What better place to start than at London’s most famous attraction,
. Between June and October parts of the palace are open to the public, but at other times of the year you can catch the colourful Changing of the Guard, which takes place in the forecourt at 11.30 am daily in the summertime, and on alternate days throughout the rest of the year.
Next head to the Houses of Parliament
. If you walk down to Victoria Station, several buses will take you from here to Westminster, otherwise you can walk there in around 15 minutes. The iconic Big Ben
and the grandiose Westminster Abbey
, where Charles and Diana were married, are located here.
By crossing over the river via Westminster Bridge you will come to the Southbank Centre
, a complex that encompasses the Hayward Gallery
, and music venues the Royal Festival Hall
and Queen Elizabeth Hall
. Check their schedule for free lunchtime concerts. You’ll also find the 3D IMAX cinema
a few minutes’ walk away by Waterloo station, as well as the Tate Modern
, a free museum filled with 20th century art, and a great place to spend an afternoon. Its sister museum, the Tate Britain
, focuses on British art and is located in Pimlico