Queen Victoria is often thought of as a solemn old lady who was unamused on a regular basis.
Once upon a time, however, she was a child
princess, blithely bouncing about the gardens of Kensington Palace in west London with her pet
spaniel. A new exhibition in the palace, Victoria
Revealed, will put on display objects amassed during her life, spanning
from her silk baby shoes to the black garments she wore as a grieving widow. At
least she’d be pleased to see her childhood home looking sprightly following a
£12m facelift, with new walking routes around state rooms that will have seen
their fair share of royal soap operas in their time.
- Kensington Palace reopens to
the public on 26 March (admission £15).
- Direct train services run to Euston from
Manchester (from £35) and Birmingham (from £10).
- Stay at the St John Hotel, an eccentric
residence near Leicester Square (from £150)
This article was published in partnership with Lonely Planet Magazine.