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The best places to wed – and find that dress – in the capital

It’s the most important day of your life and creates memories you’ll want to treasure forever. So, there’s no room for slip-ups when it comes to choosing your wedding venue, accommodation and of course, the perfect dress. You should give your choice of location as much thought as you would put in to finding a house to buy or rent in the capital. Here’s our guide to the top five locations for lovebirds in London to get hitched:

Notting Hill (W10)

It’s a place so romantic they made a film out of it; Notting Hill is home to The Belvedere, once a summer ballroom to the Jacobean mansion that was Holland House in the 17th century. It boasts beautiful landscapes and finery with The Bridal Temperley boutique just around the corner. Finish off your perfect day at the Shaftesbury Premier complete with champagne and rose petals scattered on the bed.

Belvedere Restaurant near Notting Hill

Belvedere Restaurant near Notting Hill

:: Belvedere, off Abbotsbury Road, W8. Visit www.belvedererestaurant.co.uk
:: 5-7 Princess Square, Bayswater, W2. Visit www.theshaftesbury.com
:: 2-10 Colville Mews, Lonsdale Road, W11. Visit www.temperleylondon.com

Hampstead (NW3)

Kosibah Odile - Designer Wedding Dress

Kosibah Odile – Designer Wedding Dress

Home to the iconic Hampstead Heath, this will make for a picturesque wedding album. After browsing in Kosibah’s award-winning bridal and evening wear collection, take your vows at Kenwood House, where Lords and Ladies dined in the 18th century. Then be pampered at the luxurious Landmark London Hotel complete with an award-winning restaurant, swimming pool and spa.

The Landmark  - Winter Garden Restaurant

The Landmark – Winter Garden Restaurant

:: Landmark London, 222 Marylebone Road, NW1. Visit www.landmarklondon.co.uk
:: Kenwood House, Hampstead Lane, NW3. Visit www.english-heritage.org.uk
:: Kosibah, Studio 7, 44 St Pauls Crescent, NW1. Visit www.kosibah.co.uk 

South Kensington (SW7)

The Roof Gardens in South Kensington

The Roof Gardens in South Kensington

If you like a taste of the exotic, then The Roof Gardens in South Kensington could be the ideal venue for you. Owned by Sir Richard Branson, it’s situated one hundred feet above Kensington High Street. What could be better than sharing your big day with resident flamingos Bill, Ben, Splosh and Pecks in this vibrant tropical setting? You’d do well to get your dress made by British designer Lindka Cierach, whose fans include Helen Mirren and members of the royal family. To round off your special day enjoy a romantic retreat package at the beautiful Kensington Hotel.

:: The Roof Gardens, 99 Kensington High Street, W8. Visit www.roofgardens.virgin.com
:: The Studio, 1C Clareville Grove, SW7. Visit lindkacierach.co.uk
:: Kensington Hotel, 109 -113 Queens Gate, SW7. Visit www.doylecollection.com

Central London (WC2)

The capital is famous for its shopping and Central London doesn’t disappoint when it comes to brides to be. The Wedding Wardrobe in Waterloo stocks six designers and staff have more than 45 years of experience in the industry between them. Once the dress is sorted, where better to stay on your big day other than the world famous Dorchester Hotel with Mariah Carey, Tom Cruise and The Beatles on the list of previous guests? If you want an unforgettable day then, Somerset House is available for both ceremonies and a venue. Originally a Tudor palace, it overlooks the Thames and has the wow factor for any wedding.

The Dorchester - Mayfair

The Dorchester – Mayfair

:: The Wedding Wardrobe, 4 Kennington Road, SE1. Visit www.waterlooweddingwardrobe.co.uk
:: The Dorchester, 53 Park Lane, W1. Visit www.thedorchester.com
:: Somerset House, Strand, WC2. Visit www.somersethouse.org.uk

Shoreditch (E1)

If you want to avoid the typical wedding and go for something more ‘you’ Shoreditch House could be just the place. It comes with a bowling alley and rooftop pool to ensure a fun-filled day and has rooms available to stay in so you can party ‘til you drop. If that’s not for you then how does a stay at The Hoxton Hotel sound? Winner of The Guardian and Observer’s Best UK Hotel Award three years running, it’s urban and unique. Don’t let the big day pass you by without the perfect dress. If it’s quirky and vintage you want, then Angelica Bridal is the place to head for dresses inspired by the 1950s and 1960s with a modern twist.

:: Shoreditch House, Ebor Street, E1. Visit www.shoreditchhouse.com
:: The Hoxton, 81 Great Eastern Street, EC2. Visit www.hoxtonhotels.com
:: Angelica Bridal, 18 Camden passage, N1. Visit www.angelicabridal.co.uk