Visit London Blog » enchanted palace Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 22 May 2015 17:44:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Win! Kensington Palace Tickets and Champagne Afternoon Tea Fri, 04 Mar 2011 10:00:11 +0000

Fancy a peek inside the royal palaces? With the royal wedding approaching, we’re giving away two tickets to Prince William’s former home, Kensington Palace.

The historic building has been transformed into an Enchanted Palace, with displays by top fashion designers Vivienne Westwood, Bruce Oldfield, Paul Costelloe and Zandra Rhodes.

After you’ve explored the exhibition and wandered around the royal rooms, you’ll enjoy champagne afternoon tea in the palace’s Orangery restaurant. The perfect end to a royal day out!

Enter for a chance to win Kensington Palace tickets and champagne afternoon tea

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Kensington Palace’s Enchanted Palace Wins Innovation Award Fri, 18 Jun 2010 10:30:46 +0000

Congratulations to Kensington Palace. Their latest exhibition, the multi-sensory and super-cool Enchanted Palace won a top travel award last week.

Enchanted Palace took a special Editor’s Award for Innovation in Tourism at the 2010 Group Travel Awards dinner on Friday 11 June.

The exhibition is a pretty unique collaboration between Historic Royal Palaces, a theatre company called WILDWORKS and top fashion designers. Happily, this successful enchantment is to continue until January 2012, so you’ve got plenty of time to fall under its spell.

Alexandra Kim, who has the fantastic job of being the Historic Royal Palaces Curator responsible for Enchanted Palace said, “I’m absolutely delighted that Enchanted Palace has been honoured with this special award for Innovation in Tourism.

“It is a great achievement for this hugely ambitious project, which aims to offer an intriguing and captivating visitor experience at Kensington Palace whilst the historic royal residence undergoes its major £12 million renovation.”

Other London attractions to scoop top prizes at last week’s awards include:

Congratulations to all the winners and runners up.

Read more about London’s Historic Royal Palaces

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Enchanted Palace at Kensington Palace Tue, 11 May 2010 09:00:41 +0000 This weekend I finally got round to seeing the Enchanted Palace exhibition at Kensington Palace. The exhibition has been installed while the palace undergoes major renovation work until 2012.

We were told upon entering that this was a magical palace, and that the builders had turned it inside out, shaking out its stories and secrets with the dust.

Walking through Kensington Palace was like stepping into a fairytale. Each room has its own story and a theme, The Room of Enlightenment, The Room of Palace Time and so on. As you explore each room you’re encouraged to find the name of seven princesses that once lived in the palace.

The whole exhibition was, well, enchanting! Walking through a darkened room filled with sparkly, wonderful hats made by Stephen Jones, watching dancing shadows and rifling through shells, sketches and artefacts in The Room of the World, the World in a Room. My favourite room was The Room of a Sleeping Princess which contained a dress made of paper cranes.

Although beautiful, there’s something bittersweet about the Enchanted Palace. You get the sense that the princesses lived lonely and isolated lives. It’s also a little eerie, as I really felt I was wandering around in someone else’s home!

Photography isn’t allowed in the Enchanted Palace but I did get a quick snap of the Enchanted Palace afternoon tea which we enjoyed in The Orangery afterwards. Hopefully, you can make out the poster for the exhibition stamped on top of a chocolate ganache cake (delicious!)

Also, take a look at these pictures of beautiful Kensington Palace Gardens, which are free to wander round.

Enchanted Palace at Kensington Palace until 30 June 2012. Book tickets

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