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Treat Yourself to a Royal Roadtrip

Celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this year, with a visit to some of London’s top royal attractions. With special exhibitions and activities taking place throughout the year to mark Her Majesty’s 70 years on the throne, it’s the perfect time to explore London’s royal residences, galleries and gardens. 

Make the most of this historic event, running from the June 2nd to 5th 2022, by catching some exciting events in the city. Not sure where to start? We’ve picked the top eight must-see spots for your regal weekend out. 

Book a rental car in London with Hertz today and start planning your royal tour of the British capital for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. 

See the Crown Jewels Inside the Mysterious and Secretive Tower of London

The Tower of London has held various roles within its almost 1,000-year history, including a fortress, palace and even a prison. Today, it’s home to the Crown Jewels, a collection of more than 23,500 gemstones that adorn crowns, robes, scepters and swords – all used by English royalty throughout history. 

See the regalia worn by Elizabeth II on her historic coronation in June of 1953, alongside the Imperial State Crown and Sovereign’s Scepter – topped with the largest white diamond in the world. Some items are still worn by the Queen for key events, so look out for any labelled “In Use.” 

The Tower of London is open daily, with admission times varying throughout the year. From June 1st to September 18th, the Tower’s moat will also come to life, as it’s flooded with a breath-taking flower display to honor The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. 

Visit the Queen's Residence at Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace in London England

The Tower of London has held various roles within its almost 1,000-year history, including a fortress, palace and even a prison. Today, it’s home to the Crown Jewels, a collection of more than 23,500 gemstones that adorn crowns, robes, scepters and swords – all used by English royalty throughout history. 

See the regalia worn by Elizabeth II on her historic coronation in June of 1953, alongside the Imperial State Crown and Sovereign’s Scepter – topped with the largest white diamond in the world. Some items are still worn by the Queen for key events, so look out for any labelled “In Use.” 

The Tower of London is open daily, with admission times varying throughout the year. From June 1st to September 18th, the Tower’s moat will also come to life, as it’s flooded with a breath-taking flower display to honor The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. 

Walk in Awe at the Queen’s Gallery

From Buckingham Palace, it’s just a five-minute walk to The Queen’s Gallery on the southwest corner of the Palace grounds. Originally designed as a temple-inspired conservatory, this iconic building was repurposed as a private chapel for Queen Victoria. 

Following an air raid in 1940, the chapel was finally repurposed as an art gallery for the Royal Collection in 1962. Works from this vast body of fine and decorative arts can be viewed in the galleries, all conveniently located within the Palace grounds.  

The latest exhibition, opening on April 8th 2022, showcases the Collection’s exquisite examples of Japanese art and design. Admire decorative arts and furnishings, from folding screens to mounted vases, as well as traditional samurai armor dating back to the early 1500s.

Trot on Over to the Royal Mews' Golden Coaches

Our final stop in the Buckingham Palace grounds is the Royal Mews, built in 1825 as the main stables, riding school and coach house for the Royal family. They’re open from May 19th to October 2nd, with guided tours available. 

Venture inside to see the carriages and cars used by The Queen for special State events and ceremonies, including the Gold State Coach used for coronations. You’ll also find the Diamond Jubilee State Coach, which was built for Her Majesty’s 80th birthday and first used in 2014. 

Dress up as a footman in tailored livery or live like a royal in a replica Semi-State Landau, an ornate horse-drawn carriage. There’s a chance to learn about the two types of horses that pull the royal carriages too – Windsor Greys and Cleveland Bays – and if you’re lucky, you may even meet a couple during your visit.

Take in Beautiful Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey in London, England

Follow in the footsteps of royalty as you wander the halls of Westminster Abbey. This Gothic church has hosted every coronation since 1066, held more than 16 royal weddings and has 30 kings and queens buried within its grounds. 

See the spectacular shrine to King Edward the Confessor behind the High Altar, before visiting the Lady Chapel. This is where you’ll find the tombs of Elizabeth I, Mary I and Henry VII – be sure to look up and admire the medieval architecture and intricate fan vaulted ceiling. 

The Abbey also has its fair share of stained-glass windows, spanning the 18th century to modern day, including the Queen Elizabeth II window designed by David Hockney to celebrate Her Majesty’s reign. The abbey is open to visitors from Monday to Saturday, while services are held daily, free of charge, even on Sundays. 

Tour the Household Cavalry Museum at the Historic Horse Guards Building

Go behind-the-scenes of the Household Cavalry, who guard Her Majesty at ceremonies and special events in London and across the UK. It’s located in Horse Guards, close to St James’ Park and a short walk from Downing Street – with the London Eye sitting the backdrop. 

The Household Cavalry Museum lets kids and adults alike see inside the famous stables. Visitors can try on Cavalryman uniforms and learn the inner workings of the mounted regiment, with a museum and guided tours of the grounds available. 

Time your visit right and you may even get to see the guards in action. There are hourly sentry changes, daily morning guard changes and daily afternoon Garrison inspections. 

Visit Hampton Court Palace in Molesey

Hampton Court Palace

Brush up on your royal history with a trip to Hampton Court Palace – home of Henry VIII. Learn about the lives of Henry and his wives and explore significant moments that occurred within these Tudor walls, from the Chapel Royal to William III’s State Apartments. 

Don’t forget to take a tour of the Great Hall, where King Henry VIII would entertain and impress his court with banquets, balls and performances. Want a little fresh air? Your admission also includes access to Hampton Court’s pristine formal gardens, including the exclusive Platinum Jubilee flower display from June to September. 

Enjoy a stroll through the sunken gardens, then challenge friends and family to navigate the world’s oldest puzzle maze. The Chapel Royal is only open Wednesday to Saturday, but the Palace is open daily with just a few closures on April 19th, May 3rd and 6th, and June 7th.

Explore London's Kensington Palace

Welcome to Kensington Palace, the home of King William and Queen Mary, birthplace of Queen Victoria and the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.  

Explore the perfectly preserved State Apartments, complete with silk hangings, carved fireplaces and opulent carpets. In the Jewel Room, discover spectacular gems commissioned for Queen Victoria by Prince Albert, including a dazzling diamond and emerald tiara, with matching necklace, earrings and brooch.  

From March to October of 2022, the Palace is also hosting an exclusive exhibition on Life Through a Royal Lens. This fascinating collection captures some of the most iconic photographs of the Royal Family, from Cecil Beaton, Annie Leibowitz, David Bailey and more.

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