Fancy a crumpet in the historic environs of Buckingham Palace? After 300 years, the palace is opening its doors to the public for the first time with guided tours of its 16-hectare garden on selected dates in April, May and June.
Highlights of the tour include a 156-metre herbaceous border, wisteria-clad summerhouse, rose garden, the Waterloo Vase made in Italy for George IV and the tennis court where King George Vi and three-time Wimbledon champion Fred Perry played in the 1930s.
This garden is the largest private garden in London with more than 350 types of wild flowers, eight beds of plants native to North America and 150 mature trees.
This tour is only available for pre-booked groups of 15 to 25; tickets for the tour, which includes an introductory talk, garden tour and refreshments, are priced at f:20 for adults and f:10 for children under 17.
For details, visit www.royalcollection.org.uk