After a whirlwind romance lasting a few years, Prince William and Kate Middleton got married on April 29 at Westminster Abbey, much in the same way that Prince Charles and Diana had tied the knot in 1981. It was a grand event in which dignitaries and visitors from all over the world participated. It was indeed the wedding of the century. If you wish to know more about their favourite haunts while they were romancing prior to their marriage, you can follow directly in their footsteps in a 7 mile long trip that will take you to the various places that were dear to them.
The trip as per William and Kate’s guide to London will take you to Turnbull & Asser where Prince William buys his expensive suits and shirts and Jigsaw where Kate gets her blazers, riding boots and discreet jewellery. You can visit Richard Ward Salon where Kate got her hairstyle makeover and transformed it into her current princess-worthy style. The Brunello Cucinelli sweater that was given by fashion photographer Mario Testino to William for the engagement photo was retained by the prince as a souvenir of the special day.
The tour will take you to Fenwick Department Store where the blue silk-jersey wrap dress was bought for Kate to wear at her engagement announcement. The 18-carat sapphire-and-diamond engagement ring worn by Kate originally belonged to Diana and was bought from Garrard by Diana. The other places of interest include Polistas that provides three-pony logo menswear to William, Henry and Prince Charles. Whisky Mist is the upper-crust hangout where Paris Hilton reportedly made an unsuccessful advance toward William.
The Goring is a 71-room, five-star hotel that was rumoured to have been taken over completely by the Middleton family for the week of the wedding and Kate was supposed to have spent her last night unmarried in one of its suites. The Saatchi Gallery is where a $160-a-head fundraiser for Starlight, the Make-A-Wish–like kids’ charity was set up by actress Emma Samms and which was attended by the entire Middleton family with Kate being its chairwoman. Kate also likes Reiss which is an affordable chic chain. Kate attended a carol service, soon after her engagement, in honour of William and Harry’s late friend Henry van Straubenzee.
One of Kate and William’s favourite haunt is Boujis the South Ken club/lounge whose signature cocktail is a Crack Baby (raspberry liqueur, champagne, vodka). Both Middleton sisters, Pippa and Kate, are regulars at Austique which is a funky clothing store that has a selection of pretty and girly down under brands, from Karen Walker separates to Love Kylie underwear. Kate wore one of Katherine Hooker’s herringbone coats for her first public engagement, naming an RNLI lifeboat in Anglesey, Wales.
The Ship, which is a gastropub on the Thames, is a favourite haunt of William where he can be found drinking house ale or you may find Prince Henry dancing on a table. Dance le Noir is another favourite restaurant of Kate and William as they come here for an undisturbed romantic dinner. At the Automat, Kate and William are often found enjoying delicious food in one of the wooden booths that line one wall of the slender space. They have also been frequenting Archipelago which is an off-beat place specialising in exotic dishes such as kangaroo and chocolate covered scorpions. Kate and Williams prefer to dine at casual restaurants such as Tom’s Kitchen in Chelsea. During their brief 2007 hiatus, Kate and Williams both showed up separately at the Tiki-themed Mahik which is long-time royal favourite.