Buckingham Palace is the beating heart of royal London. It’s a place that really needs no introduction, it is the primary Queen’s residence, after all.
Located in the heart of Westminster, the palace has become the focal point of the world’s obsession with the British monarchy and thousands flock here every year, from home and abroad, to see how splendidly the royals live.
In order to plan your visit for Buckingham Palace, you will first need to locate the nearest tube stations to it and how to get there. This guide aims to make your royal day out go ahead without a hitch.
Tube Stations near to Buckingham Palace :
There are five main tube stations that surround Buckingham Palace, making travel here very easy indeed. These include Westminster (Circle, District and Jubilee Lines), St James’s Park (Circle and District Lines), Victoria (Victoria, Circle and District Lines), Hyde Park Corner (Piccadilly Line) and Charing Cross (Bakerloo and Northern Lines).
Perhaps the most impressive route to take is from Charing Cross. As you ascend from the underground, you will see Trafalgar Square and Nelson’s Column. From here, the palace is roughly a 15-minute walk down the iconic Mall. For more information, head to the ticket office – Charing Cross has disabled access.
Another excellent option is to get off at Westminster and take in the sights of Parliament before making the 15-minute jaunt to Buckingham Palace. This well-equipped transport hub has cash machines (for both pounds and Euros!), a ticket office, lifts, boarding ramps, WiFi, escalators and payphones – what more could you ask for in a tube station?
For a shorter walk to the palace, head to St James’s Park station. From here, the walk is only a mere nine minutes although you can take a nice detour through St James’s Park itself and enjoy the lake, the Churchill War Rooms and the lovely greenery here.
From Victoria station, you can expect a ten-minute walk that will take you past the Queen’s Gallery, the Royal Mews and St James Theatre.
Take the tube to Hyde Park Corner and walk up to the palace through its official gardens. The stroll can take ten minutes at the shortest, but you can take your time to enjoy one of the many green spaces in this area. You may even wish to backtrack into Hyde Park and explore some of the monuments here as well before walking down to Buckingham Palace.
There is also Green Park station which is situated to the north of the Palace. The walk will take you between ten and 15 minutes, with the best route being straight through Green Park. In terms of attractions, this route is definitely one with the least going on. However, if you just fancy a walk through the park it is ideal. Green Park Underground Station is served by the Jubilee, Piccadilly and Victoria Lines.
If you are staying at one of our Park Grand London Kensington Hotel, you can take the Piccadilly Line from Earl’s Court tube station to Green Park or Hyde Park Corner, or the District Line to either Victoria, St James’s Park or Westminster.
Other attractions near Buckingham Palace :
Other excellent London attractions near Buckingham Palace include Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Westminster Palace and, across the Thames, the London Eye.
And as the palace is nestled among three of London’s finest green spaces – St James’s Park, Green Park and Buckingham Palace Gardens – a stroll around this wonderful building is as pleasant as seeing it up close and personal.
Shopping near Buckingham Palace :
There are many places to go shopping near Buckingham Palace with the likes of Victoria Place, Cool Britannia and Whittard Chelsea 1886 all on hand to offer everything, from wonderfully-tacky British souvenirs to a splendid cup of tea.
The Cardinal Place Shopping Centre is also just a short walk away from the Victoria tube station.
The Changing of the Guard :
Of course, one of the main attractions that takes place at Buckingham Palace is the Changing of the Guard, a tradition that has taken place since 1837 when Queen Victoria ascended to the throne.
This quintessentially British act is a must-see for anyone visiting London; the pageantry is quite unlike anything else you’ll see in the capital.
The event usually takes place on alternate days and for February this will be odd dates in the calendar. There is only one a day, which generally starts at 11.15am when the guard s and band begin to arrive. By 11.30, the ceremony is ready to officially start. The changeover lasts half an hour and is finished by 12.00. For more information, head to the Changing of the Guard’s official website.