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An estimated one million people took to the streets of London on Friday 29th April 2011 to celebrate Kate and William's wedding day. Relive the magic, without the crowds, by following in the footsteps of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

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Walk the Procession Route

Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey


The newly married couple travelled from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace in a horse drawn carriage flanked by a procession of horses through streets lined with throng of the cheering crowd. You too can walk the procession route (without the crowds and noise) in about 30 minutes, taking in some of London's landmark sights along the way. Leave the Abbey and walk through Parliament Square, passing by the Houses of Parliament with Big Ben to your right. Walk along Whitehall and up to the Cenotaph, you'll see some grand wrought iron gates to your left, closing Downing Street to traffic, and a police officer standing guard over the road to the Prime Minister's house. The archway through to Horse Guards Parade is usually closed to both traffic and pedestrians so you'll have to divert from the procession route here. Go back to King Charles Street and you'll find pedestrian only access down some steps and passed the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms. Now you'll arrive at St James's Park, turn right and Horse Guards Parade is on your right. Keep walking and once you hit The Mall turn left and you'll see Buckingham Palace in the far distance. For a more scenic walk to the palace divert from the procession route into St James's Park and you can see the ducks and swans on the pond. Arriving at the palace from the park also gives a wonderful view of the imposing building. If you time it right (and it's worth the effort of being organised and buying a ticket in advance) you can see inside the palace in the summer months. You don't need to book to see the changing of the guards, however, and it takes place all year round (at 11.30am daily in summer, every other day in winter), and lasts for half an hour.


The Goring Hotel

Hotel fit for a future queen

15 Beeston Place, Victoria, London, SW1W 0JW

Tube: Victoria Station


The five star Goring Hotel, a stone's throw from Buckingham Palace was the place where Kate Middleton spent her last night as an unmarried woman and a 'commoner'. Word has it that after William and Kate had retired for the night after the wedding, the party continued into the early hours at the hotel. This is certainly not the first time the Goring played host to royal guests. Previous royal visitors include Queen Mary, consort of George V, and her daughter-in-law, the Queen Mother, both of whom liked to take afternoon tea in the hotel. In 1945 King George VI, Queen Elizabeth and their young children celebrated the end of the Second World War here over a hearty sausage and scrambled egg breakfast, and just a few years later in 1948 Prince Charles's christening party was celebrated at the hotel with christening cake supplied by the Goring pastry chefs. You'll need deep pockets to stay as long as the Middletons did - their bill for the exclusive hire of the 71-room hotel has been put at £85,000; and Kate's top floor Royal Apartment will set you back £5,000 a night. But there are more budget friendly ways of seeing the inside of the famous hotel; you can always opt for afternoon tea, dinner, or a drink in the very traditional hotel bar... it's so old fashioned that modern technology is not appreciated here and you're politely asked to turn your moble phone off.


Buckingham Palace

The venue for the two receptions on the Royal Wedding day

Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1A 1AA

Tube: Victoria Station


Buckingham Palace, England's most famous royal palace, and the official residence of Her Majesty The Queen, was the venue for the two receptions held on the Royal Wedding day. Perhaps more importantly, the Buckingham Palace balcony was the spot where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge gave the crowd what they were waiting for: their first public kiss. The couple also spent the first night of their married life at the palace. Following the fly-by the wedding party went inside the palace to join 650 special guests for a breakfast buffet. The focus of the daytime reception was the palace's picture gallery, where the wedding cake was displayed surrounded by priceless paintings by Canaletto, Rembrandt and Rubens. In the evening there was a more intimate evening reception for 300 family and close friends. The palace's elegant Throne Room - where the official pictures were taken - was done up like a nightclub for the evening, complete with neon-lit bar serving champagne, spirits and Mojito cocktails, a stage for the band, DJ booth, dance floor and chill out area. The disco was run by the team from Maggie's, a retro 1980s themed, Sloane-filled club on the Fulham Road. The evening party began with a champagne reception in The State Apartments with guests sipping bubbly against a backdrop of paintings by Velazquez, Rubens and Van Dyck. Dinner took place in the Ballroom where guests were treated to a menu of British food created by the leading chef Anton Mosimann OBE, owner of the Mosimann's private dining club in Belgravia where Prince William and his bride are regulars (see caterers for more information). Buckingham Palace is open to the public during the summer, when The Queen makes her annual visit to Scotland during August and September, and you can visit all nineteen state rooms including those used by the royals on their wedding day.


