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Each summer during August and September the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace open to the public for eight weeks. Opening dates vary each year.

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Buckingham Palace England's most famous royal palace, and the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II, Buckingham Palace opens the doors of its State Rooms to the public every summer. Originally acquired by King George III for his wife Queen Charlotte, Buckingham House was increasingly known as the 'Queen's House' and 14 of George III's children were born there. On his accession to the throne, George IV decided to convert the house into a palace and employed John Nash to help him extend the building. Queen Victoria was the first sovereign to live here (from 1837). The State Rooms are now still used by the Royal Family to receive and entertain guests on State and ceremonial occasions. Visitors can admire some of the more unusual gifts received by the current Queen, including drawings by Salvador Dali, an embroidered silk scarf from Nelson Mandela and a grove of maple trees. Decorated in lavish fashion, the rooms include paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Canaletto, Vermeer and Poussin, sculpture by Canova, exquisite examples of Svres porcelain, and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world. The Ball Supper Room, the setting for a host of sparkling events in the history of the palace, 29-acre gardens and annual exhibitions are all also available to visitors.



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Scottish Artists 1750 - 1900: From Caledonia To The ContinentScottish Artists 1750 - 1900: From Caledonia To The Continent2016-02-18T00:00:00+00002016-10-09T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Buckingham Palace , † Buckingham Palace Road† † † SW1A 1AA
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Scottish Artists 1750 - 1900: From Caledonia To The Continent
Short Talk - ¬‘Every Variety Of Character': Thomas Rowlandson's Book IllustrationShort Talk - ¬‘Every Variety Of Character': Thomas Rowlandson's Book IllustrationEmma Stuart, Senior Curator of Books and Manuscripts gives this talk.2016-02-11T12:00:00+00002016-02-11T00:00:00+0000 Where:
The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, † Birdcage Walk† † † SW1A 1AA
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Short Talk - ¬‘Every Variety Of Character': Thomas Rowlandson's Book Illustration
Exhibition Special Event - A Unique Perspective' How The Dutch See Their Old MastersExhibition Special Event - A Unique Perspective' How The Dutch See Their Old MastersDesmond Shawe-Taylor, Surveyor of The Queen's Pictures, talks to Quentin Buvelot, Chief Curator of The Mauritshuis.2016-02-11T18:30:00+00002016-02-11T00:00:00+0000 Where:
The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, † Birdcage Walk† † † SW1A 1AA
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Exhibition Special Event - A Unique Perspective' How The Dutch See Their Old Masters
Scottish Artists 1750-1900: From Caledonia to the ContinentScottish Artists 1750-1900: From Caledonia to the ContinentScottish Artists 1750-1900: From Caledonia to the Continent The Queen has one of the finest collections of Scottish art in the world and Scottish Artists 1750 - 1900: From Caledonia to the Continent, the first exhibition devoted solely to Scottish art in the Royal Collection, gives us all - Queen and commoner - a chance to enjoy it. With a focuses on 1750 to 1900, significant works include Allan Rams2016-03-18T00:00:00+00002016-10-09T00:00:00+0100 Where:
The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, † Birdcage Walk† † † SW1A 1AA
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event > Exhibitions > Art exhibitions
PRICING£7.20 (Adults), £6.60 (Over 60/ Student with valid ID), £3.70 (Under 17/ Disabled), Free (Under 5), £18.10 (2 adults and 3 under 17s)
DATES18th March to 9th October 2016
VENUEThe Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace
The Queen has one of the finest collections of Scottish art in the world and Scottish Artists 1750 - 1900: From Caledonia to the Continent, the first exhibition devoted solely to Scottish art in the Royal Collection, gives us all - Queen and commoner - a chance to enjoy it. With a focuses on 1750 to 1900, significant works include Allan Rams...†More about this event
Maria Merians ButterfliesMaria Merians Butterflies This exhibition tells the story of Maria Sibylla Merian, "one of the world's most talented scientific illustrators" (The Guardian) through her works in the Royal Collection, acquired by George III. On display at The Queen's Gallery are luxury versions of the plates of the Metamorphosis, her 1705 study of insects, by one of the world's first en2016-04-15T00:00:00+01002016-10-09T00:00:00+0100 Where:
The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, † Birdcage Walk† † † SW1A 1AA
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event > Exhibitions > Art exhibitions
PRICING£10.30 (Adults), £9.40 (Concessions), £5.30 (Under 17/Disabled), Free (Under 5)
DATES15th April to 9th October 2016
VENUEThe Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace
This exhibition tells the story of Maria Sibylla Merian, "one of the world's most talented scientific illustrators" (The Guardian) through her works in the Royal Collection, acquired by George III. On display at The Queen's Gallery are luxury versions of the plates of the Metamorphosis, her 1705 study of insects, by one of the world's first en...†More about this event
Portrait of the ArtistPortrait of the Artist Exploring the notion of artists as celebrities, Portrait of the Artist puts self-portraits by world-renowned artists like Rembrandt, Rubens, Freud and Hockney in the main frame. Images at The Queen's Gallery also include portraits of artists by their friends, relatives and pupils, including the most reliable surviving likeness of Leonard2016-11-04T00:00:00+00002017-04-23T00:00:00+0100 Where:
The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, † Birdcage Walk† † † SW1A 1AA
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event > Exhibitions > Art exhibitions
PRICING£10.30 (Adults), £9.40 (Concessions), £5.30 (Under 17/Disabled), Free (Under 5)
DATES4th November 2016 to 23rd April 2017
VENUEThe Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace
Exploring the notion of artists as celebrities, Portrait of the Artist puts self-portraits by world-renowned artists like Rembrandt, Rubens, Freud and Hockney in the main frame. Images at The Queen's Gallery also include portraits of artists by their friends, relatives and pupils, including the most reliable surviving likeness of Leonard...†More about this event

