Every year on The Daily Constitutional, as the high season for visitors to London hots up, I spend August sharing a few archive posts. This year I'm reposting recommendations from our If You Do One Other Thing In London slot (a regular feature of our Saturday London Spy posts) and updated posts from the Best Museums In London series, in which the London Walks guides shared their best London museum tips.
If theres' a London Walks tour starting or ending nearby I'll add the details at the bottom of each post. I hope you find these posts helpful over the course of the summer.
Keep in touch - I'm not going into hiding! - I'll be posting throughout August and, of course, I'll see many of you "out there" on London Walks tours. All of our regular features – and some new ones, too – will return in September.
A.S-G London, August 2016
All over London we find the fingerprints of history. A flake of the Roman London Wall, perhaps. A long disused gateway or portico here, a disembodied flight of stone steps there.
But nowhere is the fingerprint more grand than at the last surviving piece of the Palace of Whitehall, Banqueting House.
Designed by Inigo Jones and dating from 1622, its classical lines belie its bleak and gruesome history – in 1649 it was the scene of the execution of King Charles I.
Adult admission £6, concessions £5 children under 16 go free.
The Banqueting House website is here: www.hrp.org.uk/banqueting-house
Banqueting House is very near the end of the route of all the Westminster tours operated regularly by London Walks – for more info on those, click HERE.
A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession.
Children under 15 go FREE.
To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.