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London: right Royal haunts

April 2011

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Failed to get an invite to the wedding of the year? Why not console yourself with a visit to the happy couple’s favourite haunts?
Royal Wedding Loving Cup from Royal Worcester
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Locanda Ottoemezzo
A neighbourhood Italian in Kensington Square known 
as much for its famous risotto served in a Parmesan shell as 
it is for its ritzy clientele, 
including Kate and William.

Dans le Noir
The unusual premise of Dans le 
Noir involves eating in pitch black, served by blind waiters. It's the perfect place for an incognito date — somewhere Will and Kate can eat in peace.

Bluebird is a favourite spot for the young couple. An iconic Chelsea landmark, this is a converted 1930s garage, comprising a Conran café and restaurant, as well as a fantastic concept store. Sit outside on a sunny day and watch the world go by.

For a taste of the exotic, befitting of Will and Kate's African engagement, try Archipelago. The house specials include crocodile, wildebeest and ostrich — not for the faint-hearted.

The creator of Princess Diana's engagement ring is the world's oldest jeweller. Indulge in the fabulous bespoke service at this flagship store in Mayfair, and design your own fairy-tale ring.

Kate has made no secret of her favourite label and now the sartorial spotlight is on Brazilian-born designer Daniella Helayel and her versatile creations — 
find them at Harvey Nichols ( But what will Kate wear on the big day?

Links of London
The place to pick up chic, affordable jewellery (also available on board), including the white topaz Hope earrings that Kate wore for her official engagement photos.

Piccadilly's tiki-inspired nightclub was formerly promoted by the royals' pal Guy Pelly, and is still a favourite for the happy couple. 
It's perfect for cocktail-fuelled after-hours shenanigans.

The Kings Road is full of blue-blood spotting opportunities and this local club has seen more than its fair share of royal action. Kate has been known to throw some shapes on the dance floor but Wednesday's poker nights are always worth a gamble.

If you fancy some serious cocktails, head to this beautiful Georgian townhouse bar and restaurant on the Fulham Road — even the fussiest lady-in-waiting will be impressed by the decadent gold panelling. Kate is even reported to be holding her hen night here.

Posted by Olivia Palamountain


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