In life, there are certain milestones that are worth savouring and bedecking with a little extra sparkle, and picking out your wedding dress is certainly one. But the choices can be daunting. Do you choose a vintage or modern style? A romantic silhouette or a classic shape? And that’s before you’ve even considered colour (who knew there were so many shades of white?).
But, since brides-to-be should be pampered, not stressed, we’ve put together a list of London’s best wedding dress shops to make sure that this wonderful experience will be effortless, luxurious, and a whole lot of fun – just as it should be. Stay with us at one of our elegant London hotels, and your perfect wedding dress will be within easy reach.
Handmade and handbeaded, bespoke designs from British bridal designer Sassi Holford have been worn by society brides, sought-after for at least one Royal wedding (Autumn Kelly and Peter Phillips in 2008), and coveted by many. Her Fulham Road boutique is by appointment only, offering warm, hospitable service and truly sensational gowns.
Sassi Holford, 74 Fulham Road, SW3 6HH.
Many know Charlie Brear as the high empress of vintage bridal gowns and an appointment at her London flagship makes it easy to see why. Her handpicked vintage gowns, sourced from around the world and painstakingly restored (some from as early as 1900), not to mention the vintage-inspired gowns, are breathtaking and frequently grace the pages of Vogue and high-end bridal magazines.
Charlie Brear, 33 Tottenham Street, W1T 4RR.
Although originally hailing from Barcelona, Pronovias is now without a doubt one of London’s best wedding dress shops. Found on fashionable Bond Street, the Pronovias flagship is a haven of hand-stitched Chantilly lace and decadent dresses. With styles to suit every bride, from romantic and classic to bold and modern, and expert guidance, an appointment here is a must for brides-to-be.
Pronovias, 94 New Bond Street, W1S 1SH.
Want to float down the aisle wearing a gown from the designer who’s dressed the star-spangled likes of Kate Winslet, Angelina Jolie, and the Duchess of Cambridge, to name but a few? Look no further than Jenny Packham. Her name is often spoken in hushed, reverential tones when it comes to her bridal gowns, thanks to her ability to blend contemporary flair and timeless designs.
Jenny Packham Bridal Boutique, 75 Elizabeth Street, SW1W 9NZ.
When it comes to a run down of London’s best wedding dress shops, no list would be complete without Amanda Wakeley’s beautiful Sposa Bridal boutique. Another Fulham Road staple, Sposa Bridal is found on the top floor of the Wakeley store and stocks the full Sposa collection. Expect stylish designs, sleek silhouettes, and sumptuous silks.
Amanda Wakeley Sposa Bridal, 175-177 Fulham Road, SW3 6JW.
Bridal appointments in the bright, luxurious surrounds of Temperley London’s Grade II listed townhouse in Mayfair are sure to delight and inspire. Romantic, diaphanous, ever-so-stylish gowns are the order of the day here, with swathes of silk, lace, and delicate beading to lust after.
Temperley Mayfair, 27 Bruton Street, W1J 6QN.
Not a devotee of any particular designer? Explore the A-Z of incredible wedding dresses at Browns Brides. This elegant, intimate boutique, set back from the bustle of Oxford Circus, is the perfect place to create your dream wedding outfit, with show stopping gowns from designers like Monique Lhuillier and Galia Lahav, as well as accessories, shoes, and veils.
Browns Brides, 12 Hinde Street, W1U 3BE.
After exploring London’s best wedding dress shops, continue your day of pampering back in the elegant environs of one of our boutique London hotels. Treat yourself to a glass of Champagne at the bar, or perhaps indulge in a manicure in the comfort of your guestroom – after all, a bride has to look her best.
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