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Kensington Palace
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Royal Palaces Pass: Kensington Palace, Hampton Court and Tower of London
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Secret Gardens Tour of London with Afternoon Tea
Ranked #160 of 1,736 things to do in London
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Once the favored home of kings and queens, this royal residence, redesigned by Christopher Wren for William and Mary in 1689, was home to Princess Diana, and today features the Court Dress collection.
Reviewed 27 August 2014

I've been to London many times, but never visited Kensington until this year. It's a very underwhelming building relative to many other London sites, and the surrounding park is extremely unkempt, but the age and history of the palace is not to be missed. Although the presentation of the palace and the history are very much dressed up for visitors, there is a terrific history lesson hidden in the "explainers" placed throughout the building. This visit combined with reading a well-written book about the down and dirty of the monarchy will teach you much more than you ever learned in school. The gold gates where the Princess Di memorial flowers were placed after her death are shockingly small but nice to see. If you exit to the west by the private part of the palace where William & Kate live, you may catch a glimpse of a royal - in our case, it was the royal dog trotting around doing his business!

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Reviewed 26 August 2014

Wonderful experience touring though the palace to see how the Royals lived in years past. The rate was reasonable and tea in the garden was delightful.

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Reviewed 26 August 2014

Nice tea room with outdoor seating, well-kept interior where you can go at your own pace. Sunken garden very relaxing.

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Reviewed 26 August 2014

Kensington Palace is a building of huge significance that offers enormous potential to tourists to the capital, both domestic and international. What the Palace offers for its entry fee is - in comparison to other venues in this category - comparatively little. The Palace rooms themselves are somewhat insignificant when compared to those at say Hampton Court, and the displays set out in them are either dark or sparse. Best of the current exhibitions is a collection of gowns worn by the Queen, Princess Margaret and Diana, Princess of Wales: their interest though is more as a reflection on fashion trends than any special royal connection. There are efforts to make the tour interesting - even the ever-present costumed actors - but really what's on offer is very far down the list of 'things to do in London' and I'd certainly not recommend guests included it on their itineraries. Usual shopping experience, not very good cafe (the Orangery may cancel that comment but we didn't go in) and the biggest plus - hugely helpful and friendly staff at every turn- very impressed!

4  Thank RobJP
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Reviewed 26 August 2014

Having read some of the reviews beforehand, I was prepared for the rather dark and gloomy rooms. What I was not expecting, were empty rooms with just projected images on the walls or rooms containing costumes made out of white paper, quite surreal.
The Victorian section is fairly good and informative and I am sure the outfits worn by the present Queen and Princess Diana will be a hit, especially with the females. But the whole experience is slightly underwhelming.
My advice would be to give this one a miss and visit Buckingham Palace and Hampton Court Palace instead.

3  Thank stephen j
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