All eyes will be on London on April 29th as the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton is broadcast around the globe. Even if you’ve never been on England’s capital, you’ll likely recognize some famous sights such as Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. Whether you already have a visit scheduled or are just living vicariously through the happy couple, here are some of our favorite ways to live royally in London to inspire your next trip.
Where to See Will & Kate
We’ve got the scoop about hitting the town with the royals, not just Will and Kate, but the Queen too. From glossy magazines to royal diaries, here is the best way to catch a glimpse of the royal family. As a bonus you may just find the latest hot shops or film premieres along the way. More on Where to See Will & Kate.
From china to biscuits, you can get Will and Kate’s face and names on just about anything these days. But for more timeless gifts to bring home, look for the royal warrant in the windows of fine shops signals wares of the highest quality such as Fortnum & Mason for teas and snacks in lovely packaging and Smythson for classic stationery. This royal appointment seal signifies that the company supplies goods or services to the highest level of the royal family. See Fodor’s shopping reviews.
Where to Stay: Royal Lodging Packages
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It can be hard to live regally in London if you’re pinching your pounds, but special packages inspired by the impending royal nuptials are available in a range of budgets and upcoming dates. While practicality may reign, consider some regal trappings to celebrate London in proper style, whether you are a prince or a pauper. See Royal Lodging Packages.
Best Tea in London
Taking afternoon tea is a classic way to experience London. Everyone wants to sit up straight, stick their pinkie out, and sip hot tea in the company of friends and family—and preferably in the warm embrace of one of our six favorite tea salons. Most high teas are offered between 3 and 5:30 pm with real tea served in china and elegant finger foods on a three-tiered silver tea stand. See Best Tea in London.
Westminster Abbey Tips
While you may have not been invited to the ceremony, a trip to Westminster Abbey is a must for visitors to London. See our insider tips to make the most of your visit. Read more.
PLAN YOUR TRIP to London
- London Travel Guide
- London Restaurant Reviews
- The Most Influential Kings & Queens of England: London’s Royal Legacy
- Great One-Day Itineraries: London’s Crowning Glories and More
- Buckingham Palace Review and Tips
Photo Credits: Courtesy Visit England.