LOCATION: London, England
This item is part of my Contiki Trip Series.
I think everyone has this impression of London. Straight laced English guards that can’t move or talk and people walking up to them to take pictures and try to interrupt their duties. I wanted to be this obnoxious person! Well, maybe not too obnoxious. I just wanted a picture with one of the traditional guards. After a failed attempt to find any while walking around London with Lisa, I talked to Lisa’s friend and she pointed me in the right direction to find some. I needed to go to the Clarence House near Buckingham Palace. The Clarence House is the official house for William and Kate. Someone was bound to protect that place!
I made it to Trafalgar square to start my journey for a guard. The streets are nothing but roundabouts, cross corners and just a confusing madness. I think I spent more time backtracking than actual sightseeing. I was able to see the London Olympics Countdown clock though! Only 95 more days to go.
I managed to walk to Buckingham Palace and the flag was up, which means the Queen was home.
Suddenly, there it was. Across from the Palace, along the street, was the Clarence House and TWO guards! However, the guards were behind a little chain foot barricade and nobody was allowed to walk up to them. I was able to get as close as I could get, but definitely disappointed I couldn’t get right up to them. I guess with Olympic security in full swing, they are taking more measures to ensure safety. They obviously didn’t know I was coming! Haha.
I was able to watch the guards move in their march and change sides, which happens every 15 minutes. To see their strict form and mannerisms was amazing. It reminded me of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington. Mesmerizing is an understatement.
WOULD I DO IT AGAIN?: They were fun to watch. I really want to be able to walk up to one though.
HOW TO DO THIS: Apparently they aren’t everywhere like I thoughts. While walking to the Buckingham Palace, I found mine at the Clarence House. There was also a few behind gates at the Tower of London.
Contiki Travel is HIGHLY recommended. I would do this all over again a million times. www.contiki.com