Meghan Markle’s wedding! Princess Eugenie’s wedding! The Crown season 3! The U.K. seems to be having a bit of a moment right now, especially when it comes to romantic things like royal weddings. And while some might scoff at the idea of an urban honeymoon, the fact of the matter is twofold: London is still very much the center of the world, making it an ideal layover on your way to Europe, Africa or Asia; and something about its charming neighborhoods and
Where To Stay
There are so many iconic hotels in London that it can be hard to choose just one, but when it comes to planning a romantic city honeymoon, the Corinthia Hotel London offers unparalleled service and style. Located just steps from Trafalgar Square, Mayfair, and the banks of the Thames, the location is wonderfully central yet nestled on a quiet block, an ideal home base for long, leisurely strolls with your loved one. There is an in-house florist that can literally make all your dreams come true (like fresh roses delivered daily to your room) and the hotel can also arrange for breakfast-in-bed with your own dedicated waiter. They also offer one of the best English tea services in town—complete with a fabulous champagne cart and all. For a stay that is quintessentially glamorous London, without feeling dusty, the Corinthia is the best.
Where To Eat & Drink
As one of the world’s gastronomic capitals, there is no shortage of exceptional—and exceptionally romantic—restaurants in London. Clos Maggiore in Covent Garden has a fire place and a ceiling covered with cherry blossoms, and a contemporary French menu that will leave the two of you swooning. The newly-opened Kerridge’s Bar and Grill not only draws a crowd for its vaulted ceilings and Instagram-worthy design, but has drawn serious buzz for its elegant take on English cuisine (try the monkfish tail in treacle with whisky-cured cabbage). Noble Rot is another foolproof spot for contemporary British cuisine. The minuscule dining room at Quo Vadis is infinitely cozy and romantic, and the smoked eel sandwich is a cult favorite.
The city has plenty of spots for a sexy nightcap: Scarfe’s Bar inside the Rosewood Hotel London; Northall Bar where Jennifer Lawrence made a cameo in “Red Sparrow;” and the explorer-themed concoctions at Oriole, often listed among the best bars in the world. And if you’re in the mood for a spot of dancing, try your luck at the infamous Mahiki, where Princess Eugenie’s husband Jack Brooksbank was formerly manager.
Where To Stroll
There would be nothing more quintessentially London than to go for a long, aimless stroll across the city. The Royal Parks located in the middle of town offer over 5,000 acres of lands to explore as well as unparalleled people watching, and if you check out the Historic Royal Palaces website, many of the offered tours can be privatized for you just the two of you. After you’ve ticked central London off the list, it’s time to explore other neighborhoods: quintessential Notting Hill and the world’s largest antiques market along Portobello Road; the adorable bookstores and florists in Hampstead; then the too-hip-to-quit shops in Shoreditch.
Of course, a little post-wedding retail therapy couldn’t hurt either. Fortnum & Mason, a longtime supplier to the Royal Family, is a specialty food shop known for its “hamper” picnic baskets, and is a great store for some souvenirs and to get lost in for the afternoon. And at Selfridge’s, you can arrange a decadent shopping session in one of the over-the-top private suites (where none other than the Duchess of Cambridge herself is rumored to shop).
Where To Tea
Just tea for two and two for tea... any London honeymoon should include lots of long, lazy afternoon teas. And with so many fabulous choices around town, you could spend a week at tea and still not see them all. Whether you’re a purist looking for the best leaves, or you’re more in the mood for champagne with a side of tea, there’s heaps to choose from: the alpha-and-omega tea service at Claridge’s; a posh, modern tea service complete with champagne trolley at the Corinthia; the low-carb, low-fat “tea-tox” at Brown’s (but where’s the fun in that?); the elegant, traditional tea in The Ritz’s extraordinary Palm Court; and the effortlessly cool, contemporary tea service at the Ham Yard Hotel. A proper British afternoon tea can be so indulgent, you may need to skip dinner, but no matter—you and your honey can always go for a long, romantic walk through one of the city’s many parks to work off all those finger sandwiches.