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Beauty and form: Samurai swords and armour

In collaboration with the Royal Armouries

Performer sitting with swords in front and arms and armour displayed behind
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Map & directions

The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London, SW1A 1AA
By train

London Victoria.  Visit National Rail Enquiries for times and fares.

By underground

Victoria, Green Park, St. James's Park and Hyde Park Corner.  For further information visit the Transport for London website.

By coach / bus

Bus numbers 11, 211, C1 and C10 stop on Buckingham Palace Road.  Victoria Coach Station is a 10-minute walk from the Palace.  For further information visit the Transport for London website.

  • The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace
  • Thursday, 8 Dec 2022
  • Gallery opens 18:30; event begins 19:00; Gallery closes 21:00
  • £25.00
  • Booking essential.

Come and watch a live demonstration of Japanese swords! Watch in wonder as expert performers from the Royal Armouries bring authentic combat techniques to life before your eyes and explain the secrets of their design and manufacture. This exciting display will showcase these remarkable swords in action through the martial arts of ‘Iaijutsu’ (sword drawing) ‘Kenjutsu’ (battlefield sword techniques), and the practice of ‘Tameshigiri’ (Test Cutting, using rolls of bamboo matting).

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