Photography by Ricky Leaver
London’s history is almost 2000 years old, beginning with the Roman Londinium. Its many connections with royalty are almost as long, and certainly are varied, giving a special significance to many of the capitol’s attractions. The book, Royal London, tells the story of each of these special places and buildings with the focus on their relationship to royalty. Over 130 gardens, statues, parks, and other objects are included in the book. Many are familiar to tourists—such as Buckingham Palace and St James’s Park—others are still unknown or little visited, but all have stories to tell.
The book Royal London is divided by area and includes a map with the locations of the highlighted properties clearly marked. The divisions are Westminster, the City, Piccadilly to Hackney, Marble Arch to Highgate, West London, South-east London, and South-west London. Each place written about is enhanced with outstanding colour photography.
Westminster is home to many royal sites including the stunning Spencer House, ancestral home of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, and the Banqueting House where Charles I lost his head. Among the sites highlighted in The City are the famous Tower of London and St Paul’s cathedral along with the not so well known Clockmakers’ Company museum. Piccadilly to Hackney’s royal connections include the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane, Gray’s Inn, and the Coutts & Co bank. Marble Arch to Highgate points out the home of Nell Gwyn, famous mistress to Charles II.
West London is home to Rotten Row and the Victoria and Albert Museum, worth several days of visiting on its own. South-east London shows off Eltham Palace, Greenwich Park, and the Prince Consort’s model lodge, among other royal connections. South-west London is home to Kew palace, Orleans House gallery, and Richmond Park.
Author Jane Struthers is a full-time writer who has a strong interest in history and historical buildings. She is the author of many non-fiction books, including Britain from the Air, Royal Britain from the Air and Britain's Coastlines from the Air (all published by Ebury Press). She is also the author of the New Holland title Royal Palaces of Britain.
Ricky Leaver is a London-based photographer who runs the London Stills picture library, the only online picture library dedicated to the city of London.
The book Royal London is a celebration of the architecture and landscapes of the royal connections in London and is a must-have purchase for all lovers of British history and royalty. The stories all these places have to tell are fascinating in their own right even without the royal connections, and all are worth a visit. The places in the book would make for an interesting “royal tour”.
First published 2005
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ISBN: 1 84330 958 0
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