After moving to London, England and settling into one’s London flat, getting a handle on the weather and transport system and chalking Oxford Street Christmas shopping up to lessons learned, new expats should get out into the country for a day to visit one of the most important and fascinating homes in the country. Moving to London, England can be one of the most exciting times in a family’s life and they will have the opportunity to experience the pomp and ceremony of everything that is British and the magnificent history that surrounds this country.

Most Americans moving to London, England are familiar with the story of Henry VIII, the eccentric and possibly mad King who had many wives (and got rid of a few of them when he got bored or wanted a new one!) making this palace is a must-see for families after moving to London, England. In fact, the gatehouse that is the entrance to the palace from the river is known as Anne Boleyn’s Gate after Henry’s second wife. Construction was still underway when Henry, tired of Anne had her executed!

Hampton Court Palace became a royal palace in the 1520s when King Henry VIII took it over from Cardinal Wolsey. Down through the centuries it has been a favorite residence for Kings and Queens and as such has ensured that is has one of the finest collections of tapestries and other furnishings including its collection of art, which today is an important part of the largest private art collection in the world. The Royal Collection is the property of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The collection and exhibition at Hampton Court Palace shows art from the16th, 17th, and early 18th centuries.

After moving to London, England and learning one’s way around tube stations the trip to Hampton Court Palace will be an easy one.  Hampton court is easily accessible from London by bus or tube and South West Trains runs from Waterloo Station in central London to Hampton Court with a relaxing journey of only 30 minutes.

One of the best ways to enjoy Hampton Court and the surrounding areas after moving to London, England is to book one of the many superb boat cruises from the palace to Richmond or Kew to enjoy the famous gardens at Kew and the remarkably rural setting of Richmond on the river. River cruises to Hampton Court Palace run right from the centre on London making this a day trip with a difference – perfect for families adjusting to moving to London, England.

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