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The Rubens at the Palace Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel † from £149† 25% off
39 Buckingham Palace Road, SW1W | 4 minutes from Buckingham Palace
This is as close to Buckingham Palace as you can get. It's also nearby Victoria station which is not quite as glamorous but very convenient. There ... More
41 Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel † from £282† 28% off
41 Buckingham Palace Road, SW1W | 4 minutes from Buckingham Palace
The tenth best hotel in Europe (according to New Yorker's tourist Bible 'Travel and Leisure') is so close to Buckingham Palace you can almost hear the ... More
St James' Court, A Taj Hotel, London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel † from £98† 22% off
45-51 Buckingham Gate, SW1E | 5 minutes from Buckingham Palace
When it was built in 1897, this gloriously luxurious hotel was the London home for visiting aristocrats from throughout the world. Now, with its location in ... More
Royal Mews
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Buckingham Palace Road, SW1A | Same location as Buckingham Palace
The Royal Mews forms part of Buckingham Palace and houses the carriages and horses used by the Queen and the Royal Family for State and ceremonial ... More
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Clarence House
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
St James's Palace, St James's, London SW1 | 5 minutes from Buckingham Palace
The home of the Queen Mother from 1953 to 2002, a tour of Clarence House is an excellent way of experiencing the living history of the ... More
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Spencer House
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
27 St James's Place, St James's, London SW1A | 6 minutes from Buckingham Palace
Spencer family's 18th London residence. The ancestral home of Diana, Princess of Wales, the Spencer family hasn’t lived in this, their London residence, since 1926. Following ... More
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The best museums, galleries, attractions near Buckingham Palace
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The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Birdcage Walk, SW1A | Same location as Buckingham Palace
Once Buckingham Palace's resident chapel, the Queen's Gallery was opened in 1962 and holds regularly changing exhibitions. It allows the general public glimpses of rarely seen ... More
Loggia Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
15 Buckingham Gate, Westminster, London SW1E | 2 minutes from Buckingham Palace
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Nova Victoria
London > Attractions > Sights
Buckingham Palace Road, SW1W | 5 minutes from Buckingham Palace
An architecturally striking development opposite Victoria mainline railway station , Nova Victoria is an ultra ... More
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My Mother Said I Never Should
London > Events > Theatre †Dates: 13th April to 21st May 2016
St James Theatre, 12 Palace Street, SW1E | 3 minutes from Buckingham Palace
Charlotte Keatley?s award-winning play My Mother Said I Never Should is staged at the St James Theatre ...More
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Miss Atomic Bomb
London > Events > Theatre †Dates: 7th March to 9th April 2016
St James Theatre, 12 Palace Street, SW1E | 3 minutes from Buckingham Palace
The world premiere of new musical Miss Atomic Bomb is staged at the St James Theatre ...More
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Billy Elliot
London > Events > Theatre †Dates: 22nd March 2005 to 17th December 2016
Victoria Palace Theatre, Victoria Street, Victoria, London SW1E | 5 minutes from Buckingham Palace
This tale of a boy from a mining community who wants to become a dancer is even more affecting on the stage of the Victoria Palace ...More
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St James Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
12 Palace Street, Westminster, London SW1E | 3 minutes from Buckingham Palace
Billed by its operators as 'the first newly built central London theatre in 30 years', St James Theatre opens to ... More
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Curzon Victoria
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
58 Victoria Street, Westminster, London SW1E | 5 minutes from Buckingham Palace
Curzon Victoria is the chain's seventh London venue, providing a boutique cinema option in central London. Visitors will be able to immerse themselves in a broad ... More
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Victoria Palace Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Victoria Street, Victoria, London SW1E | 5 minutes from Buckingham Palace
The exterior of the Victoria Palace is among the most impressive of any theatre in London. Before the advent of air travel, the giant arch, dome ... More
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Tree Council
London > Shopping > House and Garden
71 Newcomen Street, Westminster, London SE1 | 3 minutes from Buckingham Palace
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Charlie's Sweet Emporium
London > Shopping >
Charlie's Sweet Emporium, 21A Buckingham Palace Road, Westminster, London SW1W | 3 minutes from Buckingham Palace
