Tudor splendour an hour from London
As you pass through the heavy doors of Hatfield House, to the north of the English capital, you will feel like you are part of the royal family. Immediately, you are plunged into the hushed refinement of the Renaissance halls used for filming locations in the series The Crown. Your eyes are mesmerised by the proliferation of carved panelling, paintings by the masters and luxurious furniture. Take a moment to breathe in the pure fresh air of the extensive parkland that surrounds this residence built by Henry VIII to bring up his offspring. Your wanderings will take you to a charming farm, open to the public, where you can get up close and personal with the animals. It all makes for a memorable day for young and old alike.
The Estate Office
+44 (0)1707 287010
Great escape to the English countryside
A few kilometres from Hatfield House, you can follow in the footsteps of Princess Margaret, one of the main characters in the series. The Princess would ride her horse for hours around Wrotham Park to forget her doomed love affair. With its 120 hectares, this romantic and well-preserved parkland will really appeal to lovers of the great and green outdoors. Book a guided tour to visit and once there, stroll along its shady pathways or by the side of its tranquil lake.
Barnet EN5 4SB
+44 (0)20 8441 0755
Re-visit the start of a reign in the British countryside
Continue further north and you will come to the small town of Ely, a regal place to spend an enjoyable time. The town centre is dominated by its cathedral, a proud jewel of Gothic architecture. It was here that the coronation scene of Queen Elizabeth II was filmed for the successful TV series. You will be blown away as you step inside this magical, lofty cathedral. For a real taste of the British countryside, make Peacocks Tearoom your next stop. Tucked away in an unassuming little house in the middle of a residential street, the award-winning tearoom is famous throughout the land for the quality of its products. You certainly do not want to miss it!
Ely CB7 4DL
+44 (0)1353 667735
Ely CB7 4AU
+44 (0)1353 661100
Artistic interlude in south-east London
Head back to the bustling English capital and dip into the personal life of the character played by Claire Foy. The Old Royal Naval College of Greenwich, parts of which are leased by the university, was actually used to film scenes for Buckingham Palace, the future Queen and Prince Philip's main residence. Explore the green and open pathways around the college with its neoclassical façades, while the skyscrapers of the modernistic Canary Wharf rise up in the background. After this, head over to the visitors' centre, actually more of a museum, within the grounds of the prestigious school. Here, history buffs and naval enthusiasts will learn more about the history of England, its navy and its heads of state.
Old Royal Naval College of Greenwich
King William Walk
London SE10 9NN
+44 (0)20 8269 4799
Art Deco atmosphere in a medieval palace
Just down the road is Eltham Palace, a former medieval palace redecorated in the 1930s. It became a temple to Art Deco and now this design masterpiece features prominently in Season 2 of The Crown. Walking through the rooms of the palace is a surreal experience as they change from medieval atmosphere to the ambiance of a high-society cocktail party in the Roaring Twenties – you will struggle to know what era you are in! It is a quintessential residence in the English capital, combining tradition and modernity to perfection.
London SE9 5QE
+44 (0)20 8294 2548