We’re gutted… (Picture: Google Maps)
If you ever fancied getting married in a Spoons, you’ve officially lost your chance.
That’s because the only branch of a Wetherspoons to host weddings will close tomorrow. Sob.
Knights Templar, on Chancery Lane in Holborn, central London, used to be home to the Union Bank.
It’s now popular with many a university student, but it was also popular with couples.
With the average cost of a wedding in the UK today estimated at more than £20,000, the Spoons version was thought to be a fraction of the price at around £5,000.
The price reportedly included 100 guests, a three-course meal, table decorations and a DJ.
It was the only one of Wetherspoons’ hundreds of pubs to have a wedding licence.
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The prospect of no more Spoons weddings is a sad one (Picture: Getty Images)
Wetherspoons confirmed despite the venue’s popularity, the pub is still set to close on Saturday, March 18.
A JD Wetherspoon spokesperson previously said: ‘The lease of the Knights Templar has come to an end. Since we have two other pubs within a short distance, we have, with regret, decided not to take up an option to renew the lease.
‘We’ve had 24 great years at the pub and are very grateful to our amazing managers, Gerry and Jan Swords, their equally amazing team who work in the pub and to our wonderful and loyal customers.
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‘We are also grateful to our landlords, with whom we’ve always had an excellent relationship. All our staff will be offered jobs at nearby pubs.’
They added other venues will be available for wedding receptions and parties, but not for a ceremony itself.
It is understood a decision was taken not to renew the lease when the chain found no takers for its nearby Penderel’s Oak pub, which was originally set to close.
As of last year Wetherspoons operated 852 pubs in the UK and Ireland in 2022, but it was announced the giant will sell off 35 branches this year.
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