Get Inspired / Europe / England Getting the Royal Treatment in London visitlondonimages/britainonview/Pawel Libera Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Europe / England Getting the Royal Treatment in London story by: Mike Williams A royal wave of excitement swept through the country with the visit of Prince William, Catherine and their baby Prince George to New Zealand. Their ten day visit, earlier in 2014, had locals looking for the best vantage point to catch a glimpse of Wills, Kate and George. If you caught the bug and have an insatiable appetite for all things royal, then there’s no better way to quench your thirst than with a royal-themed trip to London. While visiting New Zealand, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge certainly received the royal treatment, from the stately Government House in Wellington to the five-star luxury resort in Queenstown that normally costs $12,000 a night. However, they certainly don't rough it when they return home. Royal sights You can visit Kensington Palace in Chelsea, London, where Prince William and Kate have their newly refurbished royal residence. The palace has housed royalty since the 17th century and the public side includes attractions such as exhibitions about Queen Victoria and life as a modern royal. Afterwards, nearby at The Orangery, there’s the unique opportunity to enjoy afternoon tea in the palace grounds. Perhaps you’ll spot Kate and George playing in the garden! Unleash your inner-monarchist at iconic royal landmarks like Hampton Court, the Tower of London and of course the quintessential symbol of the British monarchy, Buckingham Palace, where the Queen lives. While there, watch the Changing of the Guard, which is a colourful spectacle full of grandeur, pageantry and ceremony. It takes place in the palace’s forecourt at around 11 a.m. For a trip out of London, consider visiting the Queen’s other residence, Windsor Castle, in the English county of Berkshire. On the River Cherwell in Oxford or the River Cam in Cambridge, you could go punting. It’s a delightful, meandering ride through the English countryside on a flat-bottomed boat called a punt, which the punter propels by pushing against the river bed with a pole. Royalty and equestrian go together like bangers and mash, so check out the Horse Stables at Hyde Park and maybe take a riding lesson or two. Or to add a more relaxing touch of class to your itinerary, indulge in High Tea at the Ritz, but don’t forget to check the dress code. If you do need to pick up any new attire, Kate likes to shop at Reiss, Topshop and Gap.. > Check out these London sightseeing deals and maximise your royal experience in London. Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Europe’s 8 best music festivals Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Inspire - March 2018 Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.