Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding is just around the corner, and for those planning on visiting London to soak up the patriotic atmosphere and celebrate in style, we’ve found some of the best royal wedding hotel packages the city has to offer.
Ever since a date was set for the big day, the whole country has been Prince Harry and Meghan Markle-mad.
Considering that they are in many ways a groundbreaking addition to the royal family and, of course, that Markle is American, the pairing has attracted plenty of attention from across the pond, too.
In fact, holiday bookings website Opodo has reported a spike in flights being booked from all over the world to come to London in time for Prince Harry and Markle’s wedding.
Findings show a 33% increase in passenger bookings over that particular weekend in May – alluding to increased tourism as everyone gets in on the royal celebrations.
But whether you live in London or further afield, we’re pleased to tell you that our capital city will be celebrating in style, and any journey made here will be well worth it.
Not only are some restaurants and bars in London showing live footage of the ceremony on the day, but a selection of the capital’s most fabulous hotels are offering special royal wedding packages, that’ll make you want to dust off your tiara.
Check in to one of these deliciously exclusive establishments and get the royal treatment for yourself, enjoying quintessentially British traditions such as afternoon tea (of which the Queen is a fan) or a carriage ride around Buckingham Palace.
We’ve picked out some of the best royal wedding hotel packages that London has to offer, and given you a rundown of what makes each one special and royal-related. All you need to do now is practise your royal wave.
Royal Lancaster London
If you’re looking for accommodation that’s good enough for the monarchy while you celebrate Prince Harry and Markle’s nuptials, the clue’s in the name with this one.
The Paddington based hotel’s marrying of sleek style with a prestigious W1 postcode feels like a perfect reflection of the modernistic update that this young couple have brought to the royal family.
For those travelling from out of town, the classic London architecture surrounding the hotel will provide a quintessentially British setting – which is exactly what you’d expect from an area that practically looks across to Buckingham Palace.
Upon arrival let your inner diva run wild and ask for your luggage to be taken up to your suite while you soak in the white, marble-esque decor and on-trend gold accented furniture before sitting down for afternoon tea in the lobby.
The champagne afternoon tea starts with a glass of the hotel’s favoured tipple, Moët et Chandon, and is followed by a selection of, the most sumptuous finger sandwiches we’ve ever tasted.
Following this, it’s time for warm scones, clotted cream and jam served alongside a delightful selection of cake pops, macarons and deserts.
When the time comes to take a look at your suite (either the Royal or Lancaster), we can guarantee you’ll be blown away by the sprawling panoramic view of the London skyline that wraps around the bedroom and living space.
Pop open the bottle of bubbly that’s been left for you and raise a glass to the happy couple, as you gaze out across Hyde Park and the glittering lights of London.
Royal Lancaster London’s central location is the perfect place to experience the Royal celebrations, being just a short 15 minute stroll away from Kensington Palace, where Prince Harry and Markle will live as newlyweds and a five minute walk away from Paddington Station, where you can hop on a train to Windsor and explore the town and Castle where the wedding will take place.
When you’re ready to give a (royal) wave goodbye, guests will also take home a Luxury Fortnum & Mason (a favourite of the Royal Family) VIP Personalised Hamper, a White Company gift bag, a £100 voucher for Harrods or Selfridges and a Royal Wedding Souvenir to commemorate the occasion.
See more information on the package here.
Hotel Café Royal
If only Central London will do, then Hotel Café Royal is the place for you.
With views that literally look out onto the world-recognised screens of Piccadilly Circus, this hotel could not be more in the middle of town.
It all began in 1863 with French couple, Celestine and Daniel Thévenon, who fled Paris to start their own venture, landing a prime spot on Regent Street that would later host literary greats, celebrities and royalty.
Over the last 150 years, the impossibly glitzy location has transformed from a café, to an ever-expanding hotel with a star-studded history. Among those who have dined here are feminist writer Virginia Woolf, iconic actor Elizabeth Taylor and Diana, Princess of Wales.
It’s easy to see why it’s been so wildly popular with famous faces; everything about this place seems to ooze opulence and richness. Diptique candles weight the air with the heady scent of red fruits and rose, gold gliding lines the walls and painted celestial beings cover the ceiling.
But now that we’ve well and truly set the scene, it’s time to introduce you to the two majestic wedding packages on offer, which promise to let you live the life of a royal.
