London is one of the most historic cities in the world. With a millennia’s worth of buildings, people and stories, it’s no wonder that there are so many historic buildings dotted around the city and its outskirts. That’s what adds to both the intrigue and the romance of the city, making it one of the most absorbing places to visit in Europe. If you’re staying in the city and looking for great things to do during your stay at the Hyde Park Paddington Hotels, then why not visit some of London’s best medieval sites? There is plenty to see and learn about, and whether your visiting with friends, your other half, or family, there’s something to suit your needs in both history and in enjoyment.
Hampton Court Palace
Based 11 miles outside of London, Hampton Court Palace is one of the most historic sites in the London area. With a history spanning back to 1514, the palace was originally built by King Henry VIII for his then favourite subject, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey. After the Cardinal fell from the Kings inner circle, it was bequeathed back to the king and became one of the main royal households in the following century. With William III’s rebuilding, the Tudor Palace was expanded and became a mish mash of Baroque and Tudor architecture.
The palace was used up until the reign of King George II and has an expansive parkland around it, making for a great day out. Make sure you don’t miss the maze on the palace grounds, perfect for a wander during a bright day.
St Pauls Cathedral
St Paul’s Cathedral was originally built in the 14th century and was dedicated to St Paul, the Apostle. The building has a history which spans even further back, dating to the original church on its site which was founded in the year 604. The incarnation we see today was built cathedral was built in 1697 and nowadays you’ll find this awe-inspiring structure to be filled with famous tombs, architecture and an image which is iconic the world over. The cathedral surpasses just medieval history, having been the funeral site for many of the most famous British figures of the past centuries, including Winston Churchill, Admiral Nelson and the Duke of Wellington whilst also being the site of Prince Charles and Diana’s wedding, as well as the diamond jubilee of reigning monarch Queen Elizabeth II.
The Tower of London
The Tower of London is one of the most legendary medieval sites of the city. Although dating back to pre-medieval 1066, erected by William the Conqueror in 1078, the Tower of London was originally a defending fortress against invaders, acting as the last bastion of defence for the capital city. Since then the tower of London has had many uses, including as a prison and even as a zoo of exotic animals, part of private collections for the reigning monarchs. Nowadays, you’ll find the crown jewels displayed in the Tower, as well as burial sites for monarchs such as Anne Boleyn.