THE 15 BEST London Wedding Hotels

London now offers weddings. Pick-me packages range from an early morning blessing and canapés in the rooftop Radio Bar to a wedding breakfast in New York-chic steak restaurant STK and a bells-and-whistles reception in the ME Room and Studios. Start married life with a night of romance in the glass dome duplex penthouse ME suite where you’ll find flickering candles in the bathroom and rose petals strewn on the bed. melondonhotel.com

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LIME WOOD HOTEL

Hampshire A gorgeous New Forest hideaway, Lime Wood blossoms with purple wisteria in spring. There’s no set menu at the Hartnett Holder & Co restaurant; instead, create an Italian-style sharing spread or formal three-course supper for up to 80 guests before opening the retractable glass roof of the courtyard for your first spin as a married couple under the stars. Bed down in Pavilion 1, a stand-alone suite among the trees. Only a handful of weddings are thrown here each year, upping the exclusivity. Limewoodhotel.co.uk

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THE PETERSHAM HOTEL

London Located in leafy Richmond, this classic Victorian hotel near the river has bags of character (sweeping stone staircases, marble-tiled floors, sparkling chandeliers) and is licensed for close- knit ceremonies with up to 30 guests. Pop Champagne corks on a private terrace, stroll through pretty Petersham Meadows for the pictures and, in the evening, head downstairs to The Cellar to party. A great choice for a small do. petershamhotel.co.uk

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THE SAVOY

London This is one of the capital’s most prestigious A-list addresses. The wedding spaces here are brilliantly flexible, from the Edwardian-style Abraham Lincoln Room to the iconic Lancaster Ballroom, so you can create a series of one-off magical experiences for guests. Top pick for photographs? On a boat docked at the Savoy Pier with the London Eye behind. Also, this is the city’s only luxury hotel licensed to provide in-house kosher catering. fairmont.com/savoy-london

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RIVER COTTAGE HQ

Devon One for serious foodies, the bespoke menus (which you design with head chef Gelf Alderson) for a big day at this 65-acre organic farm feature produce grown and reared on site. You’ll have the run of the smallholding, which means you can say ‘I do’ in the famous farmhouse or the beautifully restored threshing barn; sip Devon Donkey cocktails in the sweet-pea scented walled garden; and meet the pigs. Fun touches include tractor transfers for guests and welly wanging in the games paddock. rivercottage.net

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AXNOLLER

Dorset This place has all the ingredients for the best – and biggest – summer house party bash ever. Hire the three houses set in jaw-dropping countryside not far from the Jurassic Coast for a three-day extravaganza. There’s masses of space: the barn (heated if it’s chilly) seats up to 220 but a marquee can be added should you want to up the numbers. No neighbours for miles = no need for the music to stop at midnight. axnoller.co.uk

THE LANESBOROUGH

London After a full-blown refurb two years ago, this super-luxe hotel a hop from Hyde Park emerged wedding- day ready, with all the trimmings: a fleet of chauffeur driven cars; a world-renowned pastry chef on hand to craft your wedding cake; and cocktails by award-winning mixologists. There are a handful of Regency-style rooms to choose from but the biggest of the bunch, The Belgravia, has won our heart with its mirrored blue Murano glass walls and hand-painted ceiling panels. Simply exquisite. lanesborough.com

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COTSWOLD HOUSE HOTEL & SPA

Gloucestershire Set in the cute Cotswold village of Chipping Campden, this honey- hued Regency townhouse is a top choice for a garden party with oodles of old-world country charm. The Montrose Suite, where you’ll say your vows, is an almost barn-like blank canvas with white walls and wooden beams that you can decorate as you wish. Outside, a terrace leads down to the lawns, which are perfect for afternoon tea, complete with live music and games of Giant Jenga. bespokehotels.com/cotswoldhouse

THE MAY FAIR

London There’s a decadent, art deco vibe at this glitzy central London hotel. Licensed for wedding ceremonies for up to 350 guests in the Crystal Room (named after the whopping great Baccarat chandelier that hangs there), it also boasts an outdoor terrace that feels like a secret enclave. Retro options include everything from a black and white checked dance floor and a chocolate fountain to candyfloss and a dedicated cocktail bar. themayfairhotel.co.uk

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CORINTHIA HOTEL

London Want a world-class hotel with seriously stylish interiors? The star turn here is the spectacular ballroom with restored Victorian features, its own entrance and semi-private courtyard. But the insta-worthy view of the cityscape skyline from one of the penthouse suites steals the show. Everything you could possibly want is at your fingertips – Michelin-star food, a florist and an in-house Daniel Galvin hairdresser, plus a planner to guide you every step of the way. Soothe pre- wedding nerves with a visit to the Espa spa. corinthia.com

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THE HOUSE OF COMMONS

London With top marks for originality, the House of Commons is licensed for civil ceremonies in the oak- panelled Jubilee Room and the Members’ Dining Room. And what an impressive entrance for guests, through historic Westminster Hall! The kitchen team has heaps of experience cooking for formal state events, so whipping up canapés and a six-course wedding banquet is a doddle. Brides’ favourite space for a Champagne reception? The Terrace Pavilion, which has glorious views of the River Thames. parliament.uk

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MANDARIN ORIENTAL HYDE PARK

London The fact that this is the only hotel in London in a Royal Park makes the Mandarin Oriental unique. You’ll be bowled over by the Hyde Park-facing terrace (the views are particularly swoon-worthy in autumn, when the leaves on the trees are russet red) and the private, red carpet entrance usually reserved for royalty. And if that doesn’t make you feel special enough, there’s also a permit for photography by the Serpentine lake. mandarinoriental.com utu VENUES

ARTIST RESIDENCE PIMLICO

London Terrifically low-key, the basement of this townhouse hotel is ideal for an intimate post-service shindig. Split into three spaces – The Club Room, The Ping Pong Room and the Clarendon Cocktail Cellar – guests can nibble on social sharing boards (padron peppers, mini burgers, courgette arancini) and knock back cult movie-themed cocktails. Book the Grand Suite which has a modern, minimalist four poster and framed covers of Mills & Boon novels on the wall. artistresidencelondon.co.uk

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CAFE ROYA

London Once a hangout for the likes of Oscar Wilde and Brigitte Bardot, it’s now an uber-glam hotel on Regent Street. The experienced events team has a bulging little black book of all the top-notch contacts you’ll need, from dress designers and make-up artists to florists and the best live bands. The Grade II-listed, Louis XVI-style Pompadour Ballroom, with its gilded, frescoed ceiling and terrace, is a real showstopper. hotelcaferoyal.com

HAYMARKET HOTEL

London ‘Hotels should be living things, not stuffy institutions’ – that’s the motto here, and it translates into the team’s approach to your big day. Both the ceremony and reception happen in the elegant Shooting Gallery (guests will be eyeing up the dramatic de Gournay sepia-hued wallpaper while tucking into their beef Wellington and chocolate fondant); Champagne is served in the homely library and you can forget worrying about the wintry weather outside because the airy conservatory makes a great backdrop for photographs. firmdalehotels.com

DANESFIELD HOUSE

Buckinghamshire Festive Twixmas weddings – between Christmas and New Year – are hugely popular at this Renaissance-style hotel and spa, which is flanked by twin castle- like white towers. And we can understand why. The twinkling lights of the tree-lined drive make for wow-factor photographs and everyone gathers for warming mulled wine by a cracking log fire in the traditional Grand Hall. Plump for the lavish Versailles Suite – all powder-pink walls, impressive chandeliers and ornate mirrors. danesfieldhouse.co.uk

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