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 of England's London home, Buckingham Palace. We round-up the best of the Queen's London attractions.

1. Buckingham Palace

No tour of the Queen's London would be complete without a visit to Her Majesty's home, 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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2. Fortnum & Mason

Pick up your next food shop from the same place as the Royal Family. 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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3. The Queen's top shops

Shop the way the royals do by looking out for Royal Warrant Holders. 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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4. Changing the Guard

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

5. The Goring

Enjoy a stay in royal luxury at the Goring Hotel, 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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6. Royal Mews

Gold State Coach at the Royal Mews
Gold State Coach. The Royal Collection © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

See how the Queen travels by visiting the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace. Housing horses, carriages and vehicles that are used during royal visits, official engagements and the State Opening of Parliament, the Royal Mews is full to the brim with historic coaches and carriages and is one of the finest working stables around.

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7. Windsor Castle

Go on a day trip to Windsor Castle, said to be the favourite weekend home of the Queen of England, situated a few miles outside of London. 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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8. Tower of London

Discover some of the Royal Family's more morbid history at the Tower of London. 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. The Tower also holds memorabilia from monarchs over the generations, including of course the famous Crown Jewels.

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9. Houses of Parliament

Book a tour of the Houses of Parliament, where the Queen often visits. 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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10. Trooping the colour

Head to the Horse Guards Parade in June to celebrate the Queen's official birthday. Trooping the Colour is a fantastic annual military parade that has taken place in London since 1820. 9 Jun 2018 Read More

11. Westminster Abbey

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

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