Friday, 13 May 2011 12:00 AM
The UK’s capital is renowned for its wealth of amazing attractions – and none perhaps more so than those with royal ties. Exploring London’s palaces and historical sites is a great way to spend a day – or even several – and you’ll find there’s certainly plenty of choice when it comes to things to see and do!
London hotels are a fantastic base for exploring the capital’s attractions. High-quality service and luxurious rooms are among the things you can expect when you choose to stay in the top establishments.
Over the course of your holiday, you must not miss out on the chance to see the capital’s foremost royal attraction – Buckingham Palace. This ever-popular place is certainly an impressive sight and, as the official residence of the Queen, is one of the UK’s most iconic locations.
As well as admiring the structure from the outside, you can also explore its interior during certain months of the year. For example, in September and November you can venture inside for a fascinating tour of the state rooms.
Among the other things to see include some of the very best furniture to be found in England and France, paintings by world-famous artists such as Rembrandt and awe-inspiring sculptures.
Furthermore, the palace plays host to a fresh exhibition each year, offering visitors the chance to enjoy unique displays. In 2011, you’ll be able to peruse a fabulous Faberge collection, which will include golden Easter eggs and crafted animals.
Before setting off to see the next royal attraction, make sure you watch the Changing the Guard – one of the capital’s most famous regular ceremonies. This always takes place at 11.30am, and – depending of the time of year you visit – occurs daily or every other day.
If it’s royal residences that really pique your interest, why not visit Kensington Palace? This was once the official home of Princess Diana. While you’re here, you can enjoy a number of fascinating sights, such as Queen Victoria’s bedroom.
And if you have an interest in fashion, this attraction may particularly appeal to you. Indeed, it houses a wonderful collection of royal dress from the 18th century onwards and includes garments worn by various royal figures, including Princess Diana.
For a limited period a more modern selection of fashions can be seen in The Enchanted Palace exhibition. Designers such as Vivienne Westwood have contributed to the collection, which is on display until 2012.
Nestled in beautiful botanical gardens, Kew Palace is another fantastic place to visit during your foray into London’s regal roots. Here you can explore authentic Georgian rooms, as well as some that have been carefully restored to their former glory.
The setting of some of the city’s most terrifying tales, the Tower of London is another must-see. This iconic attraction used to imprison notable figures from every class – and you can even see evidence of this from the ancient graffiti etched into its walls.
As well as being used as a gaol and a torture chamber, the tower has at times been used for more light-hearted exercises – once, it was even a zoo. While you explore the tower, you’ll also have the chance to see the impressive Crown Jewels.
And for a spot of relaxation and perhaps a picnic, the Royal Parks are the perfect choice. There are eight of these in total, dotted around the capital, providing oases of quiet in the bustling city ideal for recharging before you head back to your accommodation.
Knightsbridge hotels are an ideal choice if you’re hoping to stay in luxurious accommodation. Indeed, many establishments in this area offer beautiful rooms complete with useful amenities – as well as of course being close to the city’s main attractions!
There are plenty of places to stay in other parts of the capital too. Mayfair hotels are just one other option – and are arguably the epitome of comfort and opulence thanks to their prestigious location.
Wherever you choose to base yourself in the capital, London is a wonderful destination for a short break or longer holiday, so start planning your break today.