Ever wondered what’s behind those white walls of Buckingham Palace? Now is your chance to find out. Over the summer you can stay at Presidential Marylebone Mayfair and book for guided tours of the State Rooms used by the Queen for investitures, banquets and other ceremonial and official occasions. If interested – you need to book quickly, as only a limited number of spaces are available.
Buckingham Palace has been the official home of the UK monarchy for over 100 years. It was acquired by George IV and the interior style of the State Rooms still reflect his taste, and that of his designer John Nash. Expect dramatic, brilliant colours especially whites, reds, golds and greens plus a tremendous amount of art works on every wall.
It is a massive building containing over 700 rooms including offices and staff accommodation. The tours focus on the 19 State Rooms that are used by the Queen and senior members of the Royal Family when hosting state banquets, meetings, investitures or other ceremonial occasions. These rooms include the Grand Staircase, the Ballroom, White Drawing Room and the Throne Room. Many of these rooms are instantly recognizable as backdrops to official photographs such as at Royal Weddings or Christenings. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were photographed in the Throne Room immediately after their wedding.
Art lovers will be fascinated by the paintings and sculpture on display. The Royal Collection is one of the pre-eminent art collections in the world, and contains numerous masterpieces by artists like Degas, Rubens, Rembrandt, Canaletto and Van Dyck. It has a fantastic collection of antiques, Faberge and sculptures. Look closely at the tables laid out as if for a State Banquet and you will see priceless examples of silverware and porcelain ready for use.
Take time too to explore the pretty gardens that adjoin the building. These form a wonderful green oasis, one of the hidden gardens of London complete with lake, lawns and trees.
After your visit to the Palace, it is also worth considering dropping into the adjacent Picture Gallery to see more examples of art from the Royal Collection as well as the Royal Mews. Within the Royal Mews are a collection of historic carriages which are still used today on ceremonial occasions. A landau from the Royal Mews carried Prince Harry and Meghan Markle around Windsor after their wedding. Carriages from the Mews are used by the Royal Family at Ascot, and for spectacular events like the State Opening of Parliament. One of the highlights of the collection is the gilded Glass carriage which was used by the Queen on her way to and from the Coronation in 1953.
To those guests who are in London on vacation, there are several serviced apartments in Central London that can provide you remarkable deals with luxurious stay and at the same time located just minutes from a lot of popular London attractions.
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