DRESS TO IMPRESS

Twenty years af­ter her death, Diana, Princess of Wales, is be­ing cel­e­brated in a tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tion in her former Lon­don home, says Sarah Riches

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Princess Diana’s iconic out­fits are un­veiled at Kens­ing­ton Palace

Diana: Her Fash­ion Story is a fit­ting trib­ute to the ‘peo­ple’s princess’, chart­ing Diana’s re­mark­able life through fash­ion. The ex­hi­bi­tion at Kens­ing­ton Palace fea­tures orig­i­nal sketches by the princess’ favourite de­sign­ers while trac­ing her style from the de­mure out­fits she wore for her early pub­lic ap­pear­ances to her glossy 1980s evening gowns and trend-set­ting 1990s

Cather­ine Walker suits. High­lights in­clude the pink Emanuel blouse she wore for her en­gage­ment por­trait in 1981 and the blue vel­vet Vic­tor Edel­stein gown she daz­zled in while danc­ing with John Tra­volta at the White House. Mean­while, a blue tar­tan Emanuel suit, worn by Diana on an of­fi­cial visit to Venice in the 1980s, will go on dis­play in pub­lic for the first time af­ter His­toric Royal Palaces – the char­ity re­spon­si­ble for Kens­ing­ton Palace – re­dis­cov­ered it at an auc­tion. Cu­ra­tor Eleri Lynn says: ‘Diana, Princess of Wales, was one of the most pho­tographed women in the world – ev­ery fash­ion choice she made was closely scru­ti­nised. Our ex­hi­bi­tion ex­plores a young wo­man who had to quickly learn the rules of royal and diplo­matic dress­ing and, in the process, put the spot­light on the Bri­tish fash­ion in­dus­try. We see her grow­ing in con­fi­dence through­out her life, in­creas­ingly tak­ing con­trol of how she was rep­re­sented.’ The ex­hi­bi­tion will also fea­ture a tem­po­rary White Gar­den brim­ming with flow­ers in­spired by the princess – so ex­pect for­get-me-nots, Cos­mos daisies, Gaura and or­na­men­tal grasses.

This 17th-cen­tury build­ing was de­signed by Inigo Jones for James I, with an ex­quis­ite painted ceil­ing by baroque artist Peter Paul Rubens. Daily 10am-1pm, but check be­fore vis­it­ing. Adult £6; child free. www.hrp.org.uk. White­hall, SW1A 2ER. T: 020-3166 6000. E8. Sta­tion: West­min­ster.

Bat­tersea Park Chil­dren’s Zoo

Zoo with keeper ex­pe­ri­ences, a play area and a pet­ting farm with don­keys, chin­chillas and goats. Daily 10am-4.30pm. Adult £8.95; child £6.95. www.bat­tersea­park­zoo.co.uk. Bat­tersea Park, Chelsea Bridge Gate, SW11 4NJ. T: 020-7924 5826. Off map. Sta­tion: Bat­tersea Park.

The Bri­tish Li­brary

The world’s largest li­brary also boasts tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tions and a great per­ma­nent col­lec­tion. Check for opening times. Ad­mis­sion free; charges for tours, some ex­hi­bi­tions and events. www.bl.uk. 96 Eus­ton Rd, NW1 2DB. T: 0330-333 1144. C7. Sta­tion: King’s Cross.

Buck­ing­ham Palace

The Lon­don res­i­dence and prin­ci­pal work­place of the monar­chy has 775 rooms. It’s closed to the pub­lic (ex­cept in sum­mer). www.roy­al­col­lec­tion.org.uk. Buck­ing­ham Palace, The Mall, SW1A 1AA. T: 0303-123 7300. F6/F7. Sta­tion: Vic­to­ria/Green Park.

Chang­ing the Guard

At 11am ev­ery Mon, Wed, Fri and Sun, watch the Chang­ing of the Queen’s Guard on the Palace’s fore­court. There is no cer­e­mony in very wet weather. www.royal.gov.uk. Buck­ing­ham Palace, The Mall, SW1A 1AA. T: 0303-123 7300. F6/F7. Sta­tion: Vic­to­ria.

