#3 in MyCityMyTown-Appreciating London Series-Royal Palaces and Royal Parks

MyCityMyTown-Appreciating London Series

Is here on its 3rd instalment. To my fellow Wanderlusters who have been with me since January 2019, you are no stranger to this Series and thank you for your patience.

For the Wanderlusters who are here for the first time, Hello and Welcome to my page and MyCityMyTown-Appreciating London Series. You can read more on the London Series here  and find out what made the #1 and #2 on the Series and Why by clicking #1 and #2 .

As for my 3rd instalment on the Series, I decided to retrace my footsteps on the Royal Palaces and the Royal Parks. The Royal Palaces and the Royal Parks hold special places for me as I used to frequent these with my kids and there are many beautiful treasured memories. These days, as I walk through Kensington Gardens and the Statute of Peter Pan, I remember the fun, the laughter and their theatrics…and realise how time has flown by 😊

Appreciating London 

Besides the memories with my kids, another reason for Appreciating London is because I love summer in London. As a Londoner, I am very fortunate to have so much to see, witness, experience and lots of green spaces to getaway to if and when I wished. Almost everything happens here, right here in London! Moreover, London has, for the most times, pretty cool weather, except for a few weeks or so when the temperature soars and the heatwave sets-in. I don’t like it when it is too hot but I know many of you can’t have enough of it 🙂 

As the summer weather sets in , Retracing my Footsteps in London has led me to discover many new things that I had not previously. I am seeing My City both as a Londoner and as a tourist. This has gently reminded me of many experiences throughout the years and the many visits where my kids and I would just hop onto the train for a half-hour ride to the heart of the City. These were mostly unplanned or involved overnight planning of a visit to a Royal Palace or a Castle, a picnic in the park, and games or read a book until sundown etc. 

Looking back, these were unplanned visits. Although there is fun in doing things impromptu, I believe there must be a general plan of what one intends to do, and you can save money as a result. Therefore, this time I have incorporated planning into my visits, because Planning is Important. I have written a blog on the 5 Reasons Why  Travel Planning Is Important which you may want to read and share your thoughts with me in comments below. What planning has helped me do this time was to think about researching for deals that would suit my plans – more on this below.

#3 in MyCityMyTown Appreciating London Series - Royal Palaces and Royal Parks
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I hope you will enjoy reading about the Royal Palaces and the Royal Parks as much as I enjoy writing about them.

The Royal Palaces – MyCityMyTown-Appreciating London Series

I will write on each of the palaces as I visit them.

Kensington Palace. One of the Royal Palaces visited in #3 MyCityMyTown Appreciating London Series - Royal Palaces and Royal Parks
Kensington Palace. One of the Royal Palaces visited in #3 MyCityMyTown Appreciating London Series – Royal Palaces and Royal Parks
Windsor Castle. One of the 8 Royal Castles in #3 MyCityMyTown-Appreciating London Series - Royal Palaces and Royal Parks
Windsor Castle. One of the 8 Royal Castles in #3 MyCityMyTown-Appreciating London Series – Royal Palaces and Royal Parks

If you are planning a visit to London or you are a Londoner looking for something to do, and wish to visit any of the Royal Palaces, here are my pick of the top 8 palaces and castles to visit in London or within a short trip of London, in no particular order:

  1. Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace Tours start 20th July 2019 and runs throughout August and close 29th September 2019.  You can skip the line and purchase your tickets below.

      2. Windsor Castle – you can read about Windsor Castle here

      3. Hampton Court Palace

      4. Kensington Palace – you can read about Kensington Palace here

      5. Kew Palace

      6. Tower of London

      7. Banqueting House

      8. Clarence House

Best-deals

All the Royal Palaces and Castles offer individual or combined tickets. As you know, it is cheaper to buy combined tickets. Also, it is cheaper to skip the line and buy the tickets online. You may wish to purchase them here ⇓⇓⇓ 

As for me, I discovered that the Historic Royal Palaces offer of an Annual Membership to be beneficial. You can read about Why the Historic Royal Palaces Annual Membership is good for me here

Alongside there Royal Palaces in the City of London, there are also several parks  and large green spaces where one can escape to from the norm of sightseeing and crowded streets. Below, you will find a list of Royal Parks which I hope you will enjoy.

The Royal Parks – MyCityMyTown-Appreciating London Series

There are 8 Royal Parks, together they offer 5000 acres of green spaces which provides a natural habitat for many wildlife. The Parks are open to everyone throughout the year, where you can have a gentle stroll, exercise, have a bike-ride, have a picnic or just grab a seat at a bench and watch the world go by…

This is Regent's Park, London - one of the Royal Parks which I frequently visit and is #3 in MyCityMyTown-Appreciating London Series
This is Regent’s Park, London – one of the Royal Parks which I frequently visit and is #3 in MyCityMyTown-Appreciating London Series

or watch these guys having fun in the sun! 😊

Regent's Park, London - one of the 8 Royal Parks in London. #3 in MyCityMyTown Appreciating London Series - Royal Palaces and Royal Parks.
Regent’s Park, London – one of the 8 Royal Parks in London. #3 in MyCityMyTown Appreciating London Series – Royal Palaces and Royal Parks.

or these guys waddle!

The Round Pond at Kensington Palace Gardens - one of the 8 Royal Parks in London. #3 in MyCityMyTown Appreciating London Series - Royal Palaces and Royal Parks.
The Round Pond at Kensington Palace Gardens. – one of the 8 Royal Parks in London. #3 in MyCityMyTown Appreciating London Series – Royal Palaces and Royal Parks.

The 8 Parks are:

  1. Hyde Park;

     2. Kensington Palace Gardens: You can read related posts to Kensington Palace Gardens here

     3. Richmond Park;

     4. Bushy Park;

     5. St James’ Park;

     6. The Green Park;

   7. The Regents Park and Primrose Hill; You can read more on The Regents Park and Primrose Hill here.

     8. Greenwich Park – read about Greenwich Park here

  Information on the rest of the the Royal Parks are available here.

Tours in London 

I have carefully selected some tours for you to enhance your experiences here in London. 

You can also find theatre and show tickets and city passes to suit. It is convenient and their prices are competitive. Why not do a search, have a look and give it a go 😊


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6 Comments

  1. I am so pleased that you will be visiting in 2020! Yes, London has so many and yet we could do with a few more. Regent’s Park appears to be a little different than the others and provides a peaceful area. Hope you will be able to visit Regent’s Park when you visit. Glad you found the tips useful. Thank you 🙂

  2. I too hope to visit some of the Royal Parks in 2020. I had no ides there were 8 Royal Parks. And thanks for the tips on how to get the best deals for the Royal Palaces and Castles. 🙂

  3. I am delighted that you enjoyed my post and found it helpful. The Parks in London, as you know, offer so much more than just green spaces. I look forward to your visit here. Many thanks for your lovely comments, Roz, I appreciate it.

  4. I loved reading about the Royal Parks of London, it brought back many a happy memory of time spent in various parks throughout our time living in London. They are always beautiful but the burgeoning of spring is very special, particularly when the daffodils appear. Many thanks for your extremely helpful links to organise trips – you’ve done so much work and I, for one, am extremely grateful!

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