A Royal Guide to London

Royal Travel Guide to London, England, UK

London lives up to its worldly reputation as the posh city, with a rich history, lively culture, and endless sights to explore. Visit the world-class museums, admire the royal traditions at Buckingham Palace, and catch a picturesque view of the city's skyline at the famous Tower Bridge.
After indulging in diverse cuisine from around the world, take a stroll through the royal gardens, taking in all its beauty. Treat yourself like a queen by visiting the city’s fashion district, Oxford Street. Enjoy Afternoon Tea with luxurious pastries and exotic refreshments. London has something for everyone, from history and culture to fine food and good times.


Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is one of the world's few remaining working royal palaces. Visit the official London residence of the Queen and explore the extravagant State Rooms! Buckingham Palace is open to visitors from July until September. Book tickets here.

Hampton Court Palace 

The original Tudor palace was begun by Cardinal Wolsey in the early 16th century, but it soon attracted the attention of Henry VIII, who brought all his six wives here. Surrounded by gorgeous gardens and famous features such as the Maze and the Great Vine, the palace has been the setting for many nationally important events.

When William III and Mary II (1689-1702) took the throne in 1689, they commissioned Sir Christopher Wren to build an elegant new baroque palace. Later, Georgian kings and princes occupied the splendid interiors. When the royals left in 1737, impoverished ‘grace and favor’ aristocrats moved in. Queen Victoria opened the palace to the public in 1838. It has remained a magnet for millions of visitors, drawn to the grandeur, the ghosts and the fabulous art collection.

Westminster Abbey

One of the country's most important historical landmarks, Westminster Abbey has served as the coronation church of the British monarchy since the 11th Century and was the venue of Prince William & Kate Middleton's 2011 Royal Wedding. Still a working church, Westminster Abbey is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is intrinsically linked to London's history, with hundreds of graves and memorials to historical figures such as Sir Isaac Newton and Elizabeth I.

The Boys Choir of Westminster Abbey- Every evening at 5:00 pm 

Renowned worldwide as one of the finest choirs of its type. Comprised of thirty boys (all of whom attend the Abbey’s unique Choir School) and twelve professional adult singers, who sing the daily choral services for more than six centuries. High recommend!

St. Paul's Cathedral

Playing a major role in London's history, St. Paul's Cathedral was designed by Sir Christopher Wren as part of the City's reconstruction following the Great Fire of London in 1666. From royal weddings to state funerals, surviving the Blitz and more.

St Paul’s Cathedral boasts one of the biggest domes in the world at 366 feet high. Scale hundreds of steps to the top and bask in the magnificent architecture and don’t forget to spend some time in its famous Whispering Gallery on the way up. A whisper against the wall can be clearly heard on the other side, 112 feet away. No secrets are safe here! Buy tickets here online in advance and save €3.

London Eye

A major feature of London's skyline. It boasts some of London's best views from its 32 capsules, each weighing 10 tons and holding up to 25 people. Climb aboard for a breathtaking experience, with an unforgettable perspective of more than 55 of London's most famous landmarks – all in just 30 minutes!

Tower Bridge

Built in 1894, the Tower Bridge is the most iconic land in London. This impressive feat of engineering is 800 ft long and crossed by 40,000 people each day. Take a look behind-the-scenes of the famous bridge and discover areas such as the machinery room, which houses the hydraulic system that allows the bridge to rise for river traffic.

Big Ben

Big Ben is the name given to the massive bell inside the clock tower, which weighs more than 13 tons. The clock tower looks spectacular at night when the four clock faces are illuminated.

Shakespeare’s Globe Theater

You don’t have to be a literature buff to enjoy an open-air performance at this atmospheric theatre on the banks of the River Thames. The timber-framed thatched-roofed theatre is a reconstruction of the original Globe Theater that stood on a nearby site around the turn of the 17th century.

Outdoor shows run throughout the summer season between May and October and over the Christmas period – get tickets in advance here. Before the show, don’t miss a visit to the theatre’s fascinating exhibition about the history of the building and its reconstruction.

