From regal robes and crown jewels to sumptuous state apartments and ceremonial carriages, here's where to go in the capital for an insight into royal London throughout the ages.
Buckingham Palace is only open to visitors during the summer, but the other palaces, castles and venues below can be visited year round. To save money, book your royal attraction tickets in advance or buy a London Pass (which includes access to many of the venues).
The Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace is a working stable, and home to the royal collection of historic coaches and carriages, as well as the cars used for state occasions. The most dazzling of all the coaches on display is the Gold State Coach, used as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations in 2002.Read More: Royal Mews
Take a day trip to Windsor Castle, the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world, just half an hour from London by train. Visit the State Apartments and admire wonderful works of art from the Royal Collection. Don’t miss Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, the largest dolls’ house in the world.Read More: Windsor Castle
Join the one million people visiting Westminster Abbey each year, admire the gothic architecture, and step back in time to discover 700 years of turbulent history. The coronation Church of England, Westminster Abbey also witnessed the weddings of Queen Elizabeth II, and of Prince William to Kate.Read More: Westminster Abbey
Kensington Palace offers a glimpse into the lives of its past royal residents. Discover stories from Queen Victoria's early life at Victoria: A Royal Childhood exhibition; master courtly games in the King's State Apartments; explore Princess Diana's sense of style in the permanent fashion display; and uncover the secrets of a fragile dynasty in the Queen's State Apartments.Read More: Kensington Palace
The most famous resident of Hampton Court Palace was King Henry VIII. Each of his six wives stayed here; indeed, this is where he proposed to Jane Seymour. Follow the costumed guides as they bring the palace's 500 years of royal history to life. Then head outside, in the formal gardens, and have fun getting lost in the magnificent maze.Read More: Hampton Court Palace
You've seen Changing the Guard, now look behind the scenes at the work that goes into the ceremonial duties and operational roles of the Household Cavalry. Watch troopers working with their horses in the original 18th-century stables, and browse a collection representing more than 300 years of military history.Read More: Household Cavalry Museum
Dedicated to works of art from the Royal Collection, The Queen's Gallery was constructed in 1962 at Buckingham Palace, out of the bomb-damaged ruins of a chapel. In addition to gems from the Royal Collection (which is held in trust by the Queen for the nation), there's a changing programme of temporary exhibitions.Read More: The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace
Located within lush botanical gardens, Kew Palace was the residence of George II's daughters, then family home of George III. Peek inside the most intimate of the royal palaces, where everything is just as it was during George's reign; the riot of colour in the authentically re-created rooms give you a real feel for the life of this royal family.Read More: Kew Palace