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A Royal Experience

The Kensington Hotel London

Courtesy of The Kensington Hotel

The Wedding Guys stayed at The Kensington Hotel in London for the royal wedding.

The Wedding Guys, Matthew Trettel and Bruce Vassar, ventured to London to cover the royal wedding. Here, they share how to create your own royal experience.

Arriving in London to cover the royal wedding of Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton, there are so many potential places to stay. We partnered with Delta Vacations to experience The Kensington Hotel at 109-113 Queen’s Gate, South Kensington. The hotel is located in the London’s Regency quarter and is one of the finest and most hospitable hotels we’ve experienced. The sense of arrival is greeted by well appointed doormen, concierge and front desk staff. The lounge areas would be considered a comfortable side of tradition mixed with modern elements of today. The multi-million pound refurbishing allows the hotel to be an intimate taste of gracious townhouse living.

The bedrooms and suites are well placed, offering boutique style individuality with designer elements, contemporary in style with a nod to traditional luxurious feel. The bathrooms are sleek and lovely—wait until you place your feet on the warm heated floors! No worry about shaving in a steamed up mirror after your long, relaxing rain shower: The mirror is designed for a non-fogged up effect. If you forgot your power adapter, modern technology in the rooms even allow you the opportunity to plug into an “American” outlet by the TV to work on your computer or charge your phone.

From spacious to gracious, the bedrooms are a personal retreat I call heaven. After running from one interview to the next for the royal wedding, the quiet and calming bedroom beckons you for a cup of relaxing tea while enjoying the day’s events on the BBC.

Each morning we review our schedule for the interviews ahead, while having a beautiful continental breakfast, which we think is more of a breakfast buffet. The many options include breakfast meats, cheeses, fresh fruits, stewed fruits, porridge, pastries, coffee and of course English Breakfast Tea, milk and two sugars, please.

The bar/lounge and restaurant is a contemporary men’s club with modern fixtures and soft pillows on soft sofas. It’s a great place for a nightcap following a hectic day of London traffic and business meetings.

So what secrets have we discovered in London? If you are in need of formal wear, the place to go is Neal & Palmer in the Piccadilly Arcade where you will find the most fabulous attire for men. If you are looking for women’s attire for a wedding, with hats being a must, Condici  is THE place to go, and remember the bigger the hat the better. If you want to plan a royal wedding for yourself with all the splendor, the Banquet House at Whitehall Palace is your place. Owned by Queen Elizabeth II, not only will the ceiling’s painted masterpiece surprise you, you will see an actual edifice and the queen’s throne. Each palace owned by the queen has them. Of course, the throne is removed for wedding functions and the edifice is off limits for groups to be photographed on it in respect to the queen.

For more reports from London and the royal wedding, follow The Wedding Guys blog.

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saul vesecky
would love to visit england/london. it is on my bucket list of things to do.
5/5/2011 10:07:30 AM

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