Royal Wedding Weekend Itinerary for Travelers
Devising a plan to conquer London during Royal Wedding weekend is not an easy task. There are more things to see and do in this vast metropolis than can be seen in months, and any royal-related attractions around the city will likely be packed with hoards of revelers. But with a good pair of walking shoes, a little patience, and some help from Visit London, we've handpicked some top London attractions that make for a perfect – but flexible – three-day itinerary for the Royal Wedding weekend.
Stick to this plan, and we promise you'll have a royally good time!
Royal Wedding Weekend: Friday, April 29
In the morning, stake out your spot along the Royal Wedding parade route. The earlier the better, since there are rumors onlookers will set up camp out along the route the night before the wedding. If you think your chances of catching a glimpse of the bride and groom from the ground are slim, consider taking in the view from one of the several hotels and businesses offering special packages along the route – if you play your cards right, you could end up getting a birds-eye-view of the new couple.
The Royal Wedding begins at 11 a.m. in London, and the ceremony is expected to last an hour. By the time the newlywed couple rolls by and you check out the rest of The Mall and Buckingham Palace, you'll probably be starving. Grab afternoon tea at The Orangery in Kensington Palace, and 18th-century building that serves traditional homemade food and has a great view of the palace and gardens from the terrace. Then, take some time to explore Kensington Palace itself, where you can view Queen Victoria's bedroom and dresses once worn by Princess Diana, as well as walk along a sunken garden.
If you're looking for a dinner fit for a king, head to The Fountain Restaurant inside Fortnum & Mason, a department store that opened in 1707. The restaurant has a brasserie feel and serves traditional dishes such as Welsh Rarebit, pies and mash, and more. You'll be just a hop, skip and a jump away from Piccadilly Circus, so take a stroll by and marvel the lights. Head out to a nearby bar or club if you're up for it, but be sure to rest up – we have a big day planned for tomorrow.
Royal Wedding Weekend: Saturday, April 30
After breakfast, join in on a royal-themed tour of your choosing. If you're a big fan of the newlywed couple, you may want to consider a gossip-filled walking tour that takes you to places where Kate Middleton and Prince William ate, danced, worked, and broke up. The tour conveniently ends at the next stop on our itinerary: Westminster Abbey, where the couple will have just wed the day before. A spokeswoman from Westminster Abbey says it will be open for tours.
Explore Westminster Abbey and have some lunch and a pint at a nearby pub. The head to the Houses of Parliament, where you'll be sure to instantly recognize "Big Ben." After snapping the obligatory picture in front of the clock, spend the rest of your day exploring the many attractions along and near the Thames River. There are dozens of museums and other attractions to check out, so pick and choose as you wish. If you'd like to stick to the royal theme, head to the Tower of London. Over the years, the attraction has been a palace, a prison and a royal mint, but now it's a living museum to British history. Explore on your own, or take a tour led by a red-cloaked Beefeater. Either way, it would be a shame to miss out on seeing the sparkling Crown Jewels.
One great way to soak in the city is to take in the view from the London Eye, a Ferris wheel that offers unrivaled views of the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, St Paul's Cathedral, and more. From there, the day is yours to zizag up and down the Thames and stop in at attractions such as the London Sea Life Aquarium, London Film Museum, the Tate Modern, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Tower Bridge, and more. When you need a break, stop by a riverside restaurant such as Skylon where you can continue admiring the view while you recharge.
Royal Wedding Weekend: Sunday, May 1
It's your last day in London, so today were going to have cream in some famous attractions and make sure we get some souvenir shopping done.
Start the day at Trafalgar Square, a pedestrian plaza that just-so-happens to be one of the biggest cultural destinations in the world. The vast National Gallery is the crowning attraction, but just around the corner is the National Portrait Gallery.
Nearby is Leicester Square, the gateway to London's Theatreland. If you're going to be around for the evening, visit the TKTS booth to try and find half-price tickets to a nighttime show. If you're lucky, you'll be returning to Shakespeare's Globe Theater along the Thames River, or checking out one of London's long-running musicals or plays. If you want to combine dinner and a show, consider spending the night at one of London's pub theaters.
On the other hand, if you want to see some more museums head to South Kensington, where you can pop into three of London's most famous museums: the Science Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Natural History Museum – all of which are free to enter.
As for picking up some one-of-a-kind souvenirs, some of the best retail districts are Covent Garden and the West End, which are full of specialty shops, boutiques, and international brands. Big fans of Kate Middleton will want to check out the digs at Jigsaw, a woman's clothing store where she once worked as an accessory buyer. If you're looking for a new outfit but are clueless on where to shop, consider organizing a tour by fashion forward guide service Urban Gentry. Led by a fashion insider, the tour takes you to hidden boutiques and independent stores and give you plenty of time to browse.
Find Out More About The Royal Wedding:
Royal Wedding Schedule
Kate and Wills: The Royal Wedding Details
London's Secret Accommodation Options
Royal Wedding Tours Give a Glimpse of Royal Life
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