100 Days to Will and Kate's Wedding. Gee, you think the British tabs know that?
Damn. I forgot to buy flowers.
I read this morning that it's officially, OFFICIALLY, 100 days until Prince WIlliam and Kate Middleton, the future Duchess or Countess or what have you, are duly wed at Westminster Abbey in London, which I suppose is a step up from the local courthouse if you like pageantry and history and soaring arches and stained glass and all that.
Needless to say, all of Britain (well, some of Britain) is in a tizzy over this development. The tourism people are milking it for all its worth, and you can't blame them. Check, for example, the postcards for sale at left. How many of those do you think are being bought every day?
I've read that folks in MIddleton's home town of Bucklebury aren't thrilled with their previously bucolic village being overrun by idiots with digital cameras (only some of them journalists). But it sounds like everyone else, from the folks in St. Andrews, Scotland, where they both attended school, to Greater London is pretty psyched.
The folks at Visit London today sent me a note to say they have all sorts of deals. Here's what they said:
- Tea Royale at The Langham
- Indulge in a delectable afternoon tea to commemorate the Royal Wedding at the beautiful Palm Court in The Langham, which was originally opened in 1865 by Prince William's ancestor, HRH The Prince of Wales, later HM King Edward VII.
- Royal Afternoon Tea at Ten Manchester Street Hotel
- Celebrate the pending nuptials in the hotel’s cozy lounge where you can enjoy British-inspired delicacies such as mini-Welsh leek pies, dainty finger sandwiches filled with English mature cheddar cheese and opulent cakes dipped in edible gold-leaf for a truly majestic-feel.
- A Modern Romance at One Aldwych Hotel
o Sign up for Champagne on arrival with a special Royal Wedding package from one of London’s most luxurious contemporary hotels, just a ten minute walk from several points on the Royal Procession route.
- St. James’s Hotel and Club’s Royal Wedding
- Enjoy the Wedding festivities in the Royal-est of London’s districts. Take advantage of the area’s rich royal heritage with the hotel’s walking tour palaces in the old palace quarter, led by London Walks. Discover hidden courtyards, secret passageways and antique arcades whilst taking in the spring blossoms and perhaps a glance of the Princess to be in her wedding dress.
Travel & Transport Packages
- Travel Places
- In honor of this historic day, Travel Places are offering a selection of deals for corporate incentives, clubs, or association groups, for a short stay in London over the wedding period. Accommodation is perfectly situated in Citadines Trafalgar Square, located between Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and the famous Mall, along which the Royal Procession takes place.
- National Express
- In anticipation of the celebratory crowds headed to London, the national coach operator is slashing prices on advance tickets for travel to the Wedding. With discounts of 50%, transport to the Capital to see the Kate become Princess Catherine couldn’t be easier
Uh, I could be wrong but last time I checked it wasn't a done deal that she'll be called Princess Catherine. It's a good name and it makes sense, but technically it's not a title she should be carrying according to some breathless reports I read on the wire the other day that delved into the arcane world of British nobility and titles and all that stuff.
Either way, of course, it's hard to resist a good romance. And they do make a lovely couple.
I did a bit of noodling around on the web and discovered, not that I'm surprised, that there are all sorts of websites dedicated to the wedding. I thought the one from Hello Magazine looked pretty good, so here's a link for all you royal wedding fans.
STAR MAN CHECKS OUT PARK HYATT TORONTO
Star Travel guy Adrian Brijbassi was out in Yorkville on Monday night and files this report.
"The Park Hyatt, one of Toronto's most venerable hotels, has long had one of the city's finest rooftop spaces. It's bar and lounge have been celebrated by numerous celebrities and authors, including Mordechai Richler, and on Monday night the Yorkville establishment showed off its newly renovated 18th-floor salon area with a friendly get-together.
Chandeliers and earthy tones are the main highlights of the renovation, along with some comfortable seating. The best part of the evening, though, remained the staples of the Park Hyatt: The spectacular view of the Toronto skyline and the food from executive chef Joan Monfaredi's team.
A gnocchi station, of all things, was one of the buffet features. Once I tasted what came out of the pan, I understood why. A dish of the lightly seasoned pasta not only complimented the rest of the cuisine, it seemed like the perfect comfort food for a cold night.
"She's really one of the best chefs in the city and one of only a handful of female chefs in Toronto," Orsolya Soos, the hotel's public relations and marketing manager, says of Monfaredi.
Annona, the hotel's acclaimed restaurant, is now at the top of my list of places to go in town."
Annona was one of the Toronto restaurants given a four-diamond award by the Canadian and American Automobile Associations last week, which was the subject of one of my previous blogs and also the subject of my column that's now posted on our main travel site, as well as appearing in Star Travel (the print version, perhaps you've heard of it?) on Thursday, Jan. 20.