Being the home of British royalty for over a thousand years, London is forever adorned with reminders of its royal history. Modern sites in the city range from Buckingham Palace, the home of the Queen, to Kensington Palace, the home of many other members of the royal family. Some of the more historic sites in London include the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and more. A visit to London wouldn’t be complete without some sort of nod toward its royal history! In this post, I’ll be bringing you through the ultimate royal guide to London, writing about all of the top royal sights in the city.
Located in the Westminster section of London, near both Hyde Park and St. James Park, is Buckingham Palace. This palace serves as the headquarters of the entire monarchy, as well as the home of the current queen. With over 770 rooms, Buckingham Palace is open to the public throughout summer and certain days in the winter. Touring the palace is a very popular activity among visitors, however it is pretty pricey. So, if you’re looking for a cool and less expensive experience, instead try to catch the Changing of the Guard, a troop ceremony that takes place every morning in front of the palace.
Kensington Palace, located in the Kensington borough of London, is another one of the many homes of the royal family. It currently serves as the home to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Sussex, Gloucester & Kent, Prince and Princess of Kent, and Princess of York. Despite its many famous residents, including Queen Victoria and Princess Diana, the exterior of the actual looks pretty plain; the interior and gardens of the palace however fit exactly what you would expect out of a royal palace!
(not my photos)
St. Paul’s Cathedral
At the highest point in London you’ll find St. Paul’s Cathedral, one of the most recognizable sites in all of London. Dominating the city’s skyline, it was one the tallest building in the city. Many significant events relating to the royal family have taken place at this church, including many of Queen Victoria’s jubilee celebrations, the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana, celebrations of Queen Elizabeth’s birthdays, and much more. Whether or not you’re interested in the royal family, St. Paul’s Cathedral is a must visit spot in London just because of how stunning both the exterior and interior of the building is!
Tower of London
The Tower of London has served many different purposes throughout its existence, from a royal residence to a prison. Its definitely one of the most historic sites in London, both in just the city’s royal history and overall. Today is open for tours from the tower’s beefeaters, The 900 year old fortress is one of the last intact medieval buildings in the world. When it was first built by William I, it was planned to become a royal home. However, it later grew to become a prison, as well as the site of many executions, deaths, and murders. Out of all the places I’ve visited in London, I’d have to say the Tower of London is probably my overall favourite. I found it really interesting to tour and learn about, especially considering the impressive history of the building. Therefore, if you’re just going to visit one spot I write about in this post, I’d suggest to make it this one!
Last but not least is Westminster Abbey, one of the most important places in London regarding the royal family. Founded over a century ago, the church is the site of the coronation of almost every single English and British monarch since 1308. Despite being incredibly historically important, it is also an overall stunning spot, with an amazing facade and stunning stained glass windows.
That’s it for my royal guide to London, I hope you enjoyed!
Thank you for reading.