Horse Guards Parade

A parade ground near Whitehall used for royal parades and ceremonies. Every morning the ceremony of Changing of the Guard takes place at Horse Guards Parade (Monday-Saturday 11:00 am and Sunday at 10:00 am). The annual Trooping of The Color, where the troops are presented to The Queen, takes place at Horse Guards Parade.

St James’s Park 

This royal park is surrounded by landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, Clarence House, and Whitehall. The park’s famous flower beds at the front of Buckingham Palace are a familiar backdrop to pageants including Trooping the Colour, as well as state visits and other ceremonial occasions.

Enjoy impressive views of the lake and fountain from St James’ Café, watch the resident pelicans at feeding time, or while away a sunny afternoon in a deckchair.

St James's Palace

St. James's Palace has been the setting for some of the most important events in Royal history, having been a residence of Kings and Queens of England for over 300 years until the reign of Queen Victoria. As the home of several members of the Royal Family and their household offices, St James’s Palace today hosts up to 100 receptions each year for charities associated with members of the Royal Family.

The British Museum 

Discover over two million years of human history and culture. This museum houses world-famous objects, including the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures, and Egyptian mummies. Highly Recommend spending a few hours here! One of the top museums globally.

Tower of London

Discover London’s castle – a secure fortress, royal palace, and infamous prison.

Covent Garden

Covent Garden is a world-class shopping and dining destination attracting food-lovers and fashionistas alike. Buzzing with the excitement of the opera and theatreland, the area boasts some of the best shopping and dining destinations in London’s West End, from Mulberry to Petersham Nurseries and Balthazar to Frenchie.

London Bridge

London Bridge offers unusual sights and thrilling experiences alongside the world-famous waterway – the Thames. This iconic area is one of London’s oldest, boasting historical, maritime, culinary and sometimes macabre connections to events that have shaped the city’s history.

You will find award-winning attractions, an array of exciting bars, restaurants, and shops – plus plenty of photo opportunities at global landmarks such as Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. With so much to explore, it’s the perfect place to discover on foot.

Millennium Bridge

The pedestrian-only Millennium Bridge opened to the public in 2000, linking St Paul's Cathedral on the north bank of the Thames with Tate Modern and Shakespeare's Globe in Southwark.

The bridge is a great place to take photos of the river, with its magnificent views of some of the most iconic London landmarks.

Churchill War Rooms 

Discover the secrets hidden beneath the streets of Westminster in the underground nerve center where Winston Churchill and his inner circle directed the Second World War.

The View From The Shard

Rise high above London and see the city's iconic skyline from a unique perspective, with views stretching up to 40 miles (64km). Spot the likes of the Coca-Cola London Eye, St Paul's Cathedral and Wembley Stadium from The View from The Shard's observation deck, which sits 800ft up western Europe's tallest building.

The London Dungeon

1000 years of history comes to life at The London Dungeon - from the Plague to Jack the Ripper, Guy Fawkes and more, visitors will come face-to-face with some of London's most gruesome and infamous figures! Featuring live interactive shows, multi-sensory effects, and hair-raising rides. The London Dungeon is one of the city's most popular attractions.

London’s West End | Your Theater Guide

No trip to London’s West End is complete without seeing a Broadway show. From world-class plays to musicals, to comedies, dance shows, and operas, there’s something for everyone, at every budget.

The best way to book London theater tickets is online. Whether you’re a planner and like to book ahead, or you’re traveling to London for the first time, you can find tickets for all of the top West End shows HERE.

Feeling a bit more spontaneous? You can also buy tickets while in London, at the TKTS booth in Leicester Square. Selling on-the-day tickets often at big discounts, it’s a great way to see a West End show for less. Plus, the TKTS staff are super knowledgeable and helpful so if you have questions, they’ll be more than happy to help you.

Borough Market

Borough Market is rich with history, but it remains as relevant now as it has ever been. As London’s oldest food market, it has been serving the people of Southwark for 1,000 years, and that extraordinary heritage is an important part of its appeal. Borough Market Kitchen is a source of high-quality dishes, both hot and cold, that can be enjoyed on communal tables.

