Have a regal day out at the home of the Royal Family, Buckingham Palace
It’s labelled as the most famous palace in the world and has been the official London residence of the UK sovereign’s since 1837 – Buckingham Palace is today the administrative headquarters of the reigning British monarch. Located in the centre of London in the City of Westminster, this iconic building dominates the end of The Mall avenue. If you are visiting the city, it's worthwhile adding Buckingham Palace to your list of things to see and do – go on a tour of the palace’s opulent rooms or watch the changing of the guard. Open to visitors every summer,
Known the world over for its history and stature as home to the Queen, it is very much a working building and the centrepiece of the UK’s constitutional monarchy, serving as the venue for many royal events and ceremonies from entertaining foreign delegates to celebrating achievements at services and receptions. During your time in London, opting for a luxury serviced apartment at Fraser Suites Queens Gate allows you to take advantage of staying in a hotel near Buckingham Palace. With a timeless classic charm reminiscent of the 19th-century heritage and ambience, reside in your own regal city centre accommodation for a memorable and enjoyable experience.
Buckingham Palace is open to the public during the summer months and offers a limited number of tours in December, January and at Easter each year. Find out more about visiting the Palace on the Royal Collection Trust website.
The centre-point of the Royal Family
Many are amazed at the sheer size of Buckingham Palace which has an impressive 775 rooms, including 19 state rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms.
Originally known as Buckingham House, the building at the heart of where today's palace stands was a large townhouse built for the Duke of Buckingham in 1703 – the original site had been in private ownership for at least 150 years. It was acquired by King George III in 1761 as a private residence for Queen Charlotte and became known as The Queen's House. During the 19th century, it was renovated who constructed three wings around a central courtyard. After the accession of Queen Victoria in 1837, Buckingham Palace became the official London residence of the British monarch as well as being a focal point for significant national celebrations and commemorations.
Who will you see out on the balcony?
The balcony of Buckingham Palace is one of the most famous in the world, appearing in media in every country across the globe. The first recorded Royal balcony appearance took place in 1851 when Queen Victoria stepped onto it during celebrations for the opening of the Great Exhibition. Since then, Royal Balcony appearances have marked many occasions from The Queen’s annual official birthday celebrations to weddings, the RAF Flypast at the end of Trooping the Colour, as well as special events of national significance such as the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
Upon arriving at the Palace, you will be greeted by a spectacular façade which is made from prestigious Bath stone. Wrought iron gates and fences guard the palace, however, you can still capture amazing photographs from the exterior. You’ll notice the guards standing watch at the palace entrances – match your timing with the changing of the guard and you’ll be treated to a ceremonial procedure where the guardsmen change over their duties. This takes place daily from April to July and every other day throughout the rest of the year.
Enter the Queen’s Gallery near the Royal Mews to browse this enthralling purpose-built gallery where you can see collections of works of art from the Royal Collection which is changed on a rotating basis. There are around 450 works on display at any one time – definitely worth a visit for any fan of the Royal Family.
Behind the scenes at the 830,000 square foot palace, a lot more activity is present other than the popular visitor attraction, art gallery and home of the British Monarchy. Aside from the gilded railings and gates is not only a weekday home of the Queen and her family, but it is also home to the Duke of York and the Earl and Countess of Wessex. Inside the palace are also the administrative offices of the Queen, Prince Philip, the Princess Royal and other members of the Royal Family – an astonishing 800 people also regard it as their place of work.
The perfect accommodation solution
After undergoing an extensive refurbishment programme, Fraser Suites are delighted to present our stylish apartments near Buckingham Palace. Situated in the Kensington area in the heart of London, we have 105 fully furnished luxury residences featuring warm contemporary interiors well-equipped with modern conveniences. Many of our guests consider Fraser Suites Queens Gate as their only choice for staying in central London –ideal for basing yourself in serviced apartments close to Buckingham Palace.
No matter the size of your party, our studio, one and two-bedroom fully-equipped apartments offer stylish living in comfortable suites. Open your suite door to discover separate living, dining, kitchen and bedroom areas – each room is well appointed with a modern kitchenette, air conditioning, home entertainment system, personal safe. After a day of sightseeing you may wish to dine in the privacy of your own suite, therefore our room service menu provides delicious options for you to enjoy. Reminisce about your day uncovering the Monarchy and catch up with friends in the Lobby Bar to enjoy some refreshing beverages – it's open until 11 pm so you can relax and unwind. Alternatively, keep up to date with your fitness regime in our 24-hour gym.
Fans of the Royal Family will enjoy staying in our award-winning accommodation, the best choice for serviced apartments close to Buckingham Palace. Make your reservation now for a truly regal and majestic experience.