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London's Royal History

Take a tour of London's royal locations, from the Tower of London and the Crown Jewels to The Queen's art collection at Buckingham Palace. You're guaranteed a right royal day out!

Morning: Buckingham Palace and the Royal Mews

Your royal visit begins at The Queen's London residence, Buckingham Palace. During the summer months the lavish State Rooms are open to visitors, and from March to October you can take a tour of the Royal Mews, where you'll see The Queen's magnificent horses and the State Coach.

The Queen's Gallery exhibits paintings from the royal art collection and is open all year round. If you didn't manage to have tea with Her Majesty, don't worry. There are places to find refreshments in the serene St James's Park, including the lovely Inn the Park.

Afternoon: Tower of London and Tower Bridge

Start the afternoon with an insight into 1,000 years of British royal history at the Tower of London. Once inside the forbidding medieval gates you can marvel at the Crown Jewels and shudder at the Bloody Tower.

During your visit, don't forget to look for the ravens. These magnificent birds are cared for by one of the Yeomen Warders. It's said that the day the ravens leave the Tower, England will fall.

The next stop is less ghoulish, but equally thrilling. The Tower Bridge Exhibition is awe inspiring, with its historic engine rooms and stunning views from the high level walkways.

Then it's time to head to the swanky riverside destination known as Butler's Wharf. Once the largest warehouse complex on the Thames, the area is now a centre of gastronomy and design. Eateries include Le Pont de la Tour, Butler's Wharf Chop House, All Bar One and Blueprint Café.