1. Buckingham Palace
Watch the Changing of Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace, where the Queen lives and works. This military tradition occurs daily at 11:30 a.m. in the summer and every other day the rest of the year. Get there early for a good view. Tours inside the Queen's home are available August through September.
Ticket Sales and Information Office
The Official Residences of The Queen
Buckingham Palace Road
London SW1A 1AA
Telephone (+44) (0)20 7766 7300
nearest tube stop: Victoria
2. Big Ben
Big Ben is one of the most iconic symbols of London, and a site not to be missed. It is part of the Palace of Westminster where the Parliament works. Tours are available to watch debates or committees in the House of Lords or the House of Commons during the summer.
nearest tube stop: Westminster
3. Tower of London
Explore this amazing fortress that was built more than 1,000 years ago. Originally meant to frighten Londoners, this now popular tourist destination houses the Crown Jewels, the armor of Henry the VIII, features historical re-enactments and much more.
nearest tube stop: Tower Hill
4. London Eye
See London from 25 miles in every direction at a height of 443 feet. The London Eye is one of the largest ferris wheels in the world, holding up to 28 people in each one of its 32 capsules. One rotation lasts 30 minutes and moves so slowly that it never stops.
The London Eye
Riverside Building, County Hall
Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB
Telephone +44 (0)870 990 8883
nearest tube stop: Waterloo
5. Experience the Theatre
Kick back and relax at the theatre. Stop by the Half Price Ticket Booth (or "tkts") and pick up half price and discount tickets up to a week in advance, but the cheapest deals are usually the same day as the show.
tkts Leicester Square is in the center of Lesceister Square
tkts Brent Cross Shopping Centre is on the 2nd floor (called the 1st floor in Great Britain)
6. Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Built very close to the original location, the Globe Theatre is a replica of the original theatre where several of Shakespeare's works were first shown during his life. Tours and exhibitions are open year round and plays are shown April to October.
21 New Globe Walk
Bankside, London SE1 9DT
nearest tube stop: Mansion House, London Bridge
7. Tate Modern
Look at some amazing British art from 1500 to present and an extensive international collection. Entry is free and among the numerous works are pieces by Picasso, Matisse, Dali, Warhol, Lichtenstein, JMW Turner and Rothko.
Bankside, London SE1 9TG
Telephone (+44) (0)20 7887 8888
nearest tube stop: Southwark, Mansion House, London Bridge
8. Trafalgar Square
Take a walk around Trafalgar Square, one of London's most famous sites and featured in numerous films. All around the square are various landmarks and museums including the National Portrait Gallery, the National Gallery, St. Martin's-in-the-Field Church and the Institute of Contemporary Art. There are often political demonstrations here on the weekends.
nearest tube stop: Charing Cross
9. British Museum
Relax and take a stroll around the British Museum that is open and free every day of the week. They house more than 7 million objects that span the globe, sure to impress anyone.
Great Russell Street
London, WC1B 3DG
nearest tube stop: Tottenham Court Road, Holborn, Russell Square
10. Hampton Court Palace
Stroll around Hampton Court Palace, one of the few remaining palaces of Henry VII. There are numerous things to see including the famous maze made of hedges that is more than 300 years old, Tudor kitchens with people cooking live, more than 60 acres of gorgeous gardens and much more.
Hampton Court Palace
Surrey, KT8 9AU
Telephone +44 (0)20 3166 6000