Buckingham Palace London Architecture, Photos, Date, Architect, Royal Family Building UK, Pictures

Buckingham Palace London

Key British Royal Family Residence, southeast England, UK

post updated 20 Feb 2020

Buckingham Palace

The Mall, SW1, central London

Originally a grand house, remodelling of this substantial building began in 1762 by Scottish architect William Chambers (though born in Gothenburg, Sweden).

East facade of Buckingham Palace facing down The Mall:
Buckingham Palace London building facade
photograph © Adrian Welch

King George IV decided to modify Buckingham House into a palace around 1820 using the famous English architect John Nash who planned the grand Regent Street not far to the north.

Conversion Dates: 1826-29
Architect: John Nash

The building has been remodelled many times since, more details towards the base of this page.

Buckingham Palace East facade with ceremonial entrance gates:
Buckingham Palace London facade gates portico
photo © Adrian Welch

The palace was built by the Duke of Buckingham in 1703-05.

The large property is the London Palace of HM Queen Elizabeth II.

This large building is the primary residence of the British monarch.

Aerial photograph, East facade of the building:
Buckingham Palace London aerial photo
photo © webbaviation

The building was purchased in 1761 by George III and named The Queen’s House.

Opening Times – correct at time of writing, please check with the palace

Buckingham Palace State Apartments

25 Jul – 3 Oct 2011

Queen’s Gallery

Opening hours
Open daily, 10:00-17:30 (last admission 16:30)
23 Jul – 3 Oct, 09:30-17:30 (last admission 16:30)

The Queen’s Gallery was closed
10-20 Oct 2011 ; 25-26 Dec 2011

Principal facade and gates close up, facing down The Mall:
Buckingham Palace  London England
photo © Adrian Welch


Ticket Sales and Information Office
The Official Residences of The Queen
London SW1A 1AA, England, UK

Telephone: (+44) (0)20 7766 7301
E-mail: bookinginfo(at)royalcollection.org.uk

Nearest Tube to the building: St James’s Park / Green Park

Principal facade, facing East:
Buckingham Palace  London England
photo © Adrian Welch

Phone number: 020 7766 7300 (previously 020 7930 4832)

The palace is also known as Buck House

Queen’s Gallery, southwest London
Date: 2002
Architect: John Simpson & Partners
Limited competition 1997

Principal facade and gates, facing down The Mall:
Buckingham Palace  London England
photo © Adrian Welch

Building remodelled:
Dates: 1832-43
Architect: Edward Blore
Dates: 1853-55
Architect: James Pennethorne
Date: 1913
Architect: Aston Webb
Date: 1962
Architects: Office of Works

Buck House fountain and monument

The palace incorporates Buckingham House
Buckingham House was remodelled by architect William Chambers in the 1760’s

Location: Buckingham Palace Gardens, London, England, UK

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Building close by to the west:

Lanesborough Hotel & Spa, Hyde Park Corner, Belgravia, South West London
Architecture: Filer & Cox ; Interiors: 1508
Lanesborough Hotel & Spa, London Club
image from architects
Lanesborough Hotel & Spa

London Architecture Offices

London Architecture

Link: Queen’s Gallery, Edinburgh

Canadian War Memorial by Pierre Granche, Green Park, just north of the Palace:
Canadian War Memorial by Pierre Granche, Green Park, London, UK

Palace Buildings

British Palace Architecture

Hampton Court Palace
Hampton, Middlesex
Largest and grandest of England’s Tudor Palaces
Hampton Court Palace

Kensington Palace
west London
Design: Christopher Wren
Birthplace of Queen Victoria
Kensington Palace

St James’s Palace
Pall Mall, central London
Built by Henry VIII
St James’s Palace

Comments / photos for the Buckingham Palace London Architecture page welcome