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Buckingham Palace and the Queen's Gallery

No visit to London would be complete without experiencing the pomp and ceremony of the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, but now visitors can actually get a peek inside during the annual summer opening of the State Rooms, and see some of the Queen's private art collection at the Queen's Gallery (which also hosts various art exhibitions). Originally the town house of the Dukes of Buckingham, Buckingham Palace has served as the official London home of Britain's monarchs since 1837. Look to see whether the Royal Standard (not the Union Flag) is flying, which indicates that the Queen is in residence.

Address: Buckingham Palace Road

E-mail: bookinginfo@royalcollection.org.uk

Website: www.royal.gov.uk

Telephone: (0)20 7766 7300

Transport: Green Park underground station

Opening times: The State Rooms are open to visitors for a number of weeks every summer, between June and October. Sometimes the State Rooms and other areas are opened to the public on other occasions. Check website for details.

Admission: Royal Day Out Tour, including State Rooms, the Queen's Gallery and the Royal Mews £34.50 (adults); State Rooms Tour £19.75 (adults). A variety of tours and tickets are available - check the website for details.