Travel Postcard: 48 hours in London for the royal wedding

Sat Apr 23, 2011 11:37am EDT
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By Paul Casciato

LONDON (Reuters) - Got 48 hours to explore the British capital where a prince's love will transform an ordinary girl into a princess on April 29th? Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors explore royal London amid the hoopla of Prince William's marriage to his university sweetheart Kate Middleton.


6 p.m. You'd better arrive at least a day ahead of the wedding. Many people will get to London even earlier and will already be staking out a place along the royal procession route. But first why not familiarize yourself with some of the local culture and go for a pint. Thursday night before a national holiday means the pubs will be buzzing.

Ditch the ubiquitous lager dens dotted around the capital in favor of a visit to the "pub of the year" as chosen by Britain's Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

The Harp in Chandos Place lies in the shadow of Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square, near to Covent Garden shopping, dining, Leicester Square, the theater district and the pubs and clubs of Soho.

8 p.m. Dine with the ruling class at Rules restaurant ( in Covent Garden. It's old, it's grand, the food is traditional English and it's a popular dining spot for the privately educated elite. This gastronomic institution has been reviewed by Kingsley Amis, defended by John Betjeman, immortalized by Graham Greene and frequented by Edward VII and his lover Lillie Langtry.

Top up at the bar with a pre-dinner drink of "Kate Middleton's" -- Tanqueray gin, Pinky vodka, Lillet, crystallised violet & rose petals, with a squeeze of lemon.

10 p.m.   Continued...

<p>Tourists on a bus tour view Union flags hung along Regent Street in London in celebration of the forthcoming Royal wedding, April 19, 2011. REUTERS/Toby Melville</p>