Chelsea Physic Gar­den

Lon­don’s old­est botanic gar­den, founded in 1673 as the Apothe­caries’ Gar­den be­side the River Thames. Ad­mire 5,000 species of plants. Free daily tours. Mon-Fri 11am-3pm. www.chelsea­physic­gar­den.co.uk. 66 Royal Hospi­tal Rd, SW3 4HS. T: 020-7352 5646. Off map. Sta­tion: Sloane Square.

Chiswick House & Gar­dens Trust

See Old Mas­ters on dis­play in this manor.

From 3 Mar: Camel­lia Show 2017. Ad­mire 33 va­ri­eties of camel­lias. Gar­dens daily 7am-dusk; house Sun-Wed 10am- 5pm; con­ser­va­tory daily 10am-4pm. House adult £6.70; child £4. www.chgt. org.uk. Chiswick House & Gar­dens, W4 2RP. T: 020- 8995 0508. Off map. Sta­tion: Chiswick Park.

Cutty Sark

This 19th-cen­tury ship is the world’s last sur­viv­ing tea clip­per. 4-5 Mar: Women Mak­ing Waves. See fig­ure­heads of trail­blaz­ing women. Daily 10am-5pm. Adult £12.15; child £6.30. Joint tick­ets with Royal Ob­ser­va­tory avail­able. www.rmg.co.uk/cut­tysark. Cutty Sark, King Wil­liam Walk, SE10 9HT. T: 020-8312 6608. Off map. Sta­tion: Cutty Sark/Green­wich.

Dr John­son’s House

Writer Dr Sa­muel John­son com­piled his first English dic­tionary, first pub­lished in 1755, in this pe­riod home. Mon-Sat 11am-5pm. Adult £6; child £2.50. www.dr­john­son­shouse.org. 17 Gough Square, EC4A 3DE. T: 020-7353 3745. D9. Sta­tion: Tem­ple.

Han­del & Hen­drix in Lon­don

The former homes of An­glo-Ger­man com­poser Ge­orge Frid­eric Han­del and Amer­i­can gui­tarist Jimi Hen­drix. Mon-Sat 11pm-6pm; Sun noon-6pm. Adult £10; child £5. www.han­del­house.org. 25 Brook St, W1K 4HB. T: 020-7495 1685. D6. Sta­tion: Bond Street.

HMS Belfast

Europe’s only sur­viv­ing World War II cruiser. Daily 10am-6pm. Adult £14.50; child £7.25. www.iwm. org.uk. The Queen’s Walk, off Too­ley St, SE1 2JH. T: 020-7940 6300. E11. Sta­tion: Lon­don Bridge.

Houses of Par­lia­ment

The site of Bri­tish Par­lia­ment since 1265. Watch de­bates for free when the Houses are in ses­sion. Guided and au­dio tours ev­ery Sat. Au­dio tour adult £18.50; child £7.50 (first child free). Guided tour adult £25.50; child £11. www.par­lia­ment.uk/visit. Palace of West­min­ster, Par­lia­ment Square, SW1A 0AA. T: 020-7219 4114. F8. Sta­tion: West­min­ster.

The Jewel Tower

Built around 1365 to house Ed­ward III’s trea­sures. Check for prices and times. www.english-her­itage.org.uk. Abing­don St, SW1P 3JX. T: 020-7222 2219. F8. Sta­tion: West­min­ster.

Kens­ing­ton Palace

This royal res­i­dence sits in Kens­ing­ton Gar­dens and was Princess Diana’s last home (p. 22). Daily, check for times. Adult £17; child free. www.hrp. org.uk. Kens­ing­ton Gar­dens, W8 4PX. T: 0844482 7777. Off map. Sta­tion: High Street Kens­ing­ton/Queensway.

KidZa­nia Lon­don

Kids try ca­reers such as ra­dio pre­sent­ing. Daily from 10am, call for closing times. Adult from £9.50; child from £11.50. www.lon­don.kidza­nia.com. West­field Lon­don Shop­ping Cen­tre, Ariel Way, W12 7GA. T: 0330-131 3333. Off map. Sta­tion: Shep­herd’s Bush.

