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The Summer Opening at Buckingham Palace is well-worth attending, but here's something even better... an exclusive evening tour in the company of a Royal expert.
What separates this tour from the Summer one is that it takes place after hours, in a much smaller group (max 14 people), so you don't have to share the space with hundreds of other tourists. And you don't have to wear a pair of headphones, either -- all the talking is done by a human guide. That means they can go into much greater detail and take some questions during a sit down in the big Ballroom.
You'll get much more information about the history and use of the State Rooms, and learn a lot more about the paintings, the furniture, sculptures and porcelains, alongside some interesting stories about the Royals who once lived here.
At the end of the tour you'll have a chance to mingle with all the other guests whilst enjoying a glass of champagne. You will also receive a copy of the official guidebook and 20% off any items you buy in the shop.
Craig has been on this tour himself and he definitely recommends it. He has been to the Summer Opening several times (ie. the normal daytime tour with hundreds of other tourists), but if you can afford to stump up the extra money for this then it is 100x better. Not only do you get a real human guide instead of listening to some history on the headphones, but you also get to experience the empty rooms in low light -- and they really do look pretty when they're not heaving with hundreds of others people.
Craig’s review – “I thought I'd pop in and see the Queen tonight because she's putting on one of those Evening Tours of Buckingham Palace. It cost me £75 quid so it should be good. That's quite a lot of money so hopefully the Queen will be leading us around herself. If we end up with Prince Edward then I want a refund. I'm sitting in St. James's Park at the moment, which is as good a… continued”
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Buckingham Palace Summer Opening – 20 Jul to 29 Sep 2019 – Step inside Buckingham Palace and see the lavishly decorated State Rooms and all the treasures from the Royal Collection
Buckingham Palace and Garden Highlights – 22 Jul to 29 Sep 2019 – Why not combine a visit to the Buckingham Palace Summer Opening with a tour of the Queen's gardens as well?
Somerset House Historical Highlights – Every Thu and Sat – This tour has tales about Tudor intrigues and the extravagant entertainments laid on during Georgian times
Guided walk around Charles Dickens’ London – Every Fri – This guided walk will take you around some of the most memorable streets and locations that Charles Dickens used in his novels.
11 — London’s cheapest sightseeing bus – Every day – If you don't fancy spending money on an open-top sightseeing bus, then there's a cheaper alternative — the No 11 bus.
City Highlights: The Top 10 sights – Every Mon, Wed and Sun – A two-hour guided walk around the Square Mile, showing you some of the most famous historical sites and buildings in the City of London.
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If you enjoy Buckingham Palace then you might like to visit Clarence House (you can walk it in 6 mins), Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace (catch the train from St James’s Park to Queensway), Royal Mews (you can walk it in 4 mins) and Windsor Castle