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Private Tour: London City Center Historical Walking Tour
"This private tour with an English speaking guide is perfect for a personal introduction to the Royal family history the origins of this massive world capital and it’s best kept secrets walking inside the very heart of LondonNot only will you get your bearings and cover the major landmarks you will also discover the entertaining stories of history's main players: Winston Churchill King Charles II Queen Elizabeth II and many more. Our guides will take you to the hidden spots and along the way they will provide you with insider knowledge and helpful advice so you can to make the most of your visit.The whole experience will be orchestrated t National Gallery Nelson’s Column
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Private Walking Tour: Highlights of London with a Blue Badge Guide
"Enjoy a leisurely walk with our Experienced Blue Badge English speaking guide through the beautiful and historic city of London. Starting at Big Ben you will learn all about this famous old clock and the Houses of Parliament that sit next to the River Th then up past the Prime Minister's home and the Horse Guards Parade where you may see the Queen's personal cavalry on duty. There is so much to see on this tour and after walking past several national war memorials and other state buildings you will find yourself in the bustling Trafalgar Square home of Nelsons Column with its picturesque fountains and national galleries which house some of the finest art in the world. Next up you'll visit Covent Garden and China Town. Then see Leicester Square and London's answer to Times Square
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Private Custom Tour: London in a Day
"Your day in London is totally customizable and the itinerary for your half- or full-day tour will be tailored to suit your needs and interests. Before your tour your private guide will contact you to discuss the things you want to see so that your logistics can be arranged in advance.On the day of your tour meet your guide at your hotel or preferred central location then set off by whatever means of transport is required. Transport meals and entrance fees are payable at your own expense.Perhaps visit some of the city must-sees like Tower of London or the ever-inspiring Big Ben – London’s architectural icon — or head to the Shard for sweeping panoramic views over London. Alt focus on the more offbeat London neighborhoods such as Soho
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The home of pomp and ceremony

Home to the British Royal family, Buckingham Palace is the place to go for some real British pomp and ceremony. The Palace is often used for official state occasions, such as the New Years Honours list, and is home to the world-famous changing of the guard.

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Sep 11, 2002

When at Buckingham Palace

It is possible to see the Changing of the Guard, usually at 11.30, in the forecourt, if the Queen is in residence. The Guard my be mounted by any of five regiments - the Grenadiers; the Coldstreams; the Scots/ Irish or Welsh Guards.

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Sep 08, 2002

Buckigham Palace

The house was originally buiilt in 1703 for the newly created Duke of Buckingham. In 1762 it was purchased by George III for his bride Charlotte. John Nash did much of the interior for George IV but it was Victoria who took up residence and turned it into a Palace.

At this time Marble Arch was the state entrance to the Palace. Victoria was responsible for much of the added building. The interior state apartments are now often open in summer with prior booking. They are decorated in the grand manner with many coffered ceilings, columns, tall windows, splendid mirrors and chandeliers, damask wall coverings and much gold leaf.

Current tours exit into the extensive gardens.

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Sep 08, 2002

Buckingham Palace, the...

Buckingham Palace, the residence of the British queen. On the square in front of it, the famous 'changing of the guards, take place. This event is also intresting at the horseguards-kazerna and less crowdy.
Saint Paul's cathedral (I call it 'my little chaple'). Don't forget to go inside as the dome is wonderful and dazzling.
WestMinsterabbey, where the graves are of many famous British.
The Tower-Bridge, where you can have a great view over The City.
Big Ben, the clock (not the tower itself!) inside the typical tower of the Houses of Parlement.
The streets surrounding Coventry Garden are very alive and a true Walhalla for shoppers.

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Sep 08, 2002
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Buckingham Palace, one of...

Buckingham Palace, one of several castles owned by the British Royal family, is one of the major tourist attractions in London, located in Westminster, at the end of the Mall.

Sep 08, 2002

The Buckingham Palace has been...

The Buckingham Palace has been the official London residence of English royalty since 1837. The palace stands in around 40 acres of garden. Visit the Throne Room, Music Room, State Dining Room as well as the many beautifully decorated apartments.

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Sep 07, 2002

St. James's Palace where new...

St. James's Palace where new monarchs are proclaimed. Today, serving as Prince Charles's office, this structure was originally built for Henry VIII. In 1649, Charles I walked from here to his execution at Whitehall.
Not open to the public.

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Sep 02, 2002

Buckingham Palace -

Buckingham Palace -
Queen Victoria was the first monarch to call this fabulous palace 'home' in 1837. Part of regal the residence is open, for a price. The Queen's Gallery contains the British Royal Collection, one of the world's greatest and has been open to the public only since 1962, though only a small part is available for viewing.