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Clarence House

Tours of the house where the groom prepared for the wedding are available in summer

St James's Palace, St James's, London, SW1 1BA

Tube: St James's Park Station


The official London residence of The Prince of Wales, his wife The Duchess of Cornwall and his son, Prince Harry, Clarence House was the location from where the groom and his best man departed for Westminster Abbey. Members of the public can enjoy a tour of the historic Clarence House during the summer months, from August to September, and see where the groom spent his last night as a bachelor. This is also where the bride and groom came to get changed for the evening reception with Kate exchanging her voluminous Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen wedding dress for an easier to dance in satin gazar evening dress, also designed by Sarah Burton. A tour of the John Nash designed Clarence House - only possible in the summer - includes the chance to see some of Queen Elizabeth's famous art collection which boasts some particularly fine 20th-century paintings by John Piper, Graham Sutherland, WS Sickert and Augustus John. Superb examples of Fabergé, English porcelain and silver, as well as pieces relating to the Bowes-Lyon family, the Queen Mother's family, are also on display throughout the five ground-floor rooms where the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall hold their official engagements.


Westminster Abbey

The great medieval cathedral was the venue for the Royal Wedding ceremony

Dean's Yard, Westminster, London, SW1P 3PA

Tube: Westminster Station , St James's Park Station


When Catherine and William chose Westminster Abbey as the venue for their wedding they followed in the footsteps of Queen Victoria's grand-daughter Princess Patricia of Connaught, who married the Honourable Alexander Ramsay in 1919. Theirs was the first Royal wedding at the Abbey for 650 years and marked the start of a trend for royal marriages at Westminster. For their service Kate and William chose traditional hymns including 'Guide me, O thou great Redeemer' (one of a number of references to William's mother - it was the last hymn sung at Diana's funeral) and 'Jerusalem'. The newlyweds departed from the Abbey to the sounds of the well-known orchestral march Crown Imperial by William Walton, which was also played at Charles and Diana's wedding. During the service conducted by the Dean of Westminster Abbey and the Archbishop of Canterbury Kate did not promise to 'obey' her new husband in her vows but instead to 'love, comfort, honour and keep' him. The Bishop of London gave the sermon while Kate's brother James Middleton read the only reading, 'The Lesson' (Romans 12: 1-2, 9-18) from the Bible. If you are visiting Westminster Abbey to see the places significant to the Royal Wedding be sure to locate the Chapel of St Edward the Confessor to the east of the Sanctuary at the heart of the abbey, this is where Kate and William had a private moment away from the television cameras to sign the wedding register.


Household Cavalry Museum

Visitors to the Household Cavalry Museum can watch troopers working with their horses in the original 18th century stables.

Horse Guards, Whitehall, Westminster, London, SW1A 2AX

Tube: Charing Cross Station , Embankment Underground Station, Westminster Station


Around 186 horses from the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment paraded through the streets of London on the day of the Royal Wedding, escorting the newly married couple from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace. You may not be able to see them in quite the same way but once a day, you can see them in action at the Changing of the Queen's Life Guard which takes place on Horse Guards Parade at 11am, in addition to the daily inspection at 4pm. You can also visit them at the Household Cavalry Museum where visitors can see the troopers in action, working with their horses in the original 18th century stables (which can be viewed via a glazed screen). At different times of the day there's always something to see, whether it's the horses being fed and watered or having their hooves oiled and checked. Within the museum children can make believe they're part of the cavalry with the dressing up area where they can try on helmets, combat jackets and other military uniforms. There are also children's trails and a fun touch-screen horse quiz. The museum has an outstanding collection of treasures from ceremonial uniforms, Royal Standards and gallantry awards to musical instruments, horse furniture and jewelled boxes by Faberge. These have been amassed over the centuries and each exhibit has its own compelling story to tell, brought to life using a mix of graphics, audio visual and interactive displays.


Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen

The British designer was responsible for both Kate's and Pippa's dresses

4-5 Old Bond Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4PD

Tube: Green Park Station , Piccadilly Circus Station


The identity of the designer behind the wedding dress was a closely guarded secret, so well kept that it wasn't revealed until the future Duchess of Cambridge set foot at the door of Westminster Abbey. Sarah Burton, head designer at Alexander McQueen, didn't even tell her own mother that she had been appointed as dress maker to the royal bride. The official reason for the decision: "Miss Middleton chose British brand Alexander McQueen for the beauty of its craftsmanship and its respect for traditional workmanship and the technical construction of clothing." The result was a stunning timeless design in ivory silk and lace, with long-sleeves and a V-neck with a two-metre train. The lace appliqué for the bodice and skirt was hand-made by the Royal School of Needlework, based at Hampton Court Palace where Catherine and Sarah held their top secret meetings, planning the design of the dress. Raised in Manchester Mrs Burton completed her studies at Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design, then joined the McQueen studio in 1996 (then based in Hoxton) as an intern. As well as the wedding dress Sarah also designed Pippa's equally stunning cowl-necked bridesmaid dress and Catherine's evening gown. Catherine's dress was accessorised with a veil made of layers of soft, ivory silk tulle trimmed with hand-embroidered flowers and a 1936 Cartier 'halo' tiara, lent to her by The Queen and presented to The Queen by her mother on her 18th birthday. The oak leaf and acorn motif diamond earrings worn by Kate, a gift from her family, as well as those worn by her sister and her mother, were designed by Robinson Pelham, a London jeweller based in Pimlico who specialise in high end jewels and bespoke pieces, available by appointment only. Catherine's dress, tiara, earrings, veil and shoes are on display at Buckingham Palace during the Summer Opening (until 3rd October 2011) and can be seen along with replicas of the bouquet and the cake by Fiona Cairns.


Kashket & Partners

Visit Kashket & Partners, the company behind William's wedding outfit, at Stafford Street

8 Stafford Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4RU

Tube: Green Park Station


And what of William's attire? He was looking pretty dapper on the day too. Where would you go to find the tailor who created his Irish Guards scarlet tunic? In the run up to the wedding everyone was keeping schtum and many speculated that Savile Row tailors Gieves & Hawkes would be the suppliers of Prince William's uniform. But in the end it was the relatively less well known (but long associated with royalty) Kashket and Partners who were appointed official tailors for the big day. Tailor Russell Kashket and his team designed and manufactured the Prince's uniform as well as the outfits worn by the best man, Prince Harry, the pageboys and 2,000 other military uniforms. More than 350 members of the Kashket staff made the outfits, which also included the drum majors' gold state coats, Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment dress, and uniforms for all five Footguards regiments. It was a family affair with suits made by hand by staff led by Mr Kashket's brother, director and tailor Marlon, using couture hand-stitch techniques to embroider real gold, spun into wire, into the collars and cuffs. Kashket's sister company Patey's, who make equine and traditional headwear and have a shop on the corner of Connaught Square, were responsible for the military hats including William's Forage Cap. William may have decided to stay away from Savile Row but a few of the wedding guests paid a visit to the London street famous for its bespoke tailoring. Among them, the bride's father, Michael Middleton, and her brother James wore suits by Ede & Ravenscroft, whose shop can be found at 8 Burlington Gardens, just off Savile Row. Richard James, the "modern face" of Savile Row, dressed three men for the Royal wedding but (perhaps wisely) won't say who - though he is known to be the tailor of choice for Prime Minister Mr Cameron. And Thom Whiddett, one half of bespoke Mayfair tailor Thom Sweeney, also made several suits for the royal wedding.


