Celebrate the Royal Wedding in London...Or at Home!


Don’t have an invitation to the Royal Wedding this April, but still want to celebrate along with Will and Kate? (Who doesn't?) Celebrants in London can stop by The Stafford London by Kempinski on April 29 at the hotel’s Royal Wedding viewing party instead. Located just steps from Buckingham Palace (and, we hear, frequented by the Royal Family themselves), The Stafford will be celebrating the occasion with a proper party in the hotel’s outdoor courtyard complete with a viewing screen and classic British cocktails and cuisine.

If your clients would rather hold their own Royal Wedding party, the staff at the Stafford have made a list of ideas for an authentic British fête, fit for a new princess at home.

Dress to Impress: Keep it a formal affair. Head Concierge Frank Laino (subject of a Luxury Travel Advisor cover story last year, and who boasts more than 20 years of experience as a concierge in London) suggests mirroring the actual event’s dress code for a decidedly British feel. His attire suggestions include a stylish yet conservative hat for ladies, and a dark colored two piece suit with a matching understated tie for gentlemen.

Make a Lasting Impression: The royal couple will be flooded with gifts from traditional London retailers. Frank suggests treating guests to special British trinkets as a memento of the event. Consider a piece from one of London’s popular shops including Asprey and Floris, both of which have stores in the U.S., or order online from Fortnum & Mason, which ships overseas.

Traditional Fare: As Will and Kate will most likely dine on British fare, a U.K. inspired menu for home events is a must. Executive Chef Brendan Fyldes recommends using British ingredients when possible as the royal family is committed to supporting local producers whenever possible. His pick for a crowd pleaser: British Mutton Burgers (recipe available upon request).

A Royal Toast: Bubbly is a must for every celebration, but Bar Manager Ben Provost suggests a slight spin on the traditional. To toast to the occasion, create a celebratory cocktail with a mixture of Chambord Liqueur and Vanilla Vodka with black raspberries.

Tickets for the Stafford's Royal Wedding viewing party are £85 per person and include all food and beverage. Reservations are required. To purchase a ticket, call 011-44-20-7493-0111 or email [email protected]

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