So royal baby mania has hit London (and the UK) and the rest of the world for that matter. So now’s the time when Royal memorabilia, Royal baby-themed gifts, and even Royal baby themed cocktails hit London’s shops and restaurants.
But this is also the year of the Queen’s Coronation. And as the nation marked 60 years since Her Majesty’s Coronation earlier this month, it was the start of Summer 2013 – the celebration of all things Royal.
So we have a double whammy this year. Not only do we have our new Royal Prince George, we also have a reason to celebrate our existing Monarch.
And as Kate and Wills settle into parenthood, London is celebrating the British Monarchy in all sorts of ways.
Whether you’re a Royalist or not, here are some of the best picks of how London has created some Oh So Royal ways to our existing and new Heirs.
The Royal Toast, The Langham
Fancy a cocktail anyone? We’re not sure Kate Middleton will be sipping on cocktails any time soon. So we’ll enjoy this Royal Baby cocktail for her.
Yes you heard right, the very plush Langham hotel, London, has launched the Royal Baby Cocktail at their signature Artesian Bar in honour of the new Prince.
The cocktail dubbed the Royal Toast is a refreshing aromatic blend of Tapatio tequila, cedar wood syrup, lemon juice and Peychaud’s bitters with Ruinart blanc de blancs. Served in a coupe enveloped in scented blue crepe paper, it’s been created by Bartender of The Year Alex Kratena and is available for £16.50 until 22 August.
You can’t get more glamorous than this.
The Langham London, 1C Portland Pl, Westminster, London W1B, London, (44) 20 7636 1000, London.Langhamhotels.co.uk
Royal Child Photography Exhibition and Royal Tea, Athenaeum
Avid photographers should head to the Plush Mayfair hotel, Athenaeum. Here, until the end of August, the Athenaeum is exhibiting rarely seen photos of Royal children from over the years.
Spanning from Victorian times up until the present day, guests are given the chance to see carefully curated photographs from over 40 years.
Royal photographer Ian Pelham-Turner, Helena Chard and Royal Life magazine are behind this one-off exhibition.
Expect to see never before published images such as the Queen making sandcastles in Sussex as a child, and hear fascinating anecdotes.
Oh, and did we mention that you get to enjoy an exquisite Royal afternoon tea too?
Coronation chicken sandwiches, Victoria sponge and rich chocolate profiteroles are all included. It’s a Royal occasion not to be missed.
The Royal Child Photography Exhibition and afternoon tea runs until 31 August and costs £60. www.athenaeumhotel.com/royal-summer
A Royal Arrival Exhibition, Museum of London
Cute Royal baby clothing such as booties and mittens worn by some of Britains heirs are the focus of this exhibition at the Museum of London.
What an honour that the new Prince George has more than 400 years of history showcased in this wonderfully nostalgic event.
A cap worn by Charles I, a nursing aprong worn by Victoria I and tiny bootie worn by her children are all included.
Kate and Wills would love this one! Oh and did we mention it run’s until October and it’s free.
Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London, EC2Y 5HN, 0207 001 9844, www.museumoflondon.org.uk
HRH Duchess of Cambridge, National Portrait Gallery
If you haven’t yet seen the portrait of HRH the Duchess of Cambridge, why not add it the your list of Royal exhibits?
The portrait, by Paul Emsley, features in Room 39 of the National Portrait Gallery and involved two sittings – one at Kensington Palace, and the other at the artist’s own studio.
Having already sparked much debate from royalists and non-royalists, why not make up your own mind about this artists’ impression of Kate.
Love it or loathe it, it will be on display at the Gallery until 27th August.
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London, WC2H 0HE, 0207 306 0055, www.npg.org.uk
Coronation Afternoon Tea, John Lewis
In terms of department stores, you don’t get much more British than John Lewis. And in celebration of the Queen’s Coronation summer, John Lewis have launched their Coronation themed afternoon tea.
Chef and face of Channel 4’s Cook Yourself Thin Gizzi Erskine helped launch the new tea.
Scrumptious cakes, scones and of course Coronation chicken sandwiches are all part of the afternoon tea being served at John Lewis’ brasserie until 30th August. So what are you waiting for, head down to Oxford Street and enjoy afternoon tea, regal style.
www.JohnLewis.com, 300 Oxford Street, London, W1A 1EX, 0207 629 7711
Queen’s Coronation Exhibition, Buckingham Palace
The summer opening of Buckingham is different this year. Because to mark the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation, curator Caroline de Guitaut has compiled a very special exhibition showing never seen before Coronation items.
From Saturday 27th July 2013, members of the public will be able to see the dress Queen Elizabeth wore on her day of Coronation, as well as the robe of Estate crown she wore, jewels that royal ladies wore on the day, and rarely seen before photographs and footage of the day.
As part of the special exhibition, curators have even re-created the table from two Coronation banquets held at Buckingham Palace.
This runs until 29th September and will be a fascinating insight into the Royal family 60 years ago.
Tickets cost from £33.25, www.royalcollection.org.uk
We hope you agree, now’s the time to celebrate the arrival of HRH Prince George – our new heir to the Throne – and embrace the regal atmosphere we have in London. So go, see and experience all things Oh So Royal!
Until next time x