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The ultimate Royal London bucket list

Monday 17 October 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, a 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 King's official birthday - 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 King’s official birthday. The Household Cavalry Museum details the history of the Household Cavalry.

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 King’s London home, 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 Royal family entertain guests on state, ceremonial and other occasions.

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 ‘Royal 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 - the late Queen Elizabeth is even said to have enjoyed their delicate Earl Grey blend every morning! 

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. Marvel at Queen Victoria’s dazzling Coronation Ring, the Sovereign’s Orb used at Queen Elizabeth II'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.  See native trees, beautiful floral arrangements, perfect for nature lovers.

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.

 

You are encouraged to always check individual websites for the latest information, as details are subject to change.

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