Warner Bros Studio Tour

Have a magical day out with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Harry Potter films at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter. See first-hand the sets, costumes, and props used in all the Harry Potter films, and step inside some of the films' locations including the Great Hall, Dumbledore's office and Hagrid's hut. It's the ultimate Harry Potter experience! Book tickets here.

Sea Life London Aquarium 

From sharks and penguins to rays, sea turtles, jellyfish, coral reef residents and more, SEA LIFE will take you on a magical journey beneath the waves. Every step will reveal something new as you enjoy face-to-face encounters with some of the ocean's most amazing creatures.

Piccadilly Circus

Piccadilly Circus is one of London's most popular tourist destinations (Similar to New York City's Times Square). Sit by the famous statue of Eros (a popular meeting point), or take some photos in front of the iconic advertising screens. Here you will find shopping, restaurants, and entertainment.

Abbey Road

In 1969, the Beatles crossed Abbey Road and their iconic album cover created the world’s most famous crosswalk


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The Best Afternoon Tea In London

It's been more than 150 years after the seventh Duchess of Bedford began serving a meal between lunch and dinner. No visit to the British capital is complete without indulging in Afternoon Tea Time.

The only difficult part is choosing where to partake. Naturally, there’s no shortage of traditional options, which take their cue from the Duchess of Bedford’s preferred menu: scones with lashings of jam and cream; cucumber finger sandwiches; trays of pastries and cakes; and pot after pot of Darjeeling and Earl Grey. Dress for the occasion and head to one of our top recommendations below.

Twist: Harrods Lucky Set

The Harrods Tea Room has collaborated with Fenjiu (a Baijiu white spirit) to create an afternoon tea that artfully celebrates Chinese New Year amidst opulent furnishings. From duck-filled sandwiches to decadent, fruit-filled pastries inspired by Chinese good luck symbols, the tea is an ideal way to ring in the next 12 months. Not to mention the fact that the menu includes bespoke chocolates in the shape of Mahjong tiles. A Sunday afternoon spent hanging a wish on a cherry blossom branch while sipping on a handcrafted “Wealth And Fortune” Fenjiu cocktail? Yes, please!

From £68 (running until mid-February)

Traditional: The Landmark London

Could there be a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than surrounded by palm trees in a Victorian atrium? We think not, which is why The Landmark London’s setting for its refined High Palms High Tea is a triumph. The sounds of piano music and sunshine glinting through the glass roof are the perfect accompaniment to the delicious sandwiches and delicate pastries.

From £45

Twist: Fancy Tea at Lyaness at Sea Containers London

Mixologist Ryan Chetiyawardana’s cocktails are legendary - and the Fancy Tea at Lyaness at Sea Containers London is the perfect excuse to drink them before 5 pm. The menu includes retro-inspired sweets - think sunflower salt tea cake and fruit trifle - washed down with botanical-infused concoctions. It starts with a Glasshouse Spritz, a mysterious blend of ‘ultra raspberry’, cherry tomato, and bubbles.

From £38

Traditional: Claridge's

From the elegant backdrop and pretty place settings to the fine china in the hotel's signature stripes presenting a delicate array of sweet and savory delights, Claridge's has perfected the art of afternoon tea in the 150 years since it started serving it. Ideal for a special occasion - or just an afternoon treat - this is the place to while away many an indulgent hour.

From £58

Twist: Sketch

With plush scalloped chairs matching the dusty pink hue on the walls - punctuated by humourous illustrations - the eccentric interior of David Shrigley's Gallery restaurant at Sketch makes for a unique afternoon tea experience. The menu is quintessentially British, with a twist or two - from Comté cheese paninis (a sophisticated take on the traditional toastie) to hot chocolate and caramel fondants.

