Five of the Best: London Wedding Venues

The ultimate places to tie the knot

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Here are five fabulous London venues where you can seal the deal in style

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Where? Arcelor Mittal Orbit, Olympic Park

Why? Anish Kapoor’s controversial Olympic landmark reopens on April 5. Expect dramatic views over The Shard, Big Ben and Canary Wharf, and, at 114.5 metres high, the chance to tie the knot in the UK’s tallest sculpture.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London, E20 2SS, 0333 800 8099, arcelormittalorbit.com

250 standing, around 180 seated.

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Where? Criterion Brasserie, Piccadilly

Why ? This beautiful Grade 11 listed, 19th century building, with its famous gilded ceilings, is all very fairy-tale and fabulous, with - appropriately – the statue of Eros right outside the entrance.

224 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HP, 020 7930 0488, criterionrestaurant.com\weddings

Ceremony: 120 in the Main Hall, 50 on the Terrace. Reception: Seated150, standing 300

Where? The Shard

Why? The views, of course. Settings don’t get much more spectacular than this. You could choose the brand new Shangrl- la hotel, opening in a few weeks, but our vote would be for Level 52 and the spectacular city skyline backdrop.

Shangri-La Hotel At The Shard, London, 31 St. Thomas Street, London, SE1 9QU, 0 207 089 5513, shangri-la.com/london

Hotel: ceremony from 10 to 100.

Level 52: split into three chambers : cocktail bar, champagne bar and pool. The total capacity for the entire floor standing is 90

Where? Shoreditch Town Hall

Why? Ornate Victorian interiors and super cool locale make the perfect hipster wedding venue . Choose between the Council Chamber, above, ornate Assembly Room, Mayor’s Parlour, Committee Rooms, or, for a more Dalston vibe, the shabby-chic Basement. Best of all, with the acclaimed Clove Club inhouse, you’ll have some of East London’s finest catering on tap.

Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street, London EC1V 9LT, 020 7739 6176, shoredtichtownhall.com

Holds 30 – 500

Where? The Roof Gardens, Kensington

Why? For a touch of La Cage aux Folles- flamboyancy it's hard to beat the Roof Garden. Think roaming flamingos, Alhambra- inspired Spanish Garden and a proper English woodland with full grown oaks and flowing stream.

The Roof Gardens, 99 Kensington High Street, ? ?London?W8 5SA, 020 7368 3971, roofgardens.virgin.com

Holds from 10 – 500.

The Roof Gardens are holding a wedding showcase on Saturday 12th April, for information contact 020 7368 3971, events@roofgardens.virgin.com

And for more wedding inspiration, book your place at the largest gay wedding show in Europe, Gay Weddings Live, Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, London, E1W 2SF, gayweddingslive.com, June 21 and 22. Tickets £12.50 in advance, £15 on the door, available via the website from early April .