Tudor History in London

From Hampton Court Palace to the Tower of London, there are plenty of places to discover Tudor history in London.

The Tudor dynasty reigned from 1485 when Henry VII defeated Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth Field until the death of Queen Elizabeth I, meaning there are plenty of places to discover Tudor history in London.

Henry VIII seized Hampton Court Palace from his Chief Minister Thomas Wolsey in 1514 and transformed it into his favourite palace, with vast kitchens and Tudor gardens that you can still explore today. Other Tudor era buildings in London include Lambeth Palace and the Tower of London, where Henry VIII’s second wife Anne Boleyn was taken through traitors’ gate, imprisoned and executed.

Elizabeth I's accession to the throne brought about the heyday of the English theatre, and Londoners flocked to theatres including The Globe where William Shakespeare’s plays were performed.