An iconic piece of British architecture, Buckingham Palace has been the official residence of the reigning monarch since Queen Victoria ascended the throne in 1837. These days, the palace serves as a residence, as well as the location of various official functions. From the front gates, visitors can watch the changing of the guard - a colourful and musical event. Meanwhile, tours of the palace are available throughout the summer.
Also known as the Houses of Parliament, this is a stunning structure situated on the banks of the Thames. The official function of the building is to serve as the meeting place for the House of Commons and the House of Lords. It's also a popular tourist destination - especially for those wishing to see the clock tower, which is often called Big Ben (although this name actually refers to the main bell).
If you're looking to escape the busy city for a little while, a visit to Kensington Gardens could be the perfect choice. This gorgeous green space covers 111 hectares and includes formal gardens, tree-lined paths and lovely secluded areas, perfect for a picnic or a bit of quiet reflection.