London is one of the most well-known cities in the world and with good reason. The capital of both England and the United Kingdom, this sprawling metropolis straddles the River Thames. Having been constantly inhabited for over two thousand years, London is a charming mix of the ancient and the cutting edge.
The London Eye is the world's tallest Ferris wheel, standing 135 metres tall and allowing passengers to see nearly 40 kilometres across the city on a clear day. The 30-minute-long rotation is a great way for newcomers to get a sense of the city's scale and style.
For those with children, take The Making of Harry Potter tour at Warner Bros. Studio London. The walking tour takes you behind the scenes of the most successful film series of all time and allows you to experience everything from sets and costumes to the hidden stories of the special effects used in the films.
Take a tour through Buckingham Palace, home to the Queen of England, and see how royalty truly lives or watch the famous Changing of the Guard from outside the palace grounds. A picture with one of the Royal Guards is a traditional takeaway for travellers from across the globe.
The Tower of London was used for imprisoning and executing enemies of the crown in the past. Now it's home to the priceless Crown Jewels, which can be viewed on a tour led by one of the guards.
Last but not least is Westminster Abbey, the 700-year-old headquarters of the church of England. Audio-guided tours narrated by Jeremy Irons lead visitors through this massive cathedral with its history of kings and queens.