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.

1. Buckingham Palace

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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2. 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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3. 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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4. Changing the Guard

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. Read More

5. 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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6. Royal Mews

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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7. Windsor Castle

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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8. Tower of London

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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9. 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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10. Trooping the colour

London celebrates the Queen's official birthday in June each year with Trooping the Colour on Horse Guards Parade, a fantastic annual military parade that has taken place in London since 1820. 9 Jun Read More

11. Westminster Abbey

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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