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Top 10 Places Royals Lovers Should Visit in London

VO: Rebecca Brayton WRITTEN BY: Savannah Sher
Thanks to Getty Images for the pictures and videos! If you’re a fan of the British monarchy, there’s no better vacation destination than the city of London. Welcome to MsMojo and today we're counting down our picks for the Top 10 London Guide for Royal Lovers. For this list, we’re looking at the best places to visit when you want to see London through the eyes of a royal.
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Top 10 London Guide for Royal Lovers



If you’re a fan of the British monarchy, there’s no better vacation
destination than the city of London. Welcome to MojoTravels and today
we're counting down our picks for the Top 10 London Guide for Royal
Lovers.

For this list, we’re looking at the best places to visit when you
want to see London through the eyes of a royal.




#10: Hyde Park

The city of London has eight “Royal Parks,” but the most well-known
is definitely Hyde Park, the 350-acre green space in the center of the
city. The park’s royal history began in 1536 when King Henry VIII had
it created as his own personal hunting grounds, but a hundred years
later it was opened to the public. While you’re there, be sure to stop
by the Princess Diana memorial fountain, which was built to honor the
Princess in 2004. You can also just walk the paths of the park,
knowing you’re probably following in the footsteps of generations
worth of royals.



#9: The Goring Hotel



Built in 1910, this famous hotel has been run by the same family since
its inception. You may not be able to afford to stay where the royals
do, but if you want a taste of the experience you can pop in for an
afternoon tea. It’s actually the only hotel to have been given a Royal
Warrant by the Queen herself. A more recent famous resident of the
Goring Hotel was Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, aka Kate Middleton,
who stayed there on the night before her wedding in 2011. There are
even whisperings that there’s a secret tunnel connecting Buckingham
Palace to the hotel for surreptitious visits by its residents.



#8: Mahiki



When you’re done with your day of sightseeing, you may want to unwind
with some drinks and dancing. There’s no better place than this London
nightclub, which is affiliated with William and Harry’s friend, Guy
Pelly. This is a celebrity hotspot, with famous faces like Rihanna,
Paris Hilton, and Beyoncé making appearances. More importantly, it’s
also an old favorite spot of William and Kate, with William actually
choosing it for a night out during his and Kate’s 2007 breakup. Be
sure to order one of the club’s signature Polynesian-themed cocktails.




#7: Kew Palace



Located on the outskirts of the city in the Richmond neighborhood,
this palace is surrounded by beautiful botanical gardens and green
spaces where you can spend hours taking in the peaceful tranquility.
Kew is the smallest of the royal palaces and was once the home of
George III’s family. Inside, you’ll get an intimate look at a royal
home of which an entire floor hasn’t been altered in over 200 years.
The main floor underwent a major restoration in 2006, leaving it
looking beautiful with flawless furniture recreations and a homey
feel.


#6: Tower of London



If you’re interested in the darker sections of British royal history,
this one is for you. The Tower of London didn’t have sinister
beginnings, but over the centuries it has gained a violent reputation.
Founded in 1066, it was originally a grand royal palace. At the
beginning of the Tudor period, however, the Tower fell out of favor as
a courtly residence and became more of an armory. It was then, during
the 16th century, that it became used more often as a prison and place
of torture. Many famous historical figures were executed here,
including Queen Anne Boleyn.


#5: Kensington Palace



If you want to get as close to Will and Kate as possible, a visit to
Kensington Palace is a must. As of 2017, both the Duke and Duchess of
Cambridge, as well as their children Prince George and Princess
Charlotte, live in the private section of the palace, and Prince Harry
lives in an apartment on the premises as well. Your odds of catching a
glimpse of the famous royals is slim, but it’s still worth it to tread
the ground of the public side of the palace and see the rooms of Queen
Mary II, who reigned in the 17th century.




#4: St James's Park



Just across from Buckingham Palace and adjacent to The Mall sits
another one of London’s eight Royal Parks. St James’s Park is much
smaller than nearby Hyde Park at only 57-acres. Before it was
destroyed by fire in 1698, the main royal palace in London was
Whitehall, located on what is now called Whitehall Street. St James’s
Park was nearby and Henry VIII purchased the land in 1532 with the
intention of making it part of the new and improved royal residence.
If you’re lucky, you’ll get a glimpse of the famous pelicans.


#3: Hampton Court Palace



Located just outside the city of London, a visit to Hampton Court is
definitely worth the trip. Hampton Court was originally a private
residence that was eventually home to Thomas Wolsey. King Henry VIII
admired the house, and when Wolsey fell from grace, he claimed it for
himself. All of Henry’s six wives stayed here at one point and it was
the location of his proposal to his third wife, Jane Seymour. Today,
the palace is open to the public and guided tours are offered daily.
Visitors can view the great hall, the kitchens and the royal chapel as
well as the famed maze in the gardens.



#2: Westminster Abbey



If you want to see where nearly all of the most important moments in
British royal history took place, you’ll have to pay a visit to
Westminster Abbey. In fact, since 1066 every English monarch has been
crowned here, save two exceptions. Many royal weddings have taken
place here, including that of Queen Elizabeth II, as well as Will and
Kate. After her tragic death in 1997, Princess Diana’s funeral took
place here. Seventeen famous royals rest here and you can visit the
tomb of Elizabeth I, as well as Mary, Queen of Scots, among others.



Before we reveal our number one pick, here are a few honorable mentions.



St Paul’s Cathedral
The Queen's Gallery
Household Cavalry Museum



#1: Buckingham Palace


Much newer than many of the other entries on our list today, this
royal landmark was built relatively recently - in 1703. Buckingham
Palace is the main London home of the monarchy, and as of 2017 its
main resident is Queen Elizabeth II. If you want to visit Buckingham
Palace and actually go inside, you’ll have to plan your trip
accordingly. The palace is famously only open to visitors twice a
year- once in summer and once in the fall when the Queen is away in
Scotland. The Royal Mews are slightly easier to visit, as they’re open
from February until the end of November.

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