Pop by Buckingham Palace

26 Feb

Okay, so you won’t see the Queen (unless by special invite) or where she sleeps when in residence but at certain times of the year (30 June-8 July and 31 July-7 October 2012) you can get access to some parts of this iconic building. And between then you can visit the Queen’s Gallery, which is host to some amazing exhibitions.

Currently, it’s The Heart of the Great Alone: Scott, Shackleton & Antarctic Photography, which though has its patriotic undertone (it is the year of the Jubilee and Olympics) has insight into the expeditions explorers Scott and Shackleton took to the South Pole. Both sets of photos have a different style – one artistic and tragic, the other more documentary and hopeful, but tell the amazing stories of survival in harsh conditions on the uninhabited continent. Worth a see.

And if you get your timing right, you can also catch the changing of the guard (made famous by AA Milne’s poem) or just take in one of London’s iconic sights.

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