We may not all be planning the big day just yet, but if you are (or if you simply like to daydream ahead) then know this – you can actually tie the knot in some of London’s most iconic locations.
1. ZSL London Zoo
If you love animals nearly as much as you love your partner (or more), you’ll be excited to hear that you can actually get married at ZSL London Zoo and cast a bit of animal magic over your big day. There are two venues within the zoo that are licensed for wedding ceremonies – the Mappin Pavilion (which overlooks kangaroos, emus and wallabies in their outback enclosure!) and the grand Prince Albert Suite. By holding your wedding at ZSL London Zoo, you’ll also be contributing toto ZSL’s work for wildlife, helping protect and conserve animals in over 50 countries worldwide. The best part? Not only will you tie the knot with a backdrop of magical sights and sounds, but you can also arrange animal encounters for the big day! That’s one way to really liven up your guest list. To find out more, have a look at ZSL London Zoo’s website.
2. King’s Cross St Pancras Station
Yep, really. As of last year, The Parcel Yard pub at King’s Cross Station is a licensed wedding venue, meaning that Harry Potter themed wedding that you have always dreamed of can now become a reality, complete with photo shoot on Platform 9 ¾. Five rooms in the Fuller’s pub are licensed for ceremonies, including the First Class Lounge and the Station Master’s Room. And with the Eurostar waiting a mere stone’s throw away, no prizes for guessing where the honeymoon’s at…
3. The Gherkin
Who would have thought you could get hitched in one of the city’s iconic skyscrapers? The top three floors are available to hire (that’s up to 40 stories high), where you can admire the most sought-after 360 views of London for your big day. It’s a venue that’s bound to impress your guests. And what better backdrop for the wedding photos than the city lit up at night?
4. The Natural History Museum
As long as you don’t mind the skeleton of a giant Diplodocus stealing the limelight on your big day, then a wedding at the Natural History Museum could well be perfect (particularly if you’re a bit of a fact-loving fiend). The event planners at the famous London museum love to get creative with colourful, dramatic lighting and decor, so they’re sure to make the hall look extraordinary. Let’s just hope the dinosaurs don’t come to life…