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This is such a moment in history - steeped in tradition - all seasons of the year. It is spectacular - no matter where you stand to watch - it is amazing. The pure 'regalness' of it blows me away every single time I watch.
We happened to be visiting Buckingham Palace at the right time of 10:30am to see the ceremony for the changing of the guard. I was surprised at how long it went for and how much ceremony there was. It was quite entertaining. And it was...More
This is an iconic thing to see in person. Glad we went but once is enough. You know ahead that it is going to be incredibly crowded so don't be surprised. It is always crowded.
We arrived at 9:45 for 11:00 and the center gate...More
We arrived at Buckingham Palace about 10:15, and people were just starting to gather to watch the changing of the guard. We got a good tip from a local to stand right up against the fence just to the side of the gate, and it...More
it was incredible to see the changing of the guards and the whole experience was a once in a lifetime thing to do. that being said - it is extremely crowded and tourists are very pushy so you have to deal with a lot in...More
We hadn't seen The Changing of the Guard in 7 years, so we fitted it in this visit. It was great to see the fresh ceremony, and they played some pop as well as standard military numbers. Firstly, get there early, it starts at 11:00....More
This is a must see event as long as you can handle crowds. Happens everyday from May to July unless it is raining. We arrived an hour early and met up with 100,000 other tourists. Very good but friendly crowd control. You do not need...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.
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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.