Equal parts regal and riotous, London is a dizzying whirl of magnificent buildings, elegant parks and city streets bustling with newcomers from every corner of the planet. Its icons may be world renowned (Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, London Bridge), but there's much more to discover in its fascinatingly diverse neighborhoods.
The West End is London's beating heart and home to buzzing Trafalgar Square, the staggering National Gallery and the buskers of Covent Garden. Just south, you can wander the Gothic corridors of Westminster Abbey and set your watch to looming Big Ben.
Witness the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, then stroll the manicured gardens of St James' Park. For stunning vistas, head to the riverside lanes of the Thames, where you can visit the Tate Modern, catch a play at Shakespeare's Globe and look for ghosts in the Tower of London. Then there are the historic pubs of Soho, Mayfair’s high-end shops and the curry houses of Brick Lane. This is just the beginning of London's endless possibilities.