Buckingham Palace is undoubtedly one of London’s most iconic buildings. It is set in the glorious area of Westminster surrounded by the lovely St James’s Palace Park and Buckingham Palace Garden. This is a part of London which escapes the busy shopping streets of Oxford Street and Tottenham Court road, the parks provide some peace and quiet (if you’re lucky!) and Buckingham Palace itself stands out amongst London’s city streets.
Buckingham Palace is the official royal residence of the British Sovereign and has been since Queen Victoria. It’s one of London’s most popular tourist attractions for obvious reasons, within the palace lies some of Britain’s most historic rooms, galleries and artefacts, it is absolutely crucial for any London visit to include a trip to the palace. Visits range from viewings of the palace from the outside including the famous guard area where tourists can witness the iconic changing of the guards that takes place on certain days from 11.45 am lasting around an hour to fully guided tours of the interior of the palace and its gardens.
Visiting the Palace
The main rooms of Buckingham Palace have only been open since 1993 and you can only visit between July and September. Private tours do run throughout winter but places are often limited and advanced booking is essential. The tour includes some 19 rooms, the most famous rooms of the palace, but this is a small quantity of the total 775 rooms of the palace!
Within the palace, you will see some of the finest period architecture and furniture in the world as well as paintings of baroque and renaissance tradition by Rubens, Rembrandt and Canaletto but to name a few.
Some of the rooms you can visit include:
The Throne Room
The Kings and Queens of England have used many different thrones used in various coronations and other public events. This room contains thrones used by Queen Victoria, George VI and Queen Elizabeth the 1st and 2nd.
The White Drawing Room
This huge reception room is probably the grandest in the palace.
The Picture Gallery
This area is a reception room for those waiting for knighthoods and other royal honours and is full of amazing artworks.
The biggest stateroom of the palace, The Ballroom contains the famous Throne Canopy adorned with statues. This room is one of the most luxurious and decadent rooms you may ever visit.
Places to Stay for Your Visit
During your visit to London and the Buckingham Palace, The Montcalm provides first-class accommodation that is ideally situated for visiting the palace and many of London’s other great landmarks and attractions. We have a number of hotels ideally positioned for any traveller and an array of rooms that can serve everyone from individual travellers to couples and families. We offer a highly convenient London hotel package suitable for exploring every area of the city, including around the palace itself. The Montcalm loyalty programme rewards those who love to stay in our first-class accommodation, the perfect accommodation from which to explore London!