Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Celebrating the Royal Wedding

The royal wedding date is sneaking up, and that means journalists are ready to go to London, fans are preparing to camp out for a great view, and tourists are planning on visiting for a piece of the action. This is a great year to go to the U.K., since there’s a lot of buzz about the royal wedding and about the impending Olympics. With the country in a celebratory mood and lots of great things for tourists to see and to do, this is a perfect time to start deal searching. Booking a package now means that you can take advantage of some quality bargains--bring on the perks, the luxurious settings, and the dream concierge service.

Shermans Travel listed some of the best tourist options in the U.K., perfect for celebrating the royal wedding in style.

Viewing Parties: The Stafford is selling tickets to a viewing party at the hotel, where guests can watch wedding events unfold and feast on canapes accompanied by sparkling wine. The outdoor courtyard will be decked out for all-day festivities.

Experts Say: “Those not lucky enough to score an invite to the ceremony will be glued to their TVs on April 29 – or if you prefer, The Stafford’s TV. This St. James’s area gem (whose American Bar is rumored to be a favorite haunt of Prince William and Kate Middleton) is throwing a viewing party.”

Travel Like a Royal: If you’re up for a carriage ride, you can try a copycat carriage excursion that whisks you through London with some of the glamour of a real royal trip. Booking a carriage ride through the city is just part of the journey, since it’s recommended in tandem with a trip to the Tower of London to learn about Prince William’s lineage.

Experts Say: Be sure to book high tea!

Jewelry Shopping: Brown’s Hotel in London has a great package to try for Kate and Prince William lovers. The Royal Wedding Celebration Package includes a private appointment to the royal jewelers’ place, plus limousine transport, afternoon tea, and a special keepsake album.

Experts Say: “The shop is just one stop on the hotel’s “royal points of interest map,” which also includes Buckingham Palace and Clarence House (the official London residence of William; his father, Charles; and his brother, Harry).”

London Hotels with Perks

If you prefer guiding yourself through London without a package, try these luxury hotels via

The Metropolitan London

The Metropolitan London, favored by business travelers and pleasure-seeking tourists alike, is serene and high-tech. Positioned at posh Park Lane, the Metropolitan London features a warm, yet modern, interior for guests. The hotel is sleek and regularly ranks for its exceptional cuisine.

41 Hotel
Did you know that 41 is considered “as close to the Royal Family as you can get”? It's true. The luxury hotel is within walking distance to many London landmarks, and it's directly opposite Buckingham Palace. What an exciting place to be when London is buzzing with activity!

The Athenaeum
Do you prefer a small, family-owned hotel instead of a larger one where you can blend into the background? The Athenaeum has home-away-from-home comforts and interesting features, too, which includes the Living Wall Garden and award-winning afternoon tea. Scone, anyone?

One Aldwych
Covent Garden is a prime spot in London for touristing, since you're right in the center of it all. Some of their suite options include a private dining room, gym, or terrace, and you can easily walk to one of London's major theatres or the opera from your hotel. A contemporary art collection and inspired floral arrangements complete the hotel's beauty.

Four Seasons London at Park Lane
The Four Seasons at Park Lane just celebrated their opening at the end of January, and that means wonderful service and immaculate rooms for every guest that crosses their threshold. This hotel boasts panoramic views of the city and an extremely efficient concierge service.

This year, post-royal wedding, you’ll still have your pick of some great royal-related tourist pieces for display or sale. While many are commemorative, why not put a Kate Middleton and Prince William mug into action instead of keeping it on display? If you decide to make use of your new find, it’ll be easier to remember that luxe trip to London.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this nice post. A nice wedding will always me a memorable moment for every individuals.