When it comes to London, history and tradition greet you at every turn. If you’re a royal enthusiast, we have the ultimate travel guide that will satisfy all your royal fantasies!
Sleep: The Rubens at the Palace
If you've always dreamt of being treated like royalty, even just for one or two nights, the majestic The Rubens at the Palace, will certainly make you feel like royalty.
Situated in a prime location, and just a stone’s throw away from the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace, the four-star luxury hotel, which is part of the award-winning Red Carnation Hotel Collection, has 143 deluxe guest rooms, 8 royal rooms, 10 luxurious suites and two beautiful serviced apartments.
Its aristocratic decor, traditional British hospitality, combined with the latest technology and extremely attentive staff, make The Rubens a must for anyone seeking the full royal treatment!
Do: State Rooms, Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace is one of the last fully functioning royal palaces. Whether you're a first-timer or a palace fanatic, a visit to The State Rooms is a must! The palace has 775 rooms, including the 19 State Rooms. These rooms are lavishly decorated and are used by the monarch while entertaining subjects and visiting dignitaries.
Filled with the finest of works of art including sparkling candelabra, impressive marble columns, sumptuous carpets, vintage wallpapers, fine furniture and sculptures, history buffs and royal enthusiasts will feel right at home.
Many of these rooms were used for the Royal Wedding reception for Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011.
The State Rooms opening times vary throughout the year, so be sure to plan ahead and visit the website for details.
Eat: The Library Restaurant
If all of the royal site seeing is working up your appetite, you can't beat the elegant fine dining experience at The Library Restaurant.
Situated within The Rubens at the Palace Hotel, The Library is an elegant 2 AA Rosette restaurant serving the very finest British cuisine from head chef Beatrice Tollman - the president and founder of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection, who has a particular passion for food.
Be sure to try their signature dishes including their whole grilled Dover Sole with chive and butter sauce. Using the finest and freshest ingredients in London, attention to every minute detail is obvious and the service is impeccable - as any royal enthusiast would expect.
The Library Restaurant is well deserving of its culinary accolades, offering a perfect fine-dining experience for those seeking the royal treatment. Be sure to book ahead from 7:30pm Monday to Sunday.
The writer was guest of Rubens Hotel.