The Story Of Kensington Palace

The Story Of Kensington Palace

Discover the story of the people, places & personalities behind the palace

This is the tour that takes you inside the real story behind Kensington Palace and people associated with it.

A perfect pre-amble for a visit to Kensington Palace, this tour explores the people, places and personalities that shaped this iconic royal residence’s story .

Kensington Palace today is remarkable for being the home not only of modern royals including Prince William and his family but also many influential figures in British and global history.  Residents have famously included royals from the modern era such as Princess Diana of Wales, Princess Margaret and more recently Prince Harry of Wales. 

Yet, behind its history and architecture there are fascinating tales of intrigue that have fundamentally shaped the history of British democracy and the advent of a modernity.

On this tour we’ll explore some of the lost palaces that predated Kensington and the story of the Glorious Revolution which led to its creation, as well as informing its architecture.  

We will delve into the story of Queen Victoria, Empress of India and her husband Albert, Prince Consort; as well as the modern royals associated with the palace today.

This two hour privately guided tour starts at the iconic Piccadilly Circus before taking us along The Mall and through St James’ and then connecting to South Kensington (either by Tube or Cab). 

It ends at Kensington Palace, providing a perfect introduction especially if guests opt to follow our tour on with a visit inside of the palace which is open most days of the week with some seasonal variations. 

Please note admission to the palace is not included in this tour as standard.  This can be purchased on the door of the palace and we are happy to help with pre-booking by prior appointment.


Private Guide

Hosted by The London Storyteller. This is a privately guided tour, which means that you can choose the time and date that is convenient to you. We can personalise your tour too and even create bespoke versions of our existing tours by prior arrangement

Pick Up & Drop Off

Starting from Piccadilly Circus in the heart of the City of Westminster and ending at Kensington Palace; we can provide pick up and drop offs for our guests upon request and by prior arrangement.

DIscovering the palace's real story

Explore London with The London Storyteller's expert insight into the story of who, how and why the palace was built, as well as some of the fascinating associations of its many storied residents over the years.

Go Bespoke!

Why not make a day of it and extend the tour to see even more of the finest city on earth! Please email us at to let us know more about what you would like to discover.


Experience Notes

This tour begins outside of Piccadilly Circus Station at the statue of Eros (aka the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain.  We can arrange to meet you at another central London location upon request for which we charge upwards of an additional £30. 

This tour ends at Kensington Palace.  If you are planning to visit inside the palace itself after the tour, then please note that the palace is closed on Monday and Tuesdays.

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“We had a great time with Tom! He was so friendly, knowledgeable about the city and history, and a great storyteller. We felt like were walking around London with a friend. We were also grateful for the non-rushed paced and the fact that he offered to at every stop of interest to take our photo. Since it’s just the two of us traveling, it’s a real treat to have more than just selfies! ”
“Great guide. Tom is a really caring and knowledgeable down to earth person, I highly recommend this tour. He gave us background, insight and perspective to everything and did it so comfortably; made us really connect to London.”
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