This luxury residence of the oldest royal family in the world is still a national icon, attracting thousands of visitors each year.
Home to the British Royal family since 1837, Buckingham Palace has for centuries been at the forefront of true British tradition. Having hosted countless lavish banquets, foreign dignitary receptions and state degrees, this elegant palace has withstood decades of change and stands today as the symbol of Britain’s constitutional monarchy.
Originally constructed for the Duke of Buckingham in 1705, the palace has constantly expanded over the years and now holds a staggering 777 rooms. As such, it is one of the most visited places in the world, attracting visitors from all corners of the globe.
Upon entering Buckingham Palace you will immediately be struck by the luxurious decoration and gothic eccentricity of the building’s interior. A white marble staircase ascends in all its elegance from the entrance of the Great Hall, leading to the palace’s many rooms and banquet areas. The throne room has regal gold-accented candelabras and is decorated in traditional sovereign red. Walking through will take you to the balcony that has become so famous over the years, most recently as the place where Prince William and Catherine Middleton shared a kiss in front of the whole world following their wedding in April 2011.
Art lovers will enjoy what Buckingham Palace has to offer. Much of the palace’s private collection would give even the most prestigious museums a run for their money. Each piece of furniture is a unique masterpiece and includes works from artists such as Rembrandt.
With so many rooms, the palace is a maze of luxury and magnificence. During August and September, 19 rooms are open to the public for touring. Visitors are advised to pre-book their visit beforehand on the official Buckingham Palace website. There’s an admission fee, which includes an audio tour.
No London experience would be complete without witnessing the famous changing the guard ceremony. The event takes place at 11:15 a.m. prompt on scheduled days, apart from during the winter months.
Finish your trip at the palace by taking a gentle stroll across to Hyde Park, the Kensington district and Green Park. For those with weary feet, the Underground is always nearby with access to London’s parks, just a few stops away.