After a long winter lockdown, the UK’s beautiful royal palaces are finally due to reopen in the coming months! As government restrictions begin to ease, with indoor spaces largely being permitted to open from the 17th of May, the palaces have announced a gradual reopening. This is great news for us, as it means the Best of Brazil Awards are very likely to go ahead in person this year, if things continue to move in a positive direction!
Tower of London
The Tower of London is one of England’s most iconic tourist attractions, and it was recently announced by the Historic Royal Palaces charity that the Tower will be reopening on the 19th of May 2021, in line with government guidance.
At the Tower of London, you can expect to be dazzled by the breath-taking collection of 23,578 gemstones which make up the Crown Jewels, you can marvel at the historic armour of kings from times past, and you can meet the famous ravens of the Tower, known as the guardians of the Tower of London.
In May half term, the Tower is running an event called Knight School: The Show, where you can find out what it takes to become a full-fledged knight, between the 29th of May and the 6th of June. It's a perfect family day out!
The Queen’s official London residence will be reopening for tours in May. Tours of the palace’s State Rooms will run through to September. Guided garden tours restarted on April 17th, and much to royal fans’ delight, there is now also the option to take yourself on a self-guided tour round the palace’s beautiful gardens.
Visitors will be free to stroll through the gardens, having the unique opportunity to enjoy a picnic on one of the sweeping lawns. Certain parts of the garden will remain exclusive to the guided tours, but the vast majority of these famous gardens will be open for visitors to roam at their own will.
A wonderful exhibition titled Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace will also be welcoming visitors from Monday, 17th of May. One small difference when visiting Her Majesty’s residences is that you are now required to book a ticket in advance to help keep yourself and others safe during your visit.
Kensington Palace is the birthplace of Queen Victoria and has been home to young royals for over 300 years. You can walk in the footsteps of young Victoria through her wonderfully reimagined childhood rooms, and take a peek back in history in the King’s State Rooms and the Queen’s State Rooms.
Kensington Palace is due to reopen to the public on the 26th of May, with tickets available to purchase online now through the Historical Royal Palaces charity. On the 3rd of June, a temporary exhibition called Royal Style in the Making will open to the public. Here visitors will be able to learn about the process behind some of the most important pieces of royal couture in history. On display will be Diana, Princess of Wales’ wedding dress, in addition to a rare surviving toile for the 1937 coronation gown of The Queen Mother, King George’s royal consort.
Houses of Parliament
Currently, there has been no date announced for when the Houses of Parliament will reopen to the general public, and tickets are not available to book as of yet. In light of the announcements by the royal palaces and residences, it can be hoped that the reopening of Houses of Parliament lies in the not-too-distant future, though! Watch this space, and keep your fingers crossed if you’re hoping to visit soon.