Shane Connolly Flowers

This west London-based florist put together the flowers for the Royal Wedding

491 Latimer Road, London, W10 6RD

Tube: White City Station


The beautiful wedding flowers, from the 20 foot trees in Westminster Abbey to the surprisingly small lily of the valley bridal bouquet, were the creation of Belfast-born florist Shane Connolly. The west London-based florist holds a Royal Warrant awarded to him by the Prince of Wales in 2006, marking him as the official supplier of flowers for royal events. He runs Shane Connolly Flowers with business partner Jamie Marlar from whom you can commission your very own floral masterpiece. Shane first started out with an apprenticeship at London-based florist's Pulbrook and Gould, where he stayed for two years before starting up his own business in 1989. For the Royal Wedding he selected flowers from Windsor Great Park including blossoms, azaleas, rhododendron, euphorbias, beech, wisteria and lilac. But most striking of all were the eight 20ft-high trees dominated the nave of Westminster Abbey: six English Field Maple, which suggests humility, and two Hornbeam trees - linked to resilience - all growing in planters made by craftsmen at Highgrove, the Prince of Wales's residence in Gloucestershire. For the simple bridal bouquet he used seasonal, local, UK grown flowers: lily of the valley, associated with trustworthiness and meaning 'return of happiness', sweet William (how appropriate) meaning gallantry, and hyacinth, to represent constancy of love.


Hugo Burnand

Society photographer Hugo Burnand took the official wedding photos

1 Powis Mews, Notting Hill, London, W11 1JN

Tube: Westbourne Park Station


Photographer Hugo Burnand and his six-man team, including his mother the photographer Ursy Burnand and his wife Louisa Hallifax, decided to cycle from his studio in Notting Hill to the palace before the big event. Described by The Daily Mail as "Charles and Camilla's favourite society photographer" the Old Harrovian has worked at Tatler magazine since 1993 and was also the official wedding photographer at the wedding of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall in 2005. Mr Burnand only had 26 minutes to take all the official photographs, including the now famous image of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their page boys and bridesmaids which he hoped looked ''effortless, relaxed and friendly''. But Hugo wasn't the only photographer documenting the Royal Wedding, Millie Pilkington (0781 575 0141, a friend of the Middletons who has worked with the family, photographing for Party Pieces Children, was asked to take informal photos of the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their wedding reception at Buckingham Palace. She took the pictures that the public won't see, the photos that the couple will have just for themselves



Swiss chef and restaurateur Anton Mosimann created a feast fit for a king

11 West Halkin Street, Belgravia, London, SW1X 8JL

Tube: Knightsbridge Station , Hyde Park Corner Station


For the evening meal it was down to Swiss chef Anton Mosimann to create a memorable feast fit for a future king. Once again, and unsurprisingly, he chose a menu that highlighted British fare. Dinner began with crab from Wales followed by a main course of lamb fillet from Highgrove prepared three ways, and ended with a trio of sweets - trifle, chocolate fondant and ice cream in brandy-snap baskets. As the party was coming to a close at 2am, guests were offered bacon butties - the greasy bacon sandwiches offering the perfect foil for excesses of alcohol. To sample something similar you can book into Mosimann's private dining club in Belgravia - but only if you're with a member.


