Kate Middleton's London

Explore Kate Middleton's London with our guide to her favourite shops, restaurants and attractions in the capital.

Since marrying Prince William and becoming a mum to Prince George and Princess Charlotte, there's been lots of interest in the Duchess of Cambridge – from her clothes to her favourite shops. Steal Kate's classic, demure style with our tips on where to pick up some Middleton classics, and find out about the Duchess of Cambridge's favourite London hangouts.


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Kate Middleton has often been spotted at Bluebird restaurant, and was seen dining with Prince William in their pre-wedding dating days. The restaurant serves classic British fare and there's also a bar serving a variety of specially mixed Bluebird cocktails, a cafe and a bakery.

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The Goring

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The Goring is within walking distance of Buckingham Palace, so it's no surprise that the Duchess is a fan of this quintessentially English hotel. She spent the night before her wedding here. Get the royal treatment with afternoon tea at The Bar & Lounge, a meal in The Dining Room, or an overnight stay.

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Kensington Palace

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (and Prince George) moved into Kensington Palace following a huge renovation. You still visit the public side of the palace – where attractions include a Queen Victoria exhibition and Fashion Rules, a display of dresses worn by Princess Diana and The Queen.

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Madame Tussauds

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Get close to the royal couple at Madame Tussauds, where you can see life-like wax figures of Will and Kate. The Duchess is dressed in a replica of her blue Issa engagement dress as well as her famous engagement ring. The couple are situated in the royal zone alongside other wax versions of the royal family.

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Westminster Abbey

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William and Kate followed in the footsteps of many royals, including Henry I, Richard II and the present Queen, and married at Westminster Abbey. Visit the abbey to see the stunning interior and Poets' Corner (the burial place of Austen, Pope and Byron), where an audio guide is included.

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Bicester Village

Kate clearly loves a bargain, as she’s been spotted shopping at luxury outlet Bicester Village. Just an hour by train from Marylebone Station, Bicester Village is home to some of Kate's favourite brands including Reiss, Missoni, Gucci and Temperley. The perfect shopping destination if you love designer discounts as much as Kate!

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National Portrait Gallery

With a degree in history of art, it's no surprise that Kate chose to be Patron of the National Portrait Gallery in Trafalgar Square. The Duchess's first official portrait, by artist Paul Emsley, hangs in the venues' Lerner Galleries, which are free to enter.

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Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

The sporty Duchess of Cambridge has visited the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on a number of occasions, scoring a goal with Team GB hockey players in the Riverbank Arena and playing volleyball in the Copper Box - in high wedge shoes! There's plenty to do at the park, from going on a walking tour to visiting the playground.

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Will and Kate Tour

Book your three-hour royal tour of London to see where Prince William and his brother Prince Harry hung out, where Kate Middleton worked before she was married, and the exact spot where Prince George and his father were both presented to the world for the first time as babies.

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Dans Le Noir?

William and Kate are rumoured to have enjoyed romantic dinners at Dans Le Noir? in Clerkenwell. Why? Because dinner is eaten in complete darkness served by blind waiters so the couple can dine anonymously. Try Dans Le Noir? yourself – you never know, you might end up dining next to royalty!

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Dulwich Picture Gallery

Kate visited Dulwich Picture Gallery with her in-laws, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, where they got creative with some silk prints! England's first public art gallery, Dulwich Picture Gallery houses a world-class collection of European old master paintings of the 1600s and 1700s. Learn more on one of its free guided tours.

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Endless news columns and blogs are dedicated to Kate Middleton's style, with shops regularly selling out of outfits she is pictured wearing. Her favourite high street brands include Reiss, Topshop and Gap. She has also been spotted in Russell & Bromley shoes, and maternity clothes from Peter Jones and JoJo Maman Bébé.

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Jewellers Garrard created the royal engagement ring for William's mother, Diana Spencer, in 1981. Years later, Wills passed the sapphire ring to Kate as a way of involving his late mother in the couple's wedding. Garrard have a beautiful engagement ring collection – or you can design your own with their bespoke service. Read More

Nursery Shopping

Before Prince George was born, Kate browsed many London shops for baby clothes and nursery accessories. At Blue Almonds she picked up a moses basket, and was also seen shopping in children's outfitters Trotters on the King's Road and Dragons of Walton Street, home to a range of cute Beatrix Potter-themed nursery furnishings.

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