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51 Buckingham Gate

Buckingham Gate, London, SW1E 6AF

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  • Review score: 7.2 / 10

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51 Buckingham Gate

Buckingham Gate, St James's Park, SW1E 6AF

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"The place to stay in London - some of the best reviews going!" 51 Buckingham Gate Hotel is an 86 suite 5 star hotel based in Victoria, South West London. The nearest tube station to 51 Buckingham Gate Hotel... Read More »

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Review score: 7.2

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  • Area: St James's Park
  • Near: Artillery Row
  • Station: St. Jamess Park (0.2km)
  • Style: Apartment - luxury
  • Rooms: 86
  • Guest score: 7.2 / 10
  • Distance away: 0.4km

Total price £240.00

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Dukes Hotel
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Dukes Hotel

35 St. James's Place, St James's Park, SW1A 1NY

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"Awarded  Europes Leading Boutique Hotel 2012 at the WTA awards" The fact that Ian Fleming, author of the Bond books, used to frequent the bar at Duke's Hotel, should give you an idea of the kind of suave... Read More »

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Review score: 7.6

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  • Area: St James's Park
  • Near: Harold Pinter Theatre
  • Station: Green Park (0.2km)
  • Style: 5 star classic deluxe hotel
  • Rooms: 90
  • Guest score: 7.6 / 10
  • Distance away: 0.4km

Total price £302.60

5 star classic deluxe hotel

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Stafford Hotel

St Jamess Place, St James's Park, SW1A 1NJ

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The Stafford Hotel is a modern, luxury; 5-star hotel featuring lavishly designed accommodations located on St James's Place in London's vibrant and trendy West End. The hotel itself is a haven of calm in the... Read More »

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Review score: 7.8

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  • Area: St James's Park
  • Near: Harold Pinter Theatre
  • Station: Green Park (0.2km)
  • Style: 5 star classic deluxe hotel
  • Rooms: 105
  • Guest score: 7.8 / 10
  • Distance away: 0.4km

Total price £286.40

4 star modern hotel

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Crowne Plaza St James

45-51 Buckingham Gate, St James's Park, SW1E 6AF

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Only a short stroll from Buckingham Palace and the serene splendour of St. James's Park, the Crowne Plaza London St James is a modern, 4-star hotel in the heart of Westminster. With bright and traditional... Read More »

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Review score: 8.2

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  • Area: St James's Park
  • Near: Artillery Row
  • Station: St. Jamess Park (0.2km)
  • Style: 4 star modern hotel
  • Rooms: 342
  • Guest score: 8.2 / 10
  • Distance away: 0.4km

Total price £124.00

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  • Onsite Parking
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  • Group: Crowne Plaza

5 star classic deluxe hotel

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St James Hotel & Club

7-8 Park Place, St James's Park, SW1A 1LS

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"Fine accommodation in one of the most exclusive areas of London" Next to leafy Green Park, St James Hotel and Club is a luxury 5-star hotel in London’s elegant St James's Park area, in the centre of... Read More »

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Review score: 8.9

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  • Area: St James's Park
  • Near: Green Park Tube Station
  • Station: Green Park (0.3km)
  • Style: 5 star classic deluxe hotel
  • Rooms: 60
  • Guest score: 8.9 / 10
  • Distance away: 0.5km

Total price £289.00

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Arlington House Apartments

17 - 20 Arlington Street, Green Park, SW1E 1RL

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Arlington Street in Piccadilly, London's West End, is just minutes away from The Wolseley Hotel and Le Caprice restaurant, making this one of London's more glamorous walkways. It's also a picturesque part of... Read More »

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Review score: 0.0

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  • Area: Green Park
  • Near: Green Park Tube Station
  • Station: Green Park (0.4km)
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  • Rooms: 96
  • Guest score: 0.0 / 10
  • Distance away: 0.5km

Total price £275.00

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  • Group: Independent

5 star city chic deluxe hotel

Hotel 41
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Hotel 41

41 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, SW1W 0PS

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"Staff outnumber guests two-to-one" With exclusive shops such as Harrods, the UK's largest department store; Fortnum and Mason's stunning food emporium; and Harvey Nichols for chic designer goods, it's no... Read More »

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Review score: 9.7

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  • Area: Victoria
  • Near: Victoria Underground Station
  • Station: Victoria (0.2km)
  • Style: 5 star city chic deluxe hotel
  • Rooms: 28
  • Guest score: 9.7 / 10
  • Distance away: 0.5km

