A Royal Day in London
Every key member of the British monarchy has a home in London, which means that the capital is overflowing with locations and establishments which have been given a regal thumbs-up. Follow our itinerary to spend a day visiting them all.
Begin with breakfast at The Goring Hotel in Belgravia, which has a Royal Warrant (any business which receives custom from either the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh or the Prince of Wales is granted a Royal Warrant). Kate Middleton spent her last night as a commoner here, while its breakfast menu offers smoked salmon omelettes and grilled Loch Fyne kippers – even if you’re not a hotel guest.
(breakfast menu: £26-£32)
Stroll to Buckingham Palace to catch the final days of the Charles II: Art & Power exhibition at The Queen’s Gallery, visit the Royal Mews or watch Changing the Guard at 11am.
Charles II: Art & Power at The Queen’s Gallery
(until 13 May, adult/child/under-fives: £11/£5.50/free)
Changing The Guard
Travel west to visit Kensington Palace (above), before enjoying the Diana Memorial Fountain in the centre of Hyde Park. Cross the Serpentine lake for lunch at Chucs Serpentine, which has a dramatic, Zaha Hadid-designed dining room.
(main dishes: £11-£31)
It’s time for a spot of shopping at Fortnum & Mason on Piccadilly, another Royal Warrant holder, which has been serving fabulous afternoon teas for centuries.
Fortnum and Mason
Walk north along Regent Street and make a stop at Burberry, the official weatherproofers to the Queen and outfitters to the Prince of Wales.
Burberry Regent Street
Take a short walk west for a pint at the Coach & Horses pub on Bruton Street – this is the road that the Queen was born on.
Coach & Horses Bruton Street
Her Majesty doesn’t eat in restaurants very often, but Bellamy’s in Mayfair is where she held her 80th birthday dinner. The Queen visited again in 2016 with Princess Anne and Princess Alexandra, who were no doubt enjoying the reasonably priced set menus.
(set dinner menu: £25/£29.50 for 2/3 courses)
Make time for the bright lights of Theatreland and a solid cocktail or two at The Ivy in Covent Garden, where the Queen celebrated a friend’s 80th birthday party last year.