Buckingham Palace has been the official London home of Britain’s monarchs since 1837. When she is in London, the Queen Lives works and entertains guests at the Palace, but members of the public can also see inside parts of this famous building when they are not being used by the royal family.
Buckingham Palace was built for the Duke of Buckingham in 1705 and was later acquired by King George III in 1761. However, the palace did not become the main residence of the monarch until the accession of Queen Victoria to the throne. By that time the original townhouse had been extended and altered by its various owners.
Buckingham Palace is one of London’s top visitor attractions. There are an incredible 775 rooms in the palace, and visitors can get a glimpse of just a few of them by taking a tour of the State Rooms – the rooms in which the Queen receives and entertains visiting dignitaries. The State Rooms feature a fine collection of chandeliers, paintings, furniture, sculpture and porcelain. The Queen’s Gallery, which houses works of art from the Royal Collection, has been open to the public for the past 50 years.
Another popular attraction is the Changing of the Guard, which takes place in the forecourt of the palace each day in summer, and every other day in winter. To its rear, Buckingham Palace also has the largest private garden in London – the royal garden parties held there are famous and guests from all walks of life are invited. If you have booked your stay at The Montcalm Hotel At The Brewery London City ; then all these fun sights are nearby and easily accessible.
Buckingham Palace has also been the focus of many national celebrations and tragedies, attracting thousands of people outside its gates when there have been commemorations, royal weddings, jubilees and funerals.