Hotel near Buckingham Palace
A gentle stroll from the hotel though Green Park, towards Victoria and across The Mall brings you to Buckingham Palace, the London Residence of Her Majesty The Queen. During the summer months visitors to the Palace are able to tour The State Rooms, Queen's Gallery and The Royal Mews.
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. 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.
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. 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. Various additions meant the level of comfort and size of the Palace grew over the years.
In 1911 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. 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 massive 25 meters of glinting marble and gold that are the Victoria Memorial is the perfect backdrop from your London holiday photographs.
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 Changing of The Guard can be seen on most days but it is best to check with Concierge the day before you plan to go. www.changing-the-guard.com