The Royal Wedding 2011 – the route and where to stay

Jan 6th, 2011 | By | Category: London News

Friday April 29, 2011

London will be bursting at the seams for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. If you are thinking of going to see the procession then get there early and if you are requiring a London hotel then book it early!

As you have probably read, Kate has decided to travel to the Abbey by car  but will return along the Mall with her husband by coach. 

The ceremony will start at 11 a.m. with the Dean of Westminster,  John Hall, conducting the service and the Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, giving the address. Breaking with tradition, there will not be Queens Ball prior to the wedding,

The newly weds route will take them from Westminster Abbey, through Parliament Square, north along Whitehall, then Horseguards Parade, finally entering The Mall for the drive down to Buckingham Palace.  On arrival at the Palace, the Queen will host a formal reception but for sure they will make a balcony appearance for the crowds to applaud.  The couple will stay at the Palace for a more informal evening function hosted by Prince Charles.

Only 1900 guests will witness the wedding ceremony but more than one million spectators are expected.  in London.  The best vantage points will be Parliament Square and the Mall but people will sleep out the previous evening to ensure a good view.

So, where to book a hotel ? 

The closest tube station to the royal procession leaving Westminster Abbey is Westminster.  This is on the Circle and District Line which means that you can use a hotel in South Kensington or Earls Court and travel to the Abbey in under 10 minutes.  Should you be driving, then avoid the congestion and the parking costs and book into the Danubius Hotel in St Johns Wood which has car parking and a direct tube connection using the Jubilee Line.

If you intend going to The Mall and Buckingham Palace then the closest tube stations are Hyde Park Corner and Green Park.  These two stations are less than a 5 minute stroll to the Palace.  Both stations are on the Piccadilly Line which means that you can travel in from Kings Cross in the north east or South Kensington, Gloucester Road or Earls Court in the south west.  If driving, a great option is the Novotel Hammersmith, also on the Piccadilly Line in Hammersmith.

Hotels near to the Royal Wedding can be found in Victoria which is just south of Buckingham Palace.  From here you will be able to walk to the action but it will be expensive!

You can also walk to this area from the West End but again be prepared to pay rediculous prices.

Remember that April 29 has been made a public holiday and many will take advantage of that to visit London.  Book that hotel early !

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  1. Is there a place on the royal wedding route where to watch Will and Kate go past, to have lunch and watch TV of unfolding events?

  2. The chosen route is predominantly passing govenment buildings and open land so there are very few if any areas which could offer private viewing.
    Thee are siome breaks still available here fo the Royal Wedding:

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