These are the tourist attractions that you have heard about, read about in your high-school history class or seen in movies. Take the best Instagram selfie ever at the top of the London Eye. This giant Ferris wheel gives you an excellent view of Big Ben, the Thames River and much of historic London. Admission to ride the London Eye is not cheap at £24, but it’s worth it if you want to get the best view of London. The spooky and possibly haunted Tower of London (student admission is £16.40) is lovely to visit for any history buff. This site is full of opposites: you can see where Anne Boleyn, Guy Fawkes, and Lady Jane Grey was imprisoned, yet also the majestic range of the royal family’s crown jewels.
Depending on the time of year that you visit London, you may have the chance to view the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, which is well worth the wait and fighting the crowds to watch. Take note of which flag is flying above the palace: if the union flag is flying, then the queen is not home; however, if the royal flag is flying then the queen is home. Another lovely royal place to visit while in London is Kensington Garden. Home to Kensington Palace, where William and Kate occasionally live, the garden is vast and well-kept, making it a fabulous spot for a picnic or a small breather if the weather is pleasant. While walking around the garden, be sure to look for the famous Peter Pan statue.