The Royal Family is one of the biggest draws for many of the thousands of tourists that visit London each and every year. With its pageantry, tradition and history, it’s not surprising that many visitors are interested in having a quintessential English experience when they plan a trip to London with at least one or two royal-themed attractions built in to their itinerary. Many of the most gripping parts of London’s history include tales woven around the monarchy. Fortunately, the city is full of royal residences and hotspots to explore. So if you’re interested in finding out more about the Windsors and want to immerse yourself in the family, stories and culture of the city’s most royal subjects, consider adding these fascinating locations to your royal London itinerary.
Buckingham Palace is probably the most well-known royal residence for the British monarchy. Unsurprisingly, it has been a popular tourist attraction for many years. It has been the official residence for the sitting monarch since the 1830s and there are many interesting tales, artefacts and anecdotes for culture vultures to enjoy. Whether you book a tour and venture inside or simply admire its size and glory from afar, Buckingham Palace is well worth the visit for anyone who is interested in this side of London’s history.
Tower of London
The Tower of London’s 900-year history draws thousands of visitors in every year and makes it a popular place to visit for tourists of all ages. The Tower itself is part of a historic castle located on the side of the River Thames and it has been used as both a prison and a royal residence. It is currently home to the Crown Jewels and Royal Mint. Visitors are invited to explore the Tower of London first hand on one of the daily guided tours, see the infamous ravens, view the Crown Jewels and explore the fortress.
Kensington Palace has been an official royal residence since the 17th century and it is currently where a number of the royal family live. Though there are private areas of the Palace, many rooms are currently open to the public. There’s a lot to see and do if you’re interested in lavish properties and stately homes.
The Royal Mews
One hotspot that many visitors forget to add to their royal London itinerary is the Royal Mews. The Royal Mews is responsible for providing transport to HRH the Queen and other members of the royal family in the form of horse-drawn carriages. The Royal Mews is also charged with training the horses that pull the royal carriages. Visitors are able to see Diamond Jubilee Stage Coach, meet the horses and see the traditional uniforms. Guided tours available. Though The Royal Mews is a working stable, it is open to the public for most of the year.
The Royal Family is intrinsically linked to the city of London, with its presence felt across the city in the form of beautiful, historically-rich palaces and sprawling green spaces. Whether you choose to watch the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace or see the Crown Jewels, there is much to see and do on a Royal London itinerary for visitors of all ages.