We are very proud of our building and its heritage and we love working here every day and each wedding, naming ceremony and vows renewal brings a new excitement to fill the halls with celebration.

Here are 10 facts you may not know about our fabulous building and what we do:

  1. Following a competition in 1911, Sir Edwin Cooper was commissioned to design the town hall.
  2. The building, in Marylebone Road was built 1914–20. The building is faced with Portland stone and is an example of Edwardian Graeco-Roman classicism, with a tower in the style of Christopher Wren and fluted columns.
  3. The Westminster room is the most popular ceremony room followed by the Soho Room
  4. In some of the ceremony rooms there are photographs that have sentimental value to some of our registrars. Photographs of the weddings of some of our registrars’ parents can be seen on display in the Paddington Room.
  5. You don’t have to exchange rings at your ceremony, you can exchange other symbols of commitment…within reason!
  6. You can have a dog as your ring bearer.
  7. The Old Marylebone Town Hall is a Grade II listed building.
  8. The 7 ceremony rooms are named after different parts of the borough; Westminster, Knightsbridge, Paddington, Marylebone, Soho, Pimlico and Mayfair.
  9. The building was formally opened by HRH Prince Albert (later King George VI) on 27th March 1920. (see photo attached).
  10. 120,00 marriages took place at The Old Marylebone Town Hall between 1920 and its closure for refurbishment in 2013 . Since it reopened in January 2018 1070 couples have already booked to marry there.

 

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