Lonely Planet Writer

Dress in 18th century clothes and journey through London on a bespoke tour

If you ever feel like you were born in the wrong century and that your true nature is that of 18th century royalty, then this London tour might just be the perfect thing for you.

Royal Day Out is perfect for those who feel they were born in the wrong decade. Image: Courtesy of Royal Day Out

Royal Day Out is an “immersive fashion experience in London,” as its owner Lauren Gheysens puts it. Guests start the tour by choosing their 18th century costumes, most of which are custom made following Lauren’s own designs – gowns, wigs, jewellery, embroidered jackets, everything is there. Once their transformation is complete, they are ready to hit the streets of the United Kingdom’s capital for a striking contrast between the old and the new, and some very social media-worthy photos.

All ready for this immersive London fashion experience. Image: Courtesy of Royal Day Out

Lauren and her husband Max, the tour owners, have always felt the “urge of reliving the golden years,” which is why they have decided to create the Royal Day Out tour. Their standard offer includes a stroll around Notting Hill and Portobello Road and then sitting down for a picnic or afternoon tea in one of the Royal Parks – with Kensington Gardens being a great favourite, under the gaze and scepter of Queen Victoria’s statue.

Kensington Gardens are a favourite stop for the tour. Image: Courtesy of Royal Day Out

While picnics and afternoon teas are the most common tour, Royal Day Out also accepts bookings for private events. From birthdays to team-building sessions, through to anniversaries, hen parties, engagements and vow renewals, this royal fashion experience can be tailored to everyone’s needs.

It’s a royal fashion experience. Image: Courtesy of Royal Day Out

Whether you’re a party of one, a couple or more, every tour always starts and ends at Lauren and Max’s Notting Hill house, where prosecco is never in short supply and ruffles are ever present.

Prosecco and ruffles make their appearance on every tour. Image: Courtesy of Royal Day Out

All Royal Day Out tours need to be booked, so please visit their website here to do so.