A royal guide for first-time visitors in London

London visitor

Every day, thousands of excited tourists and curious travellers scramble through London to see some of the historic royal sights. From castles to cathedrals, the city is rich with royal history that’s just waiting to be discovered.

If you’re planning a trip to the Montcalm Hotel for the first time, you’ll be glad to know that our London luxury hotels are ideally located in the centre of the city. That means you won’t have any trouble finding your way around and getting to these amazing royal attractions.

bukingham palace

Buckingham Palace

Westminster, London

This is perhaps the most iconic of all the royal attractions in London. As the official residence and base of operations for the monarch, Buckingham Palace is a must-see for fans of the Royal Family. Take a stroll through the historic area of Westminster and find yourself at the gates of London’s most famous palace. Snap some photos of the beautiful architecture and catch the colourful coats of the Royal Guard as they patrol the palace. Timing is everything when you visit Buckingham Palace as it tends to draw in huge crowds.

kensington palace

Kensington Palace

Kensington Gardens, London

While this palace may not be as famous as its cousin in Westminster, it has its own unique charm and holds a rich history. The building itself has been used an official residence by a number of royals throughout history and was the birthplace of Queen Victoria. Today parts of the palace are open to the public as a museum, showcasing a selection of paintings and antiques from the official Royal Collection.  A stroll around the beautiful palace grounds is a great way to spend the afternoon with a loved one.

tower of london

Tower of London

St Katharine’s and Wapping, London

This is one of the oldest royal structures in London and has been standing for nearly 1000 years. The original central White Tower was built in 1078 by order of William the Conqueror after his invasion of Britain. At the time of its conception, the tower was used as a military fortress and a base of operations but today the Tower serves as a secondary place of residence for Her Majesty the Queen. The architectural beauty of the tower and its grounds draw in hundreds of tourists every day and provide an exciting look into the history of London and the Royal Family.

Hampton Court Palace

Molesey, East Molesey

This particular royal attraction is a little outside of the city but is more than worth the trip. Make your way to the gorgeous area of Molesey and explore the official residence of King Henry VIII. The famous monarch, along with all of his six wives lived in the beautiful Hampton Court Palace and it was also the place where he proposed to his third wife, Jane Seymour. A trip to Hampton Court Palace offers more than just a look at beautiful antiques. The experience includes a guided tour from costumed actors that take you on a journey through time.