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Marriage is the ultimate adventure, and there is no better place to start yours than London’s most exciting wedding location. ZSL London Zoo is a fun alternative to the traditional venue and provides a unique backdrop for your special day.

Our wedding coordinators will be on hand to ensure a smooth planning process, from recommending one of our wedding packages to consulting with our Head Chef to create a menu exclusively for you and your guests. They are on hand to assist you all the way from your first visit through to the seamless planning of your most memorable day.

By holding your event at ZSL London Zoo, you will be directly contributing to the international conservation charity, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), supporting the global conservation of animals and their habitats.

ZSL London Zoo is a rare and exotic setting for both ceremonies and receptions for 30-300 guests. Two stylish venues, Mappin Pavilion and the grand Prince Albert Suite, are licensed for civil ceremonies and offer charming outside space to enhance your day.

Situated in the heart of the Zoo, the elegant Grade II-listed Mappin Pavilion overlooks its own exhibit – kangaroos, emus and wallabies in their outback enclosure. Bathed in natural light from the 360° windows and offering exquisite sunset views, it is a perfect choice for a beautiful and intimate wedding. Meanwhile, a grand banquet in our charming Prince Albert Suite after welcome drinks on the private rooftop terrace offer flexible and relaxing options for your special day.

There’s no experience that can compare to a reception in one of our animal houses. The ideal way to show off your unique venue is animal house receptions, which are available when the Zoo closes and can be booked individually or in conjunction with a suite, where the ceremony would be held. Whether you want to enter the enigmatic world of our beautiful tigers or hit the beach with a colony of adorable penguins, we’ve got an amazing setting to suit you and your guests.

A unique animal encounter is a wonderful way to entertain your guests and create memories that will last a lifetime. Add an amazing animal to your guest list from a selection of our friendliest, funniest and most remarkable residents for a meet and greet.

Create your perfect wedding day dining experience with our award-winning caterers, CH&CO. Should you choose a traditional wedding breakfast or wish to make the most of CH&CO’s state-of-the-art techniques and trend-setting flavour combinations, you will be absolutely delighted with your food, drinks, and service. Whether you want a sumptuous banquet, chic canapés and bowl food, or a laid-back barbecue, our chef will work with you to give you and your guests a feast to remember. From sourcing local ingredients to creating the most visually stunning dishes, CH&CO work tirelessly to deliver a beautiful arrangement of flavours in every bite. Their focus is on you and on making your wedding food a meal to remember.

  • Weddings, Receptions, Civil Partnerships, and Ceremonies
  • Two licensed suites, with the largest holding up to 260 seated
  • Animal House drink receptions
  • Photograph locations at Penguin Beach and Tiger Territory
  • Live Animal Encounters available to greet guests
  • 700 species in 36 acres of zoological gardens
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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the city
Outdoor license

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Private catering allowed
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Venue staff assistance:

Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
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Reviews for London Zoo (ZSL)

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Jonas Sent on 01/12/2017
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All of our friends enjoyed the experience and we c

I want to say thanks for a memorable day. We had a great time at our wedding and the staff were stars! You allowed Jonas and I to feel all was very well looked after hence we enjoyed it all!

All of our friends enjoyed the experience and we could not be happier with it all.
Jackie Sent on 01/12/2017
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We had a day which we will be able to remember for

We had the most amazing day and wanted to thank all the staff, from Tara coordinating us all to the bar and waiting staff. Everyone commented on the fantastic atmosphere and how helpful everyone was. The food was excellent too. And we even managed to get the right weather!

Having the carousel in the evening gave the day that extra bit of excitement, as everyone reverted to being a big kid again - also gave us some brilliant photos as well!

We had a day which we will be able to remember for the rest of our lives and the best bit is we can always go back and visit our favourite extra guests - the meerkats!
Kate Sent on 01/12/2017
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We highly recommend this iconic venue, best day of

‘We were really impressed by the organisation and professionalism of all the staff at ZSL London Zoo, they are committed, friendly and experienced. Our wedding planners were more than happy to work with our ideas to make our day unique and were willing to go the extra mile to meet and exceed our expectations. The venue looked stunning, and we got some amazing photos from the day. All of our guests young and old were so happy to spend the day at the zoo, especially getting up close to the meerkats, and cocktails in the aquarium! The food was fantastic and the running of the day was seamless. We highly recommend this iconic venue, best day of our lives!’
Julia Sent on 01/12/2017
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Thank you London Zoo team, from the bottom of our

