When you’re visiting London, there’s a huge amount of destinations to visit with a royal connection. One of the most beautiful and accessible places you should be adding to your itinerary during your stay is Kensington Palace.
From the Park Grand London Kensington it’s just a 20-minute walk or a short tube ride on the District line to arrive at the royal residence. The British Royal Family has been using Kensington Palace since the 17th century and today it’s home to many royals, including Prince William and Prince Harry. There’s plenty of different things to be discovered in the grounds, including these five:
The King’s State Apartments
If you’re looking for even more luxury after staying in one of the Kensington London Hotels, the King’s State Apartments are a must visit. The opulent rooms begin with the impressive King’s Staircase and features many works of art. You’ll be completely immersed in another era as you take in the sights held in the Privy Chamber, Cupola Room, and the King’s Drawing Room, all of which have their own secrets to tell. If you’re left wanting more, the beautiful Queen’s State Apartments are just as luxurious.
Diana: Her Fashion Story
One of the most popular new attractions at Kensington Palace focuses on the late Princess Diana and hew iconic fashion choices. The exhibit takes a look at how the Princess’s style evolved and boasts some of her most iconic looks, as well as fashion sketches that were used when creating the designs. It gives a modern glimpse into royal life and an insight into the life of the People’s Princess.
The Palace Gardens
One of the most beautiful parts of this royal residence is the Kensington Palace Garden, which is made up of three stunning areas that make for exceptional photographs. The Sunken Garden, planted in 1908, is filled with ornamental flowerbeds and a pond with historic foundation, while the famous Henry VIII once used the formal gardens to hunt before being transformed in 1689. The Cradle Walk is one of the most popular spots to visit, especially in the summer when it’s filled with colourful blooms.
Queen Victoria lived a fascinating life, right inside the walls of Kensington Palace. Becoming queen at just 18 years old, the Victoria Revealed exhibition gives a fascinating insight into what her life was like, from when she first held a Privy Council meeting in the Red Saloon through to celebrating her diamond jubilee. The exhibition was inspired by the Queen’s own journal and contains numerous personal items to gaze at.
The King’s Gallery
If you want to step back in time, The King’s Gallery is the perfect place to head. It looks almost exactly as it did in 1725 when King George I ruled England. It’s filled with art, from the impressive ceiling canvases to the portrait of Charles I, giving a unique look at royal life. As the largest and longest of the apartments at Kensington Palace, The King’s Gallery has many secrets to uncover, making it an essential stop on your journey around this attraction.