Summer fun: Royal for a day
Even if you’re not next in line to the throne (or even 90th) there are some great ways in which you can play at being royalty for the day in London this summer.
Whether you’re a visitor to the capital, a seasoned Londoner or are just looking for something to entertain the kids, why not plan a royal-themed day out? Even if you’re not a fan of the monarchy, it’s hard not to be wowed by the history of our heads of state. Here’s our guide to the best ways to be royal for a day:
Storm the palace
Buckingham Palace opens the doors to the State Rooms whilst the royals are on their holidays, and every summer they host a special exhibition. This year’s theme is the royal wardrobe. Marvel at the dresses, jewellery and accessories worn by HRH from the 1920s up until recently, as well as taking a peek at the luxurious surroundings. According to surveys, BP is one of the most famous landmarks in the UK – but if this is just her everyday home, we wonder how grand Liz’s holiday house must be?
Try the tower
Visiting The Tower of London is a must on a trip to the capital. As well as the famous Crown Jewels, you can also take a tour into the dark corridors once walked by numerous ill-fated members of the royal family (and of course other famous figures in history). See the birthplace of the Ordnance Survey, and visit the White Tower, built by William the Conqueror, which today houses displays from the Royal Armouries' collection - and you mustn’t miss an encounter with the famous ravens.
Call in the cavalry
The Household Cavalry Museum is a fascinating exhibition filled with royal relics from past and present. It features rare exhibits, interactive displays and a unique look into the stables of the royal horses. A must-see part of the museum is the Guard Change on Horse Guards at 10:50am (09:50 Sundays), the Guard Inspection (16:00) or mounted sentry changes on the hour (10:00 – 16:00).
Eat like a king
A truly memorable taste experience is enjoying The London Royal Tea at Hotel Café Royal. Served in the Oscar Wilde Bar (where the writer dined himself on a daily basis) it includes delectable sandwiches, scones, cakes and savouries with a royal theme in unforgettable surroundings. Sittings take place daily from 2pm to 5pm on weekends, or from 12pm at weekends.
A palace fit for a princess
Try and fit in a visit to some of the other breathtaking palaces dotted in and around London. Kensington Palace is home to Will and Kate, and features a permanent Queen Victoria exhibition: Victoria Revealed. Hampton Court Palace never fails to impress, with ornate halls, a famous maze and beautiful gardens, and if you have a bit more time Windsor Castle is a fascinating insight into the royal past, as well as offering an amazing view of Royal Windsor from the famous Berkshire battlements.
A right royal dinner
What royal day would be complete without treating yourself to a luxurious dinner that’s fit for a queen? Fortnum & Mason, which opened in 1707, features five eateries and is the Queen’s official grocer! The Fountain restaurant is open in the evening and includes royal family favourites such as Welsh Rarebit, mouth-watering meats and fabulous fish dishes. You could even treat yourself to a take-away royal lunch: one of their famous hampers!
Whatever you plan to do, London itself is full of fascinating history on every corner. The streets themselves have been walked by many a royal member (especially if you head to Harrod’s or Prince Harry’s favourite nightspot, Boujis ). Make sure you take a camera with you, and comfortable walking shoes, as sadly the royal carriage isn’t yet available to hire - so an underground carriage might have to do for now! Enjoy!
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