Palaces and Parliament

London has so much to offer the visitor. Whether you wish to see the residence of Her Majesty the Queen, Buckingham Palace or visit the Palace of Westminster which most of us know as the Houses of Parliament, you will never run out of interesting things to see with royal connections.

Buckingham Palace – one of the most famous buildings in the world, instantly recognisable as the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II. It is the working headquarters of the British monarchy and hosts several garden parties every year. In the months of August and September it is possible to visit the palace and see the magnificent State Rooms for yourself.

Whitehall Palace – learn about the former Whitehall Palace of Henry VIII. Visit the only remaining part of that Whitehall Palace and opposite that, at Horse Guards watch the Changing of the Horseguards at 11am every day.

10 Downing Street – not a palace but home to the current Prime Minister. Worth seeing.

The London Eye – for magnificent views over Westminster, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace. On a clear day, the view extends for 40km. A wonderful way to see London – a true bird’s eye view.

Houses of Parliament and Big Ben – these magnicent buildings are part of the iconic images of London. Learn about the history of the Palace of Westminster and have your photo taken under the splendid clock. Learn about why Big Ben is thus called and admire the awe-inspiring architecture of Charles Barry.

Royal Greenwich – just a short boat ride away from Westminster, Greenwich is a treat for the visitor. Formerly the site of the Palace of Placentia where Queen Elizabeth I was born, it now comprises the splendour of the Baroque buildings designed by Christopher Wren and other leading architects over the centuries. Visit the fascinating National Maritime Museum where you can see Lord Nelson’s jacket and a magnificent royal barge. Come also to see the Cutty Sark, the former tea clipper.