Royalty are one of the biggest attractions in London and have been for centuries. Alone they bring into the country a huge revenue as they attract thousands of tourists to London every single year. They are scattered over the city as they live in a fine selection of palaces and houses such as Clarence House near Restaurants London City, Kensington Palace and, of course, Buckingham Palace and most of the sites open to the public so they can explore what it is to be royal.
Buckingham Palace is only a tube ride away from the Hotel London City and is known for being the main royal residence to Queen Elizabeth II. It became a royal house when King George IV decided to live there permanently, and it has continued to serve as the favourite home to the Kings and Queens of Britain right up to today. It has an incredible 775 rooms, including 78 bathrooms, 52 bedrooms and 92 offices as well as a doctor, post office and swimming pool. Many of these rooms are used constantly by royal residents and their staff, however, there are tours available throughout the summer months for the public to experience how the royals truly live.
A wonderful tour for any royalist to take is the Royal Mews tour. The Royal Mews can be found a short trip away from the Spa Hotel London City at Buckingham Palace but, at the beginning of the 19th century, it was at Charing Cross and had been since the 14th century where it was previously used to keep the royal hawks. It was renovated in the 18th century and it also allowed the public in for specific open days in the 1800’s. Today, the Royal Mews holds the carriages as they are an important part of royal life. There are everyday carriages, such as the Broughams, and there are ones that are used only for state occasions, such as the iconic Gold Coach.
The Gold State Coach
The Gold Coach was ordered in the late 18th century for £7,562 by King George III who hired Sir William Chambers to craft an outstanding coach for his wedding to Princess Charlotte and coronation. The design was so detailed and intricate that it wasn’t finished until 1762 for the State Opening of Parliament. The elaborate side panels and the sculptures on the back of the carriage depict Neptune and Amphitrite surrounded by Gods and Nymphs arriving on the shores of Britain. It has been used several times throughout history, for example, for Elizabeth II coronation in 1953 and for her Silver Jubilee in 1977.
The Irish State Coach
The striking Irish State Coach was made for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in Dublin in the mid 19th century. It is tastefully decorated in black and gold with four large red wheels and lanterns gracing each corner, finished with a decadent golden crown on the roof’s centre. It was used in royal events such as the Coronation of King George V in the early 1900’s and was continuously used during and after the Second World War by King George VI.