Forget churches, think the zoo: where to get hitched in the city


Your special day is a day to remember. Along with the food and drink, the setting for your wedding is one of the most important elements of the day.

Les Steed unearths a few London venues where you probably never thought you could tie the knot.

Tower Bridge, The City of London

One of the best-known bridges in the world, there are worse backdrops for a reception than the vista from the North Tower Lounge and walkways.

The Golden Hind, Southwark

Sir Francis Drake’s ship that plundered the Spanish coast: this 500-year-old vessel has been there and done it all. Now it’s anchored in London for the delight of visitors… and the happy couple with a sense of history.

The Emirates Stadium, Islington

What could scream romance and equality in matrimony more than fine dining and a football-shaped bouquet?  Getting hitched with your full squad in tow at the famous Arsenal home ground should be on every die-hard fan’s wedding list.

Searcy’s @ The Gherkin, The City of London

While far from cheap, The Gherkin can be more than just an office. As one of the most iconic buildings in the city, the tip of the Gherkin will have you dining and dancing at the top of the world.weddingsuzannah+geof_0339

The Globe, Southwark

If it’s good enough for Shakespeare, your beloved should be fine with it. Take your vows and centre stage at one of the most famed theatres in history.

The House of Commons, Westminster


A symbol of the UK’s union of nations – the seat of parliamentary power and law. Why not sign your own union into law here too?

The Cabaret Club (Café de Paris), Piccadilly

Why not start the rest of your life with a bang, trump and fizz? Not one for the jealous type with all those legs and top hats flashing around the top table.


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Kew Gardens, Richmond upon Thames

Get married among the birds and the bees in London’s most glorious greenhouse. There’s plenty of space for noisy kids to play outside after the ceremony.


London Zoo, Camden

The penguins already come in little dinner jackets, but let’s hope that the gorilla is going to be just as obliging. Say your vows overlooked by a giraffe.


Photos by Neil Walker