How about exploring one of the world’s largest and best known working royal palaces? Every summer, Buckingham Palace opens its doors to visitors. It is very popular, so you do need to book early.
You can book a guided tour of the magnificent State Rooms used by HM The Queen while being a resident at hotel Edward Paddington London, when entertaining dignitaries and ambassadors from all over the world. Countless ceremonial events take place here such as the granting of honours such as Knighthoods and OBE’s. These rooms are amongst the most photographed in the world, appearing in scenes from Royal Weddings such as that of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Prince of Wales and Diana Spencer, the Queen’s Coronation and official photographs following the christening of royal children.
The tour includes 19 State Rooms, all of which are adorned with priceless items from the Royal Collection such as paintings by Canaletto, Titian, Rembrandt, Rubens, Sevres porcelain and sculpture by Canova. The Royal Collection is one of the greatest art collections in the world.
By far the most dramatic is the Throne Room. Decorated in brilliant reds, it is very stylistic complete with a canopied arch over the thrones. The two thrones were used by the Queen and Prince Philip during her coronation in 1953. It was in this room that the famous photographs of the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were taken.
Another famous room is the White Drawing Room frequently used as an official reception room. The Ballroom is one of the largest of the State Rooms and was completed during the reign of Queen Victoria.
This year, the State Rooms also contain a special display focusing on artworks personally chosen by the Prince of Wales which includes some very unusual items such as the cloak of Napoleon Bonaparte, made of wool, silk and silver thread which was taken from Bonaparte’s carriage immediately after the Battle of Waterloo.
At the end of the tour, you can step out into the pretty palace gardens, a green oasis amid the clamour of central London. Not only are there formal flower beds, but lots of wildflowers, lawns and water features to explore and enjoy.
While at the Palace, you can also take in an extra visit to the Royal Mews and see the stunning vehicles used on ceremonial occasions such as the Gold State Coach used in every coronation since George IV, but before that you must book your stay at any one of the budget hotels near Paddington Station UK to visit more London attractions.