Ooh big white wedding alert! The marriage of Kate Middleton and Prince William is such a huge event, that it’s a national holiday. Londoners and Brits alike will be out celebrating in full swing so why not come join them!
You can follow the royal London procession to Westminster Abbey or wave your flag around Parliament Square, Whitehall, Horse Guards Parade or The Mall to watch the happy couple return to Buckingham Palace after the service.
We will have plenty of advice about London transport on the big day and the best places to celebrate the royal wedding, but in the meantime, you will need to book yourself some Easter weekend London accommodation. If you want to keep things cheap in a youth hostel London offers properties close to Buckingham Palace in Victoria and Kensington or why not try a London apartment. One thing is certain, Easter weekend accommodation in London will sell fast, so plan your royal wedding trip in advance.
If it’s a traditional English experience you are after, try Palmers Lodge-Swiss Cottage. Just four stops from Green Park, this elegant Victorian conversion was once the home of Samuel Palmer of the Huntly and Palmers Biscuit Empire. A grade II listed building, dormitories are equipped with beautiful sturdy and wooden bunks complete with privacy curtains.
Stumbling Distance of Buckingham Palace
Desperate to sleep in the shadow of Buckingham Palace – as though you were on the royal wedding guestlist yourself? Victoria is not only a short walk from the palace but also handy for people coming from a London airport. The Gatwick express train departs every 15 minutes and can have you at Victoria Station in under 30 minutes.
The White Ferry House-Victoria is a short walk to Buckingham Palace. This novel London accommodation offers backpackers the chance to stay in a traditional English pub and a place to meet fellow travellers. They offer drinks vouchers, a pool table a free London walking tour and a free breakfast. The area is very safe and close to Victoria tube with access to three subway lines and plenty of bus routes.
The Travel Joy Hostel is picturesquely situated on the banks of the river Thames. The building is an old English pub with leafy surroundings which you can enjoy out on the terrace. The pub serves fantastic Thai food and they also serve guests a free continental breakfast. On weekends they organise live music or, after a busy day of sightseeing, guests can kick back and watch telly on the big flatscreen. A 24hr bus to the West End stops right outside the hostel so when Kate Middleton and Prince William tie the knot, the royal wedding sights of Westminster Abbey or Buckingham Palace are easy to get to.
Access Apartments – Victoria is a London apartment for travellers such as families or friends who would like more independence. The 1, 2, or 3-bed London apartments are equipped with self-catering facilities and guests can prepare their own meals and relax in a private lounge and dining area. Buckingham Palace is within easy reach and with Victoria Station a short walk away, guests can take the Gatwick Express to the London airport.
Wedding and Sightseeing Combo
With top London attractions such as the Natural History Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum and the Science Museum on your doorstep, a London hostel in Kensington is ideally placed for killing two birds with one stone: the Royal Wedding and London sightseeing.
The Astor Hyde Park is a newly renovated hostel housed in a beautiful period townhouse. Despite the traditional characteristics of original wooden panelling, the London accommodation is equipped with all the mod cons including en suite dorms, artwork, a secure key-card entry system, SKY TV and guest kitchen.
Aside from the best London museums, the Meininger Hotel London Hyde Park is also a short walk to Harrods department store. The hostel is located in the historic Baden Powell House (the founder of the Scout movement) and rooms both private and dorms all boast contemporary furnishings. Guests can enjoy light snacks and drinks in the lobby bar and can also join a free city tour.
Need to brush up on your ps and qs or practice your etiquette? Have a read of our guide on London: How to be English for plenty of fun things to do for the royal wedding.
Think you need to scrub up on English etiquette in preparation for a royal wedding Easter weekend? Then have a read of our guide to being ‘Utterly English in London‘.