See Princess Diana's London


September 2013

As Diana, the biopic of the Princess of Wales, premieres in London, visitors to the city can explore some of the London attractions, shops and locations that are part of Diana’s story.

The upmarket London district of Knightsbridge is home to the legendary Harrods, claimed by many to be the best and most famous department store in the world. Fans of the Princess of Wales will know that it was the store where she purchased the iconic blue dress that she wore for the announcement of her engagement to Prince Charles. The store’s 330 departments include, as well as ladies’ wear fit for a princess, fine furniture, luxurious food and drink, an enormous range of toys and even a pet department.

St Pauls at NightCharles’ and Diana’s engagement was naturally followed by their wedding which, in a break from royal tradition, took place at St. Paul’s Cathedral. The cathedral was favoured over the traditional choice, Westminster Abbey, as it could accommodate more guests for the ceremony and meant a longer procession route through London for crowds of onlookers and well-wishers to enjoy. Visitors to the cathedral today can explore the beautiful mosaic interior and climb to the top of the dome to take in unrivalled views of London.

The Princess of Wales was one of a number of royals who have had Kensington Palace as their official residence throughout its history, and the palace is open to the public to provide a fascinating insight into royal life. In particular, the Fashion Rules exhibition (running until 2015) is a presentation of the era-defining outfits of Princess Diana, Princess Margaret and Her Majesty The Queen.

Holders of the London Pass get free access to Westminster Abbey, the stunning Gothic church near the Houses of Parliament where Diana’s funeral took place in 1997, and where her eldest son Prince William married Catherine Middleton in 2011. Over a million people visit the Abbey every year to see the setting for the coronation of numerous British monarchs, the final resting places of luminaries including Charles Dickens and Charles Darwin, the beautifully restored Chapter House and more.

London is full of royal history, and you're never far from a landmark with a story to tell. Why not pose next to Diana and other royals at Madame Tussauds London, or head further afield to see royal attractions like Hampton Court Palace, Windsor Castle and Kew Palace at Kew Gardens?