The ancient Thameside castle at the heart of London, where London began, ravens roam, and Yoeman Warders guard the Crown Jewels
London's great Gothic abbey is packed with the tombs and monuments of British monarchs and some the world's most famous playwrights, poets, scientists, and other notables
London's Royal Residence, from the State Rooms and royal gardens to the Queen's Gallery and the (yawnfest) changing of the guard
Set your watch by the actual Greenwich Mean Time clock, straddle the Prime Meridian line that divides the eastern and western hemispheres, and tour the fascinating little museum about it all
Even if you can't attend a performance, this painstaking replica of an Elizabethan theater in the round is worth a visit just to see it and learn more about the history of British theatre
Visiting the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace
London's iconic exclamation point, the clock tower housing Big Ben, sprouts from the honey-hued complex of be-spired 1840 buildings where British Parliament meets (and you can attend sessions)
Lovely views from the world's most overpriced Ferris wheel
The London equivalent of Times Square, a broad traffic circle bedecked in neon acting as the de facto center of the West End
Visiting the Royal Gardens of Buckingham Palace
This actual Victorian boarding house at 221b Baker Street is a (contrived, but fun) recreation of how Holmes' and Watson's home might have looked
Attend a play or musical in London at a West End theater or other venue
Raising your pinkies at a proper British afternoon tea in London (preferably with scones)
Riding the famous double-decker buses of London
The play's the thing... to do at Shakespeare's Globe, a faithful recreation of a genuine Elizabethan theater in the round.
A sightseeing boat ride on the Thames River in London
The boring of the tourists—I mean the changing of the guard—at London's Royal Residence
The world's most famous department store
Famous Harry Potter sights, filming locations, and moments from the Harry Potter books and movies
A staunchly traditional British restaurant
Breakfast at London's Fox & Anchor pub comes with a pint of Guinness and the company of the slaughterhouse workers
The classics of British cuisine in the finest in British private club carvery (est. 1828)
The original Hard Rock Cafe serves overprices, undwerhelming American fare surrounding by Rock 'n' Roll memorabilia
Classic sights and experiences that just scream "You're in London now!"
The history and rebirth of London's famous double-decker buses
Weird, random, oddball, and just plain fun tours and activities you can sign up for in the U.K.
Stay in a real castle and live happily ever after (temporarily) as King and Queen of the castle
Yes, they drive on the left in Great Britain; they also love roundabouts
So, which is it? "The United Kingdom" or "Great Britain?"
Fun facts and history about Queen Elizabath II and Britain's Royal Family
Everyone knows Brits drive on the left side of the road—except for on one road in London. Savoy Court—the driveway off the Strand up to the entrance to the Savoy Hotel—is the only right-drive road in the U.K.