The Lon­don Bridge Ex­pe­ri­ence & Tombs

An ex­cit­ing his­tory les­son on the spooky past of the 1,700-year-old Lon­don Bridge site. Ac­tors bring this spine-tin­gling scary at­trac­tion to life. Tick­ets also in­clude ad­mis­sion to the Lon­don Tombs, which are lo­cated un­der the bridge in a former plague pit. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm; Sat-Sun 9.30am- 6pm. Adult £26.95; child £21.45. www.the lon­don­bridge­ex­pe­ri­ence.com. 2- 4 Too­ley St, SE1 2SY. T: 020-7403 6333. E10. Sta­tion: Lon­don Bridge.

The Lon­don Dun­geon

This uniquely thrilling at­trac­tion will whisk you back to the capital’s most per­ilous past. Not for small chil­dren or the faint-hearted! Check for times and prices. www.the­dun­geons.com. County Hall, West­min­ster Bridge Rd, SE1 7PB. T: 0871-423 2240. F8. Sta­tion: Water­loo/Em­bank­ment.

Coca-Cola Lon­don Eye

This icon is one of the world’s largest ob­ser­va­tion wheels. In­ter­ac­tive screens in each pod give an in­sight into the land­marks on view (p. 27). Daily 11am- 6pm. Adult £24.95; child £19.95. www.lon­don­eye.com. County Hall, West­min­ster Bridge Rd, SE1 7PB. T: 0871-781 3000. F8. Sta­tion: Water­loo.

ZSL Lon­don Zoo

Im­merse your­self in the an­i­mal king­dom at the world’s old­est sci­en­tific zoo. 26 Mar: ZSL Lon­don Zoo Stam­pede. A 5km or 10km fundraiser (p. 10 & p. 24). Daily 10am-5.30pm. Adult £27.04; child £20. www.zsl.org. Lon­don Zoo, Re­gent’s Park, NW1 4RY. T: 020-7722 3333. C6. Sta­tion: Cam­den Town.

Madame Tus­sauds

See life-sized wax­works, from the Queen to Adele (p. 27). Joint tick­ets with the Lon­don Aquar­ium, Lon­don Dun­geon, Lon­don Eye and Shrek’s Ad­ven­ture! avail­able. Mon-Fri 10am-4pm; Sat-Sun 9am-5pm. Adult £35; child £30. www.madame­tus­sauds.com/lon­don. Maryle­bone Rd, NW1 5LR. T: 0871-894 3000. C6. Sta­tion: Baker Street.

The Mon­u­ment

Climb this col­umn for views. Daily 9.30am-5.30pm. Adult £4; child £2. Joint tick­ets with the Tower Bridge Ex­hi­bi­tion avail­able. www.the­mon­u­ment.org.uk. The Mon­u­ment, Mon­u­ment St, EC3R 6BD. T: 0207626 2717. E10. Sta­tion: Mon­u­ment.

The O2

Star Wars Iden­ti­ties. See items from the film fran­chise. Mon-Sat 10am- 6pm. Tick­ets £15-£25. www.theo2.co.uk. Penin­sula Square, SE10 0DX. T: 020-8463 2000. Off map. Sta­tion: North Green­wich.

Queen El­iz­a­beth Olympic Park

For­merly the site of the Lon­don 2012 Olympics, this in­cludes the ArcelorMit­tal Or­bit (p. 12). Check web­site for sport­ing events. Park open 24 hours daily. Ad­mis­sion free. www.queenel­iz­a­betholympic­park.co.uk. Queen El­iz­a­beth Olympic Park, E20 2ST. T: 0800-072 2110. Off map. Sta­tion: Strat­ford.

Ri­p­ley’s Be­lieve It or Not!

This cu­rios­ity-filled mu­seum with more than 700 arte­facts is a global hit. Ex­plore odd­i­ties from a shrunken head to the world’s tallest man. Daily 10am-mid­night. Adult £27.95; child £20.95. www.rip­leyslon­don.com. 1 Pic­cadilly Cir­cus, W1J 0DA. T: 020-3238 0022. E7. Sta­tion: Pic­cadilly Cir­cus.

