Modern Royal London Trail
Patricia Campbell has rounded up the best things to do in London inspired by the young breed of Royals. If you want to party with Princes or be pampered like a Princess, we’re here to help you discover London’s lesser known gems and you may spot a familiar face or two on this Contemporary Royal London Trail.
From here, we jump on a classic London bus to the King’s Road in Chelsea, where the Duchess of Cambridge is often spotted among the throng of shoppers. Some of Kate’s favourite high street brands are here, including Reiss and Whistles, as well as the department store Peter Jones, with its Royal Warrant.
I can’t but help to sneak a peek inside The Shop at Bluebird (350 King's Rd, SW3 5UU) a high-end fashion boutique founded by Belle Robinson, the Jigsaw boss who once employed Kate as an accessories buyer.
From here, I stroll down the King's Road to Chelsea Harbor and I become a copy-Kate, shopping for interiors at Mulberry home and the Design Centre, mentally picking out items fit for a palace. Then I might stop by the salon of celebrity hairstylist Richard Ward (82 Duke of York Square). The caretaker of the Duchess’ enviable mane of glossy locks doesn't come cheap, but you can book in for a Chelsea blow dry with a junior stylist for just £25.
With dusk approaching, there is just time to make our way to Old Bond Street and window shop at Alexander McQueen – Sarah Burton famously designed Kate’s wedding dress – whilst wandering past other Kate-approved designer brands like Burberry on the way.
Night falls and we channel party-loving royal Prince Harry by heading to the Punch Bowl pub (41 Farm Street, Mayfair, W1J 5RP). Its famous former owner might be Guy Ritchie, but it was Prince Harry’s longtime chum Guy Pelly who helped make it a success. Later, we head to royal hangout Mahiki (1 Dover Street, W1S 4LD), the kitsch Polynesian-themed nightclub known for its potent rum cocktails served in large treasure chests. There’s no guest list here, so anyone can play at being a boho-aristo.