What is a trip to London without witnessing the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace? One of the worlds most iconic spots, Buckingham Palace is guarded daily by up to three battalions of infantry. Once the main home of the British royalty, it is now one of many homes that Queen Elizabeth II resides in throughout the year. Don’t look into your guide-book to show that you know your stuff, guards are posted on both foot and horseback. If they are on foot, they are the The Queens Guards. If they are on horseback, they are called The Queens Life Guards. The guards are well renowned for their stoic expressionless faces and while many have tried to make them smile, laugh, or move, it’s unwise to try to touch them.
Westminster Abbey is one of the long-standing medieval churches to dot the British landscape and one of the oldest. All told 40 coronations have been held at the cathedral and 16 royal weddings. Tours are available or you can visit the Abbey at your own pace taking in its rich history where Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling, and Geoffrey Chaucer are all entombed. Visit Poets Corner within its walls as well. Looking for a little more royal fare? Visit the shared tomb of Queen Elizabeth I and her half-sister and enemy Mary Tudor.
For me, this would be my first stop. It’s not one of the first things you think of when traveling to London but if you are a fan of The Beatles, you will want to see it, and walk the famed cross walk. Abbey Road is home to the Abbey Road music studios made famous by the Fab Four. Don’t be fooled into thinking that every shot of the street will be desolate of traffic, sorry to say, there is plenty of it. For those of you who are indeed fans of The Beatles, check out the myriad of tours that take you through The Beatles’ London history.