Apr 15, 2011 3:08:58 PM
Lonely Planet’s handy guide to the royal wedding
It’s here! Almost. The biggest English royal wedding since, well, the last one. On Friday 29 April, 2011, billions around the world will turn their rapt gaze to Westminster Abbey for the most media-blitzed wedding in history (yes, alright, except for the last one).
We’ll be keeping a keen eye on the comings and goings, the gossip and predictions, the official and fanatical. So, if you’re a royal stalker looking to join Kate and William on their honeymoon, this is the perfect place to make plans. Let us be the best man, the bridesmaid, and the drunken uncle during your royal wedding travels!
Whether you’re planning your trip, watching from afar, or just need non-wedding things to do in London, this is the place. Check back regularly for news, links and updates on where to stay and where to go, how to get there and what to look for…
Heading to London? Useful resources and tips.
- Check out US Travel Editor Robert Reid’s guide to ‘how to “crash” the royal wedding‘
- Lonely Planet’s Royal London audio walking tour app can guide you to all of the top sites and provide descriptive commentary (plus it’s free from the iTunes store for a limited time)
- Minute-by-minute royal wedding timetable (BBC)
- Direct.gov.uk has government advice for ‘wedding tourists’, including a map of the procession route, transport advice and more.
- The official royal wedding site is the place to go for more detail than you can handle on the ceremony, procession and the reception
- Celebrate the new couple with brunch at Fortnum & Mason
- Stuck for a place to stay? There are hundreds of accommodation reviews on Lonely Planet.
- To rent a last-minute apartment from a local, try your luck with sites like airbnb
- CNN also has tips for last-minute accommodation options
How to feel like you’re there…from a distance
- Our Thorn Tree forum talks up (and down) the wedding. Join the chat.
- One of our forum members is looking for a good bar in Israel where a group of women can watch the wedding. Anyone?
- Get your fix on the official Royal Channel on YouTube
- Keep on top of the wedding news with The Guardian’s ‘breaking’ updates
- Read up on odd wedding-related facts so you can wow your friends at dinner parties
- Muse on what’s changed since Charles and Diana’s wedding (LA Times)
In London and looking for something to do after the confetti’s been thrown? Lonely Planet has many articles and tips on what to do in Great Britain from coastal walks to foodie delights (they’re also a great resource if you just want to avoid the crowds and the hoopla altogether).