Things to do in London

Top 10 ways to see alternative royal London

12:43 17 June 2012

The Duke of York Steps in London. Photo by Danny Clarke via iwitness24

The Duke of York Steps in London. Photo by Danny Clarke via iwitness24

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After the pomp and ceremony of the Diamond Jubilee, DK Travel suggests 10 less obvious ways to see royal London.

1. Queen Anne’s Gate: A delightful small Westminster street with a statue of the queen who gave her name to a style of furniture.

2. The Old Vic, The Cut: In 1833 the former Royal Coburg Theatre was renamed the Royal Victoria in honour of the future queen. The handsome Georgian facade has changed little since 1816.

3. Princess of Wales Pub: Several London pubs changed their name to remember Diana, Princess of Wales.The Princess of Wales pub in Blackheath, however, served as changing room for the first ever England v Wales rugby international played on the heath in 1881.

4. Albert Bridge: Prehaps not the grandest of Prince Albert’s London legacies, but probably the prettiest. Lit by 4,000 bulbs at night, the bridge re-opened in December 2011 after extensive renovations.

5. Duke of York Steps: A statue of the Grand Old Duke of York subject of the nursery rhyme is elevated above these steps off Pall Mall.

6. Queen’s Chapel, Marlborough Road: This exquisite work of architect Inigo Jones was built for Charles I’s wife Henrietta Maria in 1627. The interior of the chapel, with its wonderful Annibale Carraci altarpiece and glorious 17th-century fittings, is open to worshippers and visitors in spring and early summer.

7. Victoria Gate Pet Cemetery: In a corner of Hyde Park over 300 beloved Victorian pets lie in this cemetery founded in 1880 by George, Duke of Cambridge after his wife’s favourite dog was run over.

8. Bushy Park, Hampton: The least obvious of the Royal Parks, Bushy is at its best in spring when the trees on Chestnut Avenue are in blossom. During the First and Second World Wars areas of the park were given over to “Dig for Victory” fruit and veg production.

9. Grosvenor Square, Mayfair: The hub of high society from the early 18th century until the Second World War, this is the only London square owned by the Crown.

10. Ede & Ravenscroft, Chancery Lane: Tailors and robe makers of choice for 12 coronations and official robe maker to the Queen, Prince Philip and Prince Charles. Peruse their collection of classy ties and perfect your Windsor Knot.

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