A timeless London icon, Buckingham Palace has been the official residence of the reigning monarch since Queen Victoria's coronation in 1837. Today Queen Elizabeth II is often in residence. From the front gates, visitors can take in the changing of the guard in time honoured fashion. The palace opens to the public for guided tours every summer.
The Palace of Westminster
More commonly known as the Houses of Parliament, this remarkable structure perched on the Thames symbolises London as the world sees it. The very heart of the British establishment, it serves as the meeting place for the House of Commons and the House of Lords. It's also routinely surrounded by throngs of tourists taking selfies in front of Big Ben, the famous clock tower officially named Elizabeth Tower but almost universally known by the name of its main bell.
A haven of peace in the heart of the city, this gorgeous green space covers 111 hectares and includes formal gardens, tree-lined paths and lovely secluded areas, perfect for a picnic or a moment or two of quiet reflection. It's also home to Kensington Palace, the official residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.