Immerse yourself in London royalty

With the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations just around the corner, visitors from across the world could soon be staying in central London hotels to take in a truly royal experience.

The capital's official tourism promotion group, Visit London, has lined up the top events that all those visiting luxury London hotels may want to take in.

"If you were a king or queen for the day in London, what would you do? Ride around in a carriage made out of gold, wear the world's most famous diamond on your head, or marry six wives (and have two beheaded)?" remarked the group.

"From regal robes and crown jewels to sumptuous state apartments and ceremonial carriages, here's where to go in London for an insight into British Royalty throughout the ages."

Celebrations of the Queen's 60th year on the throne kick off on June 2nd, with events taking place across her home city.

Among the displays that culture vultures can take in are the exhibitions and displays at Buckingham Palace and the Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the river Thames.

Curious guests may choose to go on an official tour of Buckingham Palace, with the lavish State Rooms open to visitors during the summer months.

However, all year round tourists flock to the gates to see the changing of the guard, the famed formal display of pomp and ceremony.

Free to all spectators, the two divisions of the palace's household guard exchange duties to music while dressed in formal red tunics and bearskin hats.

Only a short trip away from central London, ideal for those in hotels in Marble Arch, Hampton Court Palace offers up a more historic perspective of royalty.

Henry VIII's favourite royal residence is a well-preserved Tudor court fully equipped with its own state rooms and 60 acres of surrounding land, boasting a complex hedge maze.

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