Bank of England Museum Free
Museum housed within the Bank of England which traces the history of the Bank from its foundation by Royal Charter in 1694 to its role today as the nation's central bank.
There are gold bars dating from ancient times to the modern market bar, coins and a unique collection of banknotes. There are also many items you might not expect to find, such as the pikes and muskets used to defend the Bank; the Roman pottery and mosaics uncovered when it was rebuilt in 1930; and documents relating to famous customers such as Horatio Nelson, George Washington and the Duchess of Marlborough.
Kensington Palace, a palace of secret stories and public lives has been influenced by generations of royal woman. Experience life as a 17th and 18th century royal courtier whilst making your way through the magnificent King’s and Queen’s State Apartments adorned with remarkable paintings from the Royal Collection. Victoria Revealed, set within the rooms Victoria lived as a child, this exhibition explores her life and reign as wife, mother, Queen and Empress. New in 2013, Modern Royals, the story of the 20th century young royals that have set the spotlight on the palace.
Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace
For a display of British pomp and ceremony, watch the Changing the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace.
Changing the Guard or Guard Mounting is the process involving a new guard exchanging duty with the old guard.
The Guard that looks after Buckingham Palace is called The Queen's Guard and is divided into two Detachments: the Buckingham Palace Detachment (responsible for guarding Buckingham Palace) and the St James's Palace Detachment (responsible for guarding St James's Palace).
All the guards taking part in the ceremony are dressed in traditional red tunics and bearskin hats, and the ceremony is set to music.
Changing the Guard also takes place at Windsor Castle and at Horse Guards Arch on Horse Guards Parade.
For Changing the Guard dates visit www.royal.gov.uk/RoyalEventsandCeremonies/ChangingtheGuard.
- At Buckingham Palace, Guard Mounting takes place at 11.30am
- At Horse Guards Arch, Changing the Guard takes place daily at 11.00am (10.00am on Sundays)
- At Windsor Castle, the ceremony takes place at 11.00am
The Brompton Cemetery, located in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, is regarded as one of the finest Victorian Metropolitan cemeteries in the country. A formal layout with a central avenue leads to a chapel based on St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Amongst its shady walks are over 35,000 monuments – many of historical importance. Also a rich variety of wildlife – including birds, butterflies and squirrels. Buried at the cemetery are people from all walks of life, including thirteen holders of the Victoria Cross, Chelsea Pensioners and the community of West London.
Frieze Art Fair 2014
Join the great and the good from the world of art as the spectacular Frieze Art Fair gets underway at Regent's Park.
The highly anticipated annual fair takes over a sizeable part of the royal park, as leading national and international art dealers and galleries show off cutting edge work. Focusing mainly on contemporary art, visitors are able to browse and buy art from more than 160 different galleries.
The event has been slightly revamped for 2014, with one new attraction being the Live spaces, where performance based installations are being showcased. The Focus area has also been changed slightly this year. Originally designed to foster a community of the more interesting emerging galleries, it has now been extended to take up a more significant area of the whole festival.
Highlights from the exhibitors this year include efforts from the likes of Eric Bainbridge, Lee Kit, Goshka Macuga and Barbara T Smith. With practically all the big names from contemporary art taking part in one form or another, this is the perfect destination for both art buyers and admirers alike.