If you're in the London area and wishing you could rub shoulders with the royals, then do the next best thing and check out some upscale eateries endorsed by Kate and Pippa Middleton. Here are a few culinary hotspots where the Duchess of Cambridge and her sister Pippa have been known to dine.
Located on King's Road in Chelsea, the Bluebird is a favorite of Kate's and features a restaurant, bar, café, courtyard, wine cellar, bakery, and store. Prince William and Kate have been photographed sharing dinner at the restaurant, and Pippa Middleton recently celebrated a friend's engagement at the same spot.
In 2009, Prince William and Kate ducked photographers while emerging from their lunch date at Tom's Kitchen. Also in Chelsea, the restaurant is located on Cale Street and features a dining room, lounge, and private rooms on the second floor. Voted the "best place to have breakfast in London" in 2008, it's no surprise that sister Pippa has been spotted there as well.
Not to be confused with Tom's Kitchen, Tom Aikens is an upscale French restaurant located on Elystan Street in Chelsea. The sisters were spotted leaving the popular restaurant with their parents after celebrating Kate's 26th birthday.
Just before the royal wedding, Kate joined her mother-in-law Camilla for lunch at Koffman's, located inside the Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge. The atmosphere is informal French bistro-style and offers a wide range of foods and fine wines.
For a couple who craves anonymity, this seems like the ideal place. According to reports, Prince William and Duchess Catherine have enjoyed private dinners at Dans le Noir, where patrons dine in complete darkness. Located on Clerkenwell Green, up to 60 people can dine at once, and food and drinks are served primarily by waiters who are visually impaired.
Pippa Middleton recently attended a meeting at the upscale seafood restaurant, but her bill was slightly larger than expected, since she found a parking ticket stuck to her windshield upon returning to her car. Scott's, which is located on Mount Street in the Mayfair district, has a champagne bar and a wide variety of seafood dishes.
If you're in the mood for Italian, check out Riccardo's on Fulham Road in Chelsea. Kate was photographed dining at the restaurant with friends just prior to the royal wedding, and the future queen appeared to be enjoying white wine with her food.
While plans were underway for her wedding to Prince William, Kate was spotted dining solo at the Chelsea restaurant, The Ebury. The bride-to-be reportedly ordered a salad and flipped through bridal magazines while she ate. Located on Pimlico Road, the eatery offers lighter fare and occasional live music.