Buckingham Palace

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Explore the magnificent royal residence, home to Queen Elizabeth II.

Buckingham Palace is the centrepiece of Britain’s Constitutional Monarchy, serving since 1837 as the official London residence of the British Royal Family. Originally built for the Duke of Buckingham in 1705, the then smaller Buckingham House has been expanded over the centuries, and this magnificent structure is now among the most visited sites in the world.

Buckingham Palace is working building, with a large staff supporting The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh in their official duties. This is the venue for many state banquets, foreign dignitary receptions, and Royal ceremonies.

Imagine stepping into Buckingham Palace via the Grand Hall, sumptuously decorated with gilt details and marble columns. Two broad marble staircases sweep up to the State Apartments, which include the magnificent Green Drawing Room, accessed via mirrored doors. The Throne Room, decorated in regal scarlet, still holds the two thrones used by Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh during the coronation in 1953. This room leads to the East Front Balcony, where millions witnessed the kiss between the newly-wed Prince William and Catherine Middleton following their marriage ceremony in April 2011.

Of the 775 rooms in Buckingham Palace, 19 state rooms are open to the public in August and September, when Queen Elizabeth II stays in her Scottish residence, Balmoral Castle. Look out for the flag flying above the palace: if the Queen is in residence you will see the Royal Standard, the Queen’s official flag; if she is not in residence, the Union Flag will be hoisted.

Whilst the palace is neither an art gallery nor a museum, you will have the opportunity to view many works from the palace’s private art collection, including furniture crafted for Kings and Queens and masterpieces by artists such as Rembrandt. It’s advisable to book your visit in advance on the official Buckingham Palace website, and there is an admission fee, which includes an audio tour.

Don’t miss the famous Changing the Guard ceremony. This takes place from 11:15 am to 12:00 pm on scheduled days, apart from during winter months, accompanied by the Guards Band. This event is the epitome of traditional pageantry.

Buckingham Palace is located in Westminster, and is easily accessible by bus. The nearest Underground station is St James’s Park.

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Great Windmill Street, London, England
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Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
4 out of 5
200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
The price is NZ$329 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
Located in London City Centre, this spa hotel is steps away from Southbank Centre Book Market and Florence Nightingale Museum. St. Thomas' Hospital and Sea Life ...
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The Resident Victoria
The Resident Victoria
4 out of 5
10 Palace Place, London, England
The price is NZ$232 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Victoria Palace Theatre, Buckingham Palace and Apollo Victoria Theatre. St. James Park ...
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Zedwell Piccadilly
Zedwell Piccadilly
3 out of 5
Great Windmill Street, London, England
The price is NZ$184 per night from 23 Sep. to 23 Sep.
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Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
4 out of 5
200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
The price is NZ$329 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
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The Resident Victoria
The Resident Victoria
4 out of 5
10 Palace Place, London, England
The price is NZ$232 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
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Caesar Hotel
Caesar Hotel
4 out of 5
26-33 Queens Gardens, Hyde Park, London, England
The price is NZ$240 per night from 18 Oct. to 18 Oct.
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The May Fair, A Radisson Collection Hotel, Mayfair London
The May Fair, A Radisson Collection Hotel, Mayfair London
5 out of 5
Stratton Street, Mayfair, London, England
The price is NZ$552 per night from 11 Oct. to 11 Oct.
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The Rubens at the Palace
The Rubens at the Palace
5 out of 5
39 Buckingham Palace Road, London, England
The price is NZ$421 per night from 5 Oct. to 5 Oct.
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Assembly Hotel London
Assembly Hotel London
3.5 out of 5
27 - 31 Charing Cross Road, London, England
The price is NZ$185 per night from 26 Sep. to 26 Sep.
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St. Ermins Hotel, Autograph Collection
St. Ermins Hotel, Autograph Collection
4 out of 5
Caxton Street 2, London, England
The price is NZ$389 per night from 4 Oct. to 4 Oct.
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DoubleTree by Hilton London Victoria
4 out of 5
2 Bridge Place, Victoria, London, England
The price is NZ$272 per night from 10 Oct. to 10 Oct.
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