1. Big Ben
Listen to the bells ring on the hour at Big Ben, which has been keeping time for over 150 years. It is part of the Palace of Westminster where tourists can attend debates or committee meetings when the Parliament is in session. Tours are available during the summer. Many other tourist spots are also right nearby including the Tower Bridge.
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2. Changing of Guard and Buckingham Palace
Crowds flock to Buckingham Palace to watch the famous Changing of Guard ceremony that occurs daily at 11:30 a.m. in the summer and on alternate days the rest of the year. The palace itself and its massive collection of art can be toured August through September while the Queen is in Scotland.
London SW1V 4BJ
3. Trafalgar Square
Stroll around the Square where many movies have been filmed and rallies and demonstrations are often held. Surrounding it are several landmarks and museums including the English National Opera, St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery.
Strand, London WC2
4. Hyde Park
Rent a row boat or swim in the lake at Hyde Park. There are numerous activities for everyone including ferry or carriage rides and horseback riding. Or get up on a soap box, and talk about anything you like at the famous Speakers' Corner. There are several places to grab lunch in the park, or bring your own and have a picnic.
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5. Piccadilly Circus
Piccadilly Circus is where five main roads cross and is an excellent place to access several popular shopping and entertainment locations. Located in the heart of London, it is extremely close to Soho, Chinatown and Trafalgar Square.
London W1J 9HS
6. Half Price Ticket Booth
Grab tickets to some of the finest entertainment shows in the world including plays, musicals, operas or dance productions. The Half Price Ticket Booth has two locations and offers deep discounts up to a week prior to the performance, but you can snag the best deals on the same day as the show.
7. London Eye
The fourth tallest structure in London offers views of up to 25 miles in every direction. Made of 32 enclosed capsules that hold 25-28 people each, one rotation lasts 30 minutes and moves so slowly that people can hop on and off without it stopping.
The London Eye
Westminster Bridge Road
London SE1 7PB
8. Tower of London
The Tower is made up of several buildings that are over a 1,000 years old. It has been used as a fortress, palace and prison and is now a major tourist destination. There are a range of things to see including the Crown Jewels, historical re-enactments, medieval armor and weapons, as well as exhibitions on its famous prisoners. Tour guides may even share tales of the ghosts said to haunt the Tower.
Tower of London
London EC3N 4AB
9. Take a Cruise on the River Thames
Float down the River Thames on a river cruise, and see many amazing sights including Big Ben, the London Eye, Tower Bridge, Westminster and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. The round-trip lasts three hours, or opt for a hop-on, hop-off ticket where you can get off, do some exploring and hop-on again.
10. Hampton Court Palace
Explore over 60 acres of gardens, and get lost in the famous garden maze that is over 300 years old. The palace itself is much older and was most famously lived in by Henry VIII. Watch people prepare food in the Tudor kitchens, listen to ghost stories of the many ghosts who haunt the palace, see numerous exhibits and visit the beautiful Chapel Royal.
Hampton Court Palace
Surrey KT8 9AU