Royal Collection: Buckingham Palace Queen's Gallery Tour and Champagne Afternoon Tea for Two

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Royal Collection: Buckingham Palace Queen's Gallery Tour and Champagne Afternoon Tea for Two

Various Locations, London

£100
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    £50

“Do not miss the opportunity to scrutinise these wonderful works of art, which all captivate the eye. You will not regret a single minute spent in their company” The Telegraph

Why we love it

The Queen’s Gallery houses an astonishing collection of paintings, sculptures and other priceless treasures of the royal family. Explore the art of the monarchy, and later reflect over afternoon tea fit for royalty in the Sitting Room at the 5-star Capital Hotel in Knightsbridge. The Capital has even hosted Queen Elizabeth II for tea in the past.

What's Included?

  • See England's royal art collection, and enjoy a regal afternoon tea for two
  • Gain access to the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace, with a one hour audio tour
  • Take in a Champagne Afternoon Tea at the 5-star Capital Hotel in Knightsbridge

Exclusive to TRULY

  • This package is exclusively available through Truly

Description

Originally housed in one of Buckingham Palace’s three conservatories, the original Queen’s Gallery was destroyed in an air raid in 1940. At the suggestion of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, the site on which it stood was redeveloped as a gallery for the Royal Collection in 1962.

The renovated Queen’s Gallery was opened by Her Majesty The Queen in May 2002, as part of the Golden Jubilee celebration, and hosts a programme of exhibitions of paintings, sculpture and a glittering array of priceless treasure from the Royal Collection. To enhance your experience at the Queen’s Gallery, an audio guide will include commentary by curators Desmond Shawe-Taylor, Surveyor of The Queen's Pictures, and Kate Heard, Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings. The audio guide also offers visitors the chance to hear music performed by students of the Royal College of Music.

Reflect upon your time at the Gallery over an indulgent champagne afternoon tea in the Sitting Room at the 5-star Capital Hotel in Knightsbridge. No stranger to royalty, heads of state and international celebrities, the Capital Hotel’s afternoon tea service is voted among the best in London.

The ‘Great British Afternoon Tea’ celebrates this fashionable past times in gloriously British style. Expect classic favourites of Victoria Sponge, Lemon Drizzle Cake and Blackberry Bakewell Tart, served alongside scones and delicious jams all made in-house by the resident pastry chef. The afternoon tea’s savoury selection, including classic sandwiches, salmon crumpets, quiches and pâtés, are all made and baked by the Michelin-starred team at Outlaw’s at The Capital.

Exhibitions

Scottish Artists 1750-1900: From Caledonia to the Continent

The first exhibition devoted to Scottish art brings together paintings, drawings and miniatures collected by monarchs from George III to Queen Victoria and highlights the importance and influence of artists whose work was shaped by the ideas of the Scottish Enlightenment.

Maria Merian’s Butterflies

In 1699, the German artist and entomologist Maria Merian spent two years in Suriname, in South America, studying, documenting and painting the animals and plants that she encountered. This exhibition tells the story through her work collected by George III and celebrates a woman whose story and art are enduringly popular.

Portrait of the Artist

The first ever exhibition to focus on images of artists includes both self-portraits by world-renowned painters, such as Rubens and Rembrandt, and representations of artists by their friends, relatives and pupils, including the most reliable surviving likeness of Leonardo da Vinci. Over 150 paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and decorative arts from the 15th to the 21st century, it examines the cult and changing status of the artist.

Description

Originally housed in one of Buckingham Palace’s three conservatories, the original Queen’s Gallery was destroyed in an air raid in 1940. At the suggestion of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, the site on which it stood was redeveloped as a gallery for the Royal Collection in 1962.

The renovated Queen’s Gallery was opened by Her Majesty The Queen in May 2002, as part of the Golden Jubilee celebration, and hosts a programme of exhibitions of paintings, sculpture and a glittering array of priceless treasure from the Royal Collection. To enhance your experience at the Queen’s Gallery, an audio guide will include commentary by curators Desmond Shawe-Taylor, Surveyor of The Queen's Pictures, and Kate Heard, Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings. The audio guide also offers visitors the chance to hear music performed by students of the Royal College of Music.

Reflect upon your time at the Gallery over an indulgent champagne afternoon tea in the Sitting Room at the 5-star Capital Hotel in Knightsbridge. No stranger to royalty, heads of state and international celebrities, the Capital Hotel’s afternoon tea service is voted among the best in London.

The ‘Great British Afternoon Tea’ celebrates this fashionable past times in gloriously British style. Expect classic favourites of Victoria Sponge, Lemon Drizzle Cake and Blackberry Bakewell Tart, served alongside scones and delicious jams all made in-house by the resident pastry chef. The afternoon tea’s savoury selection, including classic sandwiches, salmon crumpets, quiches and pâtés, are all made and baked by the Michelin-starred team at Outlaw’s at The Capital.

