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Historic Royal Palaces: talks and tours

Learn more about the spectacular royal palaces with a programme of talks and tours

By Time Out in association with Historic Royal Palaces
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Immerse yourself in the ‘Glorious Georges’ celebrations at London’s Historic Royal Palaces, marking the 300th anniversary of George I’s arrival from Germany to take the British throne. Highlights include a unique tour of Kew's Royal Botanical Gardens with costumed interpreters and a Georgian 'Question Time’ with Sir Trevor McDonald.

Attractions, Historic buildings and sites

Queen Charlotte’s Cottage

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See where George III’s royal family escaped for laughter-filled afternoon teas. Included with a Kew Gardens admission ticket.

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Curious Kew

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A rare chance to visit the palace at night in this evening tour led by an expert palace guide, exploring the family life of the king and queen and their 15 children. Age 16+. £10.

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Georgian London: royals and bohemians

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Author Vic Gattrell talks about Covent Garden’s often notorious life in the Georgian period, and historian Matthew Green portrays royal St James’s and Kensington. £12.

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Flattery and scandals in the early Georgian court

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Curator Tracy Borman hosts an eye-opening evening talk on the intrigues of King George I’s court, revealing the habits – and mistresses – that George I brought with him from Hanover and some of the secrets and back-stairs gossip of palace life. £12.

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A really useful guide to… Georgian food

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Three short talks on the extravagant world of Georgian food; tea drinking in the 18th century, the discovery of and renovation of the Chocolate Kitchen and how to grow fruit fit for a king. Pay what you can (suggested donation £5).

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The Royal Collection, Queen Caroline of Ansbach (1683-1737)
The Royal Collection
Attractions, Sightseeing

Queen Caroline: a most remarkable woman

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Caroline’s biographer and Historic Royal Palaces curator Joanna Marschner hosts an evening talk on this highly cultured queen and her literary, artistic and scientific salons. £12.

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Designing Kew Gardens

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A unique tour of the Royal Botanical Gardens with costumed interpreters. £20.

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