Paxton & Whitfield

93 Jermyn Street, St James's, London, SW1Y 6JE

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Green Park Station


For the wedding reception at Buckingham Palace Mark Flanagan and his team of 21 chefs and three pastry chefs created around 10,000 canapes served to the 650 guests attending. Canapés were made using British ingredients from Royal Warrant holding companies including Gressingham duck, English goats cheese from Paxton and Whitfield, English asparagus, Welsh organic celery salt, langoustines from the north west coast of Scotland, pork from the Cotswolds, English crayfish, Windsor Estate lamb, smoked Haddock from the East Coast of Scotland, beef from the Castle of Mey and English rhubarb. The French bubbly (Pol Roger reserve) was the only thing that didn't come from the British Isles. To enjoy the cooking of the royal chef you'll have to be invited to dinner at one of the royal palaces - Flanagan is responsible for the catering at Windsor, Sandringham, Balmoral and Buckingham Palace - but you can sample the produce used and a trip to London cheese shop Paxton and Whitfield is a good place to start. Not only is the cheese good (they have held a Royal Warrant since 1850) but their Jermyn Street shop offers a quinessentially English shopping experience and comes highly recommended.


Fiona Cairns: Wedding Cake

Britain's most famous store and possibly the most famous store in the world, Harrods features on many tourist 'must-see' lists.

87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London, SW3 1RT

Tube: Knightsbridge Station


Why have one wedding cake when you can have two? That was clearly the thinking behind Kate and William's decided to commission Leicestershire based Fiona Cairns AND biscuit makers McVitie's to create their wedding cakes, plural. For the traditional wedding cake Fiona and her team took five weeks to create the eight-tiered confectionary masterpiece from 17 individual booze-soaked fruit cakes. The white icing covered cake was intricately decorated with 3D scrollwork and around 900 individually iced flowers including an English rose, a Scottish thistle, a Welsh daffodil and an Irish shamrock. The garland design around the middle of the cake matched the architectural garlands around the top of the Picture Gallery in Buckingham Palace, the room in which the cake was displayed. Kate was one of approximately 1,000 brides who chose Fiona Cairns for their wedding cakes last year and, thanks to her decision, we suspect that number will rise dramatically this year. Fiona Cairns may be based in Fleckney, in Leicestershire, but you can buy her cakes in London at Harrods, Selfridges, John Lewis and Panzer's. She also has a book out, Bake & Decorate, if you fancy having a go at creating your own royal wedding cake. For the 'groom's cake' the McVitie's test bakery in Stockport, Manchester, created a rich chocolate biscuit cake (a childhood favourite of William's) from 40lb of chocolate and 1,700 Rich Tea biscuits. McVitie's Rich Tea biscuits are available at all good newsagents and supermarkets, just add butter, sugar, and (we suspect), Mars bar and Golden Syrup, no need to bake, then cover in chocolate.


Richard Ward & James Pryce: Wedding Hair

Visit Richard Ward's Chelsea salon to get glossy curls like Kate's

82 Duke of York Square, Knightsbridge, London, SW3 4LY

Tube: Sloane Square Station


Catherine's bridal up-do, the half bun - or 'demi chignon' - was styled by James Pryce, creative director at Richard Ward's Chelsea salon where Kate has been a regular since her university days. Celebrity stylists James and Richard created an up-do style which was designed to combine a "classic bridal look with a regal, couture finish" while allowing Catherine's 'halo' style Cartier tiara, lent to her by The Queen, to sparkle. James Pryce then accompanyied the Duchess of Cambridge as her official hairdresser on the couple's first official tour of North America and Canada. If you want to get the royal hair treatment you can visit the Richard Ward team, many of whom helped tame the tresses of the bridal party at the Richard Ward Hair and Metrospa on Duke of York Square just off the Sloane Square (ask for Fiona Chandler if you're looking for the lady who styled Pippa's hair). Down the street, a second Kings Road hair salon, Lockonego, was responsible for the hair style of Prince Harry's on/off girlfriend Chelsy Davy who chose Jonathan Long from the salon to do her hair.


