1. London Eye- The best way to get a near bird’s eye view of London is to step aboard the London Eye. It was once the world’s tallest Ferris wheel and continues to be a huge attraction today. Visitors can choose from friends and family capsules, private capsules and cupid’s capsules.
2. Big Ben- A British icon and UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Big Ben is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world. The clock tower boasts a gorgeous neo-gothic style and looks particularly striking at night when it’s illuminated.
3. Visit Tower of London- At one time a prison, a royal residence and today the home of the Crown Jewels, the Tower of London is a fascinating place of history. Go on a spooky twilight tour and listen to storytellers confess their stories in special performances.
4. Trafalgar Square – Public Square- Another iconic landmark, Trafalgar Square is full of life with locals and tourists gathering to socialize, celebrate events and organize protests. Snap photos of Nelson’s Column, the fountains and the tiny police box.
5. Hampton Court Palace- Take a tour of lovely Hampton Court Palace and its immaculately manicured grounds. Find your way around the famed maze and see the very old and world’s largest Great Vine.
6. Tower Bridge- The Tower Bridge is one of the most popular places to visit with its Glass Floor, Victorian Engine Rooms and spectacular views of the city. The Tower Bridge Exhibition is held in the bridge’s towers.
7. British Museum- The British Museum houses one of the largest collections of works dating back to antiquity. Entrance is free although membership entitles visitors access to special exhibitions and members-only events.
8. Victoria and Albert Museum- An extensive collection of decorative arts and design are exhibited for all to see at Victoria and Albert Museum. Furniture spanning 150 years and fashion items dating back to the recent centuries are some of the exhibits.
9. Houses of Parliament- The Houses of Parliament are located in the Palace of Westminster. The imposing structure with its Perpendicular Gothic architecture is one of the most famous places to visit in London.
10. Visit Buckingham Palace- A London holiday isn’t complete without a visit to Buckingham Palace, the headquarters of the British monarchy. Among the many things to see are the Queen’s Gallery, the staterooms and the Royal Mews.
11. Madame Tussauds- Madame Tussauds today has museums in various parts of the world but the most famous is the one in London. See figures of film, sport, music, pop culture icons and royalty.
12. Royal Opera House- The Royal Opera House regales audiences with productions of operas the likes of which inspire. Carmen, The Winter’s Tale and Tosca are just some of the shows to watch.
13. The Geffrye, Museum of the Home- Discover how people in 17th century London to the present day lived through displays of furniture, ornaments, pictures and rooms.
14. Abseil from the UK’s tallest sculpture – Orbit- See London from a different perspective by abseiling down Arcelor Mittal Orbit, an observation tower with a very contemporary style. It has the tallest and longest tunnel slide in the world.
15. The View from the Shard - At a little over 1,000 feet, The Shard is the UK’s and Europe’s tallest building. Head up to The View to see the city of London in an incredible panorama.
16. Sea Life London Aquarium- Witness the majesty of underwater life at Sea Life London Aquarium. It has several zones to explore including Seahorse Kingdom, Ocean Tunnel and Ray Lagoon.
17. National Maritime Museum- Explore the maritime history of the country at the National Maritime Museum. There are numerous attractions to see some of which include Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle and a cannonball lodged in timber from the Battle of Trafalgar.
18. Queen's Gallery- The Queen’s Gallery’s exquisite collection of over 400 artworks lets you admire paintings from the old masters and other decorative arts. It also exhibits an elaborately designed notebook that belonged to Queen Charlotte.
19. Royal Observatory, Greenwich- Visit the Greenwich meridian line at the Royal Observatory and stand at the centre of the earth’s two hemispheres. You can learn about the history of GMT and even the universe at the planetarium.
20. Warner Bros. Studio Tour London- See Harry Potter come to life at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. You’ll be taken on a tour of Diagon Alley and the majestic Great Hall and get to see the iconic props and costumes.
21. Mudlarking on the Thames- Who knows what lies beneath the Thames? Find out by mudlarking and see what you find. It could be something of archaeological importance.
22. Kayak down the Thames- The Thames is as iconic as any structural landmark and the best way to explore it is to kayak. Get away from the crowds and feel the power of the river by paddling through.
23. Kensington Palace- Home to princes, dukes and duchesses, Kensington Palace lets visitors explore state apartments of the king and get a glimpse of Princess Diana’s famous outfits.
24. St Paul's Cathedral- The Diocese of London’s mother church is awe-inspiring to say the least. The recognizable dome and English Baroque architecture is testament to Sir Christopher Wren’s amazing architectural mastery.
25. Tate Modern, London- One of the largest contemporary art museums finds its home at Tate Modern. Explore artworks by renowned artists such as Sir Jacob Epstein and John Piper.
26. Whitewater rafting at Lea’s Valley- Adventurers looking for activities that set the pulse racing can head to Lee Valley White Water Centre where white water rafting awaits.
27. Wakeboarding in London- As shocking as it seems, you can wakeboard in London! Wakeup Docklands offers a chance to indulge your love for water sports at the Royal Victoria Dock. There’s also a shop and a bar.