Above: The rose garden at Hampton Court Palace outside London - ANDREW HARPER EDITOR

How to Visit London’s Royal Palaces

Few of Europe’s great cities are at their best in August, but no month is better for visiting the royal palaces of London. Because the royal family decamps to Scotland, the public has far more access to their London homes than during the rest of the year. I took full advantage of the situation on my recent trip.

Before following a similar plan yourself, consider the palaces’ varied atmospheres and the styles of tours. Those who appreciate the dignified coziness of Clarence House may not be as excited to battle the crowds in Buckingham Palace’s State Rooms.

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace in London – Andrew Harper editor

Perhaps the most famous palace in the world, Buckingham remains very much in use for state occasions and as a royal residence. It opens to the public for approximately 10 weeks each summer, and at odd days here and there throughout the rest of the year. We reserved the full Royal Day Out experience, which includes access to the Queen’s Gallery, the Royal Mews and the main palace’s opulent State Rooms.

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