'From the very first meeting with our co-ordinator, we knew this was the right venue for us.To this day, we still talk about the food that was served on the day – and I cannot tell you how many guests came up to my praising the menu – especially the vegetarians who could not believe how catered to they were. The dishes weren’t just meat-free alternatives, they were carefully crafted culinary delights. Every course was superb. I would also seriously recommend the food tasting before the event. Not only was it a great moment to share ideas and thoughts with our co-ordinator, who guided us through the whole process, we got to sample every dish, all the wine choices, and meet the chefs. It was amazing, and we were made to feel super important by the whole team too – it was a total delight – delicious food and excellent company! We were even allowed to propose ideas to the catering team about people with special dietary requirements – and, as I mentioned above – we were never made to feel anything was impossible, or too much trouble.
Planning a wedding felt like a task I would never be up to, but, thanks to our co-ordinator, her speedy responses, and the fact that she made us feel like she genuinely cared about us having the best possible day, it was a total delight. We were honestly able to sit back and enjoy the whole experience, as we just knew she was on top of everything!
Our wedding day was the best day of our lives, and we’re not going to be able to stop talking about it for a very long time… Thank you London Zoo team, from the bottom of our hearts.’
Alex Sent on 10/09/2015
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Thank you so much for a truly fantastic day

Thank you so much for a truly fantastic day; everything was exactly as we had hoped it would be and more. The entire build up to the wedding was enjoyable and stress free for us, we felt confident that our wedding was in safe hands.
The food & drinks were fantastic. We have had great feedback on all aspects of the event from so many of our guests
Jeff Sent on 10/09/2015
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We had such a fantastic day

We had such a fantastic day – thank you very much to you and your colleagues for making it such a success. We had some great feedback from friends and family and we definitely enjoyed ourselves too. Thank you also for all your help in the run-up and your flexibility to accommodate for all our needs and wishes
Emily Sent on 10/09/2015
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We had an incredible day

We had an incredible day - thank you so much to you and your team - the organisation was fantastic and it couldn't have gone any smoother on the day. We especially appreciated the extra little details
Sian Sent on 17/03/2011
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Just a quick note to say how happy we were we chose the zoo for our wedding on Saturday! The weather held off, we had a magical ceremony, and Paul and the zoo staff were fantastic throughout. If you could also pass our thanks onto the keeper at the Blackburn Pavilion, who was wonderful, encouraging the kids with the scatter feeds and showing us how to feed the birds with live locusts. The cocktails were wonderful, and we also very much appreciated the chair covers: many, many thanks.
Isabella Sent on 17/03/2011
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Thank you so much for everything, we had such a beautiful day. We received "bride and groom" glasses as a gift and believe they were cleared away with the table, if you could recover them we would be extremely grateful.
Chris Sent on 17/03/2011
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Everything went extremely well on Saturday and we are really pleased. Even though the weather turned a bit nasty towards late afternoon, we were able to move everything indoors seamlessly so the staff did a brilliant job and you must pass on our thanks again.

The Gorilla Kingdom was also a big hit with everyone - especially the kids - so we were very happy we went for it in the end. The keepers were great and even spent ages trying to help us retrieve a stray greeting card that somehow slipped down between the floorboards!
Jacqueline Sent on 17/03/2011
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The reception on Saturday was truly lovely; of course we were lucky to have such perfect weather - sunshine but not too hot. The Mappin Pavilion was just perfect, the food was delicious (everyone commented on it) and the staff couldn't have been nicer or more helpful. Thank you all very much for helping to make it such a memorable occasion.
Sophie Sent on 16/02/2009
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Many, many thanks for everything that you did to make our wedding a success!

We had a wonderful time and I thought that the Mappin Pavilion looked lovely. Our guests were very impressed.

We would also like to pass on our heartfelt thanks to the event manager. He was superbly helpful and his staff were excellent. A final and very big thank you to the chef. So many people congratulated us on the quality of the food. It was excellent. And a big personal thank you to him for the wonderful cake.

Jessica Sent on 13/02/2009
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The lemur encounter was SO cute

On a more personal note - Tom and I just want to say a BIG THANK YOU to you, Paul and everyone who helped our event run so smoothly. Your team were fantastic and Paul was the perfect event manager - calm and always smiling. And thank you to you for answering all my little questions and letting me get on with planning everything myself.The mappin pavilion looked gorgeous with all the lights and lemur decorations.
Rachelle Sent on 13/02/2009
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Thank you so much..

everyone who came to the wedding had an amazing time, and I''m so grateful for all the hard work you put in. It''s much appreciated.
Gareth Sent on 13/02/2009
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The best day of our lives at London Zoo!

Thank you so much for all your help in organising the party for us, everyone we have asked has said they had a fantastic time and really enjoyed it. Rodolfo and the team were great and really helpful on the night, the chef was great and the food amazing, and you’ve been a star helping us work everything out especially with all the last minute changes! I am more than happy to be a reference for you and the team if you need it.
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