A visit to London is incomplete without a visit to Buckingham Palace. From Flemings Mayfair, Buckingham Palace is just a brief 8 minute walk through the delightful Green Park.
Buckingham Palace History
The building that forms the core of Buckingham Palace was originally know as Buckingham House. It was a large townhouse built by the Duke Of Buckingham in the year 1703. King George lll purchased Buckingham House in 1761 as a family home located conveniently close to St James Palace. Buckingham Palace became the principal royal residence in the year 1837 with Queen Victoria taking up residence. She did not however enjoy the pinnacle of luxury, as various problems existed causing icy temperatures and poor ventilation. Various additions meant the level of comfort and size of the Palace grew over the years. The last major building work took place in 1913 when the east front of Buckingham palace was remodelled to echo in part Giacomo Leoni’s Lyme Park in Cheshire.
Things to do and see at Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace is the official London residence and administrative headquarters of the Monarch so there is lots to see and do. Summer offers a unique opportunity to tour the magnificent treasures of nineteen State Rooms at heart of the Palace.
The Garden at Buckingham Palace offers a stunning glimpse at over 350 species of wild flowers and view over the lake.
The Changing of the Guard
Don’t miss the iconic ceremony of the changing of the Guard. The soldiers charged with guarding the Queen are know as the Household Division and instantly recognisable by their scarlet uniform, bearskin hats and unflinching gaze.
The massive 25 meters of glinting marble and gold that are the Victoria Memorial is the perfect backdrop from your London holiday photographs.
Directions from Flemings Mayfair to Buckingham Palace:
Head south-east on Half Moon St toward Piccadilly/A4
256 ft – Turn right onto Piccadilly/A4
43 ft – Turn left
95 ft – Turn right
131 ft – Turn left
0.2 mi – Turn right
121 ft – Slight left at Constitution Hill
Buckingham Palace will be on your right