The newest royal baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor’s marks his first birthday on 6 May, allowing us to celebrate the city where Meghan Markel and Prince Harry’s bundle was joy was born. For those wanting to learn more about iconic royal landmarks or even order some quality products from the capital, why not discover London’s royal tailors, the Queen’s favourite grocery store and the makers of Archie’s mother’s engagement ring. Explore our interactive drawing to discover more about the royal institutions and suppliers in this majestic city.
This ancient religious building has more than 1000 years of royal tradition. It’s the official coronation church and you can admire the coronation chair in St George’s Chapel. The abbey was the setting for 17 royal weddings including the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011. Why not enjoy this historic landmark from home? Check out this online tour of Westminster Abbey.
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. Enjoy spectacular views of the park from the Blue Bridge or marvel at monuments like the Queen Victoria Memorial and the Duke of York statue.
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.
Kensington Palace Gardens
With ornamental flowers beds and graceful fountains, the formal gardens of Kensington Palace Gardens were commissioned by Queen Mary and transformed into the grand park it is today by Queen Caroline. Those wanting to soak up some royal tranquillity can enjoy a virtual tour of Hyde Park and Kensington Palace gardens.
Cleave & Co.
Situated just around the corner from Buckingham Palace, this prestigious jewellers made Meghan Markle’s enormous diamond engagement ring. Cleave & Co’s craftsmen also create decorations and medals for palace offices, heads of state and military institutions around the world.
Horse Guards Parade
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 and accomplishments of the Household Cavalry, while providing a unique behind-the-scenes look at the work of the Queen’s Mounted Bodyguard. You can even embark on a virtual 3D tour of the museum to find out more.
The largest of the royal palaces, this has been the official London residence of the UK’s sovereigns since 1837. As The Queen’s official 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, a set of beautifully decorated rooms where the Queen and the Royal family entertain guests on state, ceremonial and other occasions. You can explore many of the rooms, including the Throne Room, White Drawing Room and Grand Staircase, in 360˚ images on the Palace’s official website.
Fortnum & Mason
Known as the ‘Queen’s grocer’, this store sells the finest foods and luxury hampers for all occasions. William Fortnum began his career as a household servant to Queen Anne before going into business with Hugh Mason and opening their first shop in 1707.Take a look at the full range of goodies fit for a queen, here!
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.
The Crown Jewels, 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.
RHS Chelsea Flower Show
This year the Royal Horticultural Society will host a virtual flower show, celebrating all things fantastically floral online. The world-famous annual five-day event will take place from 19 – 23 May, allowing Horticulturalists from around the globe to showcase their palms, inspirational gardens and floral delights online. Keep your eyes peeled on the RHS website for more details.
Gieves & Hawkes
This luxury brand has provided the Royal Family with the finest garments since 1809. It holds three Royal Warrants and also 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, a shopping spot where Archie will undoubtedly be fitted for a luxurious suit one day!