If you need to plan your trip to Buckingham Palace, it’s definitely worth knowing the nearest Underground stations. London’s affectionately-named Tube is extensive and covers the entirety of the city, allowing you to get to the Palace in the first place or continue your journey onwards to another tourist attraction. Here are your best options if you want to visit the Queen via the Tube.
Victoria Station :
Victoria Tube Station is an extremely busy station, with the interchange of three lines (District and Circle and Piccadilly). What makes matters worse is that current engineering works have blocked off half of the ticket office, restricting the space commuters have. As a result, queues for the Underground often extend out into the main arrivals hall of the station above, making it a slightly hectic place to be.
Having said that, it is remarkably easy to get to the Palace from Victoria. Exit through the front facing Grosvenor Gardens (west). Walk towards them until you’re at the A3214 and turn right, following it past the Royal Mews. Buckingham Palace then emerges on your left after around ten minutes.
If you’re looking for more attractions to visit after Buckingham Palace, Victoria Station is a good option if you’d like to experience some good quality theatre. Just outside the station, you’ll find Broadway blockbuster Wicked, which stands in all its emerald glory and tells the story of the two witches of Oz – but not as you know it. Also worth witnessing is the British musical Billy Elliot at the Victoria Palace Theatre, about a teenage boy who just wants to dance.
Those looking for cinema near Buckingham Palace will also find the Underground station useful – there is a Curzon-run venue at 58 Victoria Street.
Green Park :
Like Victoria, Green Park also services three lines on the London Underground – Victoria, Piccadilly and Jubilee. However, it’s less hectic to enter or exit at this station due to the lack of refurbishment work and the fact there are no National Rail services leaving from here.
It’s not too difficult to work out where you need to go to get to the Palace – if you emerge via the south-facing exit, you’ll instantly see Green Park itself and, through the trees, Buckingham Palace. If you emerge from the north-facing exit, just turn left and walk along the road until you get to Green Park’s entrance and the way is once again self-explanatory.
For things to do after visiting Buckingham Palace, there are plenty near Green Park. You might want to continue the royal theme and head to St James’s Palace, where they always have an interesting exhibition or two. The Churchill War Rooms on the other side of St James’s Park is also worth a visit, as is the park itself since there are daily pelican feedings. If it’s shopping near Buckingham Palace you’re looking for, Green Park is also your best bet since it’s only a five-minute walk to Piccadilly. From there, the sky is the limit – Carnaby Street, Regent’s Street and Oxford Street are all renowned for big-name brands and they’re all nice and close.
Hyde Park Corner :
Another modern station that is well-equipped to deal with its daily dose of commuting madness, Hyde Park is on the Piccadilly Line only, which boasts direct services straight to the heart of London. Thanks to the fact there is no changeover onto other lines, the station feels a little more orderly than the others. The downside is a slightly longer walk to Buckingham Palace itself, although since this is through the verdant and glorious Hyde Park hotels, this doesn’t really feel like a negative. Getting to the Palace isn’t immediately apparent but as long as you take the middle path when you emerge from the exit, it’s very difficult to go wrong. Buckingham Palace is also clearly signposted.
Hyde Park Corner is located just a stone’s throw from the trendy, upmarket neighbourhood of Knightsbridge. So if you’re seeking something to do before or after touring the State Rooms, you might want to visit the world-famous department store Harrods for afternoon tea or catch a performance of classical music at Cadogan Hall.