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Kensington Palace, London

Kensington Gardens
England W8 4PX
Tel: 44 870 751 5170
Tube: High Street Kensington
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Members of the cult of Diana need to come here to view where the People's Princess lived (more or less—her quarters are not open to the public), and to see one of her gowns, along with royal outfits through the ages, in the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection. The palace itself, which predated Buck House as the royal abode, is worth a look as well—the rolling exhibitions are always imaginative (from Mario Testino's portraits of Diana to live actors and musicians recreating the lives of previous royal inhabitants), and it lacks the interminable lines for the brief August opening of the current Queen's house. The King's Apartments, with its Old Masters (including Tintorettos and Van Dycks) and a lot of booty from the Stuart-Hanoverian periods, are highlights. Afterward, take tea in the lovely Orangery, and should you be trailing kids, take them to the adjacent Princess Diana Memorial Playground—a forest of wooden climbing apparatuses.

Open daily Mar–Oct: 10–6; Nov–Feb: 10–5.

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A bit of a disappointment

I've been to London a number of times and never had the opportunity to tour the palace. I did take a tour January 2010, and I have to admit I was a bit... more