In our next installment of the Mayfair Attractions Series, we’ll be looking at the fascinating history of London’s key attractions near Flemings Mayfair.
First up is Buckingham Palace. Just a stone’s throw away from Flemings, Buckingham Palace is the Queen’s official home and workplace. It is a must-see for tourists visiting London, and members of the public can enjoy exploring its rooms and treasures during the summer months.
Back in 1761, George III bought Buckingham House for his wife Queen Charlotte, for them to use as a family home nearby to St James’s Palace. During the reign of George IV in the early 1800s, the house was transformed into a palace along with the help of architect John Nash. Doubled in size, the remodelled rooms are the State and semi-State Rooms and these are today almost identical to how they were in Nash’s time.
Queen Victoria became the first monarch to take up residence in 1837. After her marriage to Prince Albert, the royal couple realised they needed more space for nurseries and further bedrooms for guests. Therefore, the Marble Arch was moved to the north-east corner of Hyde Park (where it still stands) and a fourth wing was built, creating a quadrangle.
In1911 the forecourt, gates and railings were completed and remain unchanged today. Visitors now enter the Palace via the North-Centre Gate and the Central Gate is used for special occasions and the departure of the guard after Changing the Guard.
Coming up at Buckingham Palace:
- The Queen’s Coronation 1953 exhibition (until 29th September)
- In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor & Stuart Fashion (until 6th October)
- Changing the Guard (every other day)
Flemings Mayfair is one of the best hotels near Buckingham Palace. Enjoy an ideal location just a pleasant stroll away across Green Park. Take a look at our current London hotel offers.
From Flemings Mayfair, turn left towards Piccadilly. Cross over the road and into Green Park. Walk straight over Green Park, and you’re there!