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The Royal Lover's Guide to London (Paperback)

Colour Books Hobbies & Lifestyle > Travel P&S History > British History P&S History > Royal History Photographic Books World History > UK & Ireland > England > London

By Angela Youngman
Imprint: White Owl
Series: City Guides
Pages: 176
Illustrations: 100 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781399001700
Published: 13th March 2023



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London and the Royal Family are inextricably intertwined. Generations of monarchs have been crowned, married and buried there.

Linking Hampton Court Palace to Greenwich is a royal river, which in turn has been used for royal celebrations and progresses as well as a route to imprisonment and execution.

In the current century, London became a focus of Royal Jubilees.

Wherever you go within London there are places and scenes linked to past and present royalty.

Thousands of people come every year to see the stunning places associated with the Royal Family, to watch spectacular ceremonies like Changing of the Guard, The Trooping of the Colour, or simply to explore the history and heritage of Royal London.

Royal London highlights everything from Westminster Abbey, the site of coronations and weddings to the Victoria & Albert Museum and Horse Guards Parade. Take a look at royal palaces such as Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace and Kew Palace. Discover amazing stories at the Tower of London.

Discover where the Duchess of Cambridge danced with Paddington Bear, where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge together with Prince Harry duelled with wands, the bakery popular with Meghan, Duchess of Suffolk, an apothecaries garden of which the Prince of Wales is patron and some of Princess Eugenie’s artistic venues.

Take a trip to RAF Hendon and see the helicopter piloted by the Duke of Cambridge while serving with the RAF Search & Rescue or explore the football grounds supported by royal princes. Shop in the stores that are used by Royalty.

Discover London from a royal perspective exploring the shops, places and venues linked to modern royalty.

As seen in

Royal Britain

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

As a travel and royal family lover, this is the perfect book for me. We are planning a trip to London so this came at a perfect time. I really like how this book was laid out. There was a mix of new and hidden gem places.

NetGalley, Rachel Quinn

As featured in

The Alliance Bulletin (The International Travel Writers Alliance)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I am such a history nerd and I love the history around the royal family. I have also loved all the other books in this series so I was so happy to get to read this book. I wasn't disappointed and I cannot wait to revisit some of the places I have already seen with new eyes and some new places too

NetGalley, Aria Harlow

A great little read to carry with you on a trip, or to read in a cosy armchair at home.

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Tudor Blogger

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I AM OBSESSED. I need this as a coffee table or just something to keep to flip through when I'm bored. I nerded out so hard and enjoyed every part of this. I'm thankful for the research and the way this information was presented.

NetGalley, Caroline Craig David

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This guide will take you to all the places the Royal family lives in London, from the Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey to their favorite shops, hotels, restaurants, and so much more. Very informative with beautiful photography.

NetGalley, Melissa Borsey

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Royal Lover’s Guide to London contains all the information I search for before I hit the road. Moreover, I found myself searching for the best airfare to London when reading this guide. And that is the best recommendation for this book.
London is divided into nine sections here, each containing the most famous landmarks.
As this is a royal lover’s guide, the shops and restaurants visited by members of the Royal Family are a significant part of the text (they would be hidden in the where to eat and shop section in the other guides).

In the descriptions of each place, we learn its history, a tidbit of trivia that will delight a fellow traveler with no royal interests, and most importantly, who was ever here and what they did. One locates events one has only read about.

What pleases your wallet is that many places can be visited for free, as the guide also reveals.

NetGalley, Magdalena Šejdová

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This is a thorough guide to London which also touches on all of the Royal rulers up to and including King Charles III. There are discussions of the Thames and the bridges crossing the river. The various Royal palaces are depicted. There are many restaurants noted that the Royals like to visit as well as their favorite stores and boutiques. There are art galleries, entertainment places, memorials, gardens, museums, libraries, government offices and so much more. With each site noted, there are directions on how to get to them, hours open and entry fee if any.

I have visited London several times in the past, but I must say that after reading this delightful guide, I feel like I have just had a complete tour of this magnificent city. Even if one cannot visit in person, just reading this guide will be like being there in person.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves London, anything about Britain and the Royal family. So, sit back and take a tour from your favorite chair and, hopefully, you can actually visit one day. Enjoy!

NetGalley, Connie Fischer

When you think of London one of the primary attractions is all things royal. The appetite for royals is insatiable with some so this would be a good guide for those fixated on the comings and goings of the Family. It does focus more on the younger generations of Elizabeth II’s children and grandchildren and great grandchildren. It does cover all the ceremonial places or spots where there would be something official. But as a nod to the more gossipy parts of royal watching, it also has the various stores and restaurants etc that they frequent.