Brilliantly located opposite Buckingham Palace, old fashioned sweet shop, Charlie's Sweet Emporium, offers a range of traditional, handmade and retro sweets, as well as a number ... More
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Cardinal Place Shopping Centre
London > Shopping > Shopping Centres
Palace Street, Westminster, London SW1E5JD | 4 minutes from Buckingham Palace
Cardinal Place is a snazzy modern shopping venue in Victoria. Housed under a curvaceous, new-age glass capsule it has become something of a visual icon in ... More
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Carrara Restaurant at the St James Theatre
London > Restaurants > Modern European restaurants
12 Palace Street, Westminster, London SW1E | 3 minutes from Buckingham Palace
Modern European Cuisine... More
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BBar & Restaurant
London > Restaurants >
43 Buckingham Palace Road, Westminster, London SW1W | 3 minutes from Buckingham Palace
Bbar restaurant and bar is located opposite Buckingham Palace Royal Mews, and minutes away from Victoria station and its surrounding theatres. The distinctly South African-influenced Bbar ... More
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The Library
London > Restaurants > International restaurants
The Rubens at The Palace, 39 Buckingham Palace Road, Westminster, London SW1W | 4 minutes from Buckingham Palace
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Green Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Piccadilly, St James's, London W1J | 5 minutes from Buckingham Palace
Although many of the parks in London are officially owned by the sovereign, it is the four central London parks (one of which is Green Park) ... More
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Big Bus Company
London > Leisure > Sightseeing Tours
48 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, London SW1W | 6 minutes from Buckingham Palace
The Big Bus Company tour takes you to all of London's famous landmarks and reveals the capital's colourful 2,000-year history. The tour offers you a choice ... More
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The Athenaeum Spa
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
The Athenaeum, 116 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J | 7 minutes from Buckingham Palace
The Athenaeum Spa promises to revive and rejuvenate its guests with the help of bespoke REN treatments and Elemis pampering. Treatment options include a Moroccan rose ... More
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Ye Grapes
London > Nightlife > Pubs
16 Shepherd Market, Mayfair, London W1J | 9 minutes from Buckingham Palace
Built in 1882 this gorgeous Victorian pub could be the perfect spot for a night out, if you can find it, that is. Very close to ... More
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The Reform Club
London > Nightlife > Pubs
104 Pall Mall, St James's, London SW1Y | 10 minutes from Buckingham Palace
Located in the heart of London's traditional Clubland in Pall Mall,†The Reform Club was founded in 1836 and was membership was initially restricted to those who ... More
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Punch Bowl
London > Nightlife > Pubs
41 Farm Street, Mayfair, London W1J | 13 minutes from Buckingham Palace
Famous for its famous owner, the Punch Bowl became a celebrity hang-out when Guy Ritchie split up with Madonna. The director of 'Lock, Stock & Two ... More
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Cask & Glass
London > Nightlife > Bars
39 - 41 Palace Street, Westminster, London SW1E | 3 minutes from Buckingham Palace
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Leopard Champagne & Cocktail Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
41 Hotel London, 41 Buckingham Palace Road, Westminster, London SW1W | 4 minutes from Buckingham Palace
A private bar for discerning guests at the five star 41 hotel and adjoining sister property The Rubens at the Palace, the Leopard Champagne & Cocktail ... More
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The Goring Bar and Lounge
London > Nightlife > Bars
15 Beeston Place, Victoria, London SW1W | 6 minutes from Buckingham Palace
With deep red walls, a carpeted floor, leather chairs and a roaring log fire, The Goring Bar and Lounge is the epitome of opulence. Run by ... More
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The Phoenix
London > Business > Venue Hire
14 Palace Street, Victoria, Westminster, London SW1E | 3 minutes from Buckingham Palace
A welcome refuge from the glass and concrete around Cardinal Place in Victoria, The Phoenix is a well respected gastro pub frequented by workers from the ... More
Guards Museum
London > Business > Venue Hire
Wellington Barracks, Birdcage Walk, Westminster, London SW1E | 3 minutes from Buckingham Palace
The Guards Museum houses a collection of uniforms, colours and artefacts spanning over 300 years of history of the Foot Guards. There are five regiments of ... More
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Spencer House
London > Business > Venue Hire
27 St James's Place, St James's, London SW1A | 6 minutes from Buckingham Palace
Spencer family's 18th London residence. The ancestral home of Diana, Princess of Wales, the Spencer family hasn’t lived in this, their London residence, since 1926. Following ... More
 
