Royal Wedding-Inspired Vacation Packages You Need to Book Right Now
Millions of brides-to-be are counting down to the event of the year—no, it's not their own weddings, but rather Britain's highly anticipated royal wedding. The whole world will be tuning in on May 19 to watch as Prince Harry weds his American bride-to-be, Meghan Markle, during their internationally-televised nuptials. While the blushing, bi-continental couple will be traveling west to Berkshire to tie the knot at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, those in-the-know will be celebrating with a romantic escape of their own at one of London's most prestigious addresses. But since more than 600,000 people reportedly passed through the gates of Buckingham Palace to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their big day in 2011, you can expect just as great a turnout for this year's event. That's why you definitely don't wait to book one of these royal-worthy packages at London's chicest hotels.
Whether you're looking to be in London on the weekend in question or simply want to plan a getaway inspired by your favorite royals, these travel packages are sure to make you feel like a princess. Book your bachelorette party for the weekend of May 19 and tour Meghan and Harry's stomping grounds with your best girls. You can even learn to live like a royal thanks to the masterclasses at The Kensington (calligraphy seminar, anyone?). Want to see every moment of the couple's nuptials? The Stafford London and The Curtain are both offering special viewing parties. Need a pre-nuptial getaway with your future spouse? You'll be treated like royalty at The Milestone Hotel—you can even schedule an engagement session in front of Kensington Palace thanks to the photo shoot that comes with the package.
No matter how you want to ring in Meghan and Harry's upcoming nuptials, there's a royal wedding-inspired vacation package that's right for you. Find yours here!
The Stafford London
If you're looking to stay somewhere with royal roots, try this stately 105-room hotel, located around the corner from Buckingham Palace. It was built in the 17th century as private residences, one of which was owned by Lord and Lady Lyttelton, who served as a nanny to Queen Victoria's children. To mark the occasion of these highly anticipated nuptials, the hotel will be offering an exclusive royal wedding package, in partnership with In Any Event Tours, that includes access to special events, private dinners, and unique tours. On the big day, guests will be transported to a special location in Windsor where they can witness the wedding procession up-close, followed by an intimate viewing party, complete with cocktails, canapés, and a three-course lunch.
The Milestone Hotel
You'll be treated like royalty at this five-star mansion hotel, which is conveniently located across from Kensington Palace. Couples who book the new Royal Engagement Package, inspired by Harry and Meghan themselves, can expect a horse-drawn carriage tour of London, a special afternoon tea, a photo shoot in front of Kensington Palace by photographer Lucy Elliott, and a two night stay in a Grand Master suite. Want a little pampering, too? You'll also enjoy relaxing beauty treatments with resident therapist Fiona Keane.Want to go so far as to tie the knot at the same time as your favorite royal twosome? The venue is also offering the opportunity to host a civil ceremony for up to 30 guests on-site.
If you prefer more artsy, hip vibes to historic and stately, celebrate the famous couple with a stay at this boutique hotel in London's cool Shoreditch neighborhood. Here, you can forget about fish and chips: The on-site restaurant is the only London outpost of Top Chef Marcus Samuelsson's Red Rooster. There, you'll watch the couple's ceremony over a three-course brunch. Enjoy this, and more, by booking the royal wedding package, which also includes VIP in-room amenities like a bottle of champagne and a daily English breakfast.
Hotel Café Royal
For a one-of-a-kind experience that lets you live like a royal, book the "Regent Royal Wedding" package at this storied hotel in the heart of London, just minutes from Buckingham Palace. Guests will be indulged with a private tour of Windsor Castle, including the State Apartments where the bride and groom are expected to spend the days leading up to their wedding. You'll also be treated to VIP access to the city's other landmarks, an exclusive shopping experience at store like Fortnum and Mason and Lock and Co., and afternoon tea at the Oscar Wilde Lounge. Round out your stay with an add-on treatment at Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre, one of the most exclusive spas in London.
Nestled on a historic private courtyard in St. James's Place, Dukes London is perhaps the city's most bucolic address. It's also just one block from Clarence House, the former residence of Prince Harry, and Spencer House, the ancestral home of Lady Diana. That means you can expect to be close to the action when you book the hotel's royal wedding package, which also includes a tour of Windsor Castle. The line-up of activities also includes a three-hour walking tour of Westminster Abbey, afternoon tea, a three-course dinner at Great British Restaurant, and a special souvenir in honor of the nuptials.
Thanks to its prime location in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, just a stone's throw from Kensington Palace, The Kensington is the perfect place to kick off the royal revelries, even if you can't stay overnight. To celebrate the upcoming nuptials, the hotel has created a series of royal-inspired masterclasses. Each one is designed to prepare guests for life in the Palace. Learn the finer points of hosting, including how to set a proper table and tips for staying calm when the pressure is on, get a crash-course in calligraphy (Meghan had a part-time job penning invites!), or get schooled in the arts of interior design and flower arranging.
One Aldwych London
Spend any weekend in May at One Aldwych in order to take part in their Royal Wedding Celebration package. You'll be welcomed to the property with a hand-tied bouquet inspired by the royals themselves (the on-site florist uses peonies, Markle's favorite, and a sprig of myrtle), then enjoy a Royal Cup cocktail and full English breakfast. Walk to Buckingham Palace or travel by train to Windsor Castle—either way, you're close to all the action.