Buckingham Palace is one of the key highlights of any visit to London, particularly if you’re eager to discover more about the Royal history and culture of the city. While the rooms are only open during the summer months, a visit will ensure you get closer than ever before to a working palace. Here’s our brief guide to keep handy before your trip…
Buckingham Palace Overview
As London’s foremost Royal residence, Buckingham Palace is the home of the Queen while she’s in the city, and also hosts a wide range of official events, many of which are held in the state rooms which open to the public each year. While staying at the Grand Park Hotel Paddington, this is a fantastic opportunity to see some of the stunning architecture and grounds, as well as discovering the stories of the figures who have worked and lived within palace walls.
The State Rooms
Encompassing the public spaces of Buckingham Palace, the State Rooms are the places used by Royal Family members to entertain guests, ranging from dignitaries to celebrities and everything in-between. There are 19 state rooms in the palace, each of which were furnished with high quality furniture and artworks during the 1820s, with architect John Nash leading the way. During your stay at a Bayswater Hotel in London, you’ll have access to some of the most remarkable spaces in any of the UK’s historical buildings. Highlights include:
The White Drawing Room
This space serves as the main reception room for The Queen and fellow major Royals, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. It is here that family members gather together with their guests just before official occasions – and so it makes sense that the White Drawing Room has frequently been regarded as the grandest of all the state rooms.
The Throne Room
With its dramatic archways and vivid colours, the Throne Room is built to impress – and includes two throne chairs which were built to mark the official coronation ceremony of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh in 1953. After travelling from the Grand Park Hotel Paddington, its an essential part of your trip to the state rooms. There are several additional chairs in the room, all with their own story to tell.
The Picture Gallery
Filled with some of the best pieces from the Royal Collection, the Picture Gallery regularly changes the pieces on display, with current works including the likes of Rubens, Rembrandt and Titian.
Completed in 1855, the Ballroom is the largest of the state rooms in the palace, and was originally home to Victorian-era balls and concerts. Today it is used for everything from investitures to state banquets, thanks to the drama of the venue and its sheer space.
Visiting the State Rooms
The State Rooms are open for ten weeks throughout the summer, alongside selected dates in winter and spring. This year the rooms will open on 20th July 2019.