A tour to London would be incomplete without a visit to Buckingham palace. It is the seat of the British Royal Monarchy and is also the venue for the business of all matters of the royal state. Magnificently scaled, it stands with extravagant rooms that house some of the finest pieces of furniture from across the world.
The palace is made of 775 rooms, most of which act as venues to host dignitaries. The queen holds meetings and receives dignitaries in the 19 state rooms. Grandest of the state rooms is the White Drawing Room that is used as a waiting room by the Royal family. Addresses during important events are received by The Queen in the Throne Room, while concerts are held in the Ballroom that is also largest multipurpose room in the palace.
The Royal flag flies a top the palace to denote Her Majesty’s presence, while the Union flag denotes her absence. Visitors are offered entry into the palace during the months of summer when the Queen makes her annual visit to Scotland. Usually the visit is to the state rooms that house some of the unique treasures from the Royal Collection, including finest art and furniture in the world. For the current year, the Royal Residence is proposed to open its gates from 23rd July to 2nd October to showcase 90 years of Style from the Queen’s Wardrobe.
Attractions Near Buckingham Palace:
Located at an approximate distance of 2.3 miles from Buckingham Palace is the 17th Century Kensington Palace. It has been home to several reigning monarchs. Public access to this Royal residence was initiated by Queen Victoria. Currently it is the official residence of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton. The King’s Grand Staircase, The Presence Chamber, The Cuppola Room, The King’s Gallery and The Sunken Garden are some of the striking features of this palace.
Hyde Park and Princess Diana Memorial Fountain
One of the greatest city parks, Hyde Park lies at a near distance of about 1.2 miles from Buckingham Palace. Spread over an area of 142 hectares, it includes a large lake, ornamental flower gardens and many monuments, notable ones being Serpentine Bridge and Princess Diana Memorial Fountain.
Diana Memorial Fountain is a large oval stone fountain that lies to the south of Serpentine Bridge. Designed by Kathryn Gustafson as a symbol of Princess’ love for children, it is with three bridges leading to the heart of fountain. Wheel chair access is allowed in this memorial.
Summer months June to August brings maximum tourist inflow to London. Located in heart of the city, Buckingham Palace and its nearby attractions are most sought after areas by tourists. A comprehensive tour covering all the royal attractions can be covered comfortably in Central London Minicabs. Available vehicles are dispatched based on passenger numbers that also include an option to choose infant/child seat at nominal cost.