NetGalley, Susan Johnston

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

From Albert Hall to Victoria station London is a royal whoppers dream from their favorite restaurants to their favorite places to buy jewelry and much much more this book is chock-full of cultist details on our favorite Royals. I’m not going to lie I thought this was a book about royal couples but that’s what I get for not reading the summary but having said that I still totally enjoyed the spots that was so much I didn’t know and places I had no idea existed until after reading this book such as Queen Elizabeth‘s favorite place to dine her favorite place to buy jewelry and although she is deceased I never thought of her having a favorite anything I love the Royals and loved this book. If you have a passing interest in what the Royals do and things and reasons they put their name on stuff you definitely should read the royal lovers guide to London. It is broken up into different parts of the capital city no matter what part the section is covering it has many detailed places and reasons why the Royals love it. I highly recommend this book.

NetGalley, Janalyn Prude

Having been to London many year's ago, I was interested in learning a bit more about the royal connections to some of the places that I had been - and also a bit more about some of the places that I missed. Focusing entirely on the London area, this book discusses not only the palaces and places that you would think, but also the ones that you wouldn't such as restaurants and shops. If you want to tour London like royalty, this is a good book for you. For those that want to live like royalty but don't have the budget, the book provides the closest Underground stops to use when visiting. Sine I almost exclusively used the Underground when I was there, this is helpful when planning and navigating the city.

NetGalley, Laura Hoyt

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

A useful guide to many iconic London attractions organised geographically with beautiful photos. My history loving daughter and I are planning a trip to Kensington Palace next month and this guide will provide us with plenty to see in the surrounding area on our visit. Not just for ‘Royal Lovers’ though, this would be useful for anyone planning a sightseeing trip to London!

NetGalley, Hayley Remmington

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

An easy-to-read guide to all the spots in London associated with the royal family. This is a must-have for anyone taking a trip to London, and a fun read for those of us who are armchair travelers. Packed with info and beautiful pictures of the more popular locations. It makes one want to plan a vacation to London as soon as possible.

NetGalley, Mariama Thorlu-Bangura

Geographically arranged with information and trivia about each place, and accompanying photos, this is an excellent guide and something I’ll definitely bring with me when I’m finally able to visit England for a couple of months.


NetGalley, Michelle Smith

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I'm not royal family fan but I am interested in the history that' is around us and found this book brilliant.
Don't need be fan of royal to enjoy this book just as long enjoy history.
Worth reading.

NetGalley, Karen Bull

I love London, only been there once, but I adored the hustle and bustle of the lively city, I loved Harrods too. This is a great book for anyone who loves London, or wants to know more about it. I love the pictures of London, so wish I was there again.

NetGalley, Sheila Treacy

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Travelers (whether armchair or in real time) and those who are intrigued by royals now and in the centuries past will very much enjoy this guide. It is filled with photos and short entries. Organized geographically, readers will be able to plan a nice route for sightseeing.

For example, in chapter 2 on Kensington and Chelsea, there is information on the Albert Memorial, Bluebird Cafe (Harry went there), Chelsea Physic Garden, Kensington Palace and the Diana, Princess of Wales Fountain, among others. Each entry has helpful information including hours, underground stations and websites. Each featured neighborhood includes many suggestions of places to go; I liked that there were many to do with food and drink, as well as sites.

This is a wonderful guide to the city. I plan to take it with me when next I travel.

NetGalley, Joyce Laudon

This would be super helpful in planning a trip to London (which is a bucket list trip for me) or as a coffee table book as well. Would make a great gift.

NetGalley, Barb Powell

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

A very interesting guide to London with beautiful pictures. For every site, you will find information about opening hours and the nearest metro station with approximate walking time. Highly recommend it for all people visiting London - not limited to royal lovers only.

NetGalley, Meg Gajda

About Angela Youngman

Angela Youngman is a professional journalist and author living in Norfolk. Her other books include The Dark Side of Alice in WonderlandNorfolk: A Dog Walkers GuideKiddiwalks Norfolk, and Green Roofs. She is a member of the International Travel Writers Alliance and Garden Media Guild, writing for a wide range of travel, tourism, transport, culture magazines and websites. Angela enjoys finding the unexpected and unusual stories relating to destinations such as London.

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