During August and September, Her Majesty The Queen leaves London for her annual visit to Scotland. In this period, the nineteen state rooms are open to the visitors. This is a great occasion to visit Her Majesty's office and residence. The State Rooms are the most important part of the palace and are magnanimously furnished with some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection - paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Poussin and Canaletto; sculpture by Canova; exquisite examples of Sèvres porcelain; and some extremely fine pieces of furniture from England and France.
These rooms are used very regularly by Her Majesty and members of the Royalty to receive and entertain their guests on official and ceremonial visits. Known originally as Buckingham House, the building of the palace was started in 1703, and initially intended to be a large townhouse (the residence of a member of the aristocracy in a major city). The last major structural additions were made in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including the East front which contains the well-known balcony on which the Royal Family traditionally congregate to greet crowds outside. However, the palace chapel was destroyed by a German bomb in World War II; the Queen's Gallery was built on the site and opened to the public in 1962 to exhibit works of art from the Royal Collection.
As well as the magnificent state rooms, the Palace features a beautifully wild garden. Described as a 'walled oasis in the middle of London', the Palace's garden is home to thirty different species of bird and more than 350 different wild flowers, some extremely rare. Visitors end their tour with a walk along the south side of the garden, with splendid views of the west front of the Palace and the famous lake.
Another interesting option to enjoy the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace is in an Exclusive Evening Tour. These tours cost £70.00 per person and need to be booked in advance, but they will give you a very special insight into the history and use of the State Rooms and the works of art on display.
Contact our Concierge at the Cavendish Mayfair hotel who will be more than happy to book your tickets for the Buckingham Palace Summer Opening.
Date: From 27th July 2013 to 31st August 2013.
Location: Buckingham Palace, London.
Admission fee: £19.00 for adults, £10.85 for under 17's (under 5 is free), £17.50 for over 60 / Students (with valid ID)