24 Hours in London: Enjoy a Royal Day Out

Experience these royal-themed venues, from breakfast and musuems right up to a late-night drink.

Every key member of the British monarchy has a home in London, which means that the capital is overflowing with locations and establishments that have been given a regal thumbs-up. Follow our itinerary to spend a day visiting them all or as many as you can make.

8 am

Begin with breakfast at The Goring Hotel in Belgravia, which has a royal warrant. Kate Middleton spent her last night as a "commoner" here, before marrying Prince William, while executive chef Shay Cooper’s menu offers smoked salmon omelettes and grilled Loch Fyne kippers even if you’re not a hotel guest.

Theh Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace, London, UK

10 am

Stroll to Buckingham Palace to see the new "Splendours of the Subcontinent" exhibition at The Queen’s Gallery from 8 June. You can visit the Royal Mews and see beautiful royal coaches, or watch Changing the Guard at 11 am. Buckingham Palace State Rooms is open to the public each summer (21 Jul—30 Sep).

Kensington Palace, London, UK


Travel west to visit Kensington Palace, a stylish royal residence, to see some new additions to the long-term exhibition "Diana: Her Fashion Story." You could also visit the Diana Memorial Fountain in the centre of Hyde Park. Cross the Serpentine lake for lunch on Italian classics at The Magazine Restaurant, part of the dramatic, Zaha Hadid-designed Serpentine Sackler Gallery.

Fortnum & Mason, London, UK

3 pm

It’s time for a spot of shopping at the famous department store Fortnum & Mason on Piccadilly, another royal warrant holder, which has been serving fabulous afternoon teas for centuries (if you have room!). Shop for decadent homeware and fashion accessories.

5 pm

Walk north along Regent Street and make a stop at Burberry, the official weatherproofers to the Queen and outfitters to the Prince of Wales. It’s also popular among mere mortals. People love the heritage trench coats and trademark scarves.

6 pm

Take a short walk west for a pint of Suffolk cask ale at the Coach & Horses pub on Bruton Street, a history-steeped pub dating back to the 1770s. This is the road that the Queen was born on, on 21 April 1926.

8 pm

Her Majesty doesn’t eat in restaurants very often, but Bellamy’s in Mayfair is where she held her 80th birthday dinner. The Queen visited again in 2016 with Princess Anne and Princess Alexandra, who were no doubt enjoying the reasonably priced set menus. Enjoy this very elegant brasserie, with classic French dishes such as steak tartare and rillettes of duck.

10 pm

Make time for the bright lights of Theatreland and a solid cocktail or two at The Ivy in Covent Garden, where the Queen celebrated a friend’s 80th birthday party last year. We’re not sure what she would have drunk that on that occasion, perhaps a G&T, but you could choose a Champagne cocktail or a glass of cognac for a nightcap. Or maybe the night has just begun?

The Ivy, London, UK