Test your knowledge with our London quiz

    Westminster Abbey, London,
    Westminster Abbey in London. Credit: VisitBritain/Britain on View

    No one knows London better than award-winning Blue Badge tourist guide Mark King and he’s just made his home city even more fun to explore with his new book The Blue Badge Guide’s London Quiz Book.

    Its 22 entertaining tour topics will test your knowledge of the city and inspire you to explore London more widely. Pit your wits against the Royalty and Government quiz section below, which looks at queens and kings, rulers, residences and respected royal retailers.

    1 After financing its reconstruction, in 1066 which king became the first person to be buried in Westminster Abbey?

    2 Where are the royal and state regalia known as the Crown Jewels kept on display?

    3 Whose official residence is Mansion House?

    a. Prime Minister b. Duke of Wellington c. Charles, Prince of Wales d. Anne, Princess Royal e. Lord Mayor of London f. Bishop of London.

    4 Which palace is the London home to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their young family?

    Buckingham Palace. Credit: VisitBritain/Graeme Purdy
    Buckingham Palace. Credit: VisitBritain/Graeme Purdy

    5 Before London definitively became England’s capital in the 12th century, which city was considered most prominent?

    a. Winchester  b. Manchester  c. Exeter d. Norwich e. Oxford f. York.

    6 What royal connection is shared by these companies: Berry Bros & Rudd (wine, spirits), lobb (shoes, leather goods), Selfridge’s (food, household goods) and Fortnum & Mason (food, provisions)?

    7 True or false? The Silent Ceremony is so called because the audience must listen in silence.

    8 The Banqueting House is the last remaining part of which central London palace destroyed by fire in 1698?

    9 Who is the only king or queen to have been born and to die at Buckingham Palace?

    10 Which south-east London palace was used extensively to raise royal children from the 14th to the 16th centuries?

    Find you how you did here.

    The Blue Badge Guide’s London Quiz Book by Mark King is published by the History Press, £7.99.


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