A walk to Buckingham Palace doesn't need to be dull and expected. Just turn once or twice off the beaten track to find even more attractions than the palace itself.
Usually visitors and locals choose Buckingham Palace Rd to get to the one of most popular London's sights. This way they're guaranteed that they will reach their destination, but it can be much more amusing if you go a different way.
I choose to start from the crossroad of Buckingham Palace Rd and Eccleston St. Facing Victoria Station you need to turn to the left and immediately, you bump into small shops and a tea house – they're all worth trying. After very short walk turn right to Ebury Street and you will get into the neighbourhood of typical London housing. Unfortunately the street doesn't offer many attractions but if you look left and right, from time to time, you'll see some seducing coffee houses and pubs in the side streets. The best part is still ahead.
Keep walking straight to Grosvenor Gardens and after you cross the street to walk in Beeston Pl, you'll be welcomed by an over a 100 years old Goring Hotel. Keep walking straight and after several steps turn right to the picturesque corner at Victoria Square. There you can stop for a moment and enjoy looking around at the houses with flowers on the balconies. I especially recommend the one with red doors in North East corner. In between the lanes, you'll see gorgeous tiny square – it would be a sin to pass it without noticing.
Then you're coming back to the beaten track at the Buckingham Palace Rd, but with a richer experience than most of the visitors.