The Lost Palace of Downing Street

(3 customer reviews)

Embankment underground station, London (river exit)

Guided by Dan Parry

Walk Times

Day Walk Type Start Time End Time
10 September 2022 Tour du Jour 2.30 pm 4.30 pm Summer Reserve Online
8 October 2022 Tour du Jour 2.30 pm 4.30 pm Summer Reserve Online
12 November 2022 Tour du Jour 2.30 pm 4.30 pm Winter Reserve Online
11 February 2023 Tour du Jour 2.30 pm 4.30 pm Winter Reserve Online
11 March 2023 Tour du Jour 2.30 pm 4.30 pm Winter Reserve Online

Take a walk through the most magical corner of the kingdom.

Stand at the spot where King Charles I was beheaded, dare to enter Henry VIII’s jousting yard, stroll through a beautiful royal garden that was barred to the public for centuries and take a glimpse through the gates of Downing Street, home to Britain’s Prime Minister.

From the smoking ruins of Henry’s legendary Palace of Whitehall, grew an exclusive district that came to rule an empire and which still remains the centre of British political power today. Laced with pomp and pageants, intrigue and scandal, this is the all-but-forgotten story of what was once the largest palace in Europe.

Catch London at its best! Whitehall, the most powerful district in the capital, stands at the centre of Britain’s celebrations marking the 2022 Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. For nearly a thousand years, Britain’s Royal Family has long been associated with the palaces for which this area is justly famous.

At its heart stood the long-lost Palace of Whitehall, which in its final years stretched from Trafalgar Square almost to Big Ben and contained around 1,500 rooms. Here kings and queens, from Henry VIII to William and Mary, ate and slept, played tennis, hosted knights and tournaments, met their lackeys and lovers, and discussed affairs of state.

Here too, Henry VIII secretly married Anne Boleyn, and later Jane Seymour. Elizabeth I played games with her suitors and James I watched Shakespeare appear in The Tempest. Oliver Cromwell died here, less than 10 years after the execution of his adversary Charles I, who walked to his death from the Banqueting House, the only part of the palace still standing today after a devastating fire in 1698.

Walking along streets that originally ran through and around the palace, discover historic government buildings, from the Houses of Parliament to the Old Admiralty to Churchill’s secret WWII bunker. This summer, nowhere is more royal than Whitehall. Guided by Dan

3 reviews for The Lost Palace of Downing Street

  1. Catherine ward

    Brilliant walk by guide Dan.His passion knowledge and eloquence was infectious and entertaining ,Learnt more in one afternoon than all my school history lessons.Thank you Dan

  2. Catherine ward

    Brilliant tour by guide Dan.His passion and eloquence was so infectious and enjoyable.Learnt more in one afternoon than all my school history lessons.Best London Walk l have been on

  3. Terri Platt

    Entertaining and Educational. Dan was very knowledgeable and tied it all together in a fun way. Highly recommend.

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