Last week I finally got a chance to return to one of my favourite places… London. On the 28th August I flew over with my mum and my aunty, and then met my sister at the train station. We had such a fun filled week and we saw and did so much. I’ve been rather lost as to how to write about my week, so I decided I would start off my travel diaries with one about our trip to Kensington Palace.
The Kensington Palace tour had never been high on my list of things to do in London. I had went before on my first trip to London (which you can read about here) but I had only explored around the gardens and seen the outside. However I really wanted to see the Princess Diana fashion exhibition so a few weeks before we went I booked the tickets.
When we went we got off at the Queensway tube station and took a lovely walk through Kensington Gardens. It’s so peaceful walking though the parks in London, I just love having the chance to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, and enjoy all of the green. We even saw a few squirrels.
The first thing we did when we got to Kensington Palace was stop for a drink. That day was absolutely roasting in London, so we where all in need of a refreshment. So we sat outside with a drink and participated in our favourite pastime- people watching.
After we where all efficiently re-hydrated, we entered into the Palace. When we got in and picked up our tickets we saw that there was 5 different parts of the tour, and we decided to start it off with the King’s Apartment where we began by walking up the gorgeous Grand Staircase. After this we went onto the Queens Apartment. Both of these areas where great and everything was so opulent and amazing to see.
Next on our tour was the ‘Victoria Revealed’ exhibition. I have really enjoyed watching the tv show Victoria, so I was really looking forward to this exhibition. It was so great to see where she grew up and lived. The exhibition looked into everything from her childhood to her relationship with Albert, and his death. Definitely a very interesting part of the tour and when I came home I spent a lot of time on Queen Victoria’s wikipedia page.
After the Victoria exhibition came the reason I was there… Diana: Her Fashion Exhibition. There is no denying that Princess Diana was an extremely fashionable and beautiful lady, and I was so excited to see the clothes she wore throughout her life.
The exhibition started off with clothes from her first public appearances, and ended with the much ‘sexier’ and glamorous outfits from her later life. It was so interesting to see the change in her style- it really showed just how much she grew in confidence throughout the years. I also loved how they included so many photos and sketches throughout the exhibition. It was great to see the designers sketches of the outfits (how I would love them for my room ha) and the amazing and gorgeous pictures of Diana in the outfits.
My favourite part of the exhibtion was definitely the last room where they had some of my favourite outfits, including the gorgeous blue Jacques Azagury dress that she wore to the ballet in London. This room also included the most stunning pictures of her that where taken for the Christie’s auction that she held to auction off some of her clothes for charity.
After the Diana exhibition came the final part of the tour- the Enlightened Princesses. I’m going to be honest- I didn’t find this part the most interesting. It might have been because of how tired I was, or maybe it was simply because I knew nothing about the three princesses that it was about, but I just found I couldn’t get into it.
After we finished the tour, and took a quick browse around the gift shop, we decided it was time for lunch. We decided it was quicker to head back to the tube, and get off at Marble Arch station and then walk down to the Serpentine Bar and Kitchen in Hyde Park. It was so busy but we where lucky enough to get a table overlook the lake which made for a very relaxing lunch. When lunch was over my mum, aunt and sister headed to Harrods while I headed off to Victoria to meet my friend Aisling for a coffee and catch up!
The Kensington Palace tour was definitely a lot better than I thought it was going to be. I had only really went for the Diana exhibition but I ended up enjoying almost all of the tour. Unfortunately we didn’t have time to explore around the gardens, but maybe I’ll do that next time.*POST MAY CONTAIN AFFILIATE LINKS