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Princess Diana’s London: What to See

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Princess Diana’s London: What to See

From retracing her favourite restaurants and theatres to seeing how she communicated through fashion, here’s our London edit of where you can learn more about the iconic royal, Princess Diana. 

Royal Style in the Making, Kensington Palace

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Diana’s best-known home in London was Kensington Palace. It’s where she famously drove William and Harry to school. The new exhibition, Royal Style in the Making, exhibits Diana’s wedding dress, which is the first time it hass been on show in Kensington Palace in 25 years. The ivory silk taffeta dress, designed by David and Elizabeth Emmanuel, features a 25-foot veil, with the iconic 80s style puff sleeves. The exhibition charts the historic relationship between designer and royal client, featuring some beautiful tiaras of Queen Victoria’s that aren’t to be missed.

Royal Style in the Making is open until 2 January 2022, hrp.org.uk

Duke’s London, Mayfair

Mayfair’s boutique hotel, Duke’s London, was famously frequented by Diana. It’s a quintessential British style with a mahogany-panelled bar with antique portraits lining the walls. Nestled in a cobbled street cul-de-sac, the hotel, featuring the infamous Duke’s Bar, has crafted its signature martini’s that inspired Ian Fleming’s line for his James Bond franchise, ‘shaken not stirred’.

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The Hotel Café Royal, Regent Street

 

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Princess Diana was one of many iconic women who frequented Regent Street’s hotel, along with Virginia Woolf and Elizabeth Taylor – just to name two. It’s said that Diana frequently took lunch here, but the hotel’s afternoon tea in the glittering gold Oscar Wilde room has the opulence fit for any royal.

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L’Escargot, Soho

 

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L’Escargot was a beloved restaurant of Diana’s, according to Stephen Fry’s book, More Fool Me: A Memoir. It’s the oldest French restaurant in London, so expect Parisian brasserie-style garlic escargots, duck confit, and lobster bisque. Situated in Soho, it’s a favourite among glitzy theatre-goers and creative types, counting Judy Dench and Coco Chanel as clients in the past too.

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The Diana Memorial Fountain, Hyde Park

 

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Not far from Kensington Palace, Hyde Park also plays host to Diana’s Memorial Fountain. Unveiled to the public in 2004 by Queen Elizabeth II, the contemporary design of the fountain was designed to reflect elements of Diana’s life. Centred on the water’s flow, it cascades and swirls before reaching calm at the bottom of the pool.

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San Lorenzo, Knightsbridge

The Italian trattoria boasts a string of celebrities with Joan Collins, Sophia Loren and Jack Nicolson counted amongst Princess Diana. Expect Italian classics: zucchini fritti, organic buffalo mozzarella, and arancini. Husband and wife Lorenzo and Mara Berni opened the restaurant in 1963, who have said to be confidants of their star-studded clientele.

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The Royal Opera House

 

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Princess Diana’s love of dance was well known. It’s said she regularly attended performances and had a particular penchant for ballet. Diana shocked the audience after performing a dance number herself to Billy Joel’s ‘Uptown Girl’ which was a surprise for Prince Charles for his birthday – that’s shown in The Crown, season four.

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