Royal Botanic Gar­dens, Kew

Bet­ter known as Kew Gar­dens, this World Her­itage Site con­tains plants from across the globe. To 2 Mar: Orchid Lates. On Tue and Thur, see or­chids in the evening. To 12 Mar: In­ter­na­tional Gar­den Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year. Gar­dens to 25 Mar daily 10am-5.30pm, from 26 Mar check. Adult £9; child £3.50; charges for spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tions. www. kew.org. Royal Botanic Gar­dens, Kew, Rich­mond, Sur­rey, TW9 3AB. T: 020- 8332 5655. Off map. Sta­tion: Kew Gar­dens.

Kew Palace

This royal retreat in the grounds of Kew Gar­dens was home to King Ge­orge III. Don’t miss the Royal Kitchens. Ad­mis­sion free with Kew Gar­den tick­ets. www.hrp.org.uk. Kew Gar­dens, Rich­mond, TW9 3AB. T: 0844-482 7777. Off map. Sta­tion: Kew Gar­dens.

The Royal Mews

Built by John Nash in 1825, this beau­ti­ful part of Buck­ing­ham Palace houses the Queen’s ve­hi­cles and horses. To 25 Mar Mon-Sat 10am-4pm. From 26 Mar daily 10am-5pm. Adult £9.30; child £5.50. www.roy­al­col­lec­tion.org.uk. Buck­ing­ham Palace Rd, SW1W 1QH. T: 0303-123 7302. F6. Sta­tion: Vic­to­ria.

The Royal Ob­ser­va­tory

The home of Green­wich Mean Time and Lon­don’s only plan­e­tar­ium. Daily plan­e­tar­ium shows that ex­plore the moon, con­stel­la­tions, plan­ets and space ob­jects. Ob­ser­va­tory and Merid­ian Line daily 10am-5pm. Adult £9.50; child £5. www.rmg.co.uk. Black­heath Av­enue, SE10 8XJ. T: 020-8858 4422. Off map. Sta­tion: Green­wich.

Sea Life Lon­don Aquar­ium

One of Europe’s largest aquar­i­ums with 500 species of global ma­rine life. Please check for times and prices. Joint tick­ets with Lon­don Eye, Lon­don Dun­geon, Madame Tus­sauds and Shrek’s Ad­ven­ture! www.seal­ife.co.uk/lon­don. County Hall, West­min­ster Bridge Rd, SE1 7PB. T: 0871663 1678. F8. Sta­tion: West­min­ster/ Water­loo.

Shrek’s Ad­ven­ture!

Ride the mag­i­cal 4D ‘DreamWorks Tours’ bus to step into live ac­tor fairy­tale-themed show based on the films. Joint tick­ets with Lon­don Eye, Lon­don Dun­geon, Madame Tus­sauds and Sea Life Lon­don Aquar­ium avail­able. Please check for times. Adult £27.50; child £22. www.shrek­sad­ven­ture.com. River­side Build­ing, County Hall, West­min­ster Bridge Rd, SE1 7PB. T: 0871-221 2837. Sta­tion: Water­loo.

St James’s Palace

One of Lon­don’s old­est palaces, con­structed in the 14th cen­tury. Palace and house closed to the pub­lic. www.royal.gov.uk. Marl­bor­ough Rd, SW1A 1BS. E7. Sta­tion: St James’s Park.

St Martin-in-the-Fields

Land­mark Pal­la­dian church with tours, a brass-rub­bing cen­tre and live clas­si­cal mu­sic (some free). Holy Com­mu­nion given daily and clas­si­cal mu­sic per­formed weekly by can­dle­light. Please check for opening times. Ad­mis­sion free; brass rub­bing from £4.50. www.stmartin-in-the­fields.org. Trafal­gar Square, WC2N 4JJ. T: 0207766 1100. E8. Sta­tion: Char­ing Cross.

St Paul’s Cathe­dral

Sir Christopher Wren’s 300-year-old cathe­dral has stun­ning mo­saics. Climb up the dome to the Whis­per­ing Gallery and a fur­ther 271 steps to the Golden Gallery for a clas­sic Lon­don panorama. Mon-Sat 8.30am- 4.30pm. Adult £18; child £8. www.stpauls.co.uk. St Paul’s Church­yard, EC4M 8AD. T: 020-7246 8350. D9/10. Sta­tion: St Paul’s.