Total price £344.70

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Rubens Hotel
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Rubens Hotel

39 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, SW1W 0PS

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Rubens at the Palace Hotel - A divine hotel with bags of charm and character, excellent service, opulent yet quirky rooms and an imaginative array of services and amenities, including a concierge for your... Read More »

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Review score: 8.0

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  • Area: Victoria
  • Near: Victoria Underground Station
  • Station: Victoria (0.2km)
  • Style: 4 star classic boutique hotel
  • Rooms: 161
  • Guest score: 8.0 / 10
  • Distance away: 0.5km

Total price £152.25

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Ryder Street Apartments

3 Ryder street, St James's Park, SW1Y 6PY

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Ryder Street Chambers offer serviced apartments in one of London's most exclusive districts. Located in the heart of the West End, in Piccadilly, the elegant Victorian, red-brick building the apartments are... Read More »

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Review score: 7.8

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  • Area: St James's Park
  • Near: Harold Pinter Theatre
  • Station: Green Park (0.3km)
  • Style: Serviced Apartment
  • Rooms: 10
  • Guest score: 7.8 / 10
  • Distance away: 0.5km

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  • Group: Independent

5 star classic deluxe hotel

Front Entrance
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Park Lane Hotel

Piccadilly, Mayfair, W1J 7BX

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The Sheraton Park Lane Hotel is situated on Piccadilly just 200 metres from Park Lane's luxury shops and restaurants and close to Green Park, Hyde Park and the Ritz. Buckingham Palace is also close by, which... Read More »

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Review score: 6.3

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  • Area: Mayfair
  • Near: Japanese Embassy
  • Station: Green Park (0.6km)
  • Style: 5 star classic deluxe hotel
  • Rooms: 303
  • Guest score: 6.3 / 10
  • Distance away: 0.5km

Total price £220.00

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  • Family Rooms
  • Gym
  • Onsite Parking
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Group: Starwood

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Changing of the Guard

The Changing of the Guard Ceremony at Buckingham Palace is a time-honoured tradition, dating back to the reign of Henry VII in the 15th Century, celebrating the pomp and pageantry of the monarchy and their armed guards, both past and present.

 

The ceremony itself sees the guards who have been on watch relieved of their duties as new guards take their place. It is a necessary, if elaborate, procedure, because a shift on watch can be grueling for the bear-skin hat bedecked troops, as they have to maintain a military demeanor at all times, despite quizzical tourists taking pictures with them. 

 

If you do want a picture with a guard, an essential London souvenir, you will have plenty of opportunity after the ceremony. The Wellington Barracks and St James Palace are both ideal spots close to the palace, where you may grab a quick snap, but even though it is customary to try and get the guard to crack a smile, it is important to remember that he's also on duty, and it's advised not to annoy them too much.

 

The guards you will see outside Buckingham Palace are part of The Household Division, which means that these guards don't spend all their time putting on grand ceremonies, and many have served in the British Army around the world and are skilled in combat.

 

The Household Division is formed of seven Regiments: The Household Cavalry Regiment, The Life Guards, The Grenadier Guards, The Coldstream Guards, The Scots Guards, The Irish Guards and The Welsh Guards. Each division is distinguishable by their different uniforms, from plumed helmets to bright red military jackets, to long grey coats in the winter months.

 

It's best to arrive early for the ceremony as Buckingham Palace is usually very busy and barriers are set up along the marching route, so if you arrive late you may have to stand on tiptoe to get a glimpse.

 

During the march you will hear marching anthems by the surprisingly impressive military band and watch some tightly coordinated formation marching, followed by guards on horseback and flag bearers. The ceremony may be more for the tourists benefit than the sovereign's safety, but watching it can induce a twinge of patriotism in even the most hardened republicans. 

 

During your stay you will have plenty of opportunities to witness the Changing of the Guard, as the ceremony is performed twice daily come rain or shine. It also gives you an opportunity to explore the surrounding area once the 10-minute parade has finished. Whether you choose to stroll down to Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament, take a picnic in Hyde Park, tour Buckingham Palace if visiting during open season or simply browse the luxurious shops of nearby Mayfair, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

 

Hotels in Mayfair can be very pricey, especially when you consider that this is where you'll find The Ritz. However, for a special experience and a convenient place from which to see sights, it's worth paying a little extra for hotels such as the Millennium Hotel, which has elegant traditional rooms; Ascott Mayfair London, which offers exceedingly grand apartments; The Cumberland, which has had a funky, modern makeover; and The Leonard Hotel, which offers classic elegance.

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