The Crown 4-day itinerary
If you’re a fan of The Crown you can live out your royal daydreams with this four-day itinerary, taking in both filming locations and classic royal hotspots. Inspired by the new series, which illuminates the lives of the British Royal Family in the 1960s and 70s and reveals Olivia Colman in the role of Queen Elizabeth for the first time, the tour will see you zipping around London and driving along quintessential country lanes, stopping at some of southern England’s historic highlights along the way.
For a slice of princess-worthy romance, you can enjoy dinner in a candlelit restaurant once loved by Princess Margaret. Re-named Maggie Jones, reportedly in homage to the royal’s preferred alias, this charming Kensington eatery offers traditional dishes in a rustic atmosphere. Complete with wicker baskets and hanging hops, it’s perfect for a romantic evening of hearty food and English charm.
Travel time: 55 minutes by Docklands Light Railway and the Underground
If you’re a fan of The Crown, The Lyceum Theatre in London’s West End will be instantly recognisable. Used as the dramatic backdrop for the Royal Gala attended by Queen Elizabeth (Claire Foy) and Prince Philip (Matt Smith), today you can get dressed up to the nines and enjoy your own evening to remember at the theatre, which is home to the much-loved musical, The Lion King.
Travel time: Thirty minutes on the Underground
Retrace the steps of the formidable Queen Mary (Eileen Atkins) on a wander around Hatfield House. The impressive Long Gallery featured in The Crown as the hall walked by Queen Mary on her way to see The Duke of Windsor. Built in the 1600s, the house offers an insight into an extravagant era of British history. With exquisite examples of Jacobean craftsmanship throughout, it was here, in the Old Palace in 1558, that Elizabeth I was told she would ascend the throne – just another reason why the house is a must-see for history buffs.
Travel time: Just over an hour from London by car
Alternatively, pull on a traditional tweed jacket and a pair of wellington boots and try your hand at clay pigeon shooting. A classic royal pastime, Lea Valley Shooting Association in Hertfordshire offer experiences for both small groups and individuals.
Travel Time: 25 minutes by car
Dine in luxurious country style at St Michael’s Manor Hotel. With views across the five-acre grounds and the tranquil lake, the hotel’s orangery–inspired Lake Restaurant serves British cuisine with a modern twist, with dishes including fillet of beef, torched halibut or cauliflower and broccoli fritters.
Travel time: 25 minutes by car
See the very spot where Prince Philip (Matt Smith) and Princess Margaret (Vanessa Kirby) shared a private conversation in The Crown, on Knebworth House’s romantic wooden stairwell. The house itself casts a magnifying glass over 500 years of British history and culture, and entry includes an in-depth guided tour.
Travel time: 30 minutes by car
Offering an eclectic menu of traditional dishes and tasty modern recipes, The Lytton Arms is a friendly public house, with local bar staff ready to chat and fill hungry bellies with warming food. With a daily menu served until 9.30pm, you can enjoy the cosy log-burner whilst sipping on a local craft beer – a glorious way to end the day!
Travel time: 10 minutes by car
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Visit one of Britain’s most picturesque cities, Cambridge, as well as one of The Crown’s most breathtaking filming locations.
Used as the backdrop for the pivotal scenes in which Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip get married, as well as the monarch’s famous televised coronation, Ely Cathedral is a must-see for any Crown fan. Built in 1083, the Cathedral is as an outstanding example of medieval monastic architecture. Explore the impressive nave, the Lady Chapel, enjoy a guided tour inside the Octagon church tower and listen to the resident choristers, a tradition since the 16th century.
Travel time: 90 minutes by car