William and Kate: Where in L.A. could they after-party?
All work and no play make William and Kate a dull Duke and Duchess of Cambridge -- sure, the royal duties of the world's most famous couple come first, but as they take Southern California by storm, shouldn't these newlyweds carve out some playtime?
While Friday's agenda included a British investment and trade seminar followed by intimate welcome cocktails, Saturday had polo followed by what will be their big Hollywood moment in the evening at BAFTA's "Brits to Watch" event in downtown L.A.
The Ministry noticed that they didn't have any other obligations until Sunday morning -- and we definitely had some after-party ideas.
First and foremost, the couple could always call us and, in traditional L.A. fashion, we'd totally grab late-night rooftop drinks with them and mellow out.
However, in the great likelihood that that doesn't happen, let us suggest:
Soho House: It may be predictable, but the members-only Sunset Boulevard haunt is as exclusive as it gets around here. Enjoying gin and tonics over a shared bolognese and stargazing -- both heavenward and at the other patrons -- would be delightful.
Pink's Hot Dogs: The two are notoriously down to earth, so why not grab a bite at local legend Pink's? The consistently long line might create an issue for the royals' security detail, but we dare say they'd have some pull. Besides, Pink's has created a new menu item in their honor: The "Royal Dog" has two hot dogs in one bun topped with mustard, cheese, onions, relish, two slices of bacon and a "spot" of chili.
Griffith Observatory: For privacy and a nod to their St. Andrews University-honed intellects, the pair might enjoy a flannel blanket and some constellations at the L.A. landmark.
Ye Old King's Head Tavern: This British pub in Santa Monica is a taste of home and offers the kind of anonymity the two surely crave after such a whirlwind tour. The menu has classics including sausage rolls, Welsh rarebit and -- duh -- bangers and mash.
More night-out tips for Kate and Will? If they've already buzzed you to set up rooftop drinks at the London, we're never speaking to you again, but otherwise we'd love to see your ideas in comments.
-- Matt Donnelly
Photo: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, receives a kiss Saturday from her husband, Britain's Prince William, after a charity polo match at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club in Carpinteria in support of the American Friends of the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry. Credit: Gus Ruelas / Reuters