How to Recreate Your Own Royal Wedding Experience in London

by Caitlin Flynn
Apr 16, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. ET
Prince Harry & Meaghan Markle Engagement Photo
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will tie the knot at Windsor Castle on May 19, and I’m beginning to think my invitation got lost in the mail. It looks like I’ll have to settle for waking up at 3 a.m. to watch live TV coverage of the ceremony. I can’t wait to get that first glimpse of Markle’s dress, and I seriously hope the coverage includes plenty of shots of the adorable pageboy and flower girl (Prince George and Princess Charlotte, of course). 

OK, so maybe I’m a little disappointed I can’t witness this joyful occasion in person. But if you’re in the same situation, don’t despair — we can persevere and plan a royal-themed trip to London that’s fit for the Duchess of Cambridge. Considering this is London, there’s no shortage of royal sites to take in, and we can all (briefly) pretend we're royalty. You can eat at Harry and Markle’s favorite pub, check out where they spend date nights (awww) and browse at stores that are favored by Markle. 

1 /8: Claridge's Hotel

Claridge's Hotel Exterior
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1/8 :Claridge's Hotel

Built in 1898, this five-star hotel has been dubbed "annex to Buckingham Palace" because so many royals have stayed in its luxurious rooms and suites over the years. 

Guests can enjoy afternoon tea, which is said to have been invented in 1840 by Anna Russell, seventh Duchess of Bedford. The hotel also boasts several stylish restaurants and bars along with private wine and Champagne dinners, master classes with the hotel's chefs and interactive dining experiences. Sign us up! 

2 /8: The Sands End Pub

2/8 :The Sands End Pub

Owned by Harry's friend Mark Dyer, The Sands End pub serves high-end British-Irish pub food. Be sure to try their most famous dish, the Scotch eggs, paired with a seasonal ale. Harry and Markle have been spotted dining there, so if you're lucky, you just might catch a glimpse of the royal couple. 

3 /8: Battersea Park

3/8 :Battersea Park

Located on the south bank of the River Thames, this 200-acre park is beautiful all year round. In one of Harry and Markle's first public appearances as a couple in 2016, they were spotted buying their Christmas tree at Battersea Park

4 /8: Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace
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4/8 :Kensington Palace

In addition to being one of the best royal tourist destinations in London, both royal couples reside in cottages on the expansive grounds of Kensington Palace

Tourists can tour the palace itself, which frequently features special exhibitions, such as jewels commissioned for Queen Victoria and Princess Diana's most iconic gowns. Be sure to explore the stunning gardens that are open to the public. 

5 /8: Kings Road Shopping in Chelsea

5/8 :Kings Road Shopping in Chelsea

If you've ever wondered where Markle finds her beautiful clothes (*raises hand*), she's been known to frequent the shops on Kings Road in Chelsea. On Black Friday, she was spotted with a bag from upscale swimwear store Heidi Klein

6 /8: The Goring Hotel

The Goring Hotel Exterior
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6/8 :The Goring Hotel

Many a royal has stayed at The Goring Hotel over the years. In fact, rumor has it there's even a tunnel between the hotel and Buckingham Palace. This is where the Duchess of Cambridge spent the night before her own royal wedding in 2011, and the hotel chefs baked Prince Charles' christening cake. 

7 /8: Byron Hamburgers

7/8 :Byron Hamburgers

Harry is said to be a big fan of the fast-food joint Byron Hamburgers. This is decidedly one of the more affordable spots on the list. Royals... they're just like us (sometimes). 

8 /8: St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle

St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle
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8/8 :St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle

Be sure to visit St. George's Chapel, where Harry and Markle will exchange their vows. It'll be closed to the public on May 19 due to that wedding we aren't invited to, but otherwise, the chapel is open to the public.

St. George's isn't the only attraction on the grounds of Windsor Castle, which is home to 900 years of royal history. Tourists can visit the State Apartments, Queen Mary's Dolls' House and The Crimson Drawing Room and witness the legendary changing of the guard.