The Old Royal Naval College is one of London's most famous riverside landmarks and a masterpiece of Baroque architecture. The Grade I listed group of buildings, designed by Sir Christopher Wren as the Greenwich Hospital, occupy the site of the Tudor palace where Henry VIII and Elizabeth I were born. The buildings incorporate the magnificent Painted Hall by James Thornhill and the Neo classical chapel by James Stuart. The public can visit the beautiful grounds of the estate and also Discover Greenwich, a major education and interpretation centre, telling the continuing history of the Old Royal Naval College and Maritime Greenwich.
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The UK's capital was founded by the Romans shortly after they invaded in 43AD. Since then it’s evolved into one of the greatest cities on earth. From a bloody, squalid history to the vanguard of fashion in the Swinging 1960s to the buzzing metropolis it is today, London has something for everyone. There are very British pursuits like the Oxford and Cambridge boat race, changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and an impressive collection of traditional English pubs. And that’s not to mention world-renowned arts venues, galleries and museums, award-winning theatre and unrivalled shopping – all found within a few Tube stops of each other.
London’s royal history is not to be missed. Visitors can roam around one of Britain’s finest medieval castles and royal prison, and learn about the final days of Anne Boleyn at the Tower of London or, for the less bloodthirsty, visit the Queen’s London home, Buckingham Palace. Don’t miss out on exploring the capital’s Royal Parks – from St James’ Park and Hyde Park in the centre to the majestic Hampton Court and wilderness of Richmond Park in the southwest.
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