18 Stafford Ter­race

This house gives an in­sight into the per­sonal lives of Punch car­toon­ist Ed­ward Lin­ley Sam­bourne. A high­light is a cos­tumed ac­tor-led tour, on which you’ll meet Mrs Sam­bourne or her par­lour maid Mrs Ref­fell. Wed, Sat-Sun 11am-12.15pm & 2pm-5.30pm. Adult from £7; child from £5. www.rbkc.gov.uk. 18 Stafford Ter­race, W8 7BH. T: 020-7602 3316. Off map. Sta­tion: High Street Kens­ing­ton.

Tower Bridge Ex­hi­bi­tion

This bridge (p. 12), de­signed in 1884, is one of Lon­don’s most fa­mous land­marks (not to be con­fused with its much older neigh­bour, Lon­don Bridge). Joint tick­ets with The Mon­u­ment avail­able. Daily 9.30am-5pm. Adult £9; child £3.90. www.tower­bridge.org.uk. Tower Bridge Rd, SE1 2UP. T: 020-7403 3761. E11. Sta­tion: Tower Hill.

Tower of Lon­don

This land­mark is the home of the Crown Jew­els. Book ahead on­line to at­tend the nightly Cer­e­mony of the Keys (tick­ets are free; p. 12 & p. 22). Tue-Sat 9am-5.30pm; Sun-Mon 10am-5.30pm. Check for prices. www.hrp.org.uk/tower-of-lon­don. Tower Hill, EC3N 4AB. T: 0844-482 7799. E11. Sta­tion: Tower Hill.

The Vault

This venue is home to rock ‘n’ roll mem­o­ra­bilia at the Hard Rock Cafe’s mu­seum. Daily 11.30am-10.30pm. Ad­mis­sion free. www.hardrock.com. Hard Rock Cafe Lon­don, 150 Old Park Lane, W1K 1QZ. T: 020-7514 1700. E6. Sta­tion: Hyde Park Cor­ner.

The View from The Shard

As­cend the tallest build­ing in Western Europe (p. 10). If you pre-book you can also do yoga on Satur­days (£45). It also hosts silent dis­cos ev­ery Satur­day 10pm. To 25 Mar Sun-Wed 10am-7pm; Thur-Sat 10am-10pm. From 26 Mar daily 10am-10pm. Ad­vance adult £25.95, child £19.95; on the day adult £30.95, child £24.95. www.the­viewfromthe­shard.com. 32 Lon­don Bridge St, SE1 9SG. T: 0844-499 7111. E10. Sta­tion: Lon­don Bridge.

Warner Bros Stu­dio Tour Lon­don

Ex­plore be­hind the scenes of the Harry Pot­ter films. From 31 Mar: For­bid­den For­est. Go deep into the for­est. www.wb­stu­dio­tour.co.uk. Stu­dio Tour Drive, Leaves­den, Hert­ford­shire, WD25 7LS. T: 0845- 084 0900. Off map. Sta­tion: Eus­ton to Wat­ford Junc­tion, then shut­tle bus.

Welling­ton Arch

Climb this mag­nif­i­cent arch for views over the Royal Parks. Joint tick­ets avail­able with Ap­s­ley House. Daily 10am-5pm. Adult £4.70; child £2.80. www.english-her­itage.org.uk. Ap­s­ley Way, Hyde Park Cor­ner, W1J 7JZ. T: 020-7930 2726. F6. Sta­tion: Hyde Park Cor­ner.

West­min­ster Abbey

This abbey is the crown­ing and burial site of most English mon­archs. Mon-Sat, please check for times. Adult £20; child £9. www.west­min­ster-abbey.org. 20 Dean’s Yard, SW1P 3PA. T: 020-7222 5152. F7. Sta­tion: West­min­ster/St James’s Park.

This im­age: The Emanuel blouse worn by Diana for her en­gage­ment por­trait Below: Diana, Princess of Wales

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