Late licences are subject to availability on request and are available at an additional cost of £750 per hour of extension after 11pm until 2am latest.
All other costs for catering, production, entertainment and floristry come via their Approved Suppliers, who can quote directly for their services.
Young V&A is perfect for a London crowd from Central or East London, located only one tube stop away from Liverpool Street Station with excellent links via tube, bus and taxi.
It sits alongside Bethnal Green’s vibrant East London community, and its east side looks out over the serene Museum Gardens park. The building is a Grade II listed and was founded in 1872, so it has beautiful period features, including a hand-laid mosaic floor and decorative wrought iron balconies.
The V&A celebrates one of the most successful and enduring marriages in British history: the marriage between Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. V&A Museums are incredible monuments of dedication and love between Victoria and Albert and their shared passion for bringing art and design to all.
Young V&A (formerly V&A Museum of Childhood) opened in 1872 as East London’s first-ever museum and embedded itself at the heart of the local community. Over 150 years later, the site has been radically rejuvenated to become Young V&A, a new national museum and powerhouse of design, creativity and young people.
Their event spaces are versatile, distinctive, and unforgettable. You can customise your experience to ensure you include all the remarkable features the Museum offers. With a high arched ceiling, wrought iron detailing and a feeling of grand scale, Young V&A has a modern-meets-industrial feel popular with wedding clients looking for an impressive and versatile venue with history and personality. Its primary event spaces are neutral in colour, allowing you to customise the space with lighting and décor. Still, there is also injected personality in the surrounding galleries to ensure your guests feel like they are in a dynamic and exciting space. Nothing is as exciting as having a museum venue for yourself and your guests.
The Marble Floor is at the heart of the Museum, literally and historically, featuring the original mosaic marble floor that was laid in 1872 when the Museum first opened. Lit by magnificent half-moon windows, the Marble Floor features wrought iron architecture and lofty ceilings that create an open, expansive space. At one end, a newly installed dramatic spiral staircase provides a beautiful vista and a dramatic location for wedding entrances, musical performances and speeches. With a sizeable in-built bar, the Marble Floor is a fabulous spot for a drinks reception, seated dinner or dancefloor reception beneath the sweeping ceiling and overhead balconies.
Before guests enjoy wedding receptions and dinners on the Marble Floor, they have a second event space for pre-dinner drinks or wedding ceremonies. The Summerly Room is an exciting new event space: a clean, bright, modern space. This room is a blank canvas easily styled with décor and lighting to suit any event theme or vision.
Many people foster fond memories of visiting the Museum as young people or want to celebrate their union in an institution that lies at the heart of the East London community. The Young V&A stands as a lynchpin of the local area, but relationships make a community unique, and the team at Young V&A are honoured to celebrate with couples on their special day.
By holding your wedding celebration here, you directly support the Museum’s efforts to support young people, their exciting exhibition programme and helping the venue to keep admission free to all.
To explore how you can customise your wedding for a truly memorable and unique day, their dedicated events team will guide you alongside your fabulous suppliers and planners to help you make treasured memories of your dream day.
As a Grade II listed building with priceless works on display and a short set-up time, you must work with our Approved Suppliers list for catering, production, flowers and entertainment. By using our knowledgeable, Approved Suppliers, we can ensure that the Museum and its collections are protected and that you will receive a high level of service due to their experience working in our beautiful spaces.
While we do not specify which wedding planners, videographers, photographers or wedding cake providers can work at Young V&A, please contact us for suggestions!
Yes, the Museum can also be hired to celebrate these special moments - perhaps you had your first date in East London or have known each other since you were young? Then why not propose a venue which references how you met! We regularly host different types of corporate and private events. If you have something else in mind for a party, engagement, anniversary or other celebration, please just let our Events team know. We can offer ideas of how Young V&A can work for you.
The venue hire fee includes exclusive use of the dry hire event spaces, a dedicated Event Manager, security staff, cleaning staff, an electrician, and a floor manager. If you are hiring Young V&A for a seated dinner, the pre-dinner drinks area is included in the one fee and is not an additional cost.
We are open to the public seven days a week until 5:45 pm, so we appreciate the turnaround from daytime museum to exclusive event venue can be daunting! However, we are very well-practised at creating beautiful, memorable, magical events in as little as 45 minutes. This is down to using our Approved Suppliers, such as caterers, florists and production companies who know the building intimately and are equipped and experienced enough to deliver fabulous events in very short set-up times.
You are welcome to provide your own drinks. We don’t charge a corkage fee, but your chosen caterer will charge an ancillary amount to chill, deliver, and serve the drinks, so do check with each caterer regarding their policy.