With the royal wedding rapidly approaching, there’s never been a better time to visit London. Regent Street is already brimming with pomp and pageantry (there are seriously more English flags flying than you’ve ever seen in your life!) But as Samuel Johnson once said “when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” So how does one even begin to narrow down where to shop, where to eat or what to do while visiting the English capital? We’ve polled locals and insiders to round up some of most posh places (and favorites of the Royals!) that you simply can’t miss.
Centrally located off Carnaby Street, Liberty London is a posh department store with more than two centuries of sourcing incredible textiles. Liberty is more of a London institution, really. It sells luxury goods including women’s, men’s and children’s fashion, cosmetics and fragrances, jewelry, accessories, homeware, furniture, stationary and countless other treasures. So whether you’re looking to splurge on a designer bag by Gucci or Prada, or simply pick up some high end stationary by Christian Lacroix, Liberty has it all.
London’s famous Bond Street is renowned for high-end luxury brands, designer fashion, fine jewels, art and antiques. Set in the heart of historic Mayfair, this prestigious street is home to some of the top retailers in the world, including Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Jimmy Choo, Chanel, Hermès, Jimmy Choo and countless others. Frequented by celebrities, socialites and international jet-setters, Bond Street has everything you could want – no matter what kind of luxury shopping you have your heart set on.
King’s Road, Chelsea
This high-end shopping strip is rumored to be a favourite haunt of both Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton. It features a seriously impressive roster of prestigious fashion boutiques, including department stores like Peter Jones, perfumery Penhaligon’s, and Vivienne Westwood.
Dean Street Townhouse
It’s no secret that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spent their first date at Dean Street Townhouse (part of the Soho collection) It’s also rumored that Meghan even had her bachelorette (or hen-do as they call it in the UK) at Soho Farm House (the country hotel belonging to the same members-only group). The restaurant in this Georgian townhouse has a proper English feel and is a great place for royal fanatics to visit (and maybe even spot the loved-up duo).
High Tea at the Ritz
You obviously can’t miss having a proper high tea experience whilst in London-town, and The Ritz is one of the best you’ll find. The service is seamless and provides a sense of formality that gives a true sense of British ceremony and culture. It’s required that one dresses smart (men are expected to wear a jacket and tie and no jeans or tennis shoes are permitted). Certain seatings are even accompanied by an opera singer and pianist to really elevate the ambiance while nibbling on your scone and sipping your tea.
Bocca Di Lupo
This Italian restaurant conveniently located in Soho is rumored to be one of Meghan Markle’s favorite places to grab a bite. Their ever-evolving menu features specialty dishes from all over Italy (the orecchiette with n’duja from Calabria is unreal!) It’s not easy getting a table here (unless, of course, you’re a Royal) since it’s often touted as London’s best Italian, so do make a booking in advance.
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
Theatre is one of London’s specialties, with more options available than hairs on the average head! One of the most famous is Shakespeare’s Globe, an Elizabethan playhouse associated with Shakespeare, in the London Borough of Southwark (set against the Thames). Book your tickets in advance to see a classic like Hamlet or Othello.
See the Crown Jewels
What’s more regal than seeing the magnificent collection of HRH’s Crown Jewels!? These precious stones are the most powerful symbols of the British Monarchy and hold deep religious and cultural significance in English history. They have been stored and displayed at the Tower of London since 1661 and can still be seen there today. Consider buying tickets in advance, as this is a popular tourist attraction and is likely to be crowded.
Stroll Hyde Park
Hyde Park is the largest of four Royal Parks that form a chain from the entrance of Kensington Palace (home to Will and Kate). It’s brimming with lovely rose gardens, ponds and pathways that make for an idyllic setting to go for a stroll. Be sure to visit the west end of the park to take a peek at Kensington (and wave to the Royals!)