Love is definitely in the air in London, England! Inspired by Prince Harry and Meghan? Or maybe Prince William and Kate? You can explore London and feel like a princess, too.
For luxury accommodations, look no further than The Goring Hotel, where Kate Middleton stayed the night before her wedding to Prince William. If nothing else, consider just visiting for Afternoon Tea. For more modest budgets, the centrally-located Morgan Hotel has well equipped rooms and apartments at reasonable prices, which include daily hot breakfast. Royal-lovers must join the one million annual visitors to Westminster Abbey, site of William and Kate’s wedding; it is also steeped in 700 years of history, and is the resting place of a number of royals and well-known Brits.
Kensington Palace, residence of William and Kate’s family as well as Prince Harry (and maybe Meghan Markle, too?) offers historical tours and a fascinating current exhibit called Diana: Her Fashion Story. History buffs will enjoy the Tower of London and a glimpse at the Crown Jewels housed there. As well, the National Portrait Gallery and Buckingham Palace are well worth a visit. Honeymooners will find no better place for a celebratory meal than Clos Maggiore in Covent Garden, where Kate Middleton was spotted eating with her mother and sister.
Voted “world’s most romantic restaurant”, it offers not only excellent fare but breathtaking décor that includes a retractable glass ceiling or crackling fire, depending on the season, and service fit for royalty. Bluebird in Chelsea is another past favourite of William and Kate’s, with fun cocktails (yours may be presented in a teacup or mini watering can) and tasty eats – the stylish restaurant is upstairs, a more casual café below. Prince Harry and Meghan have been seen leaving the Jam Tree in Chelsea, and Harry has also been spotted at local pubs the Brown Cow and Cross Keys.
A London Pass covers admission to more than 60 top attractions.
An Oyster card is handy for public transit, and the tube (subway) system is fast and easy to navigate.
Hop-On-Hop-Off tours are a great way to get an overview of the city; look for one with a live guide narrating the journey.
Gratuities are often included in restaurant bills; you don’t tip at pubs in London.