown and the Vickers Bovey Guitar Duo.

‘The chapel is really the perfect location for our annual music festival. It creates a unique ambience for our guests and musicians that is truly unbeatable.’ Mervyn Fletcher, Artistic Director, Fitzfest

LITERATURE

Book launches

‘We had a great time. Everyone we spoke to said how much they loved the chapel. It is beautiful and welcoming’

Testimonial Galley Beggar Press

Nestled in the heart of an area like Fitzrovia, it’s hardly surprising that literature is an important part of our culture. Through our monthly experimental Wireless Contemplation events we have focused on writers such as Virginia Woolf, George Orwell and Doris Lessing who have a strong affiliation with the area. More contemporary writers such as Jack Monroe and Toby Litt have chosen the chapel to launch new books.

CREATIVE

Product launches

If you’re looking for an event venue in London as part of your product launch plan, the chapel may be the perfect location. We can provide a unique cultural and historical backdrop for your launch event.

Often described as a ‘hidden gem’, the chapel doors open up to an architectural and design masterpiece. For your London launch at the chapel, your photos will be stunning and your buyers will be impressed. Please discuss your launch event ideas with us and we will be happy to help.

FILM

Commercial filming

‘I am happy to unveil the brand new video of @meforqueen and I will be performing my latest single, Moonlight, in the incredible @fitzroviachapel – it’s genuinely one of the most beautiful venues I’ve ever seen’

Allman Brown, singer

You may have spotted the chapel in the BBC’s Apple Tree Yard. Singer Nathan Ball also recorded the film for his track Right Place here. Singer Allman Brown also filmed songs from his latest album at the chapel. As a filming location, we are centrally located and provide a unique, readymade backdrop. As a secular building, you have none of the restrictions of a consecrated church but do have the fabulous interior and architecture of the most wonderful religious space. Plus, you’ll have the reassurance of knowing that although the chapel is an incredibly special place, we haven’t had hundreds of films shot within our walls. Of course that means your advertisement, film or TV show will have the surprise factor.

BUSINESS

Corporate meetings

With our inspirational architecture and interior design, the chapel is a great location to discuss, to plan, to think, to build teams — or simply to break away from the regular office environment. If you need to hire a meeting room that is centrally located yet will be a revelation, you may have found the perfect place. The design of the chapel naturally accommodates a board table. Alternatively chairs can be placed in a circle or all facing forward. This is also perfect for training, network meet-ups and briefing sessions.