From £45

Traditional: The Savoy

With its convenient location on the Strand, the Savoy is a British institution, so it's no surprise that its afternoon tea is suitably traditional. Served in the light-filled Thames Foyer, the menu includes all of the usual treats: coronation chicken sandwiches, moreish raisin scones, and trays of luscious cakes. The real selling point here, though, is the beautiful selection of teas. Organic Bohea Lapsang, anyone?

From £65

Twist: Dominique Ansel Bakery

Trust the inventor of the Cronut to make the afternoon tea ritual his own. Head to Dominique Ansel’s flagship London bakery in Belgravia for dishes themed around the growth of flowers from seed to bloom. Think sweets such as butter financiers topped with rose ganache and lavender meringues decorated with chocolate petals - all served on a sun-drenched garden terrace.

From £42

Traditional: The Connaught

Jean-Georges at The Connaught opened its doors at the Mayfair hotel last year. With seasonal delights such as green apple tart with a basil mousse, carrot cake spiced with cinnamon, and smooth rhubarb compote, it is a feast to behold.

From £75

Twist: Farmacy

Farmacy offers up a plant-based High Tea, which is "free from dairy, refined sugars, additives and chemicals". But that's not the only difference. The vegan hot spot is the first London restaurant to serve CBD - infused in a welcome cocktail and home-made chocolates, and accompanied by a pot of hemp leaf tea.

From £42

Traditional: Hotel Café Royal

For such an occasion as afternoon tea, sometimes only the most opulent setting will do and the grand and gilded Oscar Wilde Bar at Café Royal is just that. The sweet and savory treats are accompanied by a live pianist, making it one of the best afternoon teas in London.

From £42

Twist: Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley

Undoubtedly the chicest tea in town, Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley Hotel serves fashion-themed delicacies - changing the menu every six months to reflect the new season's trends. From Dolce & Gabbana patisserie accessories to a Victoria Sponge Valentino bag - fashionable foodies, this is the place to get your fix of both.

From £45

Traditional: The Ritz

When only a classic option will do then The Ritz - where afternoon tea has been served since it opened in 1906 - is the dream. Served in the hotel's show-stopping Palm Court, the ornate surroundings complement the traditional menu (if it ain't broke, as the saying goes), which attracts guests from far and wide.

From £52

Twist: Cut

We venture to the other side of the pond for 45 Park Lane's Cut cakes & Tea menu. With the likes of wagyu beef sliders and crab cakes on the savory side, and creme brûlée doughnuts and s'mores for sweets, it gives an all-American twist to a traditional British meal.

From £55

Traditional: Browns

A firm favorite of Queen Victoria's, taking tea in Browns's award-winning, wood-paneled English Tea Room is a regal affair. Try to nab a table by the fire to enjoy your cucumber and celery salt sandwiches and baked apple cheesecake, among other tantalizing morsels.

From £55

Traditional: Zetter Townhouse Marylebone

Stuffed with pretty antique knickknacks and welcoming armchairs, the crowded Georgian parlor at Zetter’s Townhouse Marylebone is the perfect setting for a little afternoon indulgence. Opt for the Aunt Wilhelmina menu to dine on ladylike treats such as smoked salmon with herb crème Fraiche or egg mayonnaise on brioche - or go all out with the Uncle Seymour, featuring Lincolnshire pork pies and haggis sausage rolls.

From £28

Traditional: Oblix

If you’re looking to heighten your experience, Oblix, on the 32nd-floor of The Shard, serves its duck egg and truffle mayonnaise and celeriac-lined ham and Alexandra cheese sandwiches with a side of London panorama. Indulge in yuzu and grapefruit posset, pistachio and cherry mirliton, and scones served with fresh honeycomb, seasonal jam, and clotted cream, above equally spectacular views.

From £42

Traditional: The Langham

The Langham famously became the first hotel in London to serve afternoon tea when it opened in 1865. Reserve a coveted table in the Palm Court and linger over treats made with seasonal ingredients. On the menu now? Sandwiches made with summer truffles and marinated artichokes alongside choux pastries filled with Burlat cherries and flavored with Madagascan vanilla.

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Afternoon Tea info provided by British Vogue