If you are like most Londoners you have walked by the mass of tourist who accumulate outside Buckingham Palace in the summer with some ire. Why do tourist have to block the WHOLE sidewalk and why can’t they see they are blocking the sidewalk so you don’t have to say excuse me 5 times. That said visiting Buckingham Palace is actually quite fun, you can buy you tickets in advance and you will have a timed entry. You will see all the beautiful state rooms and the lovely gardens. It is pretty well controlled so you aren’t roaming free but it is still insightful and good fun. I loved the gardens, though the path that you can walk is very controlled you can still see how lovely they are. Then on the way out you can have your ticket stamped and it becomes a year pass (I lost mine though so try to pay attention so that doesn’t happen to you). It take roughly an hour and half to see everything and then they also have the Queens Gallery and the Royal Mews so it is worth seeing everything at once, but be warned that they are all priced separately.