Queen is Opening Buckingham Palace Gardens to Picnickers for the First Time This Summer
As daffodils and cherry blossom mark the onset of spring across London lawns, one famous residence in the English capital is readying itself to welcome picnickers for the first time—with the Buckingham Palace gardens opening to the paying public.
The Royal Collection Trust has announced that a self-guided route through the gardens, and around its grand 3.5-acre lake, will this summer be open to those who’d like to explore.
The trust states: “You will be free to wander around the garden’s winding paths at your own pace and experience the beauty and calm of this walled oasis in central London. Among the many features to discover are the 156-metre Herbaceous Border, the Horse Chestnut Avenue, the Plane trees planted by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and the famous lake with its island that is home to the Buckingham Palace bees.”
Perhaps more importantly? Picnics in the grass can be experienced as part of the visit.
Of course, enjoying scones and clotted cream on a sweeping royal lawn might be a difficult ask when there’s so much else to see and explore.
According to the Royal Collection Trust, the garden is a rich biodiverse habitat, with more than a thousand trees, the National Collection of Mulberry Trees, and 320 kinds of wildflower and grass.
Among its 29 acres, there’s also a Rose Garden, a summer house, a wildflower meadow—all of which can be visited on daily guided tours through the summer from July 9-September 18.