My journey through London began at the Astor Hyde Park Hostel. Located on Queen’s Gate (and really, this should be called “It’s Gonna Be Kate’s Gate”) across the street from one of the main entrances to Hyde Park, this hostel was a perfect location and great starting point for our journey through royal history.
During the Royal Wedding, crowds gathered in Hyde Park to watch the wedding on massive TV screens set up in the fields. Now, the park is home to masses of geese and ducks. While the park is now quiet, it is easy to imagine the energy that must have filled this park as well-wishers gathered to watch and imagine what was happening on the streets of central London when Kate stepped out of the carriage and became one of the royals that day.
After heading through Hyde Park, my “Will and Kate” day continued with a stroll towards Piccadilly Circus. Many of the souvenir shops here will be great places to stop to get good postcard deals. And what better way to celebrate Will and Kate than through some ridiculously tacky 30p postcards with their faces plastered all over there? I bought four.
A “Will and Kate” day isn’t complete without a visit to the front of Westminster Abbey and then to their future home at Buckingham Palace. Cheeky so-and-sos were wanting to charge me almost 20 pounds to go into Westminster Abbey so I checked out the gift shop instead and called it an afternoon. Buckingham Palace was looking regal as always, but it was quite amusing to see the Wifi truck inside the palace gates. Glad to know that the Elizabeth isn’t exempt from internet woes.
While my time ran out to visit St. Mary’s Hospital where little George was born, I did manage to stroll past the National Portrait Gallery and some of the shops that Kate frequented pre-wedding.
Things to see next time I’m in London to complete the “Will and Kate tour”: Dans Le Noir – their favorite restaurant because the restaurant is completely in the dark so they could dine in privacy in a public place, the perfectly groomed gardens of Kensington Palace – the baby-proofed home where Will and Kate live, and Clarence House – Will’s definition of a bachelor pad before he tied the knot to Catherine.
WRITER’S NOTE: For those wanting to replicate this walking tour, check out all of the links attached here. The best route would be to walk through this post, starting from Hyde Park and finishing up at Buckingham Palace. Then head on over to Dans Le Noir for a fun, and unique, dining experience. Perhaps Will and Kate will be sitting in there with you and you wouldn’t even know. I give you full permission to claim that they were there.