Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will tie the knot next month in what is set to be the royal event of the year.
As Windsor Castle gets ready to shine on the world stage, die-hard Aussie fans of the Royal Family will be making their way to London to celebrate with the happy couple.
The dining experts at OpenTable and the travel gurus at KAYAK have rounded up some top suggestions for visitors to eat, stay and play while in the UK.
Where to eat in London
Hardy's Brasserie & Wine Bar
Recognised for more than 20 years as a ‘home away from home’ for many of its customers, this tranquil neighbourhood gem is definitely one for the little black book. During the warmer months secure yourself a romantic outdoor table - perfect for canoodling over a glass of wine or two, Prince Harry and Meghan style!
Hardy’s innovative menus change every two weeks to reflect the seasons and only offer the best of modern British and European cuisine. Old favourites such as fish and chips with pea puree and retro classics such as the Wiener schnitzel still stand strong, along with their traditional rhubarb crumble and chocolate tarts for dessert.
Famous for their Tandoori lamb chops and spicy duck kebab, Trishna specialises in coastal Indian cuisine and is located in the heart of London's Marylebone Village. The restaurant is known for its informal and sociable atmosphere and offers seating for up to 80 guests. Trishna’s doors also open onto the street, creating a semi-alfresco ambience throughout the restaurant.
This much-anticipated new restaurant from award-winning chef Xavier Rousset is also located in the heart of Marylebone and serves Mediterranean cuisine with Italian influences. The menu showcases a delicious array of meat, seafood and vegetarian plates, as well as a selection of raw dishes, and they also offer an incredible list of 250 wines and champagnes, alongside an impressive cocktail offering. Perfect for any royal-esque celebration!
What to do in Windsor
Visit Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House
When visiting Windsor Castle, this is one attraction you shouldn’t miss. Built especially for Queen Mary in the early 1920’s, the Dolls’ House is a recreation of every facet of modern-day life from the period. The house is filled with thousands of objects made by leading designers, artists and craftsmen of the time.
Place your bets at the Royal Windsor Racecourse
Located by the River Thames in 66 hectares of countryside, the Royal Windsor Racecourse is just a stone’s throw from Windsor Castle. This is the only racecourse in the country where you can arrive in style by catching a boat from Windsor Town centre and enjoy a drink on the River Thames before stepping onto the racecourse’s private jetty.
Get the adrenaline pumping at the Motion Simulation Room
The UK’s best and most realistic full motion racing experience can be found just a 12-minute drive from Windsor. The room offers six professional full motion TL3 simulators, each generating hyper-realistic acceleration and lifelike movement with heave, pitch and roll, coupled with the world’s first 200 degree wraparound spherical screen.
Where to stay
The Macdonald Windsor Hotel is perfect for sightseeing, being located near the parish church, Guildhall and the castle. Popular with couples and families, it is located just a 15-minute walk from all the main tourist hotspots and offers nightly rates from $185.
The Thames Riviera Hotel in Maidenhead is a romantic getaway that is perfectly placed for London just 30 minutes to the east, the Cotswolds to the west and a mix of countryside and classic English villages in your immediate surroundings. The hotel is just a short drive from Windsor, so you can still get your royal fix while immersing yourself in the English greenery. Nightly rates from $39.
If you’re looking to splurge and indulge during your time in London, look no further than the luxurious Macdonald Berystede Hotel and Spa. Just a short distance from Windsor Castle, Legoland, Thorpe Park and Wentworth golf course, the hotel offers a state-of-the-art thermal spa with six spa treatment rooms, an 18-metre swimming pool, rock and infrared saunas and an outdoor hydropool. Nightly rates from $125.