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Top 5 royal days out in London: Ideas inspired by Diamond Jubilee

16:56 30 May 2012

The Queen at Madame Tussauds, London

The Queen at Madame Tussauds, London

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If the celebrations for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee have whetted your appetite for all things royal, here are five ideas for days out in London well worth considering.

Crown jewels

A 're-presentation' of the Crown Jewels - that most powerful symbol of the British monarchy - shows these national treasures like never before at the Tower of London. The new display explores the importance of the jewels to the monarchy both in the past and in the present day, the role of the Tower in protecting them and the long tradition of coronations in England.

King's trail

Colin Firth's movie, The King's Speech, about King George VI's stammer struggles, was set in London, and much of the filming also took place around the capital. Among the locations featured are the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, Avenue Garden in Regent's Park and Lancaster House in the St James's area, which stood in for Buckingham Palace.

Invite to palace

Buckingham Palace - the official London residence of Britain's sovereigns since 1837 - opens to the public this year from June 30 to July 8 and July 31 to October 7, with the chance to see the State Rooms, Royal Mews and Queen's Gallery. A new exhibition shows how diamonds have been used by monarchs down the years, and includes a number of the Queen's personal jewels.

Meet the Queen

Londoners have the chance for 'an audience' with the Queen and other members of the Royal Family including William and Kate as well as Prince Charles and Camilla. As part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, a new wax model of the monarch has been created at Madame Tussauds - the 23rd different model of the Queen. The attraction is also displaying a host of archive images showcasing the relationship it has had with Her Majesty through the years - including snapshots from a number of her sittings.

Victoria revealed

Two exhibitions at Kensington Palace explore the life and reign of Queen Victoria. In Jubilee: A view from the crowd the Diamond Jubilee of 1897 is looked at from the point of view of the people who celebrated it. Meanwhile, Victoria Revealed is the Queen's story in her own words inspired by extracts from her journals and correspondence. It features personal objects and artworks in the rooms she once lived.

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LONDON IN AN APP! Whatever you're planning to do in London and wherever you're going, the fantastic FREE MyCityWayLondon24 app for iPhone can help you during a day out.

The app contains more than 30 really useful mini-apps which can help with everything from finding somewhere to grab a coffee or lunch to checking the latest travel information and locating free places to visit.

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