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Sep 02, 2002
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Buckingham Palace and Guard Change

More photos in travelogue (text later, 2002-Apr-21)
Buckingham Palace is Queen’s residence. If the flag is on, the Queen is at home. To raise funds for restoring the Windsor Castle, part of the palace is now open to public while the Queen is not at home during the summer.

Even though you cannot visit the palace, you can still enjoy the Queen Victoria memorial and the gardens in front of the Buckingham Palace.

Most tourists are attracted to its Change of Guard ceremony, at 11:30 am daily April-October, and every other day other months. The ceremony actually started from the Wellington Barracks close by at 11:00, then the new guards with a band march to the forecourt of the Buckingham Palace.

If you want to see the ceremony, be sure to be there earlier. You could start from the Wellington Barracks, then wait at the road towards the Buckingham Palace where the guards march through, then if you are quick enough, move to just outside of the forecourt of the Palace for the ceremony.

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Sep 02, 2002

Buckingham Palace

Here among some of the finest pictures and works of art in the world, visitors can see where The Queen and Members of the Royal Family receive and entertain their guests on State, ceremonial and official occasions. From the pomp and ceremony of a State Visit, when the Guard of Honour is mounted in the Quadrangle and The Queen entertains the visiting Head of State at a ceremonial banquet, to ministerial and diplomatic audiences, receptions and other events, the State Rooms provide a majestic backdrop to the on going work of the Monarchy. Masterpieces by Vermeer, van Dyck, Rubens, de Hooch, Zuccarelli and Rembrandt are among the forty or so paintings which hang in the Picture Gallery. Fine sculpture, including two groups by Antonio Canova, line the Marble Hall and, in the splendour of the White Drawing Room visitors can see the secret door used by The Queen and the Royal Family. To help visitors enjoy their visit fully, a comprehensive Official Guide is available for purchase in English, German, Italian, French, Spanish and Japanese languages. Wheelchair users are required to pre-book for the Summer Opening of the State Rooms. Regrettably, due to architectural limitations, The Queen's Gallery is inaccessible to wheelchair users. The Royal Mews, however is fully accessible.

Admission times 4 Aug-30 Sept daily 09.30-16.30. Ticket Office: 30 July-30 Sept daily 09.00-16.00. The Changing of the Guard takes place at 11.30 daily from 1 Apr-early July and on alternate days thereafter. 24 hour information line: 0171 799 2331
Last Admission at 16.30
Adults £11.00 Children £5.50. OAPs £9.00. Advance Purchase via Credit Card (020 7321 2233) booking fee £1.00 per ticket or from the Ticket Office in Green Park. Groups discounts to Summer Opening (min 15): 15-250 people £9.90 per person. Please mention Days Out UK when making enquiries.
Queuing time 15-20mins

All major credit cards
Baby-change facilities
No Dogs
Wheelchair access
Parking available

Sep 02, 2002

I think all visitors to London...

I think all visitors to London should go and see Buckingham Palace(but dont bother going in), Houses of Parliament and Big Ben and The London Eye. Purely so you can say you've seen them!
They are (to the outside world) what London is!

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Aug 26, 2002

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is the main home of Queen Elizabeth II and when she is in residence the Royal Standard flies above it. There are over 600 rooms in the palace, but the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh only occupy a small number of them.

In the summer months the state apartments are open to the public, attracting huge crowds of visitors. There are over a dozen rooms that you can visit, including, among others, the Music Room, the State Dining Room and the Throne Room - but you won't get to see the Queen's private rooms. And if you are hoping for a glimpse of the queen you'll be disappointed - when the palace is open to the public the queen is never in residence.

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Aug 26, 2002

Things to Do Near Buckingham Palace

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Changing of the Guard

more pictures of the changing of the guard in Buckingham Palace The changing of the Guard in Buckingham Palace is the most visited part of a Buckingham palace tour and is way similar to the Changing...
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Royal Mews - Buckingham Palace

At the Royal Mews were more impressive carriages, ones I have seen the Queen and Prince Philip riding in. Some others in the collection are the Scottish State Coach, built in 1833, the Irish State...
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Guards Museum

Guards Museum. As this museum is next to the Wellington Barracks where the new guard is formed before leaving for the change of guards at Buckingham Palace, I paid a visit to this museum at the...
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Spencer House

When Earl John Spencer bought the half acre plot of land in 1756 to build his lavish London house the architects made the garden to be joined and overlooking the Green Park. The garden it was...
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St James's Palace

This is the London residence of several minor members of the royal family and is found on The Mall close to Buckingham Palace. It was built between 1531 and 1536 in red-brick, the palace's...
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Transport for London

Since I'm from Germany I'm used to and love going by tram. I have to admit I really didn't no anything about it until last November. My lovely landlady (where I stayed at a very great B&B) told me to...
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Getting to Buckingham Palace


The Mall, London SW1A 1AA


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