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!