Day 11, Wednesday, July 4, 2018
After the Changing of the Guard we were off to find some lunch. We stopped in at the Bag O’ Nails pub, another in the Greene King chain, but the menu was different than we had seen before. I had the tomato and mozzarella salad topped with a balsamic drizzle. It was good, and did some good at satisfying my craving for salad…
Then we went to Kensington Palace. Kensington Palace was built in 1605 and expanded in 1689, after it was purchased by the royal family. A number of royals have lived at Kensington, including Queen Victoria and Albert, Princess Diana and currently Prince William and Kate. The state rooms are open to the public to tour, and there are several exhibits inside.
Taryn and I toured the rooms and exhibits. The rooms were plainer than the other royal residences that we visited. You could sit on some of the furniture in some of the rooms and take photos here (no flash), and I thought the exhibits were more interesting than the rooms themselves. One exhibit details the life and love story of Queen Victoria and Albert; it was perhaps the best love story I have heard in awhile. I’m a sucker for a good love story.
Another exhibit shows many of the suits and dresses that Princess Diana wore during her royal life. There was so much 80s and 90s in that room!
I thought the gardens were the most impressive part of Kensington Palace. The formal garden is beautiful, and Taryn and I spent some time wandering and checking it out.
Tube Stations: Hyde Park Corner (Buckingham Palace) to Notting Hill Gate (Kensington Palace)
Costs: Kensington Palace – 19.50 pounds (free with London Pass)