Discover the tradition and the ceremony that makes Britain’s Royals so fascinating. From a bloody past to a scandal-filled last century, discover the true story behind Britain’s royal families as you explore some of London’s most iconic royal locations.
A world famous symbol of majesty and grandeur, Buckingham Palace is a must visit for a true taste of royalty. It is after all the Queen’s official home! Tour the elegant and magnificent State Rooms, the Palace itself, the Royal Mews and the Queens Gallery. The only downside is that you can only visit between August and September.
Even if you don’t get to tour Buckingham Palace on your London holiday, try and time your visit for the famous Changing of the Guard that happens between 11am and 12pm. Check in advance for definite scheduling.
Directions: Take a tube to St. James's Park tube station and wander through the beautiful St. James's Park (one of the Royal Parks) on your way to Buckingham Palace.
After visiting the home of the Queen, why not head to the home of the future King? Kensington Palace is the official home of William and Kate and can be visited and toured throughout the year. We’d recommend taking a walk through Hyde Park to see the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain, then into Kensington Gardens. While in the gardens take some time at the Albert Memorial, a unique Gothic memorial commissioned by Queen Victoria for her beloved husband.
Directions: There are several tube stops (Marble Arch, Hyde Park Corner or Lancaster Gate) that will put you just a few minutes’ walk from the royal palace and the gardens.
Tower of London
Learn a little about the bloody past of the Tower, why ravens are so important, discover where Beefeater’s got their name and see the most famous jewellery in the world – The Crown Jewels.
Directions: Take the tube to Tower Hill.
Eat Like Royalty
Head to Fortnum & Mason (181 Piccadilly) to shop where the Queen shops (it’s her Highnesses official grocer). You can buy some of the most exclusive groceries the world has to offer in one of the most extravagant and historical department stores in the world. There is a choice of restaurants within the building and you can even take tea in The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon.
Directions: Take a tube (or Royal Carriage if you have access to one) to Green Park or Piccadilly Circus and then a short walk to 181 Piccadilly.
Of course, to get a truly ‘Royal’ experience, book yourself into one of the luxury rooms or suites at any of Grange Hotels’ central London 4 and 5 star accommodation.