Tudor History in London

The Tudor dynasty reigned from 1485 when Henry VII defeated Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth Field.

His son Henry VIII seized Hampton Court Palace from his Chief Minister Thomas Wolsey in 1514 and transformed it into his favourite palace, with vast Tudor kitchens that you can still explore today.

Other historical Tudor landmarks you can explore include Lambeth Palace, Westminster Abbey 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.

  • Hampton Court Palace

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    East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU [map]

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    Explore Henry VIII's majestic palace including his magnificent state apartments and the vast Tudor kitchens. Don't miss the haunted gallery, the Baroque Palace, the formal gardens and the famous maze.

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  • HM Tower of London

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    Tower Hill, EC3N 4AB [map]

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    Book your tickets to the The Tower of London and explore, a royal palace and fortress. Home to the Crown Jewels, the ravens and Beefeaters - join them on a tour of the fortress, then discover more...

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  • English Heritage: Eltham Palace

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    Court Yard, Greenwich, SE9 5QE [map]

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    Eltham Palace is an Art Deco mansion on the site of Henry VIII's childhood home, with a tudor great hall and 19 acres of gardens with a moat.

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  • Lambeth Palace

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    Lambeth Palace Road, SE1 7JU [map]

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    One of the few medieval buildings left in London.

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  • Museum of London

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    150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN [map]

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    The Museum of London tells the story of the world's greatest city and its people, from prehistoric times to the present day.

  • National Portrait Gallery

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    St Martin's Place, WC2H 0HE [map]

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    The National Portrait Gallery houses the world’s largest collection of personalities and faces, from the late Middle Ages to the present day.

  • Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

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    Theatre

    New Globe Walk, Bankside, SE1 9DT [map]

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    Book your ticket to see great theatre at Shakespeare's Globe in London, a reconstruction of the original open air playhouse designed in 1599.

  • Victoria and Albert Museum

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    Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 2RL [map]

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    Where can you see ceramics, furniture, fashion, glass, jewellery, metalwork, photographs, sculpture, textiles and paintings? Where else but the V&A, the world's greatest museum of art and design.

  • The Golden Hinde

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    St. Mary Overie Dock, Cathedral Street, SE1 9DE [map]

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    Full-scale reconstruction of Sir Francis Drake's world-famous sailing galleon.

  • National Trust: Eastbury Manor House

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    Eastbury Square, Barking, IG11 9SN [map]

    Eastbury Manot House is a Tudor house (Grade I Listed building) dating from the mid 16thC.

  • The National Trust: Sutton House

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    2-4 Homerton High Street, Hackney, E9 6JQ [map]

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    A rare example of a Tudor red-brick house built for Sir Ralph Sadleir, Principal Secretary of State for Henry VIII.

  • Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge

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    Rangers Road, Chingford, E4 7QH [map]

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    A timber-framed hunting grandstand built in 1543 for Henry VIII, Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge stands in a beautiful part of Epping Forest.

  • Church of St Andrew Undershaft

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    St Mary Axe, EC3A 8BN [map]

    St Andrew Undershaft was built in 1532 during the reign of Henry VIII and is unusual in surviving both the Great Fire of London in 1666 and The Blitz during the second world war.

  • St. James's Palace

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    Cleveland Row, St. James's, SW1A 1DH [map]

    St James's Palace originally took its name from the leper hospital that stood here in the 11th century.