Friday, 1 April 2011

Visiting London to Celebrate the Royal Wedding

It is always a joy for visitors to be in London especially at the time of a state occasion.
The next date not to be missed is the forthcoming Royal wedding of HRH Prince William and Kate Middleton on the 29thApril 2011. Taking place at the historical Westminster Abbey in London at 11am on the day.

Kate Middleton will travel to Westminster Abbey in a Rolls-Royce Phantom VI, reportedly chosen by the future princess for its large windows.

The procession will pass by some of London’s most well-known landmarks, including two of the royal parks, including St James and Green Park, along the Mall, onto Horse guards Parade, through Admiralty Gate onto Whitehall, past the Cenotaph and Houses of parliament on the way to Westminster Abbey. Any point along this route would be a vantage point but you will find many visitors camp out overnight in order to secure their curbside position!  So what better way that to see the Royal big day then by booking into a London apartment? 

After the service which will be conducted by the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall and the address by the Bishop of London, the Right Reverend and Right Honorable Richard Chartres, Prince William and Kate Middleton will leave Westminster Abbey as husband and wife in the 1902 State Landau, the same carriage which carried William's parents following their marriage in 1981. Where the procession will make its way through Parliament square, Whitehall back on to the Mall and into Buckingham palace where the Queen will host the reception.

They will appear on the balcony overlooking the Queen Victoria memorial at the end of the mall, to the front of Buckingham palace This balcony has hosted many other joyous celebrations such as VE day 1945 through to the royal weddings of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Princess Margaret and Anthony Armstrong Jones, Princess Ann & Captain Mark Philips and Prince Williams own parents Diana and Prince Charles to name but a few.

April 29th has been declared a public holiday in the UK so that the people of the United Kingdom can join in the festivities which will include many street parties throughout the country. So instead of booking into a London hotel, why not celebrate the occasion in style by choosing holiday apartments in Westminster, Knightsbridge, Mayfair, Covent Garden or Chelsea.
Other places to visit if in London over this time would be, St Paul’s Cathedral, the tower of London, not forgetting a nice boat trip down the River Thames where London can be viewed from a more unusual angle.

At night one should always take in Theatre land in the heart of the capital for all the latest shows, from Shakespeare through to Lloyd Webber, where a London apartment overlooking Trafalgar square is highly recommended.

Covent Garden is also a must for street entertainment and a fine selection of night time bars and restaurants.

For a compacted tour of London, the numerous tour busses (some open topped) are a must but for a more personal tour of London don’t forget the world renowned Black taxis whose drivers have extensive knowledge of London and some interesting stories to share.

Should you require a more personal tour it is possible to arrange an in depth guide to all places of interest with the world famous Blue Badge Guides of London