As the impending nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton draw near the world’s “Royal Wedding Fever” intensifies.
Not content to merely view the event on television, many fans of the British Royal Family are planning a London vacation in order to see the nuptials take place first hand.
In response numerous businesses throughout London are creating and promoting a wide array of Royal Wedding themed, inclusive overnight packages.
Among them are Kensington Tours, the Royal Garden Hotel and the St. James Hotel and Club.
What follows is a brief summary of the packages offered by those three businesses as well as information on an inexpensive public transportation option.
Kensington Tours is offering a trio of truly inspired, customized, British Royal Wedding packages that include private viewings of the Crown Jewels and guided tours of Windsor Castle, Kenya’s Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Depending on the tour elements chosen and length of stay, Kensington Tour’s British Royal Wedding packages average $2,800 to $7,560 per person. Details of each of the tour options are available on the Kensington Tours website.
Advance reservations are required and may be made by contacting the Kensington Tours staff directly at 1-888-903-2001.
Kensington Tours – USA Office
2207 Concord Pike, Suite 645
Wilmington, DE 19803
Royal Garden Hotel
Not to be outdone, the Five Star Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington is offering a British Royal Wedding Package as well.
The Royal Garden Hotel’s $840 Royal Wedding Couples Package is inclusive of a full English breakfast, Royal Afternoon Tea, tour of Kensington Palace, accommodations for three nights and use of the hotel’s on-site sauna and steam room.
Travelers should be aware that advance reservations are required and the other rules and restrictions apply. Details on the Royal Gardens Hotel’s policies and packages may be obtained online or by contacting the hotel’ staff direct.
The Royal Garden Hotel features a variety of room types to choose from including the popular Garden Room and a series of suites. The majority of the rooms offer all the modern accouterments like iPod docking stations fused with old world elegance.
Looking for an afternoon repast? The hotel is home to the Min Jiang, Bertie’s Bar, and the Park Terrace Restaurants.
The Min Jiang Restaurant has a distinctively Oriental feel whereas Bertie’s Bar features classic pub food like sausage and mash for around $6 a plate.
The ala carte menu at the Park Terrace is overwhelming British and features one of the cornerstones of Britain’s culinary culture; the Afternoon Tea.
Even without reserving a Royal Wedding Package, delicate scones served with Devonshire clotted cream, organic teas and finger sandwiches may be had for roughly $22 per person.
Royal Gardens Hotel
2-24 Kensington High Street
Kensington, London W8 4PT
St. James Hotel and Club
Travelers that like the idea of enjoying a full English breakfast and Royal Afternoon Tea but want a little more Royal Family history may want to consider the St. James Hotel and Club.
British Royal Wedding Packages there start around $455 per person and include the previously mentioned meals as well as overnight accommodations and a two hour, guided walking tour of the Royal Palace. Once again, advance reservations are required and certain rules and restrictions apply.
Those interested in booking a British Royal Wedding inspired package through the St. James Hotel and Club should contact the hotel’s reservation staff directly either online or by phone.
Overnight accommodations at the St. James Hotel and Club consist of a series of expertly appointed suites and opulent options like the Penthouse with its own private lift, two marble bathrooms complete with Jacuzzi tubs and a private roof terrace with stunning views of the skyline.
Other high end features at the St. James Hotel and Club include Michelin Star dining and a relaxing day spa.
St. James Hotel and Club
7-8 Park Place
St. James’s, London, SW1A 1LS
Savvy travelers looking to avoid costly rental car fees and save a few bucks on getting around London during the Royal Wedding week may want to consider purchasing an Oyster Card.
Good for the majority of London’s public transportation options, Oyster Cards may be purchased online in advance of one’s trip.
The cards may also be purchased at various locations throughout London such as the Tube, Oyster Ticket Stops and the London Overground.
There are several options purchasers may choose from including pay as you go and auto top off.
Choosing the auto top off option connects the card to your bank account thus eliminating the periodic need to add more funds.
In addition to being easy to use, the use of an Oyster Card also ensures that one pays the least expensive fare every time.
Those travelers wishing to garner additional information about the Oyster Card should log onto the Transportation for London website.
Transportation for London, “What is Oyster” tfl.gov.uk
Kensington Tours, “Royal Wedding Tours from Kensington Tours” Kensingtontours.com
Althoff Hotel Collection, “Mixing with the Royals Package” StJamesClubandHotel.co.uk
Royal Gardens Hotel, “Royal Wedding Package” RoyalGardenHotel.co.uk