History & Heritage

The city of London has a rich history reflected by its iconic landmarks and royal traditions. Watch what London's Official Guest of Honour got up to during her unforgettable two week stay and learn more about London's history and heritage below.

The Globe

A world-famous playhouse

Located on the south bank of the River Thames, Shakespeare’s Globe is a reconstruction of the 1599 open-air playhouse where many of Shakespeare’s plays were performed.  

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Buckingham Palace

Explore the Queen's home

Serving as both the office and London residence of the Queen, Buckingham Palace opens its doors to visitors during the summer when it’s possible to tour the 19 State Rooms.

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Tower of London

Tower of London from the South Bank

Home to the Crown Jewels

Learn all about the bloody past of this royal palace and powerful fortress, which is home to the Crown Jewels, the ravens and Beefeaters.

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Windsor Castle

The Queen's weekend home

The longest-occupied palace in Europe, Windsor has been a royal home for nearly 1,000 years. Don't miss its treasures. 

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St Paul's

A majestic landmark

Take a tour of St Paul’s to explore its beautiful interior and its crypt which homes the tomb of Admiral Lord Nelson. Climb to the top for sweeping city views.  

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Lord's

The home of cricket

Known as the world’s most famous cricket ground, Lord’s hosts international matches and is home to the Ashes Urn and the MCC. Visitors can take a tour of the grounds.

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Fortnum & Mason

Purveyors of fine foods

Sited in the heart of Mayfair, Fortnum’s is famous for its fine foods, hampers, tea and wine. It has five restaurants, including an award-winning wine bar and ice-cream parlour.

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HMS Belfast

Explore a warship

Moored on the River Thames, HMS Belfast tells the stories of life on board this warship during the Second World War, Arctic convoys and beyond. 

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Blenheim Palace

World Heritage Site palace

Blenheim Palace is one of Britain's finest stately homes; romantic architecture surrounded by landscaped parkland. Discover how the palace was the accidental birthplace of Winston Churchill. 

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Household Cavalry

A royal London experience

Celebrate the heroes and exploits of the British Army’s most senior regiments at this fascinating museum, in the heart of royal London at Horse Guards. 

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Parliament

1,000 years of history

Tour one of London’s most iconic buildings to discover amazing art and architecture, modern day politics and years of history. Plus explore Westminster Hall and see the Big Ben.

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Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge at night

An iconic landmark

Designed by Sir Horace Jones, this 19th-century landmark is one of the most recognisable bridges in the world. Go inside the bridge for glorious views over London.  

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