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Royal Family Hotspots in London

Who hasn't got royal-fever right now? Ahead of Prince Harry's wedding to actress Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018, in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, we rounded up 10 places to go in London if you are obsessed with the royal family. Steeped with history, the city is full of notable establishments- from historical landmarks, to the cool new hotspots, here are our top picks.

1 Kensington Palace, London

Kensington Palace

Home to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their family, as well as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle- who will live in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace, the beautiful architecture and gardens here are seeped in history. Home to much scandal and gossip over the years, including Queen Victoria first laying eyes on Albert within the walls, George I's troubled love life and Princess Margaret's escapades in the 1960s, it's central West London location makes it easy to visit (combine with a wander around Notting Hill or West Kensington). Image: Kensington Palace.

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The Goring Hotel

Conveniently close to Buckingham Palace, The Goring Hotel is famously where Kate Middleton stayed the night before her wedding to Prince William. London's last remaining family-owned luxury hotel, it's been popular among royals and British high society ever since its opened in 1910. Still fresh from a major renovation in 2015, pop in for a champagne afternoon tea or egg and soldiers for breakfast. Insider tip: the day menu still features the late Queen Mum’s favourite starters, Egg drumkilbo.

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3 Kew Palace, london

Kew Palace

Situated in the lush Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, in the leafy London suburb of Richmond, Kew Palace is the smallest of all the royal palaces and has been a country getaway for the monarchy since the reign of George III (1760-1820). Re-opening to the public in 2006, after a 10 year refurbishment, Prince Charles hosted a dinner at the palace to celebrate the Queen's 80th birthday.

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4 The Tower of London

The Tower of London

This imposing 900-year-old castle and fortress in central London is legendary for housing the crown jewels and for holding many infamous prisoners. This image was taken in 2014, when they filled the Tower’s famous moat with ceramic poppies to mark the 100 year anniversary of World War One.

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Fortnum & Mason

One of the city's most iconic luxury department stores, Fortnum & Mason (known just as "Fortnum's") was founded as a grocery store in 1707 by William Fortnum, a footman in the household of Queen Anne. It's had strong regal ties ever since. In March 2012, the Queen, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge made their first official joint visit to Fortnum & Mason. While The Queen also ceremoniously opened the royal-themed Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon on the fourth floor.

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The Ivy

The original Ivy restaurant in Covent Garden has been a firm fixture on London’s dining and social scene since its foundation in 1917. In 2017, The Queen made a rare trip out on the town there for a friend's birthday, while Princess Margaret used to come in quite a lot and drink Famous Grouse with soda or water on the rocks.

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Bumpkin

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge treated members of their staff to a Christmas lunch at Bumpkin, while other members of the royal family have been spotted enjoying a leisurely Sunday roast at the Kensington branch. With a seasonal British menu, it's affordable and down-to-earth (you can even order fish and chips) and on Wednesdays it is BYOB for wine.

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Hampton Court Palace

In the 1530s, Hampton Court was Henry VIII’s palace, hotel, theatre and vast leisure complex. Bringing all his six of his wives here, it's allegedly still haunted by the ghosts of Jane Seymour and Catherine Howard. Revamped in 1689 by William III and Mary II, it features the work of legendary architect Sir Christopher Wren, and remains an elegant new baroque palace, known for its splendid interiors.

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Claridges

The grande-dame of London hotels, Claridges has played home to a number of private parties held by the Queen. From the 1960's, when she hosted banquets for visiting foreign royalty to 2016 when she attended a Gold Service Scholarship and was pictured enjoying a few coupes of champagne.

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Quaglino's

The restaurant where a British Royal first ate in public, Quaglino's has been a royal staple since the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth first visited in 1956- it then went on to establish a “Royal Enclosure”, a permanently reserved table for visiting royalty. Located just south of Piccadilly, near Jermyn Street (another royal haunt), they now have a bottomless brunch on weekends.

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