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“Stand at the Victoria Monument for the Best View!”

Changing of the Guard
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Small-Group Changing of the Guard Walking Tour
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A must see in London, outside Buckingham Palace, but check out the schedule as it only happens daily from May to July, otherwise on alternate days
Reviewed October 4, 2013

Saved going to see the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace for October 1 even though we were in London from August 6- October 2. August was totally packed with family tourists so we delayed our visit to October. We were delighted to easily get a view perched on the left quadrant side of the Victoria Monument platform across the street from the Palace with "The Mall" located behind us and "The Spur" directly to our left. This turned out to be a very good thing because as the horses and guards approached and departed we were able to walk the platform around the monument to see both events for some terrific photo ops and hear the bands. This was the best place for the parade view, but it is not the best for being up close to the changing of the guards event unless you have a very good zoom lens! However, for us, this was a lovely event! Make sure you have information explaining exactly what is happening at each time frame, as the entire thing does take awhile. PS There is now an app available for you to follow the progress/locations of the soldiers and horses for the Changing of the Guard. It only costs 69p!

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Reviewed October 3, 2013

Watching the Changing of the Guard was one of the most amazing displays of royal tradition!

If you decide to put this in your itinerary of London, be sure to watch the change at St. James' Palace. You get a better view and less crowd! Plus you get to see the military band!

A "MUST DO" in London!

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Reviewed October 3, 2013

The most interesting thing about this is how we were told, at least a dozen times, by the different police officers to protect our valuables as pick-pockets are everywhere.

Otherwise, this provides a brief glimpse of the fuzzy hatted guards before they go behind the gates and then it is very difficult to see, and even more difficult to understand what is happening and why. After waiting for 30 minutes to have a good viewing spot, we left after 20 minutes as we were bored and disappointed.

Thank rykel
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Reviewed October 2, 2013

No-one does the pomp and ceremony as well as we do. Brilliant atmosphere and faultless performance by the queens guards yet again

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Reviewed September 29, 2013

I've been coming to London for years, decades in fact, I've even been inside Buckingham Palace but I've never once seen the "Changing of the Guard". As we had members in our party eager to see this, we had no choice but to plan it into our visit.

We've heard about the crowds and opted to go about an hour or so before kick off, sadly, so did everyone else in London. The crowd was already about 5 people deep around the gates of the Palace and every possible empty spot was taken on the Victoria Memorial.

As we waited it got busier and busier but the police (on horseback too) did a great job of containing the crowds, though the use of loudspeaker might have been better rather than shouting as often you couldn't hear instructions or information. Still, you sort of got the just of what was happening.

By the time the "show" started we could only catch glimpses of the ceremony and when people started climbing the gates to get a better look, it was game over for those towards the back. So, like many we left.

However, as we walked towards the London Eye, we caught the soldiers/guards on their way back of which we had an unrestricted view and, like that, the more excitable members of our party were happy.

Sure, we didn't get to see much of the ceremony despite thinking we've arrived early enough and yes, you were always on guard from possible pick pocketing to enjoy anything anyway, but the unrestricted view of the soldiers returning was worth walking away from the ceremony for.

So, arrive as early as humanly possible if you want to get a decent view (it seems an hour earlier isn't quite enough) and have on running shoes so you can snap pictures as they return home.

Thank ReviewChimp
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