Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Banqueting House and The London Symphony Orchestra

When Nate and I first got to London, we decided it would be worth the money to buy the Royal Palace membership pass that gets you into all 5 royal palaces as many times as you want for 1 year. Besides going to the Tower of London and Kensington Palace, we hadn't gone to the other 3 that were included in our membership pass. I recently made a London Bucket List and getting to the other 3 palaces were on the top of this list. I am realizing everyday that my time in London is ticking by way too quickly for my liking, so I have made it a goal to do as many things on my bucket list as I can before we leave for good. 

So on Saturday, I went to The Banqueting House on Whitehall. I have walked by this big building so many times, since it is only a 2 min walk away from my house, and I didn't even realize until recently that I was walking by one of the royal palaces and that it was even anything special.  I think that is because it blends in with a lot of the other buildings on the street.  Nothing too flashy about it, on the outside at least. So I decided to go check it out and see what it was all about. 

Across the street from The Banqueting House are two British soldiers on horses standing perfectly still. It is a popular site for tourists to take lots of pictures! I thought it was kind of humorous that the sign next to the horses says, "Beware, horses may kick or bite. " :)
The Banqueting House is where many parties, receptions, meetings, weddings, and of course, banquets are held for the rich and famous. It is the last remaining section that is still standing today of the historic Palace of Whitehall. It is gorgeous inside. I am sure while touring through it that I walked around where the Queen, other royal family members, not to mention many celebrities and political figures, have walked when they attended events there.

I love living literally down the street from Trafalgar Square. There are always things going on there especially during the weekend. The square is considered to be the heart of London. On google maps, when you search for "London," the dot lands right at this square.

The same day that I went to the Banqueting House, there was a free outdoor concert at Trafalgar Square by the London Symphony Orchestra.........

They were setting up in the morning and rehearsing all day until the concert at 6:30 that evening. It was fun to walk by and hear the music in the background. What a great way to watch this Orchestra when usually the tickets at their regular concerts can be quite pricey!

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