The ultimate guide to a royally good day out in London 

Woman cycling on a Santander Cycles in front of the Tower of London

Whether you’re a visitor to the capital or a local who enjoys exploring the city, London has plenty of destinations that are fit for a king. 👑 

So, we’ve created the ultimate itinerary of royal attractions to visit in London, complete with some handy travel advice to get you there.

Tower of London 

Nearest Tube and bus stops:

🚇 Tower Hill 
🚏 TA or TB 

Start your day right with early entry into the Tower of London. First, be bedazzled by some of the most impressive diamonds and gems in the world with a visit to the Crown Jewels, still used in royal ceremonies to this day. 💎 

Then explore the majestic Royal Armouries and hear historic tales of trial, torture, and execution from the iconic Beefeaters. We’ve heard the stories are pretty gruesome – so don’t lose your head! 

From Tower Hill, jump on the District or Circle line to St James’ Park, and take a stroll to the beautiful… 

Buckingham Palace

Nearest Tube and bus stops:

🚇 St James’s Park 
🚏 CN or P 

Jam-packed with several spectacular sights all within walking distance of one another, the Buckingham Palace neighbourhood is the ultimate destination for your royal day out – the jewel in the crown, some would say! 

Grab an exclusive guided tour through the State Rooms,  get cultured at the Queen’s Gallery or take a peek behind-the-scenes of a real working stable at the Royal Mews. 🐎 

Attention! Make sure to check out the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony, which takes place at 11am on certain weekdays all year round, or every day throughout June and July.

This iconic military display sees one set of the bearskin-hat-and-red-tunic-wearing guards who protect the palace being replaced by a new set of soldiers. It’s quite the spectacle – not one to be missed! 💂 

Picnic in the Park 

Nearest Tube and bus stops:

🚇 St James’s Park or Hyde Park Corner 
🚏 S or U 

After all that sightseeing, take a well-earned break for lunch.  

Stop for a picnic in the ticketed Buckingham Palace Garden or one of London’s most beautiful public Royal Parks, St James’ Park

Why not stretch your legs and tick off another attraction by visiting the Diana Memorial Fountain in nearby Hyde Park? 🌳 

Alternatively, treat yourself to some tiny sandwiches and a scone or two with an afternoon tea fit for royal-tea in one of the capital’s finest hotels! 🍰 

Westminster Abbey 

Nearest Tube and bus stops:

🚇 Westminster 
🚏 X or W 

Just a 10-minute stroll from St James’ Park, discover the incredible location of 39 coronations (including that of our current monarch HM King Charles III), 16 royal weddings, and the funeral of the late HM Queen Elizabeth II… 💜 

Admire the regal architecture or enjoy the evensong performed by the internationally renowned church choir in this gorgeous setting.

Plan your day out 

Still keen to see more? There are plenty more royal attractions for you to visit whilst in London. 🤴 

If you’ve got the time, take a trip out of the capital to wander around Windsor Castle.

Or seek out Kensington Palace and Kew Palace, both accessible via the Tube or by bus.  

Plan your journey and find the quickest routes with TfL travel tools.

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