Garden Museum Wedding Photography
Yesterday we had our pre-wedding meeting with Charlotte & Diego who will be getting married at the 5 star London Marriott Hotel County Hall and will then have their wedding breakfast at the Garden Museum in Lambeth.
We met at the Marriott which is situated in the former London County Hall by Westminster Bridge. Originally opened in 1922 the six storey building is regarded as one of London’s finest. Their wedding ceremony will be held in the Library Lounge which on our visit was being used for Afternoon Tea. The cakes looked delicious.
From the Marriott we went to the Garden Museum by walking along the South Bank which took us opposite the Houses of Parliament and past Lambeth Palace. Even on a blustery day it is a very pleasant walk with wonderful views over the iconic Palace of Westminster.
Having succumbed to the previous mouth-watering sight at the Marriot we took afternoon tea in the Garden Café and whilst eating my shared courgette, ginger & lime cake I thought about that one of the nicest things about London is that you will never fully know London. There are hundreds of wonderful places waiting to be visited and explored, these gems are everywhere, the Garden Museum is one of those places – a small oasis that I have driven past many times without knowing it existed.
The Garden Museum is based in the deconsecrated parish church of St Mary-at-Lambeth which has origins back to a wooden church built in 1062. In 1976 John and Rosemary Nicholson traced the tomb of the two 17th century royal gardeners and plant hunters John Tradescant father and son to the churchyard, and were inspired to create the Museum of Garden History. It was the first museum in the world dedicated to the history of gardening.
The gardens are built around the graveyard and in of the tombs is the resting place of Captain Bligh of The Bounty. In 1787 Captain Bligh was ordered to command a breadfruit gathering expedition to Tahiti, disaffected crewmen, led by Acting Lieutenant Fletcher Christian led to the Mutiny on the Bounty in 1789.
We are really looking forward to Charlotte & Diego’s wedding and to see the gardens when they will be in full bloom at the height of the Summer.
Update: Charlotte & Diego are now married, read about their Garden Museum Wedding.