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Summer Visit to Buckingham Palace and Nearby Attractions

Buckingham PalaceA 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:

Kensington 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.

Visiting London Summer 2015 – Good Ideas?

Are you visiting London during summer this year? If yes, do not forget to pack your sunscreen and flip flops and get set to enjoy a whole range of new events and festivals in the old English city.

Listed below are some great ideas to enjoy your summer holiday in London.

Grab your chance to witness Wimbledon

The British have always had a great interest in sports. Wimbledon is one of the four renowned Grand Slam Tennis titles hosted across the world. The show attracts millions of tennis lovers from across the world rushing to the venue to see their favourite stars in action. Do not miss out on your chance to witness this sports extravaganza during this summer. Book your tickets to this spectacular show and enjoy some great tennis, strawberries and cream.

The Buckingham Palace Tour

Buckingham Palace is the official residence of the Queen and the symbol of the British legacy. Located in the city of Westminster, the palace is a must see attraction during all seasons. Every summer the palace is opened to display the special royal collection to the public. This year the focus will be on the preparations for the royal events of the palace. Visit the palace this summer to get a real feel of the British royalty.

Royal Ascot

Yet another sports event from London is the Royal Ascot. The horse racing at Royal Ascot is a cultural event that is symbolic of the British tradition and heritage. This festival is all about fancy hats and horses. While the handsome horses bring in beauty to the event on one hand, the British take the opportunity offered by the event to showcase their superior sartorial taste.

City Tour

The city of London has several monuments that are steeped in rich history. A stroll down the streets of the capital is a great way to explore its uniqueness and to find out several untapped gems along the odd lanes and alleys. Summer is a great time to simply take a walk along the Thames and enjoy the scenic beauty of the city. Walking tours in London during summer are highly recommended and are a great way to get to know the city better. Walking tours also let tourists explore unique food joints and souvenir shops in the city.

Outdoor activities

Does outdoor adventure get your excitement levels high? Then summer in London will prove to be a real treat for you. Take the chance this summer to enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities in the capital. Tourists may go bird watching, kayaking, swimming, cycling or boating to enjoy the views of the golden city soaked in sunshine. Musical events and open air concerts during summer are the other great attractions worth watching out for.