7 London Palaces You Must Visit

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From some of the most beautiful buildings in the entire world to royal residences, the opulent palaces in London are where you can learn about the royals who lived here, witness their lifestyles, the art, architecture, and antiques, and explore exquisite gardens and grounds.

With London’s rich history, it’s only natural to explore the most splendid palaces in the city. If you are looking to explore the royal homes, look no further than this roundup of some of the best palaces in London.

Kensington Palace

The birthplace and childhood home of Queen Victoria, Kensington Palace has for a long time been a favourite of the royals. Walk in the footsteps of royalty as you explore Queen Victoria’s reimagined childhood rooms, the fabulous King’s and Queen’s State Apartments and the King’s Gallery, near your stay at the Grand Royale Hyde Park Hotel. Afterwards, enjoy a stroll in the royal Kensington Gardens.

Buckingham Palace

A roundup of the best palaces in London is not complete without the iconic Buckingham Palace. It is arguably, one of the most famous and photographed buildings on earth and has been the official London residence of UK sovereigns since 1837. Take a guided tour of the palace, moments away from our exquisite hotel in London near Hyde Park and explore the antique-packed State Rooms and the eye-catching White Drawing Room, open to the public every summer.

Hampton Court Palace

Nestled in southwest London, Hampton Court Palace is one of the largest palaces in London. Experience the private lives and public dramas of King Henry VIII, his queens, and their children at the Tudor court. Admire the Tudor Kitchens and Great Hall and discover the lush outdoor spaces of the palace, boasting 60 acres of beautiful gardens.

Tower of London

A World Heritage Site, also known by the name Fortress of the Tower of London, make sure to visit the Crown Jewels and get up close with the iconic Yeoman Warders and the spooky ravens at the Tower of London. Located only a short stroll away from the Thames and opulent hotels near Bayswater, this castle has served as an infamous prison, royal palace, and a secure fortress in the past. This one is a must-add on your list!

Lambeth Palace

Take a tour of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s official residence in London, today known as the Lambeth Palace. Look for the popular red-brick Tudor gatehouse, one of the main highlights of the 13th-century palace complex. Hear interesting stories from the guide about how the palace has transformed over the years and don’t miss out on a visit to the Lambeth Palace Gardens, known to be one of London’s oldest and most gorgeous continuously cultivated gardens.

Palace of Westminster

With over 1000 years of history, the Palace of Westminster is the beating heart of British governance. Book a guided tour and step inside the palace, also popularly known as the Houses of Parliament to peek behind the doors of the iconic landmark. The Westminster Hall and House of Commons are two highlights of the grand building. You can also explore at your own pace with a multimedia tour, following in the footsteps of prime ministers and monarchs.

Winchester Palace

One of the largest and most important buildings in medieval London, the Winchester Palace was once home to the powerful bishops of Winchester. Today, you can explore the impressive architecture of the palace’s Great Hall and admire the magnificent rose window that adorns the west gable.

London’s most renowned palaces are just waiting to be visited! So, plan your visit to explore and deep dive into the capital’s rich history!