London for Royalists

There’s more to royal watching in London than joining the throngs at the Changing the Guard outside Buckingham Palace. London’s history is intertwined with the monarchy and much of it is on view, back to paintings of 15th-century kings in the National Portrait Gallery, or seeing where monarches from bygone centuries were imprisoned or executed at the Tower of London.

Happily, there are more upbeat and contemporary ways to get into the spirit. The nation celebrated when Prince William married Kathryn at Westminster Abbey in 2011, followed by two royal babies. They now live at Kensington Palace, where you won’t be invited in for tea, but you can see exhibitions of royal fashions. You could also walk in HRH’s footsteps by shopping at Fortnum & Mason (a favourite store) or get up close to the whole family at Madame Tussauds. In summer, you can even explore the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace.

The sad news is that you're unlikely to see any actual member of the Royal Family, but at least you won’t have to curtsey!