After booking your ceremony, we will send you a confirmation email with a link to give you specific information to help you plan your day, depending on the ceremony and room you have chosen.
This page covers information that may help you decide if a ceremony at Islington Town Hall is right for you.
Yes. There is a ramp to the Town Hall building and lifts to all levels, as well as accessible bathrooms.
Guide dogs and other trained assistance animals are welcomed. Your animal should wear their vest to show that they are a trained assistance animal and not just your pet. If your animal does not have a vest, please bring the paperwork to show that they are a trained assistance animal.
We have limited special access parking spaces available on the Town Hall forecourt, and these need to be booked well in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
If you or any of your guests have a disability, please click here to complete a personal emergency evacuation plan form so we can ensure safety on your ceremony day.
Yes! We hold monthly tours for couples to visit the building and chat to our registrars, as well as occasional seasonal events.
We also have a brand new virtual tour, which you can see by clicking here.
We don’t have general parking available at the Town Hall, so we advise your guests to arrive by public transport.
If you or your guests have a disability, we have limited special access parking spaces available on the Town Hall forecourt, and these need to be booked well in advance by emailing email@example.com
Chauffeured cars, taxis and buses are able to stop outside the building to drop off or collect couples or guests.
You can bring one pet to your ceremony in the Angel Suite, the Canonbury Suite, Council Chamber or Room 99 if you choose.
We will ask you to complete a form agreeing to our terms and conditions of bringing a pet at least a month before your ceremony.
Unfortunately, pets cannot attend ceremonies taking place in the Richmond Suite or Mayor’s Parlour.
Please note that this change in policy does not affect registered assistance animals attending ceremonies, which are welcomed in all rooms. Your animal should wear their vest to show that they are a trained assistance animal and not just your pet. If your animal does not have a vest, please bring the paperwork to show that they are a trained assistance animal.
All rooms have Bluetooth speakers, so if your ceremony type includes personalisation, our staff will help you connect to play some pre-recorded music from your device.
Musicians can perform at the majority of our larger ceremonies, but please have a look at the information below depending on the room you have chosen:
The Angel or Canonbury Suites: These rooms only hold the couple, two witnesses and the registrars, so musicians cannot be accommodated at any ceremony.
The Council Chamber: You are able to invite live musicians, which need to be included in your guest number.
The Mayor’s Parlour: You are not able to invite live musicians to perform at your ceremony in the Mayor’s Parlour, due to the size of the room and the proximity of our residential neighbours.
The Richmond Suite: You are able to invite live acoustic musicians, but you are not able to have amplified live music at your ceremony, due to the proximity of our residential neighbours. The musicians need to be included in your guest number.
Room 99: In 2023 and 2024, you are able to invite live musicians to your ceremony on Sundays or at enhanced ceremonies only, which need to be included in your guest number. Due to the shorter ceremony slots for other Room 99 ceremonies, musicians cannot be incorporated.
In 2025, you will be able to invite live musicians, which need to be included in your guest number.
The statutory room: this room only holds the couple, two witnesses and the registrars, so musicians cannot be accommodated at any ceremony.
Please note that drums and bagpipes cannot be played anywhere inside the building as they can be heard in other ceremony rooms. Any instruments, amplification, music stands or other equipment your musicians need must be brought with them and be taken in and out of the room during the ceremony slot you have booked.
Our rooms are used for more than one ceremony a day, so we are unable to allow you to decorate or rearrange the room before your ceremony.
In addition to this, Islington Town Hall is a listed building so we can’t allow anything to be attached to the walls or chairs.
You are welcome to bring your own personal flowers with you, but you won’t be able to take them into the room beforehand. They will need to be brought into and taken out of the room within the ceremony slot you have booked.
The Council Chamber and Room 99 have built in air conditioning, and can remain cool in the summer months.
Our other rooms cannot be fitted with air conditioning while maintaining their listed status, so they may be quite warm in the summer months. We do our best to keep the rooms cool by ventilating as much as possible between ceremonies.
Yes! We have anterooms that are available to book by couples who want a space to arrive a little bit early and relax in 45 minutes before the ceremony, either together as a couple, or with your best people.
You can find out more by visiting the anterooms page.
Each room has a strict maximum number of people that can be safely accommodated, decided by fire regulations. If your guests exceed the number allowed in the room, then some of them will be asked to remain outside the building.
If you find out after you book a room that it will be too small for your expected guest numbers, and you wish to move the ceremony to a larger room, contact us and we will check the availability of other rooms on your chosen date. Extra costs will apply if there is a difference in fees between the rooms.
We aim to be able to give you access 15 minutes before your scheduled ceremony start time.
Our staff will show your guests into the ceremony room when it is ready.
The whole ceremony will need to be legally conducted by one of our registrars, though your friends and family can read poems etc. (subject to the room you have booked).
You can livestream your ceremony in Room 99 to your friends and family through our partners at E-There. If you would like to add streaming to your ceremony booking, or to find out more, please visit the E-There website.
At this time we are only launching streaming in Room 99, our most popular ceremony room, but we may add extra rooms in the future. In the meantime, you are welcome to use your own phones or devices to stream the ceremony in other rooms, but please be aware we don’t have reliable Wi-Fi in the Town Hall, so you will need to use your own data.
Yes, you will be able to take photographs during the ceremony, as well as inside the Town Hall building after the ceremony.
We don’t limit the amount of time you are able to have pictures, but we do ask that all couples are considerate of other couples who also want to take pictures.
You can also have some photographs on the steps outside.
We do not permit anything messy, potentially damaging, or on fire! You are welcome to have these things outside of the building, as long as it doesn’t cause damage, and it is legal to do so. If you have something in mind that is unusual but not messy/hazardous/on fire, please ask us beforehand if it will be possible.
We also only permit the use of eco-friendly options like biodegradable confetti outside the Town Hall. Rice is not permitted as it poses health and safety risks with the stairs in inclement weather and attracts pigeons.
There is no alcohol permitted at any time, in any of the rooms in the Town Hall, as we don’t have an alcohol licence. You are welcome to have that celebratory glass of champagne outside instead, just as long as you aren’t impeding the access of other ceremony parties.
Although there is no facility for holding any kind of reception within the Town Hall, the Islington Assembly Hall next door to the Town Hall can be hired for ceremonies and receptions. For availability and costs, please email contact them directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
While there is no parking on Upper Street outside the Town Hall, your booked transport will be allowed to stop there long enough for you and your guests to get on.