Kate and William are moving! ... to Kensington Palace
It’s official! Princess William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, will move into his Aunt Princess Margaret’s former apartments in Kensington Palace. The Queen has intervened personally and allocated £ 1mm to help remodel the the 4-story, 20 room apartment where many rooms are still painted in Princess Margaret’s favourite colors pink and turquoise.
The Royal couple are currently living in Nottingham College on the grounds of Kensington Palace
Willkate, as the couple are affectionately called, have been living in a 2 bedroom cottage on the grounds of Kensington Palace called Nottingham Cottage. William had originally suggested his mother Princess Diana’s apartment, Number 8, where he lived from birth to 1998, but the couple felt it held too many memories. Now those rooms are being used as office space for Prince Charles.
A major renovation while Princess Margaret's apartment is being remodeled
The Queen intervened with Historic Royal Palaces to be able to make Princess Margaret’s apartment available to offer to the couple, and Kate is said to be excited about the possibilities the beautiful apartment offers. With 20 rooms and 4 stories, there’ll be a lot of work to complete. She is particularly excited about the gardens as she loves to garden herself.
The beautiful 2 bedroom Princes Square vacation rental near Kensington Palace
Kensington High Street is the district's busiest shopping area.
If you’re looking to go on a shopping spree or take in some of the best cultural exhibits in London, look no further than Kensington. It’s one of London’s most luxurious neighborhoods, and we’ve got the inside scoop on what to do in London and where to stay!
Ready for some serious shopping? Well, bring along your wallet and head to Kensington High Street, where you’ll find the latest in clothing, shoes, cell phones or whatever your heart desires at stores like Zara, H&M, and the Gap. But here’s a fair warning: it gets pretty hectic on weekends! If you want to shop in peace, try a weekday morning instead. If you’re looking to spend a little more on the latest designer fashions, then you’ll probably want to head over to Sloane Street where you’ll find plenty of high-end clothing boutiques including Gucci, Prada, and Giorgio Armani. Kensington is also home to several excellent department stores, including Harrods, Harvey Nichols, and Peter Jones.
South Kensington is home to some of best museums in London, like the Natural History Museum.
South Kensington is home to some of best museums in London. If you’re planning to visit the Natural History Museum, we recommend going in the summer to avoid the visiting school children and making sure you don’t miss the Dinosaurs, Mammals, and Central Hall exhibits. Scheduled to reopen next month following a £12 million renovation, Kensington Palace will house a new exhibit that provides a glimpse into the life of Queen Victoria. And finally, there’s the Victoria and Albert Museum, one of London’s best arts and design museums specializing in contemporary shows like the upcoming Hollywood Costume exhibit.
And while you’re living up the good life in Kensington, give your feet a break from trying on shoes and wandering around museums for a cup of tea. If you’re near Kensington High Street, stop in the Royal Garden Hotel, which overlooks the Kensington Gardens, for afternoon tea. Or if you’ve maxed out your credit cards at Harrods, drop by the Bentley Hotel.
If you’re trying to figure out how to get around London, we suggest the fabulous public transportation system. Getting to all these wonderful shops and museums in Kensington is a breeze with either the Underground or the buses. So leave your driver’s license at home.
For instance, our Cornwall apartment not only has a patio garden but also a conservatory! Or take the beautiful Brunswick 6 bedroom vacation home, which is located along one of Kensington’s prettiest residential streets lined with cherry trees. You’ll be just around the corner from Kensington Palace and moments from Kensington High Street. These are just two of our many apartments with great locations in central London where you can enjoy the good life with all the shopping, culture, and tea that Kensington has to offer!
Kensington High Street
Harrods, 87 Brompton Rd, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7XL
Harvey Nichols, 109-125 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RJ
Peter Jones, Sloane Square, SW1W 8EL
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD
Kenington Palace, Greater London W84 PX
Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL
Royal Garden Hotel, 2-24 Kensington High Street, W8 4PT
The Bentley Hotel, 27-33 Harrington Gardens, SW7 4JX
In case you didn’t know, London’s West End is home to one of the largest theater districts in the world! With more than a dozen of the world’s most beautiful theaters packed into this small district, it’s no wonder that it’s known as Theatreland! So if you’re looking for fun things to do during your London vacation, look no further than London’s theatre district! And this spring is promising to be particularly rosy for theatre lovers of all ages!
Opening later this month at the Palace Theatre, all of London is a raving about Jonathan Church’s stage adaptation of the 1952 MGM musical “Singing in the Rain.”
Another dazzling adaptation of a Hollywood film, “Ghost: The Musical,” is playing at the Piccadilly Theatre and promises to make you laugh and then cry in this heart-warming story.
But if you’re in the mood to indulge your devilish side, “Sweeney Todd,” starring Michael Ball as the demon barber of Fleet Street and Imelda Staunton as Mrs. Lovett, will begin slashing throats at the Adelphia Theatre this March.
If you’re looking for something for the kids to enjoy, there’s the excellent “Matilda: The Musical,” which tells the story of a little girl with an huge imagination battling the powers-that-be, at the Cambridge Theatre.
Starting in May, Kensington Gardens will be presenting a production of “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,” which is sure to provide plenty of Turkish delight to all!
Of course, you don’t want to go to the theatre on an empty stomach, so drop by some of Theatreland’s fine restaurants for a pre-show meal . Just across the street from the Palace Theatre is Incognico, with the decor of a classical French Brasserie and a menu of delightful French and Italian dishes. If you’re in the mood for something a little more eclectic, the Hampshire Bar and Restaurant provides a unique blend of classic and modern British cuisine on Leicester Square. If you’re in the mood for an after-show drink and want to rub elbows with the cast and crew, check out the White Hart Pub near Shaftesbury Avenue in the heart of the West End.
Of course, you’ll need a place to stay nearby, but don’t worry because we’ve got you covered with some of the best short-term vacation rentals in London that are just minutes away from the action in the West End. Take our Notting Hill Gate short-term rental apartment for example. From there it’s just a quick 10-minute subway ride on the Central Line to Theatreland. Getting around London couldn’t be easier.
A few tips before you pack your bags: First, make sure you book your must-see shows a few weeks ahead of time because many of these shows do sell-out! If you’re looking for a Saturday evening show or a very popular show (like The Lion King or Mamma Mia!), you better make that a month or two in advance. Next, don’t worry about dress code. You’ll fit right in whether you’re wearing a suit and tie or a T-shirt and jeans.
Are you as excited as we are bout the upcoming shows in London? Good! Now, hurry up, buy your tickets, and get to London to take in these wonderful shows before the final curtain drops!
2012 London Theatre Picks
Singing in the Rain: 4 Feb-29 Sep at the Palace Theatre
Ghost: The Musical: until October 13, 2012 at the Piccadilly Theatre
Sweeney Todd: 10 Mar-22 Sep at the Adelphia Theatre
2012 London Theatre Picks for Kids
Matilda: The Musical: until October 12 at the Cambridge Theater
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: 8 May-9 Sept at Kensington Gardens