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Henry VIII’s Lost Palaces: Suffolk Place

Take a trip to Suffolk Place, the shortest occupied palace of the Tudor era. This lavish mansion was grand enough to host the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V, when he visited England in 1522, while it also played host to a princely Christening.

Henry VIII’s Lost Palaces: Brooke House

Brooke House has one of the saddest stories of any of Henry VIII’s lost palaces, since it was only demolished in the 1950s. Now nothing remains of the palace in which Henry VIII was reconciled to his eldest daughter, Princess Mary.

Henry VIII’s Lost Palaces: Esher Place

Only the gatehouse of the once lavish Esher Place remains, but step back in time to imagine the palace in its prime. It was a house of exile for Cardinal Wolsey and a place of mourning for Henry VIII, before serving as a private residence for the remainder of the sixteenth century. It even witnessed an early seventeenth century exorcism.

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Festoons and swags on Pall Mall

A potted history of the RAC club on Pall Mall. Housed in very grand buildings near to Buckingham Palace that were once used as the War Office, the RAC offers members an Edwardian marble swimming pool, Turkish baths, squash courts and chandeliered drawing rooms.