The Mall – The Ceremonial Route to Buckingham Palace

The Mall in London

The Iconic Mall in London Was Created As A Ceremonial Route: The Mall in London was designed as a broad triumphal approach leading from Trafalgar Square to the impressive Admiralty Arch and then on to Buckingham Palace. This ceremonial route was created in 1911 by Sir Aston Webb when he redesigned the facade of Buckingham […]

Greenwich Park – The Oldest of the Royal Parks

Greenwich Park, London © Travel Signposts

Greenwich Park Is Part of the Greenwich World Heritage Site, Home to Prime Meridian Line: Greenwich Park was originally the grounds of a royal palace.  Since the land was inherited by Henry V’s brother in 1427, generations of monarchs have taken an interest in the park and built their manors and palaces on the site. […]

London Canal Museum – An Interesting Canal Museum

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A Fascinating Canal Museum that tells of the Role that London Canals  Once Played: Before the arrival of railways, London’s canals played an important role as commercial waterways where all types of cargoes were transported and trade carried out. The people who worked on the London canals, their boats and their cargoes and trade may […]

Horse Guards Parade – A Venue for Royal Ceremonies

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Horse Guards Parade is the Parade Ground for Many London Royal Ceremonies: Located at the heart of Whitehall, the political centre of  Britain, Horse Guards Parade is where some of the best of British royal parades and ceremonies take place in London. The Changing the Guard Ceremony (horse guards) and Dismounting Ceremony take place here […]

St Martin-in-the-Fields – The Church of the Ever Open Door

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St Martin-in-the-Fields – One of London’s Liveliest and Best-Loved Churches: In the northeast corner of Trafalgar Square is St Martin-in-the-Fields, one of London’s liveliest and best-loved churches and arts venues.  St Martin-in-the-Fields is also one of London’s most famous non-cathedral churches. There has been a church on this Trafalgar Square site since the 13th century. […]

Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain

Diana Memorial Fountain - Hyde Park

One of the Largest Memorials in London’s Hyde Park: One of the largest memorials in London’s Hyde Park is the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain. This Memorial, located in the southwest corner of Hyde Park, just south of The Serpentine, has become one of London’s most popular attractions with about a million people visiting […]

Hyde Park – A Prized Public Space

Hyde Park, London

Hyde Park – The Oldest Park and One of the Largest in Central London: Perhaps most famous for the Speakers’ Corner, where eccentrics, budding orators and other speakers stand on top of a soapbox and shout their views to the crowd, Hyde Park is one of the Royal Parks of London and certainly one of […]

Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground

Diana Memorial Playground © Travel Signposts

An Adventure Playground Inspired by Stories of Peter Pan: Our walks through Kensington Gardens brought us to the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground which is dedicated to the memory of Princess Diana.  Princess Di was known for her love of children and this memorial playground, which opened in June 2000, is a permanent recognition […]

Kensington Gardens – A Royal Park in London

Kensington Gardens

There are Many Charming Features to Discover in Kensington Gardens: With our hotel right opposite Kensington Gardens, there was no excuse not to explore the Gardens on this visit. Whereas on  previous London visits, we’ve mostly just skirted through parts of the Kensington Gardens to get somewhere, this time round we were well located to […]

Kew Palace and Gardens

Kew Palace - Image by John Thaxter..

Kew Palace and Gardens: Kew Palace, known at Dutch House until 1827, was built in 1631 for the Dutch merchant Samuel Fortrey.  The Austrian ruler in Amadeus announced “It’s good to be king!” , but sometimes being a wealthy merchant is just as good, if not better. Mr. Fortrey’s descendants wisely leased the mansion to […]