London offers some of the most iconic attractions in the whole world, with Buckingham Palace perhaps one of the most recognised symbols of the British Isles for visitors from across the globe.
As such, travellers flock from far and wide in their thousands every year to see the sights of this iconic London landmark, but while this stunning property is a genuine global attraction, it is not the only fantastic sight to see in the local area.
Situated in the bustling and exclusive district of the City of Westminster, Buckingham Palace is the official London residence of Queen Elizabeth II and dates back to the early 18th century.
The palace grounds and many of the rooms of this stunning building are regularly opened to the public, with visitors able to enjoy guided tours of the state rooms and picture gallery, as well as enjoy the spectacle that is the Changing of the Guard.
St James’s Park
Located next to Buckingham Palace is St James’s Park, one of eight official royal parks in the capital and an oasis of greenery in what is otherwise a desert of concrete, bricks and mortar – albeit very exclusive and stylish bricks and mortar.
The park is the oldest of the capital’s royal parks and includes such unique features as The Mall and Horse Guards Parade – the setting for a number of spectacular pageants, including the annual Trooping the Colour.
Green Park is also located just north of Buckingham Palace and spans 40 acres, creating an area of tranquil retreat for nature lovers in the heart of the city.
It stretches between Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly and Constitution Hill, and is a popular location for visitors looking for a perfect picnic spot or just somewhere to sit down and enjoy some sunbathing and relaxation.
Buckingham Palace Gardens
Attached to the Queen’s official residence are the Buckingham Palace Gardens, which are open to the public and a haven for local wildlife. They also provide a vibrant splash of colour for visitors to the area to enjoy, with flowers and blossoms in bloom throughout the year.
The gardens also provide a wonderful sustainable boost to the local area, with 99 per cent of all green waste recycled on site.
St James Theatre
Individuals hoping to enjoy an evening of cultured entertainment might like to book a trip to the theatre during their tour of the City of Westminster and the St James Theatre could be the perfect choice.
Opened in 2012, the venue offers capacity for up to 312 guests in its main playhouse and a further 120 in its cabaret lounge. Visitors are treated to a range of live shows and performances, with everything from mid-scale musicals to great one-man shows that will keep lovers of culture coming back again and again.
Cardinal Place Shopping Centre
Visitors to the area looking for some much-needed retail therapy after seeing the many impressive sights around Buckingham Palace should look no further than the Cardinal Place Shopping Centre on Victoria Street.
Offering shopping and lifestyle opportunities for travellers, as well as a number of restaurants, cafes and bars, the centre has everything that a weary traveller needs to recharge their batteries before heading back into the hustle and bustle of the crowded London streets.
And finally, no visit to this exclusive and enthralling part of the capital would be complete without a trip to Westminster Cathedral.
The first foundation stone for the cathedral as it stands today was laid in 1895 and the building itself was completed some eight years later. This is far from the full history of the building though, as an abbey has stood at the site of Westminster Cathedral since the early Benedictine monks settled in the area of Westminster almost 200 years earlier.
Travel options for Buckingham Palace visitors
Individuals planning a tour of this exclusive part of the capital have plenty of options open to them in terms of how to get around.
Several London Underground Tube stations can be found within easy walking distance of Buckingham Palace and its surrounding attractions, including:
- St James’s Park (Circle and District lines)
- Victoria (Circle, District and Victoria lines)
- Hyde Park Corner (Piccadilly line)
- Knightsbridge (Piccadilly line)
- Green Park (Jubilee, Piccadilly and Victoria lines)
- Piccadilly Circus (Bakerloo and Piccadilly lines)
- Charing Cross (Bakerloo and Northern lines)
- Embankment (Bakerloo, Circle, District and Northern lines)
- Westminster (Circle, District and Jubilee lines)
In addition, overground rail services can be accessed via nearby London Charing Cross Station and an array of local day and nighttime bus services connect to Victoria Underground Station (16, 38, 52, 73, 82, 170, 507, N16, N38 and N73).