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The ultimate Royal London bucket list

Wednesday 11 May 2022

If you're a royal fan dreaming of Britain, why not get a taste for some of the capital’s regal locations with our royal London illustration! Featuring the finest royal tailors, the Queen’s favourite grocery store, and the makers of Meghan Markel’s engagement ring, our interactive drawing reveals more about these royal institutions and suppliers, making it the perfect place to start when imagining a right royal foray.

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Westminster Abbey

The setting for every coronation since 1066, Westminster Abbey is one of the most iconic historic buildings in existence with walls that have seen more than 1,000 years of British tradition.

Take an Abbey tour and admire the High Alter, used as a setting for coronations. For something altogether more unique, sit under the stars and in the shadow of Westminster Abbey with an outdoor cinema experience.

For a unique alternative perspective of Westminster, hop aboard a river cruise from Westminster Pier and take to London’s waterway.

St James’s Park

This stunning 57-acre Royal Park is located in the heart of Westminster and is home to The Mall and Horse Guards Parade.

If you’re after a royal spectacle, take to The Mall or line the edge of St James’s Park at Horse Guards Parade for Trooping the Colour. See the area come alive with over 1400 parading soldiers and hundreds of horses and musicians. Join in the fanfare as you cheer for the Queen’s official birthday and Platinum Jubilee celebrations - don’t forget to look to the skies as the RAF Red Arrows fly over Buckingham Palace.

For those brave enough – a spine-tingling adventure awaits. Head out after dusk for a ghost tour and uncover the buried secrets of St James’s Park.

Dean Street Townhouse

This Georgian residence was built in 1732 and became home to several aristocratic families as well as King Charles II’s mistress Nell Gwynne. It’s now an upscale boutique hotel (part of the exclusive Soho House Group) and provides traditional British style and comfort to its guests. Why not tuck into all day dining and drinks at its restaurant and bar – serving up local produce and a menu filled with British cheeses, afternoon tea and botanical tipples.

Kensington Palace Gardens

Kensington Palace is a royal residence set in Kensington Gardens, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London, England.

Close your eyes and imagine a vast garden filled with soothing bird song, a gentle breeze that carries the scent of flowers and the historic whisper of footsteps from former British queens. With ornamental flower beds and graceful fountains, Kensington Palace Gardens was commissioned by Queen Mary and transformed into the grand park it is today by Queen Caroline in the 1700s.

Wander into Hyde Park to The Serpentine boating lake for a journey out onto the water aboard a pedalo or row boat. Or for a refreshing tipple, visit The Churchill Arms – with its instagrammable exterior of a wall of flowers making it hard to resist this picture-perfect watering hole.

Cleave

Just around the corner from Buckingham Palace is the prestigious jewellers who made Meghan Markle’s enormous diamond engagement ring. Cleave’s craftsmen also create decorations and medals for palace offices, heads of state and military institutions around the world.

Horse Guards Parade

To think of one image that embodies royal London and it has to be the red uniformed Queen’s Guards! Horse Guards Parade is situated just off Whitehall and is the site of the Trooping the Colour, the ceremony to mark the Queen’s official birthday. The Household Cavalry Museum details the history of the Household Cavalry, while providing a unique behind-the-scenes look at the work of the Queen’s Mounted Bodyguard.

Buckingham Palace

Aerial view to Buckingham Palace, London, England.

The largest of the royal palaces, this has been the official London residence of the UK’s sovereigns since 1837. As the Queen’s London home, and the birthplace of Prince Andrew and Prince Charles, Buckingham Palace is often the focus of both royal and national celebrations. The State Rooms are a particular highlight. These beautifully decorated rooms are where the Queen and the Royal family entertain guests on state, ceremonial and other occasions.

Wave and cheer as the Queen marks 70 years on the throne and join in the celebrations of Trooping the Colour. See Her Majesty and family take to Buckingham Palace’s balcony for the famous RAF Red Arrow flyover. Or for a first-hand experience in the palace, tour the State Rooms for a right regal day out.

Fortnum & Mason

With more than 300 years of history spanning 12 British monarchs, and having received two Royal Warrants, it’s no wonder Fortnum & Mason is known as the ‘Queen’s grocer’! The department store is infused with regal luxury, offering a chance to smell and taste a slice of royal life, as it continues to sell the finest foods and luxury hampers - Queen Elizabeth is even said to enjoy their delicate Earl Grey blend every morning! To mark a whopping 70 years on the throne, discover their special flavours for the Platinum Jubilee, from famous Scotch Eggs in a picnic hamper to a limited-edition Platinum Jubilee Blend Tea. Or get a taste of the sweeter things in life with the Platinum Pudding Competition hosted by Fortnum & Mason.

Lock & Co. Hatters

Located on St James’s Street, Lock & Co. Hatters is the oldest hat shop in the world. Known for its fine craftsmanship and innovative designs, this family-owned business has designed hats for Sir Winston Churchill, Oscar Wilde and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. While you’re trying on a hat to fit your style, why not take a look at the outside of the shop, for a visual taste of British millinery tradition.

The Crown Jewels at the Tower of London

Guarded inside the Jewel House at the Tower of London, the Crown Jewels is a dazzling collection of 23,578 gemstones. Still used in royal ceremonies today, the collection contains crowns and ceremonial regalia that date back to the 1600s. As Queen’s Elizabeth II marks 70 years on the throne for her Platinum Jubilee, now’s the time view the glistening jewels that have made up the British Monarch. Marvel at Queen Victoria’s dazzling Coronation Ring, the Sovereign’s Orb used at Her Majesty’s Coronation, and St Edward’s Crown used at every royal Coronation since 1661.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Flourishing floral delights are set to take root at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year. Join in the Platinum Jubilee celebrations as it pays homage to Her Majesty and her reign. See native trees and beautiful floral arrangements that make up a blooming portrait of the Queen by renowned florist, Simon Lycett. Look out for planted lily of the valley, one of The Queen’s favour blooms and one that featured in her Coronation bouquet. Or for an immersive experience, wander beneath a canopy of flowers representing Queen Elizabeth II’s love for nature, from designers Veevers Carter.

Gieves & Hawkes

This luxury brand has provided the Royal Family with the finest garments since 1809. It holds three Royal Warrants and has a long history of crafting uniforms for the Royal Navy and the British Army. The Gieves & Hawkes flagship store is located in the home of bespoke tailoring, Saville Row, one of London’s most stylish streets. Head here to their shop and try on sleek tailored suits set to give you true James Bond vibes.

 

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