This walk visits the places where our kings and queens have lived. There have been many. The first was where the Houses of Parliament are now. Officially it is still called the Palace of Westminster. Henry VIII moved to Whitehall Palace and built St James. Buckingham Palace is the most recent.
Hear the story of our monarchs and their reigns. At the same time see some of London’s best known sites such as Westminster Abbey, Downing Street, Horseguards. The photo depicts the end of day inspection at Horseguards.
If you are new to London and you want to know more about the British monarchy, government and traditions this tour is ideal.
You could add a visit of Westminster Abbey, the National Gallery of Art or the Tate Britain Gallery to this itinerary.
City of London
The City of London has been the commercial capital since the Romans founded it 2000 years ago. The City looks ultra-modern but the old and the new live happily together here. There are historical buildings and little lanes tucked in between the skyscrapers.
Behind the fabulously varied architecture is the working City. Its institutions drive the county’s economy today as they have always done.
A visit of the Guildhall if its open is included. If you have a little extra time to spare, we can visit of the Guildhall Art Gallery (free entrance).
Add a guided tour of St Pauls Cathedral or the Tower of London (entrance fees payable).
Greenwich is like a mini-London with its classical buildings and lively weekend market. On this guided walk you will find out about the history of Greenwich and see the main sites. Among them the elegant C18th clipper, the Cutty Sark, a fabulous exhibition on Greenwich and old Royal Naval College.
We will peek the Maritime Museum and the Queens House. Then walk up the hill in Greenwich Park to enjoy the views over London from Royal Observatory (entrance to the Observatory not included).
For Bridgerton fans, a house by the park was used as the location of Daphne Bridgerton’s home.
The castle here has been a royal residence for a thousand years. Its sumptuous State Apartments are where the Queen entertains international heads of state. In 1992 a disastrous fire damaged many of them but they look splendid now thanks to the skill of the artisans who repaired them.
Inside the castle, St George’s chapel is where ten monarchs are buried. In 2018 Prince Harry married Megan Markle and his cousin, Princess Eugenie married Jack Brooksbank in the church. More recently it was the scene of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.
Due to lack of space, no-one is allowed to guide inside the State Apartments. We can give visitors an invaluable briefing on the journey from London to Windsor. We can guide within the town and the castle precincts to make sure our guests get the most from their visit.
A tip for anyone coming this year : it will be busy. So, buy your ticket in advance direct from the castle. St George’s chapel is always closed to tourists on Sundays. If you are desperate to see inside, check whether it is open before buying your ticket. Here is the link https://www.rct.uk/visit/windsor-castle
Best known perhaps as a palace of Henry VIII but it was a royal residence until C18th. Steeped in history which I will bring to life and set in magnificent gardens.
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