Opt for either the Empire or Regent Package and enjoy a night’s stay in the hotel’s luxury suite of the same name, both of which boast a gloriously roomy Carrara marble bathroom and freestanding tub, your own stylishly decorated living room (special nod to the millennial pink leather chairs) and a view of Big Ben and Regent Street.
Partake in the regal spirit with a Luxury limousine tour, which will take you behind the scenes of the official wedding venue, Windsor Castle, including the Chapel and State Apartments where Prince Harry and Markle are expected to spend the days surrounding their nuptials.
If you fancy a spot of shopping, you’ll also be taken on a VIP retail-therapy experience at known Royal favourites, including Fortnum and Mason, Lock and Co and House of Garrard , providing you with a glimpse of some of the illustrious brands and designers expected to feature on the big day.
See more information on the package here.
St. James’s Hotel & Club
For those looking to celebrate the biggest wedding of the year in the most bespoke of ways, this boutique hotel is a perfect fit.
St. James’s calls itself the best kept secret in Mayfair, and we can see why.
Nestled off a charming, but unassuming road on the edge of Green Park, this hotel is in viewing distance of Buckingham Palace but thanks to its secluded position, you’re spared all the hustle and bustle of Central London.
Once inside, tentative staff and an intimate atmosphere create the kind of luxury experience you could image Prince Harry or Markle indulging in themselves. But all of this is nothing compared to the royal package that the hotel has put on for very special guests throughout May.
Those booking into the hotel are recommended to spend an afternoon sampling the historical 1840 Afternoon Tea, inspired by Queen Victoria and named around the era that she introduced this now quintessentially British tradition.
The tea features authentic highlights from Victorian times which have been carefully researched and developed by the hotel’s in-house Michelin-starred restaurant’s Executive Chef, William Drabble. Treats include a Tipsy Cake, soaked in sherry and served with custard, profiteroles, lemon drizzle cake, custard tart and a classic Victoria sponge cake. All this is served on Victorian inspired crockery and washed down with a cup of an exclusive fine loose tea blend from The East India Company - created especially for the hotel.
Most fabulous, though, are the hotel’s luxury carriage rides, bound to make any visitor to London feel like the Queen herself.
The journey begins at St. James’s Hotel & Club as you are whisked off by a professional coachman for a leisurely trip through one of The Royal Parks, before continuing to take in all of London’s iconic sights in two hours including Big Ben, Westminster Cathedral and, of course, Buckingham Palace.
To hear more about the package please call 02073161600 and see more information on the hotel here.
The Chelsea Harbour Hotel
If there’s ever a reason to go truly up-market, celebrating a royal wedding is definitely the time to do it. And if you’re looking for somewhere to stay that’s off-the-wall luxurious, London’s only all-suite hotel ticks a lot of boxes.
Its unique location on the water of Chelsea Harbour, gives this gorgeous place a certain special something. And as night falls, London’s iconic, twinkling lights reflect in the depths to create an atmospheric, buzzy feel.
Those staying at this five-star accommodation and choosing to opt in to the royal package, will be given the royal treatment from the get-go, and will be presented with a bespoke gift on arrival.
If you choose to enjoy the hotel for the weekend, we’re sure you’ll be spoiled with things to do, from the luxury afternoon tea (more on that later) to the spa facilities, but on the day of the wedding itself, the team have got you covered. Wake up on the morning of the big day to a hearty, complimentary breakfast. Then, as Prince Harry and Markle exchange vows, (or before if the mood takes you) enjoy a glass of complimentary champagne, to cheers the happy couple and sip throughout the ceremony.
Being situated in such an iconic London location, the hotel is keen for guests to experience all that the UK’s capital has to offer and experience the most well-known landmarks. However, they also understand that not everyone has the time to tick off every monument on the list.
That’s why they’ve created a bespoke virtual tour, which can be cleverly downloaded to your mobile. It takes you through some of the sites that London is most loved for, all of which have a royal association.
As far as refreshments go, the Chelsea Harbour Hotel’s Travel Through Time afternoon tea is a must-try, having been specially designed and created by Senior Head Chef Kuljit Singh. It features the typical fare, of finger sandwiches filled with classic and contemporary delights, such as salmon and cucumber, a modern twist on the quintessential cucumber sandwich created in the 1700s and Coronation chicken, a sandwich created in 1953 specifically for Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation.
The tea is served on a bespoke, time-machine inspired stand and even uses some dry ice, to create an extra-magical experience.
See more information of the package and hotel here.
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