Royal Attractions Itinerary

Live like a king on a royal day out in London!

Visit some of London's top royal attractions. You can visit working palaces and learn about London's royal history.

Morning: Buckingham Palace or Tower of London

Start your regal day out with a visit to the top royal attraction in London: Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is the official home of the Queen, and is open to the public throughout August and September. During the summer opening, you can go on a tour of the spectacular State Rooms and see the special exhibition, which changes each year. Be amazed by the collection of historic coaches and carriages on display at the Royal Mews, and see stunning paintings, jewellery and furniture at The Queen's Gallery's changing exhibitions.

Time your visit well, and you could also see the Changing of the Guard, which takes place at 11.30am every day or every other day, depending on the time of year.

For a more bloodthirsty morning, visit the Tower of London. This imposing fortress hosted some of the most gruesome events in London's history, including torture, death and beheadings. Highlights include the Crown Jewels, the king's medieval bedchamber and the White Tower, built by William the Conqueror.

If it's sunny, head to Hyde Park, one of London's eight Royal Parks. You'll find the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain near the Serpentine Lake. If you continue into Kensington Gardens, you'll also see the impressive, gold-plated Albert Memorial, dedicated to Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert, who died in 1861.

Lunch: Afternoon Tea in The Orangery

By now, you'll probably be feeling a bit hungry. Stop for lunch at The Orangery in Kensington Palace. This stunning 18th-century building is the perfect setting for a royal lunch, and in good weather you can sit on the terrace for a view of the palace and gardens.

The food on offer at The Orangery ranges from delicious homemade lunches to traditional afternoon tea, cakes and pastries, and there's a good selection of teas, premium wines and champagne to enjoy too.

Afternoon: Kensington Palace

Next, it's time to visit Kensington Palace, the London home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Will and Kate) along with Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Following a £12 million refurbishment, completed in 2012, the public wing of the palace now has a brand-new entrance hub with four different routes to take through the palace. 

You can visit The King's and The Queen's State Apartments, admire the stunning Luminous Lace light installation, and explore the permanent exhibition Victoria Revealed. This exhibition tells the story of the life of Queen Victoria, the only other British monarch to have celebrated a Diamond Jubilee.

Evening: Dinner at The Goring

After sampling all these regal attractions, it seems fitting that you dine like royalty at The Goring. Allegedly frequented by the Queen, and the place of choice for Kate Middleton (now the Duchess of Cambridge) and her family the night before her wedding to Prince William, this family-run hotel boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant adorned with Swarovski chandeliers. Here, you'll find a mix of traditional dishes such as beef Wellington alongside more modern creations using local and regional British ingredients.

Alternatively, sit on the hotel's veranda or in the lounge and select from a range of lighter bites with views over the garden.

Map: London's Royal Attractions

Buckingham Palace
The Queen's official London residence is open to visitors in the summer months
Royal Mews
The Royal Mews is a working stable and home to the royal collection of historic coaches
Queen's Gallery
Admire works of art from the Royal Collection at The Queen's Gallery in Buckingham Palace
Tower of LondonTower of London
Discover the secrets of 900 years of royal gossip at the historic Tower of London
Hyde Park
One of London's finest historical landscapes covering 142 hectares, Hyde Park is a favourite in the heart of the capital
Front of Kensington Palace and its gardensKensington Palace
Home to the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection and the magnificent State Apartments, as well as a display about Queen Victoria
The Goring
Kate stayed at this family-run hotel on the night before her wedding