Discover the past and present homes of members of the royal family, eat food fit for a queen and explore beautiful gardens with this regal itinerary.
Morning: Buckingham Palace or Tower of London
Walk in the footsteps of the Queen with a trip to the top royal attraction in London: Buckingham Palace.
Imagine life as the monarch as you walk around her official London home, during the summer opening. The lavishly decorated State Rooms are open to the public from July to September and are filled with masterpieces from the likes of Rembrandt and Rubens.
Then it’s a short stroll to be amazed by the collection of historic coaches on display at the Royal Mews, and the stunning paintings, jewellery and furniture at The Queen's Gallery. Time your visit well and you could also see the Changing the Guard ceremony.
Alternatively, visit the Tower of London and take a tour with a Beefeater to hear about some of the most gruesome events in London's history, from torture to beheadings. Besides ghoulish tales, highlights at this old royal fortress include the crown jewels, the king's medieval bedchamber and the White Tower, built by William the Conqueror.
Lunch: Eat and drink like a royal
After a morning discovering how royals live, it’s time to eat like them. Head towards Piccadilly to taste treats from Royal Warrant-appointed shops – establishments that sell goods to the households of the Queen, Prince Philip and Prince Charles.
Sample delicious cheeses at Paxton & Whitfield, tuck into a sandwich and a cup of Royal Blend tea (created for King Edward VII in 1902) at Fortnum & Mason, before devouring luxury chocolates at Charbonnel & Walker in the Royal Arcade – a stunning shopping arcade that’s been favoured by royals since Queen Victoria's reign.
Or, for a more leisurely lunch, settle down in Kensington Gardens with a picnic full of delicious bites from nearby Whole Foods, where Meghan Markle has been spotted browsing the aisles of healthy produce.
Afternoon: Hyde Park and Kensington Palace
If it's sunny, start the afternoon with a stroll around Hyde Park, one of London's eight Royal Parks. You'll find the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain near the Serpentine Lake. Continue into neighbouring Kensington Gardens, to see the impressive, gold-plated Albert Memorial, dedicated to Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert, who died in 1861.
Inside the gardens you’ll find Kensington Palace, the home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Will and Kate) and their children.
Explore the stunning King’s and Queen’s State Apartments, featuring exquisite paintings from the Royal Collection, and celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of a former Kensington Palace inhabitant with the Victoria: A Royal Childhood and Victoria: Woman and Crown exhibitions.
Evening: Dinner at The Goring
For ultimate luxury, feast like royalty in The Dining Room at The Goring hotel. The Michelin-starred restaurant serves British dishes in a stunning room adorned with Swarovski chandeliers. Frequented by the Queen, it was also the place of choice for Kate Middleton and her family the night before her wedding to Prince William.
Royal activities for the whole family
Take the kids to Madame Tussauds and snap a selfie with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, or have an audience with Her Majesty The Queen herself. Afterwards, explore one of Her Majesty's retired naval ships, HMS Belfast, and take your station in the Operations Room to help on crucial missions.
If you have another day in the capital, why not explore some of Harry and Meghan's favourite restaurants, shops and sights.