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London Calling


10 ways to Londonise your wedding: from red buses to jellied eels, here’s how to make the most out of the capital both before and on your wedding day.

1 All Aboard
Traditional Routemasters have almost disappeared from London, but you can still hire them for weddings. Each bus holds 72 people and hire costs start from £595. For something smaller, try a white black cab. 

2 Add some sparkle
Wander down the streets of London’s jewellery district, Hatton Garden, to buy your wedding rings, then pop into the Bleeding Heart for a romantic lunch afterwards.

3 Stags and hens
See London on your stag or hen do, from land or water. The Pedibus seats eight and can be taken for a leisurely ride around Borough Market and the City, while rigid inflatable boats whizz up the Thames at record speed.

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4 Get crafty
For bespoke bridal shopping, buy from a London craftswoman. Buy a 50s-style wedding dress from Candy Anthony’s studio in the OXO Tower, or a pair of Emmy Scarterfield’s art deco shoes from her Islington boutique.

5 Trash the Dress
You’re never going to wear it again – so why not have fun? Trash the Dress photoshoots, popular in the US, have arrived in Britain via Julia Boggio Photography. The extent of the damage is up to you: try jumping in a fountain.

6 Wibble wobble
Eat your favourite landmark with a London jelly from Bompas & Parr. The moulds on offer include St Paul’s and Buckingham Palace, while flavours range from elderflower and summer fruit to absinthe and lime. The company will even supply an explosives expert to detonate the jelly, should you like to serve it with a bang.

7 Strictly First Dance
Banish your first dance nerves at Pineapple Dance Studios in Covent Garden. Book a course of private lessons and learn to foxtrot, samba, rumba and paso doble.

8 Choose your icon
Sports fans can get hitched at Emirates Stadium or Lord’s Cricket Ground, while history fans can tie the knot at the Old Royal Naval
College in Greenwich or inside Tower Bridge. For something more intimate, say your vows in front of 19 guests in a private capsule on the London Eye.

9 That Loving Eeling
Try the ultimate London meal at your reception –  jellied eels. M Manze has been selling them since 1902, and it now operates an online delivery business.

10 Spend a day at the museums
Entertain visiting relatives with a trip to a London museum in the run-up to the wedding. Try one of our hidden gems, such as the Fan Museum in Greenwich or The Foundling Museum in Bloomsbury. Or if you’re a traditionalist, stick to the Natural History Museum and get a glimpse into how the ancient Egyptians and Greeks may have tied the knot.

This article was first published in Square Meal Weddings 2012 

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