Jo Hansford: Manicure

Get a manicure with Marina Sandoval at the Jo Hansford salon in Mayfair

19 Mount Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 2RB

Tube: Bond Street Station


On the actual wedding day Miss Middleton chose to do her own make-up but Kate was rumoured to have had a series of private lessons prior to the wedding from Kilburn-based make-up artist Arabella Preston. The make-up artist offers bridal make-up sessions and consultations so you too can learn how to create the smoky eye and heavy eye liner look that Kate wore at her wedding. To complete Kate's big day beauty regime you can also book in with the woman who did her manicure - ask for Marina Sandoval at the Jo Hansford salon in Mayfair. The session with Marina was arranged by Kate's new step-mother-in-law Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, with the manicurist creating a custom-blend for Kate's nails, mixing Bourjois's no. 28 Rose Lounge and Essie's 423 Allure to create the off-white bridal shade the Duchess-to-be wore on her fingertips. Everything, even the perfume Kate chose for her wedding day, became an instant hit. When it was revealed that she walked down the aisle leaving behind a waft of White Gardenia Petals by British brand Illuminum, bottles of the scent sold out within minutes. The 'delicate and nuanced scent' combines a top note of coconut and notes of muguet, ylang ylang and jasmine breeze with amber wood as the base note.


Philip Treacy: Hats

The Irish hat designer created Princess Beatrice's 'pretzel' hat

69 Elizabeth Street, Belgravia, London, SW1W 9PJ

Tube: Sloane Square Station


Never has a hat had more column inches than Princess Beatrice's headpiece, created by milliner to the stars Philip Treacy. The Irish hat designer is famous for his outlandish creations but this taupe coloured topper (unkindly said to resemble a toilet seat or possibly a pretzel) is surely his most talked about for years. Despite the column inches of criticism someone must have liked it - they paid £81,000 for it in a charity auction turning the fashion faux pas into a positive PR episode for the young princess. Beatrice's wasn't the only Philip Treacy creation to appear at the Royal Wedding, far from it. He's estimated to have made 36 hats for guests at the wedding including Victoria Beckham, Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, Zara Phillips and Beatrice's sister Eugenie. His beautiful London boutique at 69 Elizabeth Street is crammed full of such eccentric creations (and some more wearable ones too) and is certainly worth a visit.


Royal Nightlife: Mahiki

Entertaining Hawaiian-themed cocktail bar, a favourite with young royals

1 Dover Street, Mayfair, Mayfair, London, W1S 4LD

Tube: Green Park Station


There was much speculation in the lead up to the wedding about where the stage party would be held and Mahiki was firmly in the running. In the end the Piccadilly nightclub as good as won it: the boys recreated Mahiki at home with the kitschy Polynesian-themed nightclub sending over cases of their signature rum to Clarence House ahead of the bash which was organised by Prince Harry and Guy Pelly. The club has long been a favourite haunt for the royal couple. Following their brief split in 2007, William was said to have declared 'I'm freeeeee' before performing a celebratory dance and racking up an £11,000 bar bill. Kate turned up a few nights later, smart girl, showing the Prince exactly what he was missing. They were soon slow-dancing together once more. And wherever the royals party the rest follow but despite its popularity Mahiki's door policy is relaxed, there are no guest lists and the Polynesian vibe is chilled out with Tahiti inspired tropical cocktails. The Pina Coladas come served in frozen pineapples and the Coconut Bomb in a real coconut, if you're feeling like a party try the infamous treasure chest (a heady mix underscored by a litre of vodka and costing £100 a pop). It's a steep £800 for a table but you're better off just turning up - get there early and you don't need to book. Piers Adam and Nick House certainly know how to run nightclubs. Highly recommended.


