We decided to put together some useful information for travelers to London during the week (and weekend) of the wedding.
First of all, prepare for crowds. The week of the wedding also happens to be the week of Easter (April 24) and just a few days before May 1. This means long weekends and therefore more tourists.
The atmosphere in London will be a festive one with restaurants and hotels offering special Royal Wedding packages and street parties in different parts of the city will be the perfect contour to the official celebrations. Expect to see lots of colorful bunting (traditional decorations for street parties) and people celebrating on traffic free streets.
If you were planning to visit Westminster Abbey before the wedding, you will have to hurry up! The Abbey will be closed to the public on April 21- 22-27-28-29 . From Saturday April 30 to Friday May 5th no guiding will be allowed in the Abbey, so visitors will be on their own.
The Royal Couple will be going from Buckingham Palace to the Abbey via The Mall, Horse Guards Road, Horse Guards Parade, through Horse Guards Arch, Whitehall, Parliament Square (the south side) and Broad Sanctuary. A full map is available at: www.officialroyalwedding2011.org
At the end of their wedding service at Westminster Abbey, Prince William and Miss Middleton will travel in the 1902 State Landau along the Processional Route to Buckingham Palace. The route will include Parliament Square, Whitehall, Horse Guards Parade and The Mall. In case of really bad weather, the couple will travel in The Glass Coach.