Buckingham Mews Tour London

Last Friday we made a quick dash weekend trip to Roydon, just outside of London. This was actually the third time I've been this year to Roydon Marina, its in a perfect location for getting into London for the day. The train station is literally just outside the marina and is about a 5 minute walk along the canal.

My niece decided she wanted to go and check out the Buckingham Mews tour, so we booked it online before we went. Shes already done the Buckingham Palace tour and absolutely loved it but this time she wanted to check out the horses. The Mews tour is quiet good in that you dont have to book a time slot you can just turn up at anytime of day with your ticket and go in. It is located at the side of Buckingham Palace on Palace road, (who wouldn't want to live on PALACE ROAD)!

Once inside you receive a helpful audio guide in the way of a little tablet and some headphones and as you walk round you click the relevant dialogue. Its actually really good and tells you a lot of things you probably didn't already know. My niece loved listening to it and looking at the horses, the queen names every single one of them herself.

After meeting Claudia, Storm and Firework, we walked outside into the courtyard to look at the carriages. The Queen has a different carriage for each state tour, including Ireland and Scotland.

The carriages are gorgeous and a marvel to engineering and architectural abilities. The attention to detail is amazing and the paintwork is incredible. I love our royals and everything that our country stands for. I found it interesting to know that Buckingham Palace has eight chauffeurs but only three drive the Royal herself. I did wonder who drives her to the shop late at night when she decides she has a craving for Hobnobs!.

The most dazzling coach on display at Buckingham Mews has to be the The Golden State Coach, it is used at coronations and such like.

"The gilded eight horse-drawn State Coach. Designed by William Chambers (1723-96) and made by the coachmaker Samuel Butler; featuring painted panels by Giovanni Cipriani (1727-85) and richly gilded carved sculpture by the carver Joseph Wilton (1722-1803), the gilder Henry Pujolas and the metal chaser George Coyte. Three cherubs on the roof (representing England, Ireland and Scotland) support the Imperial Crown and four tritons, one at each corner (representing Britain's imperial power). The body of the coach is slung by braces covered with Morocco leather with gilt buckles. The interior is lined and upholstered with velvet and satin."

The tour itself is good value for money and worth a wander around, you will probably only need around an hour to do it in full. Its easy to slip into a hectic day in London if you want to do a little bit of sightseeing too. We then headed off to Oxford Street for tea and cake at Cafe Concerto, (the staff in there could do with some manners if im being honest)! Then over to Harrods to linger over the chocolate counters and expensive clothing and for my niece to NOT decide which car in the kids collection she wanted! 

Have you visited anywhere worth seeing in London? Anything thats a little off the beaten tourist track? Im always looking for new and exciting places to visit in and outside of London or anywhere in the UK, so comment with your recommendations! 

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