London is a very exciting world capital and a visit there should include a visit to most, if not all, of these 5 sites:
Trafalgar Square is one of the most interesting places in London to do some people watching and is often referred to the center spot of London. Surrounding the square are many souvenir shops, museums, and options for relaxing over a meal or grabbing a drink. If you are interested in a walking or other guided tour of the city, a stop in Trafalgar Square will be included in most.
Buckingham Palace is especially popular during the Changing of the Guard which occurs daily from May until July. If you are not in town during those months double check the schedule during your visit as the fanfare occurs on altering days. In addition to the Guard, Buckingham Palace offers visitors a peek inside with a tour of 19 State Rooms and there are often special exhibitions open to visitors. The grounds and gardens of the Palace are also worth a stroll around especially on a rare sunny day.
The London Eye provides a birds-eye view over London and well into the distance. It is best to pre-order your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. There are several optional packages available including champagne toasts and tickets that allow you skip the line. The 32 enclosed cars offer a complete 360-degree view of the capital in all of its breathtaking glory. Be aware that if your party does not require the entire car you may be booked in with another group. Many visitors consider the skip the line option worth the extra cost, especially those pressed for time.
Hyde Park is a beautiful and calm oasis in the midst of the hustle and bustle of London. If you are an art lover of any sort be sure to stop by the Serpentine Galleries located along the Serpentine River which meanders through the Park. This is an ideal place to stop and rest for a moment as you contemplate all of the wonder that is contained in London!
Tate Britain, not to be confused with its more contemporary counterpart, Tate Modern, Tate Britain, commonly known as The Tate offers world-class exhibitions on a rotating basis in addition to its permanent collection. The museum houses pieces from the 1500s and in addition to art there are many interesting and historical artifacts. It is definitely worth a visit, even for those that do not consider themselves art aficionados. Be sure to keep an eye out for revered British artists such as Turner, Constable, and Blake. There is also a restaurant and a gift shop contained within the museum.
If your visit in London allows for further travel, consider a jaunt to the seaside area of Cornwall, or travel up to the Lake District, or a stop in Stonehenge. There are many exciting locations outside of London proper that can easily be done as a day trip!