London – Day 1

To avoid the evil jet lag, spend some time relaxing this morning. Start the day at the National Portrait Gallery around 10 a.m. (when the museum opens) and spend the next few hours wandering through its hallowed halls. As a lover of art history, the Duchess of Cambridge would appreciate all the timeless pieces in the National Portrait Gallery. The highlight might be Kate’s official portrait, which you can judge for yourself when you see it in person. Before you leave, pick up some post cards to send to your friends!

Pop over to world-famous Fortnum and Mason. Enjoy lunch and shopping for a few hours. They are famed for their food and gifts, so you can purchase some tea, candies and scones to carry you over for the next few days (and maybe even to bring home!). Fortnum and Mason is a British staple. The Queen, the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duchess of Cambridge made a visit in March 2012 during the Jubilee events.

Around 3 p.m., make your way to the Tower of London. Naturally, the highlight of this stop are the crown jewels! Tour the tower, learn the history, and picture the crown on your head. The museum is open until 5:30. Afterwards, grab a quick supper at a local restaurant and café and get some rest!