For Halloween when I was growing up, I dressed up as a princess for five straight years, and in my house, there was none of this pre-made Target costume stuff going on. Instead, every year my mom and I would go down to Kaplan's fabric store on the Plaza in Kansas City and pick a princess dress pattern. Then my mom would pull out her trusty sewing machine and make my dress. She made five princess gowns of varying shades of pink, ruffles and sparkles. I still have a couple of the dresses and tiaras and even a wand I fashioned one year, because, as my best friend, Hilly, commented, "A good princess never gets rid of her tiaras."
Needless to say, there's a lot of princess action going on in London, with castles and palaces and reminders of royalty everywhere. But sometimes you don't want to spend princess-like sums to enjoy London. Below I've compiled some great London activities that fit this bill!
1. Shopping at the L.K. Bennett Clearance Store
The Duchess of Cambridge has made L.K. Bennett a household name. From her sky high heels to her classic dresses, she often can be seen wearing L.K. Bennett. You can enjoy L.K. Bennett at reduced prices by visiting their clearance store on fashionable King's Road in Chelsea. They have a great selection of items and a particularly large amount of shoes. Unlike many outlet stores in the States, the inventory doesn't seem to be picked over and the items aren't over lesser quality. Instead, the store offers lots of sizes, lots of options and great quality!
2. Lunching at Comptoir Libanais
Comptoir Libanais is in the heart of chic South Kensington and offers delicious Middle Eastern cuisine. You can get a lamb kofta wrap, a side salad and a drink for less that ten pounds; which is an absolute steal in London. All the while, you can sit at a table outside in the sunny pedestrian square of South Kensington and watch people skip over to the Victoria and Albert Museum.
3. Get Cultured at the National Portrait Gallery
One of the wonderful things about London is that most of the main museums are free entry. Some of these museums include the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Natural History Museum, and the Tate Britain. One of my favorites is the National Portrait Gallery. Nestled in between Trafalgar Square and the West End, the National Portrait Gallery has incredible pieces of art that also give you a history of England. Some of their oldest paintings are of Richard III and Henry VII.
4. Worth the Tiara: Tea at The Dorchester
The Dorchester and The Goring. Both hotels have unparalleled personal service and fantastic food. Above I've highlighted pictures from my last visit to The Dorchester!