The Royal (and Royal Lovers!) Guide to London
THE GORING HOTEL
Princess Kate stayed at The Goring the night before 2011 wedding, but she was just the latest in a long line of royals to visit the London establishment. The Queen Mother was a frequent guest, the Goring's chefs baked Prince Charles's christening cake and Princess Margaret's son, the new Earl of Snowdon, David Linley, headed up the redesign of the dining room. It's even rumored that there's an underground tunnel connecting the hotel to Buckingham Palace.
The Goring, Beeston Place, London, SW1W 0JW
Kate's hair is almost as iconic as Kate herself. And for much of the time, the man behind the impeccable blowout is Richard Ward, London hairdresser and creator of Kate's signature look, the "Chelsea Blow Dry." His salon is located in Chelsea, Kate's former neighborhood. The good news for those who want Kate's locks? Getting a blowout done by one of Ward's stylists will run you just $32. (Though seeing the man himself for a haircut and blow dry is pricier at $412.)
Richard Ward Hair & Metro Spa, 82 Duke of York Square, Sloane Square, London, SW3 4LY
Back when Prince William and Princess Kate were regulars on London's club scene, Mahiki was one of their go-to spots. The Mayfair nightclub is tiki-inspired with tropical drinks, and is co-owned by William and Harry pal Guy Pelly. It was famously the spot where Kate flew solo during her brief split from William in 2007.
Mahiki, 1 Dover Street, London, W1S 4LD
It isn't often that the Queen has a night out (at 90 years old, who can blame her?) but last March, she stepped out for dinner with her daughter Princess Anne and her cousin Princess Alexandra at Bellamy's, a French brasserie in Mayfair, a short drive from Buckingham Palace.
Bellamy's, 18-18a Bruton Place, London, W1J 6LY
Just like their mom, Prince George and Princess Charlotte have become style icons. A big part of that is thanks to Amaia, a children's clothing shop in London that Kate has visited to outfit both her children (including George’s favorite knee socks!). “It’s put us on the map,” co-owner Amaia Arrieta told PEOPLE of the royal attention. “We are a very small shop in Chelsea, but now many people around the world know us.”
Amaia Kids, 14 Cale St, London, SW3 3QU
A favorite spot for William and Kate post-marriage is Bumpkin, a restaurant where they've hosted a holiday lunch for their staffers in years past. Self-described as a "British brasserie," their menu includes offerings like fish and chips, confit duck leg, and a chicken liver parfait.
Bumpkin, 102 Old Brompton Rd, London, SW7 3RD
DANS LE NOIR?
William and Kate reportedly dined at this Clerkenwell restaurant, according to its co-founder Edouard de Broglie, which features a pitch-black dining room. De Broglie told the New York Post that the royal couple enjoyed visiting the restaurant because they could dine with complete anonymity.
Dans le Noir?, 30-31 Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0DU
One of Kate's go-to children's shops is Trotters, where she has picked up slippers and sweaters for George and Charlotte. The family of shop owner Sophie Mirman has been selling products to the royals for generations: Her mother made hats for the Queen Mother, the Queen and Princess Margaret, and Princess Diana was a visitor to her business the Sock Shop.
Trotters, 34 Kings Rd, London, SW3 4UD
Of course, any list of London locales wouldn't be complete with William and Kate's London residence, Kensington Palace. (Harry lives there too!) Famous royals such as Princess Margaret and Princess Diana made it their home, and with William and Kate set to relocate back to London this year, we'll be seeing more of them there, too.
Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, London W8 4PX