London’s royal heritage is one of the UK capital’s biggest attractions, and one of the best ways to see that legacy is on foot.
Walk London’s Royal London Walk passes palaces, households and other related attractions, many of which are open to the public. At a leisurely pace, it will take around three hours to complete, while faster walkers will be able to finish it in just under an hour.
What’s more, most of the walk passes through gardens and parks, which means you won’t need to dodge the busy London traffic as you see the sights.
The walk begins at St James’s Park underground station, which is served by the District and Circle lines. It passes through St James’s Park, up Constitution Hill, through Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens before ending at Lancaster Gate underground station on the Central line.
The walk passes by a number of famous attractions, and here are just a few of them.
St James’s Palace, The Royal Court
St James’s Palace, which was built between 1531 and 1536, is the official residence of the sovereign and the most senior royal palace in the United Kingdom.
It is still home to several members of the Royal Family and is often used for official royal functions, although it is not open to the public.
Famous around the world as the official residence of the UK monarch, Buckingham Palace has 775 rooms, including 19 state rooms and 52 royal and guest bedrooms.
It is often used for state occasions and royal hospitality, while serving as a focal point for the British people during times of celebration.
The state rooms are open to the public each year for most of August and September, as part of the palace’s summer opening.
Kensington Palace, which began life as a two-storey Jacobean mansion built in 1605, has been a residence of the Royal Family since the 17th century.
Still in use today, it is the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke and Duchess of Kent, and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.
The state rooms are open to the public and cost £17.50 on the gate, while children under 16 enter for free. The palace is open seven days a week, from 10.00 until 18.00 in the summer and 17.00 during the winter.