Let's Do London
If there’s one destination getting all the buzz this month, it’s London. Being the epicentre of the highly anticipated Royal Wedding, all eyes are on the city as Prince William and Kate Middleton tie the knot at Westminster Abbey on April 29. So if you’re planning a trip to London any time soon, consider this your guide to seeing the city through the eyes of the world’s most famous royals.
To truly channel the UK’s young royals when in London, there are three main areas you’ll want to check out. First, there’s Mayfair. Part of Central London and considered one of the city’s most exclusive neighbourhoods, Mayfair is home to such landmarks as Savile Row, the sartorial haven where you might find William shopping for suits at renowned tailors Gieves and Hawkes. On from there you’ll find Park Lane, home to iconic hotels Grosvenor House and The Dorchester, where both princes have been spotted dining and socialising. Continue your walk through the upmarket neighbourhood and you’re sure to stumble on one of William and Kate’s favourite eatery, Scott’s. Frequently spotted at this five-star venue, the couple love the seafood restaurant for its celebrated menu and elegant setting. And after a dinner at Scott’s, the famous couple have been known to party at celebrity favourite Mahiki, a Polynesian-themed bar that serves up potent cocktails and always has a table reserved for the royals, especially party-loving Prince Harry.
Next, head to Chelsea where the upper crust go to schmooze at some of London’s most posh and trendy spots. If, like Kate, you enjoy a bit of retail therapy, be sure to hit King’s Road where Miss Middleton can often be seen popping into boutiques like Reiss and Jigsaw. And if you’re really keen to channel Kate’s look, head to cashmere haven Brora where she picks up those oh-so-posh twinsets. After a spot of shopping, head to Brinkley’s, another favourite of Williams and Kate’s where gourmet modern British cuisine is served up in posh nosh style. But come sundown, there really is only one place you’ll want to be in Chelsea, and that’s Raffles. The popular private nightspot is regularly visited by Prince Harry who celebrated his 25th birthday there with close friends.
Last but certainly not least is Knightsbridge. Ask any upwardly mobile Londoner where the ultimate destination for shopping and schmoozing is and they’re guaranteed to mention the upmarket street. Running alongside Hyde Park, Knightsbridge is home to designer boutiques and department stores including Harrods and Harvey Nichols, which happens to stock Kate’s favourite designer Issa. End the day with a drink at the stylish Mandarin Oriental Hotel, a favourite of royals including the late Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth II. Could there be a more fitting spot for a royal holiday in London? We think not.
While You’re There...
Ride the eye
A visit to England’s capital isn’t complete without a ride on the iconic London Eye. A giant Ferris wheel reaching heights of 135 metres, the attraction is ideal for first-time visitors or anyone keen to see the city from the sky.
Visit the zoo
One of the world’s most renowned zoos, London Zoo is more than 150 years old and is home to some 8,000 animals located on 14 hectares. From the monkey pavilion to the insect house, and the Moonlight World, this fascinating collection of species is a definite must-see.
They may not be the real thing, but the celebrity wax figures at Madame Tussaud’s are definitely worth checking out. From Brangelina to Justin Bieber and even the royal family, you can get up close to these fascinating works of art.