If you fancy celebrating your civil partnership or wedding in a World War Two aircraft hangar in the shadow of historic aircraft, then the Royal Air Force Museum in London has some ideas for you. It’s an opportunity for Bridegrooms to remember their childhood airplane models, while Brides can take comfort from the fact that it’s fully heated, and spotlessly clean so their dresses will stay that way too.
The museum is in Grahame Park Way, London NW9 5LL, although satellite navigators will have better luck with NW9 5QW. Follow the A1 parallel to the N1 and turn east along Aerodrome Road. Turn right shortly into Aviation Drive and right into Grahame Parkway. You can’t miss the gigantic building, although the runways have fallen silent and turned into housing.
Your guests can enjoy a glass of wine in the Battle of Britain Hall, where Spitfires and Hurricanes stand proudly. Then you could retire for dinner in the shadow of a historic Lancaster bomber, or find something more contemporary in the Milestones of Flight Hangar. The catering facilities are superb and there is parking for everybody on site.
The Royal Air Force Museum has a sister facility at Cosford, Shifnal, Shropshire that can accommodate up to 800 guests just half an hour away from Birmingham and Wolverhampton - and only 10 minutes from Telford. They have three great wedding spaces for three very different sets of circumstances.
Hangar One is a generous room with fantastic props. You can receive your guests with drinks in the company of the Argosy and Anson aircraft. When you are ready, you can retire to the dinner-dance of your choice beneath the spreading wings of a Comet airliner.
The Visitor Centre has an amazing glass frontage and presents a more modern alternative. This is perfect for a formal reception-dinner in the evening. Perhaps the most amazing place of all to sip chilled cocktails is the National Cold War Exhibition, where you can while away the hours in the company of legendary Vulcan, Victor and Valiant nuclear bombers. What a way to make an impact!
The London Museum is expansive and we were feeling peckish after exploring it. They have two eating places, being the aptly named Echo Alpha Tango Restaurant, and the Wessex Café for lighter snacks. We settled for the former’s aged beef burgers served with cheese and caramelised onions, while junior and his sister got stuck into their mini cheese and tomato pizzas, with garlic bread and fresh salad respectively.