Take a Royal Tour

Explore our royal links from King George's palace, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's vision to the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain.

Building of the Royal Albert Hall

6th May - 7th Jan 2018
V&A
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2017 marks the 150th anniversary of the Royal Albert Hall’s creation. This display, supported by the Royal Albert Hall, explores the fascinating story of the Hall’s design through a variety of historic models, photographs and casts. Gallery 127

The White Garden

Kensington Palace
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Complementing the palace’s exhibition, Diana: Her Fashion Story, the garden will be planted with flowers and foliage inspired by memories of the Princess’s life, image and style. The historic Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace will be temporarily transformed into a White Garden.

Designing the V&A

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Designing the V&A explores through drawings and photographs the history of the V&A's buildings, from the 1850s to the present day. It highlights the architects, artists, designers and engineers who created the Museum.

The White Garden

Kensington Palace
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Complementing the palace’s exhibition, Diana: Her Fashion Story, the garden will be planted with flowers and foliage inspired by memories of the Princess’s life, image and style. The historic Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace will be temporarily transformed into a White Garden.

Victorian afternoon tea at the V&A

Every Sunday
3-5pm
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The V&A have recreated Queen Victoria’s afternoon tea. Served in the historic Morris Room, the menu includes sweet & savoury delicacies from the Victorian period such as Mrs Beeton’s cucumber sandwiches, Indian ham sandwiches and fruit sconelets, served with tea of your choice.

Brunchtime Lecture: Victoria & Abdul

23rd Sept
11-12.30pm
Kensington Palace
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Hear about the inspiration behind author Shrabani Basu's book Victoria & Abdul which is now a film starring Judi Dench (released 8th September). What truths informed her story and what can it tell us about Queen Victoria's relationships and influence on and by India.

Anne Boleyn's Music Book

24th Sept
2pm
Royal College of Music
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The Anne Boleyn Music Book is one of the most significant books of Renaissance music in Britain and one of the RCM’s greatest treasures. Join short talks by experts and a performance of excerpts of the manuscript music by Alamire ensemble.

Albert Memorial

Daily
2pm, 3pm
Kensington Gardens
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Located in Kensington Gardens, it is one of London's most ornate ornaments. Public tours are available between March and December.

Austentatious

21st Oct
2.30-4pm
Kensington Palace
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An entirely improvised comedy play in the style of Jane Austen. Join the cast as they create a riotously funny new literary masterpiece, based on a title suggested by the audience. They will perform in full Regency costume, with live musical accompaniment.

Queen Victoria on TV

9th Dec
11-12.30pm
Kensington Palace
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Discover the secrets behind the popular ITV series, Victoria with series Production Designer, Michael Howell as he discusses bringing these royal stories to our screens with Historic Royal Palaces' Senior Curator, Deirdre Murphy.

Walking Tour - Christmas with Victoria and Albert

9th Dec
10.30-12pm
Kensington Gardens
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As the year’s shortest day approaches, join a stroll in Kensington Gardens to discover how Queen Victoria and her consort Prince Albert introduced many of the traditions we recognise today. Age 8+

Kensington Palace Talks and debates

Various
11-12.30pm
Kensington Palace
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Come along to a unique programme of talks and debates to learn more about the intriguing Kensington Palace.

Free

The Italian Gardens

Kensington Gardens
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The Italian Gardens is a 150-year-old ornamental water garden located on the north side of Kensington Gardens near Lancaster Gate. It is believed to have been created as a gift from Prince Albert to his beloved Queen Victoria.

Discovering Britain: Albertopolis Walk

Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Take a self-guided tour and explore how London’s quarter for the arts and sciences was created. Discover more about it's great institutions and magnificent buildings.

Kensington Palace

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Kensington Palace
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Home to the royal family for centuries and the birthplace of Queen Victoria, it is an exquisite palace with acres of manicured gardens.

V&A jewellery collection

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V&A
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One of the finest collections of jewelry in the world - over 3,500 jewels, including pendants given by Queen Elizabeth I.

Princess Diana Memorial fountain

Daily
Hyde Park
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A unique fountain memorial to Princess Diana designed to reflect her spirit of life and love of children.

Kensington Gardens

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Kensington Gardens
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Tree-lined avenues and flower beds provide a stunning back drop to Kensington Palace.

Princess Diana Memorial walk

Daily
Hyde Park
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The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk takes visitors through four of the most beautiful parks in the world, including Hyde Park and Kensington Palace.

Royal Albert Hall Tours

Most days of the year
Royal Albert Hall
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Guided tours offer the inside story of the Royal Albert Hall, taking you on a fascinating journey through its unique history, incredible architecture and legendary performances.

Victoria Revealed

Daily
Kensington Palace
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Explore Queen Victoria’s long and fascinating life in her childhood home, Kensington Palace

Queen Carolines Temple

Daily
Kensington Gardens
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Explore Queen Caroline's Temple which is a classical style summer house overlooking the Long Water, east of Lancaster Walk, Hyde Park.

Princess Diana Memorial Playground

Daily
Kensington Gardens
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Explore and adventure in the playground with a huge wooden pirate ship which is the centrepiece of the Diana, Princess of Wales' Memorial Playground.