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Perhaps number one on everyone’s must-see list when visiting London is Buckingham Palace. The official residence of the Queen of England is one of the most recognisable buildings in the world and is located in the heart of the city between The Mall and Constitution Hill. There are numerous attractions within walking distance from Buckingham Palace, including Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. Unsurprisingly, hotels near Buckingham Palace are towards the higher end of the price range, with not much in the way of budget options. However, those who do stay in the area can be assured of first-class accommodation with excellent facilities and fine dining. Business customers are catered to, although this area of town is more suited to tourists willing to splash the cash. Transport links to other areas of London are also excellent, with St James’s Park and Victoria Underground stations both nearby.

Buckingham Palace is the permanent home of the British royal family and one of the most famous tourist draws in the world. The opportunity of having a photograph taken with the magnificent façade and Beefeater soldiers as a backdrop attracts millions of tourists annually.

Although the residence functions as an official building, visitors are allowed to take guided tours of the state rooms. Masterpieces by Rubens and Rembrandt are among the art in the rooms. As the palace only opens to the public during summer, there is high demand for tickets and those planning to visit should pre-book.

The Buckingham Palace is the official residence of the British monarchy, and attracts tourists who love to see what the Royal living is like, making it a very popular London attraction. Even though Buckingham Palace is not an art gallery or a museum, visitors can see plenty of priceless works here.

The most attractive place in the Palace seems to be the 19 state rooms, which are only open to the public in August and September, while the Queen is on vacation. However, you can visit the rest of the palace yearound. Guests can walk through the lush state rooms festooned with some of the greatest Victorian style furnishings and rare regal collections like oil paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Poussin, as well as sculptures by Canova and Chantrey, antique porcelain and some of the best furniture in the world.

The most attractive place in the Palace seems to be the 19 state rooms, which are only open to the public in August and September, while the Queen is on vacation. However, you can visit the rest of the palace yearound. Guests can walk through the lush state rooms festooned with some of the greatest Victorian style furnishings and rare regal collections like oil paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Poussin, as well as sculptures by Canova and Chantrey, antique porcelain and some of the best furniture in the world.

The highlight of any visit to Buckingham Palace is the Guard Changing Ceremony, which takes place at 11:30 a.m. every day between May and July. If you want to take photos, try to get there before 10:45 a.m., and try to stand at an appropriate place. If you want to try out that big black bearskin hat that the guards wear, visit the Guard's Museum nearby (down on Birdcage Walk). If you walk to the west front of the Palace, you will find The Queen's Gallery which is open to the public, and exhibits the private collections of the Queen.

Buckingham Palace Gardens are situated at the rear of the Palace. The gardens occupy a 42-acre (17-hectare) site in the City of Westminster. Visitors can gawk at the great 19th-century lake poised by flamingoes, the Waterloo Vase, and if they are lucky, a glimpse of the Queen's Swans.

Another great nearby greenspace is Green Park, which is just a few minutes walk from Buckingham Palace.

Visitors looking to stay nearby can check into The Ritz London located less than half a mile away. A more economical hotel nearby is Hesperia London Victoria.

Address: Buckingham Palace, London, SW1A 1AA

Tel: +44 207 766 7300

Tube Stations: Hyde Park Corner, St James's Park

URL: http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/

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