Castles in London

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Castles in London

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  • aavct90
    Simsbury, CT228 contributions
    My boyfriend and I visited and did a self guided tour without the audio tour. I thought the displays were well maintained and laid out in a way that you could enjoy them if you chose not to partake in the tour. It looks like they typically offer a host of talks on the hour about different exhibits, but most were cancelled the day we went, so we couldn't partake. I highly recommend taking an hour or two minimum to enjoy the grounds as well. The food at the shop looked quite good too (ice cream, cakes and sandwiches). I think this is a most do for fans of the Royals.
    Written 5 July 2022
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  • Brian T
    London, UK5,502 contributions
    St James’s Palace is probably one of the most overlooked of the royal palaces, and this is due to a number of reasons: no one from the royal family lives there permanently; it is generally not open to visitors; and it just doesn’t have the ‘grandeur’ that other royal residences have, such as the likes of nearby Buckingham Palace, or Kensington Palace, or Windsor Castle or Balmoral. Further, from a visual point of view, it’s quite bland and almost unattractive - a pile of red brick with a few archers turrets and chimney pots.

    But aficionados of royalty should at least take a peak at its exteriors. It’s the most senior of the royal palaces. It was built largely between 1531 and 1536 by Henry VIII, and much of the original red-brick building he had erected still survives today, including the gatehouse, some turrets and some surviving Tudor rooms in the State apartments. It was built on the site of a leper hospital dedicated to St James the Less from which it takes its name. The palace was popular between the Tudor and Georgian times, until Queen Victoria moved to Buckingham Palace in 1837.

    And whilst no royals permanently reside there (some use the state apartments as London residences from time to time), it holds an important place in royalty as it is technically regarded as the official residence of the sovereign, though the current monarch lives just across the way. It is the headquarters of the royal court (the Court of St James’s) and of a number of royal organisations. The palace hosts the receptions for the many charities associated with members of the Royal Family, and is the home to ceremonies relating to the Diplomatic Corps.

    The main entrance, the North Gatehouse, is its grandest part, and is located towards the western end of Pall Mall. You will see its two crenellated towers (if you can call them that), with an unusual clock in-between them. Check out the boot-scrapers by the various doors, to take the mud off the shoes of the nobility before sealed pavements became de rigueur. Around the corner in Marlborough Road you’ll be able overlook the courtyards of the palace.

    If you are exploring Royal London, you should include it in your itinerary. And if you are walking The Mall to or from a visit to Buckingham Palace, it’s an easy diversion along Marlborough Road.
    Written 1 March 2021
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  • Alastair P
    1 contribution
    Stumbled upon tis after living just across the river for 20 years. Great restoration job has been done and nice to have saved this for the community
    Written 19 June 2022
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  • WebboLondon
    Orsett, UK54 contributions
    Took my two daughters aged 11 and 8 here yesterday. Its a beautiful location but not equipped to deal with the amount of tickets they sell for each skate session. The boot hire area is massively over crowded. Boots and blades everywhere and far too many are allowed on the ice at once. Fine for us, as we were hardly recreating a Torvil ad Dean routine but anyone wanting to skate round freely would have struggled. Lots of people banging into each other and knocking each other down. We went at the 12.00 session and there as a huge puddle of water one end of the rink. We came here as Canary Wharf skating was closed this year but will look elsewhere next year.
    Written 23 December 2019
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  • Nick F
    Phuket, Thailand45 contributions
    Amazing experience I have been about 10 times now and I love it every time. Can't wait to go back. Bring some food and drink with you as you could be there a while.
    Written 20 August 2021
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  • Lynne S
    5 contributions
    Great welcome (Katherine), good service and great pub grub food. Very relaxed and comfortable atmosphere.
    Written 26 February 2022
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