How to sightsee in London like Donald Trump
Donald Trump has landed in the UK for his State Visit – find out where the US president will be visiting during his time in London and how you can enjoy each location for yourself.
Monday 3 June
Trump lands at Stansted airport, then he’s off to Buckingham Palace to be officially welcomed by the Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. You won’t be able to follow him inside unfortunately, but you could watch the Changing the Guard ceremony, right outside the palace entrance. This week, the ceremony will take place on Mon 3, Wed 5, Fri 7, Sat 8 and Sun 9 June (unless the weather is very wet). We recommend arriving at the palace for 10am at the latest, because it can get very, very busy.
Next, the Trumps will visit Westminster Abbey, to pay tribute to the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior. It’s dedicated to the countless soldiers who died without a proper burial during the two World Wars. The Abbey a magnificent sightseeing spot – watch our video about the new Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries at Westminster Abbey here.
Fancy a nice, relaxing afternoon tea at home with Prince Charles and Camilla? Well, if your name doesn’t end with Trump, it’s probably not going to happen this week – although Clarence House is open for public tours every August. Instead, why not browse London’s ultimate afternoon tea experiences?
We’re really sorry to disappoint yet again, but you’re probably not going to get an invite to the State banquet that the Queen will host at Buckingham Palace tonight, either. There is a banquet taking place in Waterloo that you can attend, however, at The Vaults theatre. Its Game of Thrones-inspired immersive dinner is brilliant and it’s on until 14 July – read our Dinner is Coming review here.
Tuesday 4 June
Trump’s up bright and early for a business breakfast at St James’s Palace. If you’re on holiday, we’re sure that business is far from your mind. So, why not examine the yak hair that was used for Donald Trump’s Madame Tussauds waxwork instead?
More business next, as the UK government gathers round for some Trump time at 10 Downing Street. You definitely can’t get in there, but you could head to Whitehall anyway and visit the Churchill War Rooms. This is the underground bunker from where Winston Churchill planned the Allied victory during World War II.
For dinner, Trump will play host as he welcomes Prince Charles and Camilla into the American ambassador’s residence, Winfield House. It’s on the edge of Regent’s Park, which is one of London’s more beautiful royal parks and offers plenty to see and do.
Wednesday 5 June
Bye bye, Donald Trump. The US president leaves London today, but he’s still going to be in the country, visiting Portsmouth on the south coast of England to join an important ceremony, marking 75 years since D-Day. Portsmouth is a vibrant and ever-changing coastal city that is perfect for a sunny day out. Read about the impressive Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth here.
If you wish to feel presidential while you’re in London, why not plan your own State Visit by following our royal day in London guide?