Yes, the Royal Wedding is THE Event of the Year. And while the guest list is understandably tight, 2640 “members of the public” have been invited to witness the celebrations. But even if you’re not one of those lucky folks, it’s possible you might have still decided to hop on a flight to London just to breathe in all that glorious, festive air, and who knows, maybe even catch a glimpse of a royal while you’re camped outside the palace grounds. But for the days when you decide to take a break from royal duty, here are some things to do instead.
Visit: ‘Fashioned From Nature’ at the V&A Museum
According to the Victoria & Albert Museum website, this is “the first UK exhibition to explore the complex relationship between fashion and nature from 1600 to the present day,” and includes pieces by Stella McCartney (one of the designers at the forefront of eco-conscious fashion), Calvin Klein (namely the dress from their Green Carpet Collection that Emma Watson wore to the 2016 Met Gala), and a muslin dress decorated with beetle wing cases, circa 1868. The exhibit, which opened April 21, will be on view until 27 January 2019.
Take a closer look at fashion and nature’s complex relationship in this seminal exhibition – opening 21 April. Tracing 400 years, discover the true cost of fashion and see pioneering designers and innovators harnessing fashion’s creativity to make a vibrant but more responsible system that respects, protects and celebrates the natural world. #FashionedfromNature Link in bio
Shop: Maison Birks
Pop into the Mappin & Webb flagship boutique on Regent Street to check out their newly launched collection of Maison Birks jewellery. If you can’t make it to the flagship, the Canadian fine jewellery brand—and Meghan Markle fave!—is also carried across all Mappin & Webb and Goldsmith locations in the country.
Eat: Mare Street Market
London is basically an ever-revolving door of new restaurants, so head over to any of these new spots setting up shop in England’s capital this year. The one we’re most keen to try? Mare Street Market, a food hall/market helmed by buzzy chef Gizzi Erskine, which will offer, all under one roof, a coffee roastery, vinyl record shop, florist and pop-up boutiques. The crown jewel, of course, is Erskine’s own restaurant, The Dining Room.
Experience: London Craft Week
Now in its fourth year, this annual event brings together over 200 designers, artisans and brands from around the world in celebration of crafts and traditions across design, jewellery, fashion and art. On from 9 to 13 May, the festival takes place across London’s various neighbourhoods such as Mayfair, Shoreditch and Hampstead, making it a great way to explore the city! “Whether your intention is to consume or simply converse, if you appreciate beauty and the value of craftsmanship, then London Craft Week is one of the month’s must-visit events,” says the Financial Times.
From in-store craft demonstrations to expert talks, @stjameslondon has a fantastic Series of events spanning fashion, jewellery, ceramics, perfume making and so much more planned for #LCW2018! We cannot wait to see you there! Pictured: @berrybrosrudd #londoncraftweek #makers #behindthescenes #craftsmanship #meetthemaker
Stay: The Montague on the Gardens
For a real dose of traditional English charm, book yourself into this 18th century Georgian-townhouse-turned-boutique-hotel. It basically feels like you’re staying in a posh, aristocratic family’s home, thanks to the antique furnishings, rich tapestries and ornate cornices. And what’s a trip to England without Afternoon Tea? The Montague hotel’s daily offering in a sunlit conservatory comes complete with finger sandwiches, pastries and scones (with clotted cream and jam of course!), but we’d suggest waiting till Sunday for their special “Free Flowing Champagne” version, with bottomless champagne to go with your afternoon spread. If you’re so inclined, walk over to the British Museum—it’s just a few minutes away—where there’s a Rodin exhibit on until 29 July.