Imagine a place with a floor space of 8, 30,000 sq ft. Yes, the Buckingham palace is a large castle. It was built in 1703 in the honour of the Duke of Buckingham. In 1837, it was designated as the monarch’s official London residence replacing St James's Palace. If you are lucky , you can actually spot Queen Elizabeth II here , just keep an eye on yellow, red and blue flags flying. If it does, you might witness the true royalty. Queen usually divides her stay between Buckingham, Balmoral and Windsor.
If you plan visiting the castle, make sure you arrange in advance for your stay at cheap hotel near Gatwick express like St. George’s Inn Victoria or you can even book cheap hotel near Buckingham palace. Once, you are done with that go ahead with exploring the citadel.
A mesmerizing walk around Buckingham palace: Here is the list of the things you will discover on your walk in Buckingham Palace.
The ceremonies happening at courtyard of the fortress is a momentous experience. It is interesting to note that the dress code of the ceremonies used to be of utmost importance. After World War I, Queen Mary wish to infuse some fashion in the dress code, she wanted the length of the skirt to be bit shorter, stylish and comfortable. Just to read the expression on the king’s face, she asked the lady-in- waiting to try the fashion out, the king was mortified by the view and the queen didn’t dare to try that fashion again. Her attempts were materialized when Queen Elizabeth allowed this during her reign. But, today there is no official dress code; people just wear formal attire to match the occasion. You can witness throne room, ball room; there are lots of ceremonies like state banquets, investitures, reception of new ambassador that takes place here.
Every year from July to September, 19 sumptuously decorated state rooms with artworks are open for the visitors. The tour to state rooms is of 2 hour and you can get your tickets online as well as from the palace ticket office. The tour also includes the Throne room.
This is a must watch area in the citadel, for it showcases the artwork from the royal collection, these artworks were once owned by the Queen. The collection is exhibited on a rotating basis, and approx 450 collections are displayed at any one instance. It was first designed by John Nash. You can visit the place by the entrance through Buckingham Gate.
When you watch the beautifully carved royal coaches, your Cinderella fantasies come alive. At royal Mews which is combination of stables, garage and carriage house, you witness the opulent site of the Royal British family. Previously, the royal mews were located at Charing Cross but now you can access the magnificence at Buckingham palace. We recommend taking special note of Glass Coach of 1911 and Gold State Coach of 1762.
Thus, this fortress has a soul of its own and you must visit the place for once in a lifetime experience. Just consider booking a cheap hotel near Gatwick express for its exceptional connectivity or book a cheap hotel near Buckingham palace for its close proximity to the location.
Other place of interest having exceptional connectivity from London Victoria Station, Victoria Coach Station or through Gatwick express are Belgrave, London Aquarium Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, London Eye and Royal Albert Hall. You can also plan a visit in these places.