Exploring London’s palaces while staying in a Hotel near wembley stadium that offers glimpses into royalty past and present, as well as their links with British history.
Buckingham Palace has been home to the Royal Family for well over a hundred years. Queen Victoria notoriously disliked it, and rarely lived here after the death of her consort Prince Albert preferring to stay in Windsor Castle, thus earning the nickname Widow of Windsor. Buckingham Palace remains one of the few working royal palaces which still exist worldwide. The Queen regularly stays here, and her presence is always denoted by the use of the Royal Standard on the flagpole. At other times, the Union flag is flown. This is also the centre of ceremonial events such as the Changing of the Guard. During the summer you can visit 19 of the spectacular State Rooms including the Throne room on guided tours. Booking is essential.
Many people are surprised to find that The Tower of London is actually a palace. Better known for its grim history as a prison, and the execution place of many famous people such as Queen Anne Boleyn and Queen Katherine Howard, two of the wives of Henry VIII. It was originally built as a palace, and is still inhabited by the Yeomen of the Guard and other soldiers. This is a fantastic place to visit and explore, with many courtyards, turrets and hidden secrets as well as the legendary ravens and the priceless Crown Jewels that are held here.
The City of London hosts another palace – the Mansion House. This is the official residence of the Lord Mayor of London and comprises a wonderful eighteenth century building complete with extensive gold and silver vaults. Book a group tour and choose to stay at any of the best hotels in Cricklewood London to see the stunning reception halls and banqueting hall housing an incredible art collection.
Spencer House in St James Place, Green Park is one of London’s most spectacular private palaces. It was built for Earl Spencer, an ancestor of Diana, Princess of Wales and boasts some of the best neo-classical rooms in Europe. The magnificent Painted Room now houses a stunning collection of original gilded furniture which has been returned to the palace, courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Kensington Palace is still home to some members of the Royal Family including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Visitors can discover what life was like for courtiers during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, as well as exploring the rooms used by Queen Victoria as a child. This is the palace where she was living when she first learned she was to be Queen.
For something more intimate, head out to Kew Gardens and discover the beautiful Kew Palace. This is a lovely red brick Georgian palace used by the royal family between 1729 and 1818. The rooms are a blaze of colour having been recently re-created in Georgian style. Outside is a perfect place to relax amid the beauties of the Kew Gardens, one of the greatest horticultural gardens in the world.
So, head out of your hotel room at the Best western hotel London and get ready for the excellent tour.