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We enjoyed watching the ceremony when we were able to see thru the sea of people there. The particular day we went was super packed (we arrived 45 min early too), and it was difficult to even move around. People were pressing in on us...More
A long ceremony which I just happened to stumble upon walking from Trafalgar Square and down The Mall. I had read that you would not be able to see the entire ceremony because there are actually several components. But by pure dumb luck I just...More
We decided to go see the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace and were absolutely thrilled with it. We got there very early so we were able to position ourselves on the steps of the Victoria Memorial Monument. The view from there was perfect....More
You really shouldn’t miss the pomp and circumstance of the changing of the guard if you are in London for a visit. We did the walking tour with London Fun Tours and it was really nicely done. We were running late because we got caught...More
There were so many people there. People are very rude. Depend on where you line up, you either see the guards matching in or performing the exchange in the yard. There is no good place to stand and see the entire event. They need to...More
If you haven't seen the changing of the guard, you probably want to because it is an iconic experience. However, be aware that it is difficult to get a good view. We arrived more than an hour before the ceremony and snagged one of the...More
When in London it is something you must do. Check the web site for the guard Change times as it is not every day.
Arrive a good 20 min early to get a spot. Don’t fight for the middle roundabout but instead position yourself outside...More
Interesting ceremony that is more interesting if you have some experience of the military. Pomp and ceremony but no explanation what was going on made it a bit boring to many of the European visitors also watching. Check out on the internet what is planned...More
If you only had an afternoon to experience London on a grand scale, Westminster would be a wise place to start. The ornate Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey sit adjacent at a corner of Parliament Square, and a short stroll along The Mall leads to Buckingham Palace. Trafalgar Square and Nelson's Column are just up the road as well. As captivating as the architecture is, the wonders of Mother Nature are
highlights of the area too. St James's Park (arguably London's loveliest), the expansive Green Park, and pedestrian friendly tree lined paths along the river showcase the exquisite manicure provided by English gardeners. Just beyond the landmarks and the gorgeous outdoor spaces, quiet residential squares and age old local pubs offer a more subdued take on this global seat of power in the heart of London.
Response from snisonger | Reviewed this property |
I have nothing more to add to the excellent responses that have already been stated. Everyone has hit it spot on. The fountain is great - and good for kids running around! The winter schedule is different than summer - so... More
I have nothing more to add to the excellent responses that have already been stated. Everyone has hit it spot on. The fountain is great - and good for kids running around! The winter schedule is different than summer - so if you check with any hotel concierge they can tell you exactly what is taking place each day for any particular given time - but usually not too much farther than the current month. Have a great time - and it is definitely worth doing for sure! great photos. The horseguards are always so friendly to children......
Response from Anthony_Chien | Reviewed this property |
No, you don't need to join the tour. You can go on your own. The best view is actually from the Victoria Memorial. You are on high ground, therefore, you get the view when the guards marches in to the palace, as well the... More
No, you don't need to join the tour. You can go on your own. The best view is actually from the Victoria Memorial. You are on high ground, therefore, you get the view when the guards marches in to the palace, as well the entire changing of the guards.
Don't gather around the fence, like a lot of people do. You either only see the guards marching in/out (but not the changing of the guard), or you only see the changing of the guard, but not the guards marching in/out.