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The Octagon at Queen Mary University London

Queen's Building, 327 Mile End Rd, Bethnal Green, London E1 4NS

An extraordinary venue full of colour

The Octagon was originally the library for Queen Mary University, but was transformed in 2006 to be a venue for weddings and events.

There are busts of great authors looking down from the domed ceiling, and they have kept the books, though now they're for decoration, not reference! They're bound in brightly coloured leather to give the room a wonderful modern feel amongst the period features.

A unique space to suit every style

Situated in Bethnal Green in London's East End, the Octagon is part of what was once called the People's Palace, a Victorian palace that was built to provide the locals with access to art, literature and history.

The Octagon itself is an incredible example of how history can be made contemporary, with the unique features of the building updated for a more modern style.

It's an incredibly versatile space that you can add your own style to, whether you like things clean and contemporary or more colourful and vibrant, with coloured lights giving the venue a beautiful atmosphere.

As well as the gorgeous interior, there's also opportunities to have photos outside on the Queen's Courtyard and Queen's Lawn, which includes the incredible Victorian Clocktower.

Weddings with Becky at The Octagon

The Queen's Building itself is a jaw-dropping backdrop for any photo (it was a Palace after all!), and The Octagon's unique style means you can get some truly unique shots.

Have a look at some of the photos I've taken at The Octagon to see if this might be your ideal venue.

Emma and Tom Wedding

Emma and Tom

Emma and Tom got married at The Octagon at Queen Mary University of London in the autumn of 2018. It was a real treat to shoot in London, as I lived there for years before moving to Bedfordshire - it felt like being back home! 

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