Nonsuch Mansion & Park – A Great Wedding Venue
Published 14 November 2011
One of the great things about London is that its full of great historical buildings, and there is never a lack of them to be discovered. Apart from palatial ones in central London, there are also numerous Grade II and Grade I listed mansions dotted around the capital.
One such Grade II listed home is Nonsuch Mansion, located in Cheam, just a short train ride south of London.
I happened to hear about Nonsuch Mansion because I’m in the midst of planning a wedding, and after visiting, I can see why it is quite a popular wedding, even though its slightly outside London (although, technically, it still is as Oyster cards still work at Cheam railway station, and London Buses still run there).
Nonsuch Mansion was originally built in 1731-1743 by Joseph Thompson, and then later rebuilt by Samuel Farmer in 1799 in a Tudor Gothic style. Nonsuch Mansion possesses all the things that a bride-to-be might want: beautiful gardens for pictures, check. Historical grand old building, check. High ceilings and floor to ceiling windows, check. Lots of light in the ceremony room, check. Guaranteed to impress the guests – check!
With the whole mansion at your disposal for the day, there’s a room for the ceremony – nicely rectangular for a long aisle, with lots of light and great wallpaper backdrop for photos. There’s the reception room, which fits about a 100 guests, although closer to 60-70 would be ideal. When we were there, a wedding was in the midst of being set up, with the theme being a Breakfast at Tiffany‘s style wedding. Male guests got a small bottle of Jaegermeister as a table favour present, and female guests got a small bundle of Cath Kidston soaps and such.
The architecture of the rooms were stunning, with the standard period features, but also lots of small crests dotted along the ceiling skirtings.
There’s lots of outdoor space as well, which is the Nonsuch Park, and there’s a pivate-ish section of the park that can be used for weddings at Nonsuch Mansion. There’s also a great Nonsuch Pantry cafe next door to the mansion, which I didn’t get a chance to try, but looked extremely popular with families out for a day at the park.
All in all – a great wedding venue, suited or intimate weddings of up to about 100 guests, and really just on the outskirts of London in Surrey. Only gripe is the cost – which is quite steep, as is the minimum spend per guest. But it seems to be a hugely popular London wedding venue. Whether or not I end up having my own wedding there, I’m definitely keen to go back to Nonsuch Mansion at some point!
Address: Ewell Road, Cheam, Surrey SM3 8AL
Nearest train station: Cheam railway station