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 newly-opened Queen's Gallery. 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
Telephone: (0)20 7766 7300
Transport: Green Park underground station
Opening times: The State Rooms are open to visitors between 30 June and 8 July, and 31 July to 7 October, from 9.45am to 6.30pm. Last admission is at 3.45pm, and typical tours last about 2 hours.
Admission: State Rooms: £18 (adults), £10.25 (children under 17). Queens Gallery: £6 (adults), £3 (children under 17). Combination tickets and concessions are available: check the website for details.