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Journey Through London Part VII
LONDON PALACES

The monarchy is a constant source of fascination and intrigue for London visitors.
TOWER OF LONDON- (One thousand year-old prison, palace and place of execution, Tower Hill Station ) 
A trip to the Tower of London is like being involved in one of the most spectacular dramas of all time.With its stunning riverside backdrop, the Tower has been used as a prison, palace, place of execution, arsenal, mint and menagerie since its construction following the Norman Conquest of 1066.It is now one of the most famous structures in the world and hosts a range of exhibitions and re-enactments which celebrate and represent some of the most spectacular aspects of its gory and glorious past.
HAMPTON COURT PALACE- Oldest surviving Tudor palace in England. ( Richmond Station )
The winding corridors, lavish State Apartments, expansive Tudor kitchens, immaculate 60-acre riverside gardens and maze together make Hampton Court the oldest surviving Tudor palace in England.The palace also houses one of the most important works of the Italian Renaissance - Andreas Mantegna's 'Triumphs of Caesar'.No trip to Hampton Court is complete without a visit to the world's oldest and largest vines, a stroll around the glorious formal and informal riverside gardens and a tour around the world-famous trapezoidal maze - part of William III's Wilderness Garden and the oldest surviving hedge maze still in use.Using fragments of music, snatches of laughter, the seductive rustling of fine silks and snatches of covert conversations the audio installation brings to life an age when the maze symbolised an opportunity for secrecy, subterfuge and seduction. 
KENSINGTON PALACE- Birthplace of Queen Victoria and home to Princess Diana. ( High Street Kensington Station ) Relive the moment in the Victorian Rooms when the young Princess Victoria discovered that she was to become Queen.No tour of the palace is complete without taking a turn around the elegant 18th century Orangery and Sunken Garden designed to host elaborate court entertainments during the reign of Queen Anne.
BANQUETING HOUSE- The only surviving section of Whitehall Palace. ( Westminster Station, Charing Cross Station, Embankment Underground Station) In its heyday the largest royal palace in Europe, this historic venue is the only surviving section of Whitehall Palace and still hosts many royal and social occasions. The palace originally started life in the 14th century.It was first building in England to use crown glass in its windows, while the fabulous Ruben's ceiling painting, commissioned by Charles I, is the only Rubens scheme painted by him to remain in its original position.
ELTHAM PALACE- Medieval palace with Art Deco extension. ( New Cross Station (East London line closed. Bus service operates ) ) This fantastic house offers visitors the chance to indulge in the opulence of 1930s Britain whilst at the same time experiencing the solidity and symbolism of medieval London. Visitors can enjoy the fascinating blend of medieval and modern design in the Great Hall and the 1930s house, explore the gardens and moated area, and have tea in the 1930s kitchens.
BUCKINGHAM PALACE- Official residence of Queen Elizabeth II. ( Victoria Station ) England's most famous royal palace, and the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II, opens the doors of its State Rooms to the public every summer.Decorated in lavish fashion, the rooms include paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Canaletto, Vermeer and Poussin, sculpture by Canova, exquisite examples of Sevres porcelain, and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world. The Ball Supper Room, the setting for a host of sparkling events in the history of the palace, 29 acre gardens and annual exhibitions are all also available to visitors.
WINDSOR CASTLE- Modern day royal residence.( Heathrow Terminals 123 Station. ) The State Apartments are also open to the public and are lavishly furnished with paintings by Rubens, Holbein and Rembrandt, sculpture and tapestries. In the Drawings Gallery, visitors have an opportunity to see artwork from the Royal Library and Queen Mary's Dolls' House will delight everyone with its perfect rooms and furnishings in miniature. 
PALACE OF WESTMINSTER- Home of UK politics and the often overlooked Jewel Tower. ( Westminster Station) Built in 1365, the tower was used by King Edward III to store his treasures and wardrobe - remains of the original moat and medieval quay designed to secure the building can still be seen today.
KEW PALACE- Restored manor house located in Kew Gardens. ( Kew Gardens Station ) Kew Palace served as a family country retreat for George III and his extensive family.
ST JAMES' PALACE- Most senior royal palace in the UK. ( Green Park Station ) St James's Palace on Pall Mall is one of the oldest palaces in London and the official residence of the sovereign yet the royals haven't lived here since Victorian times.There are two Chapels Royal in the Palace complex: the Chapel Royal itself and the 1620s Inigo Jones designed Queen's Chapel, both are active places of worship and open to the public for select services. The Palace itself is not accessible to the public.

If you are planing on visiting each of those places, I have some events to share with you! 
Hampton Court Palace-Live Tudor Cookery ,Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd February 2013 | phone for prices.
Kensington Palace -Eerie Evening Tours,11th, 18th and 25th January 2013 - 6.45pm-8.15pm | £25
Eltham Palace- Great Hall Sleepover,Sunday 17th February 2013 | £80 (adult), £70 (child)
Buckingham Palace- The Northern Renaissance: Durer to Holbein,2nd November 2012 to 14th April 2013 | £9.50 (Adults), £8.75 (Concs), £4.80 (Under 17s), Free (Under 5s), £24 (Family) 
Windsor Castle- The Queen: Portraits of a Monarch,23rd November 2012 to 9th June 2013 | £17 (Adults), £15.50 (Over 60s/Students), £10.20 (Under 17), Free (Under 5s), £44.75 (Family)

Next part of ''Journey through London'' coming soon
Hope that you enjoyed
-Sheila xx
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