Experience London Like a Royal: 5 Things to Do VIP-Style
The much-anticipated royal wedding has travelers wanting to plan a trip to London like never before. From exploring the city with early-access VIP privileges to eating at a Royal-approved restaurant, here’s how to experience London like a queen or king.
1. Take the Best of Royal London Tour with VIP Early Access
Beat the crowds in style with European day tour operator City Wonders’ 4-hour Best of Royal London Tour, giving travelers privileged access to the top Royal sites. This early-morning tour offers VIP early-access to the Tower of London including the Opening Ceremony, a first look of the Crown Jewels, scenic river cruises up the Thames, a walking tour through the Horse Guards to St. James’ Palace, and viewings of the traditional Changing of the Guard ceremony finishing at Buckingham Palace -- all while avoiding the long lines that form later in the day.
2. Uncover the Secrets of Kensington Palace
To get a real glimpse into the lives of its past royal residents, a visit to Kensington Palace is a must. Discover stories from Queen Victoria's life in the Victoria Revealed exhibition; master courtly games in the King's State Apartments; glimpse a modern princess in an exhibition of Diana's dresses; and uncover the secrets of a fragile dynasty in the Queen's State Apartments.
3. Eat at a Royal-Approved Restaurant
The Queen is rarely spotted dining outside of her palace; however, she’s known to dine at modern British restaurant, The Ivy. With its shimmering central dining bar, signature harlequin stained-glass windows, oak paneling and striking contemporary art collection, it’s a dining experience that is unforgettable. The Ivy welcomes customers without reservations at the central dining bar, where the A La Carte and Set menus are both served.
4. Grab a Drink at The Goring Hotel
Rumored to have a secret tunnel connecting it to Buckingham Palace that’s just around the corner, The Goring Hotel is a favorite spot for the royal family. Duchess Kate famously stayed here with family the night before the royal wedding, and she even made an appearance for The Goring's 105th anniversary party. With afternoon tea and an opulent bar offering the finest wines and spirits, The Goring Hotel is the place to be seen and sip on world-renowned cocktails.
5. Shop on Kensington High Street
The majority of the stores that Kate Middleton has been spotted at are on Kensington High Street and the Chelsea area. Stroll through the posh streets and stop by stores the Royals go to such as TopShop, Zara Home, L.K. Bennett, Hobbs, Jeager and more.