Experience London the royal way

From Travel Pulse

British royalty is once again dominating headlines.

With a new royal baby on the way and several worthy theatrical productions dropping on television and cinemas this fall, it’s easy to get swept up in monarch-mania. Looking forward to the next season of “The Crown” or the new season of the Emmy Award-winning PBS series “Victoria?” Are you heading to the movies to see Judi Dench in the new “Victoria and Abdul?” If you are, why not take a look at the best ways to have a royal experience while in London?

Visitors may want to start with a tour of the city’s top sights. The London in Style tour offered by Evan Evans highlights some of London’s top royal sights, including the Tower of London, the Borough Market and the Westminster Abbey.

The tour takes guests to see the crown jewels before the crowds arrive and includes the new Armory in Action exhibit as well as a private talk by the White Tower Warden. Afternoon tea at the abbey’s Cellarium Cafe caps off the day’s events.

For those looking for a deep dive into the life of the royal family, Evan Evans also offers the Windsor Express tour. Included in this itinerary is a visit to the Queen’s official residence where visitors see the State Apartments, the 14th-century St. George’s Chapel and the castle grounds. The tour then heads to the town of Windsor.

If you are looking to dine like a royal, visitors can taste meats sourced from the queen’s butcher at the English Grill. The new brasserie-style restaurant officially opened its doors last month at The Rubens at the Palace.

The meats served at the English Grill come from Aubrey Allen, royal warrant holder to Her Majesty the Queen and means that guests are able to enjoy traditional English dishes of the same high standards served to the monarch.

For a royal afternoon tea, head to the Rubens, located opposite Buckingham Palace. The establishment serves teas enjoyed by British royals throughout the ages as well as traditional finger sandwiches, sweet treats and homemade jam pennies, the queen’s favorite.

If you are traveling with little ones, treat them like the princes and princesses that they are and take them to the Milestone Hotel’s Park Lounge for a teatime overlooking the Kensington Palace. The Little Prince and Princess Afternoon Tea is for guests 12 and under and includes finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones, preserves, pastries, hot chocolate and more in an interactive experience.


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