Take The Royal Tour
London has always been one of the trendiest and coolest capitals to visit, but with the news that the royal newlyweds are making their home at Kensington Palace, Knightsbridge have become one of the most sought-after travel destinations with royal watchers around the world descending into the SW postcode for a taste of the British upper class.
A morning strolling through the lush greenery of Hyde Park, past the architectural landmarks such as the Royal Albert Hall and Harrods to the hustle and designer bustle of Sloane Street and the Kings Road, and you can totally understand why the hot royal couple want to make their London home in Knightsbridge.
But if you aren’t lucky enough to have an HRH in front of your name, then get a taste of the royal lifestyle by starting your day with a tour around the Cambridges’ new home at Kensington Palace. Open to the public, it has been the residence of the royal family since the 17th century and was the home of Princess Diana until she died in 1997.
After a look around the beautiful state rooms (and a quick cup of English Breakfast tea at the beautiful Orangery restaurant in the Palace’s gardens), stroll through the 625 lush green acres of Hyde Park past the Albert Hall and Albert Memorial before arriving in Knightsbridge and the centre of shopping and a fashionable favourite with all the Royals.
From the uber-glam Sloane Street to the designer department stores of Harvey Nichols and Harrods, and the high street favourites like LK Bennet, Zara and Jigsaw – they’re all within walking distance so don’t be surprised if you see some familiar faces as you check out the latest looks.
Finish off your royal tour with the ultimate sovereign treat and pop into Buckingham Palace (which is just a 10 minute walk away from Harvey Nicks) to check out Kate’s wedding dress which is on display until 3 October. The beautiful dress designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen has been bought out as part of the Palace’s summer opening so you can not only see the famous bridal gown but also 19 other magnificent state rooms. If the flag is flying then it means the Queen is “at home,” so time it perfectly and you never know who you might bump into...
While you’re there…
Where to Stay - The Sheraton Park Tower is one of the most famous hotels in London (and the most perfectly placed!). Not only is the hotel right next door to Harvey Nichols (a favourite shopping destination for Princess Diana and the Duchess of Cambridge), it has amazing views over Hyde Park and is a 10 minute walk to Buckingham Palace. Ideal for royal fans with a penchant for shopping and with London’s award-winning fish restaurant One-on-One and the Knightsbridge Lounge which serves one of the best afternoon teas in the city – this hotel is ideal for a royal tour of London. Rooms start from Dhs2,035 per night. Visit www.sheratonparktower.com for reservations
Where to Shop - With Harvey Nichols and Sloane Street (which is home to Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Gina and Versace along with a host of other designer labels) right on your doorstep, hot denim store Donna Ida and Harrods only five minutes away (and on the way you’ll pass LK Bennet – Kate’s favourite shoe store) - you can’t not shop when staying in Knightsbridge.
Where to eat - The One-O- One restaurant at the Sheraton Park Tower l is widely regarded as one of the best seafood restaurant in the city, but if you’re looking to venture out of Knightsbridge then head to the Spice Market at the newly opened W Hotel in Leicester Square. The five course tasting menu is amazing and shows off all the highlights from the asian fusion menu – the spice chicken samosas are the best.