Agoda.com celebrates the royal wedding with lovely London rates
With the date set for April 29, 2011, the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Elizabeth Middleton is cause for much excitement across the British Commonwealth, particularly in the United Kingdom. To best allow Britons to celebrate, the day has been declared a bank holiday and pubs are allowed to stay open until 1:00 am – an hour later than licensing laws usually permit. Prime Minister David Cameron commented, “We want to mark the day as one of national celebration – a public holiday will ensure the most people possible will have a chance to celebrate on the day."
Second in line to the British throne, Prince William met Kate in 2001 at the University of St. Andrews, where they both studied Art History. Over the last ten years, their relationship has been closely followed by royalists, pundits, paparazzi, and bookies, who for years have been taking bets on if and when the couple would wed.
Prince Charles – William's father and the heir apparent – recently announced via his Twitter account that the ceremony will take place at Westminster Abbey, an iconic London location. Chosen for its beautiful Gothic architecture and intimate ambience, Westminster has more than a thousand years of history, and is the official site for coronations, with ties to English and British royalty that stretch back to 1066. The cathedral is an important part of England's history in its own right and is the burial place of many English writers and poets, including Geoffrey Chaucer, Charles Dickens, and Lord Tennyson.
On the day of the wedding, spectators in London will be able to catch a glimpse of Kate as she makes her way by car to Westminster along the processional route. This route includes The Mall, Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall and Parliament Square, and is the same path to be taken by the couple after they are married, this time in a horse-drawn carriage.
To help travelers take part in this very special occasion, Agoda.com has secured hotel promotions in several key positions across London. The featured hotels have great access to the processional route, either directly or via London public transport, and there's a property to suit every budget. To avoid missing out on one of the biggest events to hit London in recent years, lock in your hotel room now.
AGODA.COM'S ROYAL WEDDING RATES FOR LONDON
BERJAYA EDEN PARK – 3 stars
Next to Bayswater tube station, on the Circle line to Westminster. Book 2 or more days in advance and enjoy a 10% discount. Rates from US$140 per night.
51 BUCKINGHAM GATE TAJ SUITES AND RESIDENCES – 5 stars
Exclusive luxury suites within steps of Buckingham Palace. Minimum stay 4 nights. Rooms and suites from US$1515 per night.
STUDIOS 2 LET – 4 stars
Close to Kings Cross St. Pancras rail hub, with access to all tube lines. Book at least 2 days in advance and enjoy a 15% discount. Rates from US$140 per night.
K+K GEORGE– 4 stars
Next to Earl's Court tube station on the Piccadilly Line, a few stops from Green Park, a short stroll from The Mall. Minimum stay 4 nights, rates from US$325 per night.
THE CRANLEY – 4 stars
Located in South Kensington, a short walk to Gloucester Road tube station, 10 minutes from Westminster station on the Circle line. Rates from US$320 per night.
SWISSHOTEL THE HOWARD, LONDON – 5 stars
Adjacent to Temple tube station, two stops from Westminster, walking distance from sites. Rates from US$380.
CITADINES PRESTIGE HOLBORN – Covent Garden – 4 stars
Next to Holborn tube station, walking distance to Covent Garden and Oxford Street.
Stay 2-5 nights and enjoy A 15% discount. Stay 6-10 nights and get A 20% discount. Stay 10+ nights and get 30% off. Rates from US$360 per night.
RYDGES KENSINGTON PLAZA – 4 stars
Two blocks from Gloucester Road tube station. Stay 3 nights, enjoy a 10% discount. Stay 5 nights enjoy a 15% discount. Book 14 days in advance and enjoy 10% off. Super Early-Bird Rate: book 28 days in advance and enjoy a 20% discount. Rates from US$530 per night.
ROYAL PARK HOTEL – 4 stars
Next to Lancaster Gate tube station. Walk across Hyde Park to Buckingham Gardens or take the tube from nearby Paddington station. Rates from US$570 per night.
ATHENAEUM HOTEL – 5 stars
Between Green Park and Hyde Park, within a 5-minute walk of Buckingham Palace. Minimum stay 4 nights, rates from US$590 per night.
CUSTOM HOTEL HOUSE – 3 stars
Located opposite Custom House DLR station, with fast access to Tower Gateway tube on the Circle line. Superior Twin rooms from US$110 per night.
ROYAL WEDDING TRIVIA
• Sixty percent of internet sales of official memorabilia come from the United States.
• Prince Charles' Twitter account is @ClarenceHouse.
• After the wedding, the couple will return to the farmhouse they currently share in Anglesey, north Wales.
• The diamond and sapphire engagement ring William gave Kate belonged to his mother, the late Diana, Princess of Wales.
• Kate will have a waxwork model of herself added to the royal family display at Madame Toussaud's.
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