Royal experiences in London

Queen opening Elizabeth line

London loves a celebration. But it seems what we as a city love more, is to make a mark in history and leave things behind for others to enjoy. 🎉 

Beyond the historic Royal Palaces and the Changing of the Guard, London is steeped with Royal experiences for you to explore this summer. With a Royal experience on each of our modes, which one will you choose? Or will you go for the royal flush? 👑 

📍 The Elizabeth line

The Elizabeth line is the newest railway to be named in honour of Queen Elizabeth II and it will serve as a tribute to Her Majesty for many generations to come. 💜

The Queen opened it on 17 May 2022 at Paddington Station. She was joined by Prince Edward who then rode the Elizabeth line from Paddington to Tottenham Court Road.

The Elizabeth line’s 41 stations stretch across London, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Essex. It links up key shopping districts from the east in Canary Wharf, to central Tottenham Court Road, bars and nightlife in Farringdon, and Heathrow in the west. 🚇 

📍 The Jubilee Walkway

There’s no better way to see the city than by foot, especially in the summer. ☀️

The Jubilee Walkway consists of five circular sections and includes some of London’s most iconic landmarks, narrow alleys, ancient walls of the city, and of course river views. 

Along the route, you’ll find directions amongst your footsteps, silver disks featuring the cross of a crown pointing in the direction of travel. 

📍 The Jubilee Greenway

The Jubilee Greenway was completed in 2012 to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Games. 🤸

This 60km route is way-marked by distinctive glass, pavement slabs. You can take on the whole route for a challenge, or choose an iconic start and end point and take in all the sights that London has to offer. 

📍 The Royal Flush

If you’re after the full unbeatable royal experience, then hop on the Victoria and Jubilee line. 🚇 

London transport has a longstanding and wonderful history with the Royal Family. The Jubilee line commemorated the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1979, and the Victoria line was named after the Queen’s great-great grandmother when it opened in 1968.   

Her Majesty was the first reigning British monarch to travel on the Tube in 1969. Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the Victoria line and travelled in the train from Green Park to Oxford Circus.   

📍Iconic red bus experience

Let’s not forget the iconic London red bus!

You can jump on route 9 to explore London’s museums, Historic Royal Palaces, and Royal Parks, and take in the sights for as little as £1.65. 🚌 

In 2020 The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall boarded the bus outside Clarence House, their official London residence, to ride to a royal engagement at the London Transport Museum. 

📍Ride the cable car at the Royal Docks

Take the DLR to the Royal Docks and hop on London’s cable car where you can enjoy London differently, 90m above the Thames. 🚠 

The Royal Docks are made up of three docks; the Royal Albert Dock, the Royal Victoria Dock, and the King George V Dock. The final dock to be constructed was opened by King George V in 1921 where the group of docks were assigned the “Royal” name. 

📍See London by boat

Relive the Queen’s Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, and sail from Hampton Court to Woolwich Royal Arsenal to discover all the River Thames has to offer. ⛴️ 

Find out where the boat can take you

📍Royal Parks

Make sure you pack a picnic and take your pick from one of the eight Royal Parks. With over 5,000 acres of quality green spaces that are free to visit and open every day of the year, the parks are for everyone to enjoy. 🌳 

Looking for more royal gems? Visit London has an itinerary filled with iconic sightseeing, including visiting Buckingham Palace, to browsing the Queen’s favourite shops. 

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