Exhibitions

Scottish Artists 1750-1900: From Caledonia to the Continent

The first exhibition devoted to Scottish art brings together paintings, drawings and miniatures collected by monarchs from George III to Queen Victoria and highlights the importance and influence of artists whose work was shaped by the ideas of the Scottish Enlightenment.

Maria Merian’s Butterflies

In 1699, the German artist and entomologist Maria Merian spent two years in Suriname, in South America, studying, documenting and painting the animals and plants that she encountered. This exhibition tells the story through her work collected by George III and celebrates a woman whose story and art are enduringly popular.

Portrait of the Artist

The first ever exhibition to focus on images of artists includes both self-portraits by world-renowned painters, such as Rubens and Rembrandt, and representations of artists by their friends, relatives and pupils, including the most reliable surviving likeness of Leonardo da Vinci. Over 150 paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and decorative arts from the 15th to the 21st century, it examines the cult and changing status of the artist.

We Also Recommend

  • Post-afternoon tea, shop at Royal grocer Fortnum & Mason in Piccadilly
  • Visit the Capital Bar for a classic Gin Fizz cocktail
  • Make dinner reservations at Outlaw’s at The Capital, the Michelin-starred sister restaurant of double Michelin-starred seafood Restaurant Nathan Outlaw in Cornwall

Additional Information

This experience is valid for redemption within six months from the date of issue.

The Queen's Gallery is open daily:
3 October 2016 to 21 July 2017: 10am to 4.15pm
22 July 2017 to 1 October 2017: 9.30am to 4.15pm
2 October 2017 to 12 November 2017: 10am to 4.15pm

The Queen's Gallery is closed between 18 April and 18 May, 13 November and 7 December, and 25 and 26 December 2017.

Tours of The Queen’s Gallery last approximately 60 to 90 minutes.

Champagne Afternoon Tea at the Capital Hotel is served in The Sitting Room between 2.00pm and 5.30pm.

Note that at least 24 hours’ notice is required for any cancellations or amendments to bookings.

All bookings are subject to availability. We recommend booking at least two weeks in advance to guarantee desired dates and times.

We Also Recommend

  • Post-afternoon tea, shop at Royal grocer Fortnum & Mason in Piccadilly
  • Visit the Capital Bar for a classic Gin Fizz cocktail
  • Make dinner reservations at Outlaw’s at The Capital, the Michelin-starred sister restaurant of double Michelin-starred seafood Restaurant Nathan Outlaw in Cornwall

Additional Information

This experience is valid for redemption within six months from the date of issue.

The Queen's Gallery is open daily:
3 October 2016 to 21 July 2017: 10am to 4.15pm
22 July 2017 to 1 October 2017: 9.30am to 4.15pm
2 October 2017 to 12 November 2017: 10am to 4.15pm

The Queen's Gallery is closed between 18 April and 18 May, 13 November and 7 December, and 25 and 26 December 2017.

Tours of The Queen’s Gallery last approximately 60 to 90 minutes.

Champagne Afternoon Tea at the Capital Hotel is served in The Sitting Room between 2.00pm and 5.30pm.

Note that at least 24 hours’ notice is required for any cancellations or amendments to bookings.

All bookings are subject to availability. We recommend booking at least two weeks in advance to guarantee desired dates and times.

How it works

  • Choose your experience

    Treat yourself or share with someone you truly care about.

  • We arrange everything

    Our concierge will arrange everything, even the little extras.

  • Relax and enjoy

    Simply show up and savour the memory that will last a lifetime.

Location

Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1A 1AA

22-24 Basil St, Knightsbridge, London SW3 1AT

The Queen's Gallery Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1A 1AA

The Capital Hotel 22-24 Basil St, Knightsbridge, London SW3 1AT

Allow 20-30 minutes for travel between venues (either on foot, or via London Underground from Victoria to Knightsbridge via South Kensington).

Royal Collection: Buckingham Palace Queen's Gallery Tour and Champagne Afternoon Tea for Two

  • Add an extra guest +
    £50

Reviews

  • The Palace and afternoon tea in Knightsbridge

    The gallery visit was excellent. Lovely weather and we were happy to walk to the hotel. For others,and in inclement weather, a taxi would have been essential. Perhaps that would have been good advise to add to your descriptions of the package.

    Queens Gallery and Champagne afternoon

    The Champagne afternoon was lovely. The gallery was good but we didn't expect it to be so small. We were done in less than 20 minutes and had lots of time to kill.

  • A Treat in London

    We enjoyed the experience very much and would recommend.No extras or tea offered at the hotel.Table booking not recognised by the hotel initially.Queen's Gallery most interesting.

    Refinement and class

    The Queen's Gallery exhibition was great - an interesting collection, well presented. The afternoon tea was also just right - not too much, just right, with excellent service from the team.

  • A truly lovely experience

    We thoroughly enjoyed both experiences. Afternoon tea at the Capital Hotel was delightful and the staff went out of their way to make it enjoyable. Thoroughly recommend both experiences.

    Royal Gallery Tour

    Just a great all-round experience, with friendly staff and fast responses to questions.

  • All part of the family

    Good experience.

    Brilliant day

    Excellent service and wonderful food!

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