Historic Royal London
There are few cities as rich with royal history as London. With so much to see and do, here are a few of Julie Falconer's (from A Lady in London) favourite Royal London must-sees.
Next, I head for beautiful Greenwich Park and soak up the greenery whilst admiring an uninterrupted view of London from the top of the hill, before carrying on my journey by boat. Feeling a bit peckish, I sometimes take a detour through Greenwich Market on my way to the river. The covered market is famous for its food stalls, which sell freshly cooked street food from all over the world. From Indian curry to Argentinian empanadas, you’re sure to find something delicious!
My appetite sated, I jump on the Thames Clipper from Greenwich to Tower Millennium Pier, passing through financial centre Canary Wharf and the towering office blocks of the City.
Here, it’s onto dry land to explore one of London’s most visited attractions, the Tower of London. An historic palace, it houses everything from the crown jewels to a great collection of armor. The Tower is also famous for being used as a prison where Anne Boleyn and other historical figures were held until their release or execution. Act like an in-the-know local and come after hours to witness the enchanting Ceremony of the Keys, the traditional locking up of the Tower of London that has taken place every night, without fail, for over 700 years. Tickets are free, but must be pre-booked.
After a day of sightseeing I take my weary legs back to Greenwich and enjoy a view of the twinkling Thames from The Cutty Sark Tavern (4-6 Ballast Quay, London SE10 9PD) and refuel with a traditional pint and one of their delicious scotch eggs or pork pies – not to be missed.