We start the tour with the love story of Edward I and Queen Eleanor and the history of Eleanor crosses, a replica of one is actually our meeting place. Moving on to the tragic story of King Charles I, we stop at his statue on Trafalgar Square. Ahead of us is Whitehall, site of Henry VIII's great palace destroyed by fire at the end of the 17th century.
We then move on up the Mall to the royal homes that surround St James's park. We see Clarence House when the Queen lived after her marriage to the Duke of Edinburgh in 1947, it was long associated with the Queen Mother and us now the official residence of Prince Charles. Next door is the 16th century St James's Palace, once the main royal residence in London it is now used for official visits and functions and is the home of Princess Anne. Until recent times it was the residence of Prince William and Prince Harry.
A short walk away with bring us to Buckingham Palace, the official London residence of Her Majesty The Queen. In use as a royal home since the time of Queen Victoria, it is her grand statue that stands outside.
Walking through Green Park we arrive at a simple plaque at Bruton Street where the long demolished house once stood that saw the birth of Queen Elizabeth on the 21st of April, 1926.
After a stroll through Kensington Gardens we arrive at Kensington Palace, acquired by King William III and Queen Mary II over 300 years ago, it was the home of Prince Charles and Princess Diana and more recently William and Kate. In addition, Harry and Meghan lived in a house in the grounds just after their marriage.
Meeting point: Embankment Station
Take the Charing Cross exit from Embankment Station (to the left as you come through the Ticket Barriers). On the right hand side just past the Fruit Stand is Victoria Embankment Gardens, meet by the distinctive Black Telephone Box just past the second set of gates into the Gardens (opposite Wasabi Sushi and Bento)
This tour is run by a professional guide and will be for our students only.