Things to Do in London
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Buckingham Palace is assuredly one of the most famous buildings on the planet. London is rich with such places, but this one is special; we have all seen it in newspapers or on television at some point. Its facade and fenced front area are familiar.
Only open to the public from late July into October, visitors still clamour to see the exterior of the building and the changing of the guard all year round. Those who do get to see the inside are not permitted free range of the 775 rooms; the public is welcome in the 19 staterooms. There is also a large indoor swimming pool within this 77,00 square metre (829,000 square feet) building.
This is not, generally, where the current Queen lives. Rather it is one of her many residences, and the administrative centre and headquarters for the monarch of the United Kingdom; Queen Elizabeth does business here. It is used to host state occasions, such as weddings and funerals, and has been used in this capacity since 1837. Construction began on Buckingham Palace in 1703.