Crypt in Ely Place

(26 reviews)
14 Ely Pl, London, Greater London
Business Hours
9-5 unless request otherwise
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The Crypt in Ely Place at St Etheldreda’s church is one of London’s hidden gems, a beautiful and historic building and the oldest Roman Catholic Church in England.The magical medieval Crypt in Ely Place, adjoining Bleeding Heart Yard, is the perfect central London venue for a wedding reception. The Crypt offers the same superb food, ‘impeccable service’, and award-winning wine.

Wedding Venue Snapshot:
- All inclusive packages from ?135 p/head
- Henry VIII held his 3 day wedding feast here when he married Catherine in 1531
- Free parking on weekends on London’s last gated road, Ely Place.
- Licensed for ceremonies
- St Etheldreda’s, the oldest Roman Catholic church in England.
- Seated capacity of up to 126

The magical medieval Crypt in Ely Place, adjoining Bleeding Heart Yard, is the perfect central London venue for a wedding reception.

With a history of celebration, the 600 year–old Crypt at St Etheldreda’s has been hosting celebrity parties in the heart of London ever since King Henry VIII held his three-day wedding feast there in 1509. Today The Crypt offers the same superb food, ‘impeccable service’, and award-winning wine .

The Executive head chef Julian Marshall has had 25 years experiencing, working along-side some of Britain’s best chefs including Marco Pierre White,Gordon Ramsay, Anton Mosimann, Gary Holihead and Anton Edelmann to name a few. He is responsible for our fine-dining restaurant, French Bistro, Anglo-Saxon Tavern and on site bakery.


Venue Features

Reception guests

Min 1 / Max 126


(26 reviews)
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25 Oct 2019

Fantastic Wedding venue. The food was outstanding, even though they catered for so many. Great Gothic ambience. Would recommend.

4 Oct 2019

I just held my wedding reception here (October 2019) and can honestly say it was fantastic. The room is gorgeous, the catering staff very professional and attentive. We predominantly worked with a gentleman called Benoit for our evening who was brilliant. From meeting him to the evening itself we knew we were in good hands. I would recommend this place hands down for a unique party and the professional service they provide.

19 Jul 2019

Wonderful Wedding Breakfast. The food was absolutely excellent, as was the service. I really recommend for such an occasion.

10 May 2019

Invited to a wedding reception at this venue which definitely has the wow factor, it is a stunning place and not morbid at all. Canapes served were delicious and the lighting/candles/decorations just right.

30 Mar 2019

As if being transported to the past hundred of years ago surrounded by stone walls. Amazing venue.

24 Nov 2018

Very well organised banquet catering. Very nice seasonal food, good wines and all served efficiently and unobtrusively. Extremely impressed.

16 Nov 2018

We enjoyed a terrific celebratory dinner for 100 guests in The Crypt and the compliments are still pouring in commenting on the amazing venue, delicious food and impeccable service. Aurora was absolutely fantastic at every stage of the planning process and delivery of this event. She could not have made it any easier for us; it was fun rather than the chore that it could so easily have been. Her colleagues on the night were amazing. They were so cheerful and professional and just couldn’t do enough to help. There were no hidden extras when the final invoice arrived. I cannot recommend this beautiful venue highly enough.

5 Sep 2018

A year ago today I was a newly married man and walked through the entrance of the Crypt and just froze – I was totally stunned and lost for words. To this day I still cannot find the words to describe the just how beautiful and magical it was to see this amazing venue glowing with candlelight and subtle lighting highlighting the great features of this gothic crypt. Catering for our guests was never going to be easy, but with the amazing selection of food available from the Bleeding Heart restaurant, who run the events here, made satisfying even the fussiest of eaters a piece of cake. They coped with our many special requirements with ease with children’s options, vegetarian option, gluten free options and more. Every one of our guests thoroughly enjoyed their meal. Aurora, the events supervisor, was a delight to work with planning our big day. She made everything really easy for us. The staff on the night were very professional and well-presented and I know there was a lot of hard work behind the scenes to make everything perfect. The resident DJ, Dave, is great. Our music selection was incredibly varied from pop to metal. He totally got the vibe of the event playing the family friendly pop early in the evening and then cracking up the metal towards the end of the night for me and my friend to rock out to! He also provided the amazing up-lighting that made to room just come to life. Every time I think back to that day I am filled with joy, remembering the amazing day I got to spend with friends and family at such an amazing venue. I can’t wait to return to the Bleeding Heart restaurant to celebrate by 1 year anniversary.

31 Aug 2018

What a beautiful venue and wedding you gave us. We had 122 very happy guests. The food, drinks and service - all absolutely top class. We don’t believe anywhere else in London could have outshone The Crypt and Bleeding Heart for our wedding. We are so grateful to you all for giving us the wedding of our dreams. It was truly magical. Noreen xx

30 Aug 2018

I organised a wedding at the Crypt of St Etheldreda’s church having looked for unusual wedding venues in London. From the very start, the Crypt Team went out of their way to help us to organise the right food and wine. They were patient with regard to our changes of mind, and provision of alternatives for dietary quirks. We then commissioned a flower and lighting team that spent time and effort to enhance the special features of this lovely venue. On the day itself, the food was cooked to perfection, and the service was second to none. We hardly saw the staff who went about their business quietly and efficiently. The bar staff were friendly and cheerful, and they helped us to clear up at the end of the event despite it being well past closing time. I am pleased that we chose the Crypt for our wedding and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a romantic and impressive event.

27 Jul 2018

Beautiful room, great food and drink.

6 Jul 2018

Great unusual place for an event. Very historic, 10th century.

8 Jun 2018

We were served with some very good food in this historic location. All staff very well drilled. Good atmosphere.

3 Jun 2018

Lovely place for a wedding reception.

14 Apr 2018

Simply amazing to sit in the same place where Henry 8th partied.

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