 

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L'Etoile
Concerts | Until 24th February 2016 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from Buckingham Palace

French director Mariame Clement gets her Royal Opera House debut with L'Etoile this February. ...More

Yinka Shonibare: Globe Head Ballerina
Yinka Shonibare: Globe Head Ballerina
Exhibitions | Until 19th June 2017 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from Buckingham Palace

A new piece of artwork by Yinka Shonibare will be displayed on the exterior of the Royal Opera House this ...More

 
Sunday Cocktail Club
Concerts | On 7th February 2016 

The Roadhouse 1 minute walk from Buckingham Palace

Cocktail offers and pop and indie music from DJs all night....More

Night Shift
Night Shift
Exhibitions | Until 10th April 2016 

London Transport Museum 2 minutes walk from Buckingham Palace

Opening on the first weekend of what was meant to be the first weekend of the night tube - before ...More

 
Bread Of Heaven
Concerts | On 7th February 2016 

St Paul's Covent Garden 2 minutes walk from Buckingham Palace

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Theatre | Until 4th June 2016 

Theatre Royal Drury Lane 3 minutes walk from Buckingham Palace

Nominated for a staggering seven gongs in the 2014 Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ...More

 
Hand to God
Theatre | Until 11th June 2016 

Vaudeville Theatre 3 minutes walk from Buckingham Palace

Taking into account its favour with the critics and several Tony nominations, irreverent puppet comedy ...More

Matilda The Musical
Matilda The Musical
Theatre | Until 29th May 2016 

Cambridge Theatre 3 minutes walk from Buckingham Palace

The Royal Shakespeare Company's multiple award-winning musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's celebrated children's book Matilda is a big hit at ...More

 
The Lion King
The Lion King
Theatre | Until 3rd July 2016 

The Lyceum Theatre 3 minutes walk from Buckingham Palace

The Lion King tells the story of Simba - the epic adventure of his battles, his friendships, his dreams and ...More

 
The Play That Goes Wrong
The Play That Goes Wrong
Theatre | Until 11th September 2016 

Duchess Theatre 3 minutes walk from Buckingham Palace

Presented by the award-winning, international comedy company Mischief Theatre, The Play That Goes Wrong follows the inept and accident prone ...More

 
 
 
 
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