Lon­don CaLL­ing

Wedding Bells (East) - - Destinations -

LON­DON IS ONE OF THOSE AD­DIC­TIVE DES­TI­NA­TIONS. There’s never a lack of things to do in this elec­tric city; you could lit­er­ally spend weeks here ex­plor­ing all its colour­ful neigh­bour­hoods. It makes for the per­fect honey­moon spot as it has some­thing for every­one: his­tory, roy­alty, art, world-class shop­ping, din­ing, and some of the most lux­u­ri­ous and renowned ho­tels in the world.

With all the buzz of the royal wed­ding, Kens­ing­ton Palace is a must-visit. The child­hood home of Wil­liam and Harry and royal res­i­dence of the Cam­bridges and the Sus­sexes is cur­rently host­ing Diana: Her Fash­ion Story, an in­cred­i­ble ex­hi­bi­tion of Princess Diana’s dresses, where you can see many of her iconic out­fits in­clud­ing the mid­night-blue vel­vet dress by de­signer Vic­tor Edel­stein that she wore while twirling across the White House floor with John Tra­volta in 1985. While there, stop by the palace’s fa­mous Sunken Gar­den, a favourite spot of Diana’s, and also the very place where Meghan and Harry had their en­gage­ment photo call.

Across from the palace in the Kens­ing­ton neigh­bour­hood is one of the city’s most charm­ing bou­tique ho­tels, The Mile­stone

Ho­tel & Res­i­dences. Feel­ing more like a lux­ury home than a ho­tel, The Mile­stone has just 43 rooms and 13 suites, all in­di­vid­u­ally dec­o­rated with luxe fab­rics, an­tiques and be­spoke art—every room here is ro­man­tic and quintessen­tially Bri­tish. A favourite is the Meghan Suite, a mod­ern, el­e­gant room named af­ter the new Duchess of Sussex. Not to be missed at The Mile­stone is the af­ter­noon tea renowned as one of the best in Lon­don. Sign on for the Tea Academy Ex­pe­ri­ence where you’ll learn about mak­ing a per­fect cuppa and sam­ple six flavours se­lected to com­ple­ment the de­li­cious ar­ray of sam­mies, scones and sweets.

To make the most of your Lon­don visit, con­sider stay­ing at a few ho­tels, which will al­low you to ex­plore all ar­eas of the city. Another honey­moon-per­fect spot is the The Savoy, one of Lon­don’s most iconic ho­tels, sit­u­ated in the Strand neigh­bour­hood on the North­bank of the River Thames and close to theatres and Covent Gar­den. The prop­erty boasts a rich his­tory—it opened in 1889, was a favourite des­ti­na­tion of Claude Monet, Judy Gar­land and Fred As­taire—and is fa­mous for its art deco and Ed­war­dian de­sign and un­prece­dented lux­ury. The ho­tel has 267 rooms and suites, and for the plush­est stay, book a ju­nior suite with a sweep­ing view of the Thames. Other musts in­clude drinks at the leg­endary Amer­i­can Bar, a tra­di­tional roast din­ner at Simp­son’s in the Strand and daily English break­fast in the Thames Foyer—a breath­tak­ing room com­plete with a stun­ning glass gazebo that’s the per­fect spot to while away your time at the in­cred­i­ble Savoy.—A.M.

The Strand of­fers some of Lon­don’s most ro­man­tic views. See some of Princess Diana’s iconic gowns at Kens­ing­ton Palace. Kens­ing­ton Palace’s Sunken Gar­den.

A luxe riverview suite at The Savoy. En­joy break­fast and af­ter­noon tea in The Savoy’s breath­tak­ing Thames Foyer. A stay at the iconic Savoy is an epic honey­moon splurge.

The Tea Academy Ex­pe­ri­ence at The Mile­stone is a Lon­don MUST. One of The Mile­stone Ho­tel’s super-luxe suites.

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