We can’t promise tea with the Queen, but we can recommend a tour of her home. Better still, with some of the summer crowds gone, September is the perfect month to do it.

Not surprisingly, Buckingham Palace’s summer opening is a popular fixture on the list of any London visitor. Take a tour of the lavishly furnished State Rooms, where top collections of paintings include works by Rembrandt, Rubens and Vermeer. There are also collections of sculpture, furniture and Sèvres porcelain.

The audio tour is introduced by Prince Charles and takes you through 19 State Rooms, the Throne Room and the office Ballroom.  If you’re interested in seeing where the Queen holds her annual Garden Parties, be sure to take the Garden tour.  Highlights include the wisteria-clad Summer House, the Rose Garden and the tennis courts.

Different tickets are available depending on whether you wish to visit the Garden and other locations such as the Royal Mews.

Visit The Royal Collection for more information and to plan your visit.