The Queen's London

Follow in the Queen's footsteps by visiting Britain's longest-reigning monarch's favourite London venues.

Queen Elizabeth II has been spotted in various London locations during her reign, from fancy eateries, theatres and royal grocers, to royal occasions and the Queen's London home, Buckingham Palace. We round-up the best of the Queen's London attractions.

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace with flowers in the foreground
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A trail around the Queen's London of course cannot be complete without a visit to Buckingham Palace. Originally built in 1703 as the London residence and principal workplace of the reigning monarch, this is where Queen Elizabeth II spends the majority of her time.

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The Goring

The luxurious Goring Hotel is situated just around the corner from Buckingham Palace in Beeston Place. Many royals have visited and stayed there over the years and, in 2013, Queen Elizabeth II granted The Goring with a Royal Warrant for Hospitality Services. Stay in the Royal Suite for an extra special royal experience.

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Kensington Palace

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Kensington Palace is the current home of the Queen's grandson and his wife, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Kate and William). From February 2016, enjoy Fashion Rules: Restyled, an exhibition showcasing how queens and princesses have dressed through the decades.

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Madame Tussauds

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The Queen of England can head down to Madame Tussauds on Marylebone Road and check out a wax figure of herself and many others from her family, including new figures of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

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Royal Mews

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The Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace houses the state horses, carriages and vehicles that are used during royal visits, official engagements and the State Opening of Parliament. It is full to the brim with historic coaches and carriages and at the same time is one of the finest working stables around.

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St Paul's

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Built more than 300 years ago, St Paul's Cathedral has put on many services for monarchs over the years. It has hosted the Queen for special services on most of her biggest landmarks, including her Diamond Jubilee, Silver Jubilee, and the day in September 2015 when she became Britain's longest-serving monarch.

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Tower of London

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The Tower of London holds memorabilia from monarchs over the generations, including of course the famous Crown Jewels. The current Queen Elizabeth's namesake, Elizabeth I, was imprisoned in the Tower by her half-sister Queen Mary I, suspected of plotting against her.

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Westminster Abbey

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Located just to the west of the Palace of Westminster, many monarchs have attended services at Westminster Abbey over the years. In 1947, the Queen married Philip Mountbatten at this very Abbey, a wedding that was broadcast to more than 200 million radio listeners.

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Windsor Castle

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Windsor Castle, said to be the favourite weekend home of the Queen of England, is situated outside of London but is easily accessible for a day trip. It is another of the Historic Royal Palaces, and is the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world. Enjoy its State Apartments and bring along a picnic to enjoy in its magnificent grounds.

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Royal Albert Hall

The Queen is a patron of the Royal Albert Hall, one of London's premier concert venues. In November 2013, Queen Elizabeth visited the Albert Hall and the South Steps were renamed the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Steps.

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Fortnum & Mason

Fortnum & Mason in Piccadilly has been the official royal grocer for more than 150 years. In 2012, the Queen made her first official visit there, along with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duchess of Cambridge, to open the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon. Enjoy their top-quality cream teas today.

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Houses of Parliament

The Queen often journeys to the Houses of Parliament. On the State Opening of Parliament, Queen Elizabeth II travels with her royal succession from Buckingham Palace to the Houses of Parliament before making a speech on the throne in the House of Lords.

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Changing the Guard

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Experience Changing the Guard outside Buckingham Palace and enjoy a traditional royal event. Enjoy Changing the Guard ceremonies every day and see a tradition that has remained with the monarchy through the generations.

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Greenwich

Greenwich, on the River Thames, is a royal borough. In February 2012, to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, she made an official state visit to Greenwich and it became the fourth of the royal boroughs. One of its many attractions is Queen's House, built as a garden villa to complement the Tudor palace at Greenwich.

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Royal Parks

The Queen can be seen walking in many of these delightful green spaces at times throughout the year. The Royal Parks includes Hyde Park, Greenwich Park and Richmond Park, which at approximately 2,360 acres is by far the largest of The Royal Parks.

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Royal Tour

Take a Royal Tour of London and follow in the footsteps of the Queen of England. The tour takes in three royal palaces as it journeys from Big Ben, to Buckingham Palace, and through to Trafalgar Square. Hear stories of plots to destroy Parliament, Churchill's hidden bunker, and crazy cannibal pelicans along the way.

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The Queen's Top Shops

Look out for Royal Warrant Holders and find yourself shopping in the same places as the Queen. Any shop with a Royal Warrant Holder has served the Queen with goods or services for more than five years. They are held by organisations from all sorts of industries, from dry cleaners, to grocers, to clothes stores.

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The Theatre

As with most Londoners, Queen Elizabeth is a big fan of the theatre. And with London's West End close to Buckingham palace, she has many plays with which to choose from. In 2009, she was spotted slipping into the seats of the New London Theatre to see a performance of War Horse, while in 2013 she visited the National Theatre, South Bank, to celebrate its 50th birthday.

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Trooping the Colour

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In June 2016, the Queen will celebrate her 90th birthday. Head to the very special annual Trooping the Colour celebrations on Horse Guards Parade and watch as the Queen leads her troops down the Mall to Buckingham Palace before she settles on the balcony to watch an RAF division fly past.

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