Follow in the footsteps of the ladies and gentlemen of the Regency era…
There would always be time to kill, to live the life of a Bridgerton character. You can’t sit at home waiting for the ink to dry on the last scandal sheets or for a new courtier to come around with a bouquet and promises. Instead, you can lace up your shoes and head out for a perfectly enjoyable day on the town: doing social calls, taking quiet walks in virgin gardens and even attend an exquisite ball. Now that Bridgerton’s second season is in sight, you’ll need something to tide you over until it debuts on March 25 – this most desirable day will be right on your street.
Want to taste the daily life of the esteemed members of the Ton? We have collected some things to do in london that will make you feel like you have stumbled across the show itself.
1. Get some fresh air on a walk Hyde Park
Often referred to as one of the ‘london lungs‘, Hyde Park is the perfect way to hunt cobwebs and start your Bridgerton adventure in the city. In the warmer months of the Regency era, the scenic park teemed with well-to-do crowds strolling along the labyrinthine paths and soaking up the natural beauty. In winter, many flocked to the serpentine, especially when the cold weather froze it and they could ice skating – although according to Photo of London in 1810; ‘the The English do not excel in this exhilarating and salutary exercise.. I think the same might ring true to this day. No doubt the Bridgertons and the Featheringtons would count themselves among the crowd, mingling with the other members of the Ton. As you stroll through the gardens, you can recount your observations in the style of Julie Andrews.
2. Discover the styles of the season at V&A Museum
While you were walking around the park, you might have seen the different outfits. Fashion was central to Bridgerton-era society, influenced by the culture and politics of the time. It was a great reflection of the characters too, with the elegant Daphne Bridgerton slipping into pristine powder blue dresses while the slightly louder Featheringtons sported equally loud colors and prints. To see the silk robes, velvet tuxedos and frilly umbrellas of the time you can swing by the Victoria & Albert Museum, just a ten minute walk away. The incredible collection of prom dresses and intricate illustrations give a Fascinating insight into early 19th century style.
Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL
All that strolling and searching for style may feed your cultural appetite, but your stomach may start to feel neglected. We can’t let you pass out and end up on the sheets of scandal. Why not take a trip to Grand Saloon at Theater Royal Drury Lane for a Regency-inspired afternoon tea from the mind of Instagram-famous baker Lily Vanilli? Sink into seats under twinkling chandeliers and marvel at fine art as you are served a simple divine selection of sweet and savory products. Think pink lemonade pies, glazed salmon topped with caviar, sticky caramel pudding, all of which can be washed down with a glass of English sparkling wine – or, for a slightly higher price, champagne.
Theater Royal, Drury Lane, Catherine Street, London, WC2B 5JF
Fortnum & Mason has been a London staple for decades, first opened its doors as a grocer in 1707. Even if you try to save the pennies, stop it historic department store worth it – just to get a little taste of what a Bridgerton character’s buying exploits might have looked like. As you step onto the ruby red carpets and up the spiral staircases – inhaling the rich aromas of teas, cheese and truffles – you will be able to imagine yourself as a customer in Regency times, looking for some goodies to fill his picnic basket so that he is well stocked for a long ride in the carriage. It may just be a subway trip or a bus ride home on this occasion, but you can always treat yourself to a quaint gift box or loose leaf tea as a souvenir.
181 Piccadilly, St James’s, London W1A 1ST
While you’re in shopping mode, why not drop by hatchards and take a book from its well-stocked shelves? After all, if you’re really looking to completely emulate Bridgerton’s characters, you’ll need entertainment to fill your quiet days. Reading was a pastime for Regency ladies and gentlemen, and Hatchards was a popular haunt, where they picked up the neat, leather-bound editions of the latest novels. It was founded in 1797 by John Hatchard and is right next to Fortnum & Mason. While the forest green exterior is nostalgically classic, the interior is modest enough, but nonetheless a book lover’s wonderland: filled with new releases, rare books and even first editions.
187 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LE
6. Savor hearty meals at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese
A delicate spread at the Grand Saloon might not quite have been your cup of tea (ahem), so we don’t blame you if you’re looking for something a little heavier to fill your boots. Fortunately, food and restaurants in England have come a long way since the early 1800s, when the meals served were more of a necessity than the pleasure of eating. Now you can pass Ye Old Cheshire Cheese – a cabaret found on Fleet Street which dates from 1667 — and pull up a chair by a flickering log fire in its dimly lit but nonetheless historically charming interior. It may not be the fine dining experience Bridgerton families are used to, but it was later popular with literary figures such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Mark Twain. Plus, it serves classic pub fare like fish and chips, which will keep you warm and full on a chilly evening.
Now that you’re well acquainted with the beautiful city of London, it’s time to debut your best clothes, sterling moves and impeccable taste at a Bridgerton ball. Secret Cinema presents Bridgerton with a fever throw it event of the season, inviting fans of the show (or even those who fancy stepping into the frills and lace world of Regency England for the evening) to an immersive experience. Taking place in a ballroom at Wembley, you’ll be swept away in an evening dripping with glamour: where scandals spread like wildfire through muffled whispers, liquors are always on hand and a maze of rooms promises activities such as duel, life in drawing and card games. All complemented of course by a string Quartet playing classic twists on modern songs. There’s even a rumor that the Queen herself might make an appearance. You definitely can’t miss this.