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The Royal Mews

Buckingham Palace itself may not be open to the public right now, but the Royal Mews certainly is. Located in the grounds of the Palace, this wonderful slice of Royal life is home to a collection of historic coaches, carriages, horses and luxury cars. It is one of the finest working stables in the world and is responsible for all of the road travel arrangements for Her Majesty and other members of the Royal Family as well as being home to generations of the same family members that continue to live and work there - described by Her Majesty as a small village belonging to the Palace. Alongside state landaus, Queen Alexandra's State Coach used to transport the crown jewels from the Tower of Lo

St John's Lodge Gardens

Located just off the inner circle of Regent's Park is a unique hidden gem, the gardens of St John's Lodge. The Lodge was the first of 48 mansions planned for the Park back in 1818 (in the end, only 8 were constructed) and is a private residence owned by the royal family of Brunei. However the majority of the gardens are open to the public. The space has a wonderful meditative quality, which was indeed the brief given back to the architect, Robert Weir Schulz back in 1892. Arranged as a series of rooms on axis with the villa, it includes sunken lawns, a circular garden and a pool where a statue of Hylas and the Nymph is featured. Have to say, it looks rather splendid in the midst of the autum

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