London has a wealth of tourist attractions, however, probably the most famous and the biggest crowd pullers are the ones with Royal connections. Listed below are some of the most famous London tourist attractions with connections to the Royal family.
Buckingham Palace is the official London residence of Her Majesty The Queen and one of very few working royal palaces in the World .
Every year – for two months in the summer – the Queen opens up the state rooms of Buckingham Palace to the public. As part of the royal tour the public can also gain access to the Palace’s garden which has been described as a ‘walled oasis in the middle of London’.
Changing of the Guard
This age-old, colourful ceremony is a very popular attraction and should not be missed. The Changing of the Guard, or Guard Mounting, takes place at 11.30am at Buckingham Palace – daily from May to July and on alternate days throughout the rest of the year (except in very wet weather).
Tower of London
Overlooking the River Thames, the Tower of London is one of the world’s most famous tourist attractions. The Tower was once a place of imprisonment and execution, and has been a royal palace and a fortress.
Sights not to be missed are the Crown Jewels, which are kept on display here, and the famous Beefeaters. The Ceremony of the Keys is the traditional locking of the Tower of London and takes place every night. Tickets to witness the ceremony are available free of charge, but ticket applications must be made in advance in writing.
Kensington Palace is situated in Kensington Gardens just of Kensington Road – the nearest tube station is High Street Kensington. The Palace first became a royal residence in 1689 for William III and Mary II – it was originally called Nottingham House and was converted into Kensington Palace after its purchase by William III.
The Palace is home to a collection of costumes worn by kings, queens and courtiers, the Kings Gallery, Queen Victoria’s bedroom and the grand King’s staircase plus much more.