Royal Nightlife: Boujis

Private members club with a regular pack of paparazzi parked outside waiting for royals to exit

43 Thurloe Street, South Kensington, London, SW7 2LQ

Tube: South Kensington Station


The royals have generated more column inches for this private members' club than any other with a regular pack of paparazzi parked outside waiting for the princes and their cousins to exit looking a little worse for wear after one too many vodka red bulls. Its popularity comes largely from this kind of publicity - it also attracts more than its fair share of pop stars and celebrities, from Paris Hilton to Jenson Button, giving rise to yet more coverage in the gossip columns. Mere mortals can get in for a tenner - but only if they're beautiful or rich or both; if you're prepared to pay the £500 membership fee you can even bag yourself a table. Tuesdays are particularly popular, especially with the royals and their circle so get friendly with someone who knows someone who can get you in and you may - just may - catch a glimpse of Kate and William partying the night away.


Royal Nightlife: Raffles

This Kings Road nightclub run by Patrice Gouty is a popular spot for the young and monied

287 Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5EW

Tube: South Kensington Station


Raffles nightclub on the Kings Road is another late night venue that the young royals have been seen leaving in the early hours of the morning, especially during their young, carefree days of cavorting and courtship. This Kings Road nightclub run by Patrice Gouty, founding partner of Chinawhite, is also popular with celebrities and it helps if your parents have a house nearby. At Raffles you could find yourself partying alongside Paris Hilton or Prince William both of whom no doubt appreciate the exclusivity - it's members only - and the strong cocktails. Raffles which gets its name from the 19th century colonial mogul Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles has existed since 1967 but came under Gouty's management in 2007. There's a small dance floor (and a 225-person capacity) and comfy sofas so you can relax or get up and dance, depending on how the night progresses. If you're lucky you may get to see one of the many celebrity clients - Paris Hilton, Rosamund Pike, Keira Knightley, Gemma Arterton, David Walliams and Jenson Button have all partied here - just remember to act like they don't exist.


Royal Nightlife: Eighty Six

Eighty-Six is the brainchild of George Adams and Charlie Kearns, the duo behind the Coco Club in Verbier

86 Fulham Road, South Kensington, London, SW3 6HR

Tube: South Kensington Station


Fulham Road bar Eighty Six is a particular favourite of the royal couple. It was here that Catherine celebrated her 29th birthday and, in the weeks before the wedding, there was much speculation she'd have her hen do there too. After the hen night had taken place it was revealed that the low-key celebrations had, sensibly, been held at a friend's house away from the prying lenses of the paps. Still, there's a good chance of Kate and Wills enjoying a night out at Eighty Six. The bar is the brainchild of George Adams and Charlie Kearns, the duo behind Verbier's Coco Club and a popular place for after hours socialising for the Fulham crowd. The decor is a decadent mix of gold panelling with mosaics under foot and the club takes up three floors of a townhouse. The internal spaces are divided into a cocktail bar, gallery restaurant and private dining room with food supplied by Mark Broadbent, ex-Bluebird and star of BBC2's Great British Menu.


Royal Nightlife: Maggie's

Margaret Thatcher-themed nightclub on the border of Fulham and Chelsea and owned by a couple of Old Etonians.

329 Fulham Road, Chelsea, London, SW10 9QL

Tube: Gloucester Road Station


Prince William's old school chum Charlie Gilkes owns Maggie's nightclub in the Fulham Road and it was his team who organised the disco at the palace on the wedding night. To sample the party tunes that the royals and their guests danced to head to Maggie's, on the Fulham Road, where you'll be in for an Eighties-themed night out. Clubbers are even treated to snippets of Thatcher's most famous speeches played over in a loop in the toilets. If anything is going to give you stage fright at the urinal, well, that's it. But it's not just about the Iron Lady here: Maggie's is in fact a general tribute to the 80s. Alongside cartoon murals of Thatcher on the wall, you'll find the likes of Ronald Reagan, Mr T from the A Team, Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog all congregating; the tables look like giant Rubik's cubes and there's a liberal collection of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figurines dotted around the place. Given its location and prized icon, it's probably no surprise that guests must pay a £15 entrance fee and stump up £250 to reserve a table. Those feeling really flush can pick up a bottle of champagne signed by Thatcher herself for a cool £5,000.

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