A couple of months ago I was given the opportunity to choose a fabulous tour in London with City Wonders. I chose the Buckingham Palace, Changing of the Guards and English Tea tour for this month and was really looking forward to experiencing a great touristy style experience with my bestie Mish. Unfortunately due to feeling very unwell on the day of the tour, I really wanted Mish to still enjoy the experience and take along someone else so not to miss out on this sold out tour. Mish kindly took lots of lovely photos for me and did a little write up on the tour experience so here it is, a little guest post from my bestie.
Buckingham Palace & Changing of the Guards
The day started bright and early on a very sunny Saturday morning at the Duke of York column. We checked in and were introduced to our lovely tour guide for the day. (I’m really sorry I can’t remember his name!!) He immediately made us feel at ease and explained what the day would entail. We were given special headsets so that we could hear him as we made out way to watch the changing of the guards and down to Buckingham Palace.
He was very knowledgable and gave us lots of interesting facts and anecdotes and his enthusiasm for London’s history was contagious. We first watched the changing of the guards on horseback and he made sure we were in the best position to witness all the action. We then set off to Buckingham Palace through the very picturesque St James’ Park.
We were dropped off at the Palace for our tour of the State Rooms. Tour guides aren’t allowed in the Palace and instead we were allowed to explore at our own pace using the Palace’s impressive multi-media guides. The rooms were absolutely stunning, from the artwork on the walls, to the sparkling chandeliers and the chance to see how a state banquet is laid out in the Palace’s breathtaking Ballroom. Sadly no photography is allowed inside the Palace so you’ll have to use your imagination to picture what it looks like!
Afternoon English Tea at St Ermin’s Hotel
After we’d finished admiring the inside of the Palace, we made our way to the gorgeous gardens, where we enjoyed some scrummy strawberries and cream.
We picked up our tour guide again and he led us through the gardens and over to St Ermin’s Hotel for a delicious afternoon tea. We were told all about the origins of afternoon tea and the traditions that go with it. It was the perfect way to end what was a brilliant day.
Thanks so much Mish for sharing this lovely post and great tour at Buckingham Palace, hope to enjoy another with you very soon!