The Banqueting House is the only remaining complete building of Whitehall Palace, the sovereign’s principal residence from 1530 until 1698 when it was destroyed by fire. Designed by Inigo Jones for James I (1603-25) and completed in 1622, the Banqueting House was originally built for occasions of state, plays and masques. The Banqueting House later became the scene of Charles I’s execution. Today the Banqueting House is a popular visitor attraction and one of the finest banqueting venues in London, playing host to many royal and society occasions.
If you are a history buff, like myself, this is a must. This is where Winston Churchill led the effort to combat Nazism during World War II. You really get a feeling for what it must have been like to live in the underground bunker that the War Rooms are during the war. There is an audio tour that guides you through the exhibit. This will take you about 1 hour to complete. The Map Room in particular will amaze you.
St. Margerat's Church- Westminster Abbey
This beautiful church sits right next to Westminster Abbey. Althought the Abbey steals the thunder, don't miss this charming little church.
Have a peek at 10 Downing Street and you'll possible come across a demonstration of some sort. These guys were quiet and peaceful.
This is another great London tradition. These horses have got to be the most well behaved in the world to put up with the noise of tourists and traffic.
This is one of the Horse Guards at the Horse Guards Parade. It's popular to get your photo taken with one of them.
The Horse Guards Parade is a large area off of Whitehall, commonly used for parades and other ceremonies. It also once held tournaments at the time of Henry VIII!
Actually, not too much to see her, but its where the dear ole prime minister (currently Tony Blair) lives.
... where England's Prime Minister lives and work.
I've heard that inside it's much much more interesting than the gloomy view from outside...
The place from where Churchill and his staff controlled operations during WW2.
It has been recreated to look as it did during that time. I have been just once and it was an interesting attraction.
And then it was time for the ceremony of the Changing of the Horse Guards.
It was well worth waiting, to see this ceremony.
These Guards looked great with their shining helmets.
When you have a good lens, it is easy to make some great shots.
An 18th C building designed by William Kent around 3 sides of a forecourt in which the Guard is ceremonially mounted daily at 11am.
Either side of the entrance is a Household Cavalry sentry.
One of the greatest leaders of the 20th century
The official residence of the Prime Minister of England. You can't just stop in for tea though, they've got gates across the entrance and a few policeman to boot!