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Best London Hotels for Royal Wedding Access

Unless David Beckham ditches Posh for Amy Winehouse and the two tie the knot stark naked in Hyde Park in a ceremony led by Madonna, it’s safe to say that the tabloid event of the year in the UK – the one causing hotels in London to collectively fret and salivate at the same time – is the Royal Wedding. As in, the “Marriage of His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales KG with Miss Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on Friday 29 April, 2011 at 11.00am“.

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You have Royal Wedding fever. Your invitation was somehow lost in the mail and the Queen won’t return your tweets. You need accommodations near Westminster Abbey, pronto.

Sanctuary House Hotel
Distance to Westminster Abbey: 0.32 km

At barely three minutes from the abbey on foot, the only sweat you’ll break as you leave the Sanctuary House is in anticipation of ogling Wills in his Gieves & Hawkes Savile Row military uniform.

St. Ermin’s Hotel
Distance to Westminster Abbey: 0.48 km

A solid four star property smack dab in the middle of Central, the St. Ermin’s will be crawling with royal watchers on April 29. Toast the nuptials with alfresco gimlets on the Caxton Bar terrace.

51 Buckingham Gate
Distance to Westminster Abbey: 0.64 km

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The name sums it up. Superb proximity to both the palace and Westminster Abbey make 51 Buckingham Gate a stellar pick. Butler service and a Michelin star restaurant help too.

Crowne Plaza Hotel St James
Distance to Westminster Abbey: 0.80 km

The St James’ press kit is splattered with terms like “traditional four star” but, at the end of the day, there’s nothing common about the way this Crowne Plaza property will put you in the Royal Wedding mood. Très Edwardian.

The Royal Horseguards – A Guoman Hotel
Distance to Westminster Abbey: 0.97 km

Crash at the opulent Royal Horseguards on the banks of the Thames and you can practically fake your way into the wedding party on the 29th. Or, at the very least, into Parliament.

The Ritz London
Distance to Westminster Abbey: 1.45 km

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A 3 km round trip walk for one of the best high teas in London, if not the planet? Worth every scone and dollop of Devonshire cream. If money is no object, you could hardly do worse than The Ritz.

Hilton London Green Park
Distance to Westminster Abbey: 1.77 km

With Oxford, Regent and Bond Street shops outside the door, your wardrobe for the big day is within easy reach of the Hilton London Green Park. Window shop and fantasize.

InterContinental Hotel Park Lane
Distance to Westminster Abbey: 2.09 km

Get twee in Mayfair and celebrate Kate and William with pappardelle and truffles at Theo Randall, the Inter’s branché resto. Work dinner (and your post-wedding adrenaline) off at the 24-hour fitness centre and therapeutic steam temple.

London Hilton on Park Lane
Distance to Westminster Abbey: 2.25 km

From a 360° Michelin restaurant and bar to Hyde Park proximity, the Hilton on Park Lane is a perfect big event hotel. Sidle up to Mayfair’s glitterati and pretend … if only for a day.

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