Footy Fans and Royal Watchers Unite for London’s Fantastic Celebrations this May
For those out there who are keen royalists and football enthusiasts to boot (get the pun), you must think that all your Christmases have come at once!
The up and coming nuptials of our charming Prince Harry and his beloved ‘Suits’ actress Meghan Markle on May 19th, is reason enough to make your way to London this spring to celebrate. Added to this the FA cup final taking place on the same day, and you have a marriage made in heaven!
These must-see events will cast a frenzy of excitement over London and its suburbs during this splendid weekend, making it the place to be, ensure you book early to secure your perfectly located serviced apartment from which to enjoy the festivities.
The Royal Wedding
Certainly, everyone loves a wedding, especially a royal one, and especially one where the groom is perhaps the most popular young royal ever, with his rugged looks, roguish antics of the past and most sincere nature, like his mother, Princess Diana. It is therefore no surprise that we regard this wedding as a special event in our history. A wedding such as this, involving a senior member of the royal family, (Harry is currently 5th in line to the throne), is seen as an important occasion, and as such, will attract huge national and international attention and coverage. Although it’s likely to be on a smaller scale than the wedding of his brother Prince William to Kate Middleton in 2011, which took place in the vast expanse of Westminster Abbey, (capable of holding 2,000 guests), Harry and Meghan’s venue, in St George’s Chapel, will be far a far more intimate affair, holding only 800.
Expect still to see though, a wealth of royal guests, along with A-List celebrities. Anyone who is anyone will be angling for a royal wedding invitation right now. It is rumoured that Sir Elton John, a close friend of Princess Diana, has cancelled several of his Las Vegas gigs over that weekend, so it seems likely that he’ll be there, whilst no royal wedding would be complete without the Beckham’s, who are close friends of both William and Harry. Hopefully, if Sir David does attend, he won’t make the same faux pas as he did at William and Kate’s wedding, when he overlooked correct procedure, as he inadvertently wore his OBE medal, received for his services to British football back in 2003, on the wrong lapel! He was suitably embarrassed by his rusty etiquette and righted the oversight after being discreetly alerted by another honouree, much to the relief of Posh, I’m sure!
The couple’s choice of venue, the 14th C, awe inspiring, St George’s chapel, is more personal to Harry, as this was where he was baptised when just 3 months old, and is where his beloved Great Grandmother, The Queen Mother, rests. It is also a more convenient venue for Her Majesty the Queen, as Windsor is where she resides for the much of the year. Considered one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in England, the chapel has hosted many royal weddings in the past, including that of Edward V11th to Princess Alexandra and Prince Edward to Sophie Rhys Jones. Although Windsor Castle will obviously be closed to the public during the marriage festivities, it is one of London’s greatest tourist attractions throughout the year, attracting millions of visitors, and well worth a visit.
Excitement about royal weddings isn’t a new occurrence, and historical documents show that it’s not just the marriages of heirs to the throne that have been the focus of attention. Weddings of younger siblings, such as Prince Harry, have also been major events. So why not get yourself down to London this May and join the celebrations? Whether you do this by cheering the happy couple in the streets of Windsor, or within the historical, majestic sites of London itself, you will certainly have a stay to remember.
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The FA Cup Final
If you are out of the running for an invite to the wedding, then a great alternative, especially if you are an avid football fan, would be to get down to Wembley stadium to see a moment of English football history. This is the oldest and longest-running football competition in the world. Initially having only 15 entries from clubs, it was first held in 1871-72. Since that time, it has grown continually every year and now boasts hundreds of teams all entering the competition with hopes of getting to the elusive final. It is usually played at London's Wembley Stadium, although from 2001 to 2006, extensive renovations at Wembley meant that the final was held in Wales at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium. However, from 2007, the FA Cup returned to Wembley’s impressive, newly refurbished, stadium.
Not everyone is lucky enough, to obtain the prized cup final tickets, so to savour some of the build up to the final and experience all the excitement and frenzy associated with it, you could head off with your mates to watch the match live in one of London’s famous bars, soaking up the atmosphere as you support your favourite team.
The factor that really adds to the excitement is that this competition is a knockout tournament, involving teams from all levels of competition, which means that you have that David and Goliath situation….a small team could surprise everyone by knocking out one of the biggest and best teams in the Premier League! This therefore makes thrilling matches where nobody can really predict the outcome. So for sports enthusiasts, lover of underdogs and football fanatics alike, this event is one that is etched on the sporting world calendar and therefore not to be missed.
With some 89,000 fans in attendance at the 2017 final, this is one of the most attended football events in the world. Last year, the 136th FA cup final was played between Arsenal and Chelsea. Arsenal was victorious in celebrating a 2-1 victory, making them the record holders after winning this prestigious trophy 13 times. They are now the most successful club in FA Cup history.
As with Windsor Castle, the Stadium is open for tours throughout the year, although these may not be available on some holidays and event days, so check before booking. Wembley Stadium is an amazing place to savour footballing of the past and retrace your footballing hero’s footsteps.
With the wedding taking place in Windsor and the FA Cup in Wembley, it makes perfect sense to stay within easy reach of the many tube stations that can take you to both venues. Central London itself will also be buzzing, with, no doubt, giant TV screens to keep the crowds happy, along with a host of activities thrown into the mix. So, to experience all this excitement, why not make an extended stay from your visit to London this May?
Euracom have a wide range of luxurious, serviced apartments that can make your stay in the capital a memorable one. With easily accessible transport links to both Windsor and Wembley, our apartments will provide the best of both worlds; A great setting to stay, whilst having excellent travel links nearby, making your trip to witness these spectacular events easy and trouble free.
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Located in a quiet courtyard, near to Fleet Street, these corporate apartments were once the home of the British press. They are within walking distance of many of London’s attractions, such as St Paul's Cathedral and The Globe Theatre. Reasonably priced from £133p/n, they are ideal for business stays, or short vacations. Offering easy access to many of London’s famous attractions, these comfortable apartments also offer excellent transport links to London’s suburbs and beyond- a perfect base from which to explore.
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