There is no place in the world like London, with its mix of ancient history and modern marvels. The city is chock-full of buildings that have housed important events in history, from the crowning of kings to the beheading of queens. Don't miss the British Museum or Shakespeare country.
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- You can devote days to the British Museum, which has artifacts from the world's greatest civilizations, including the Elgin Marbles, the Rosetta Stone, and the Sutton Hoo treasure.
- Watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and tour the state rooms to see how the royals entertain.
- Tour Westminster Abbey, which has witnessed 14 royal weddings and 38 coronations. More than 3,000 people are buried here, great kings among them.
- The Tower of London, a splendid hodgepodge of ancient buildings, is home to the Crown Jewels; Anne Boleyn and others were beheaded here.
- The Notting Hill Carnival, held each August, is Europe's biggest street festival.
- The Proms is a series of classical music concerts that take place from May to September throughout London.
- Get lost in the leafy maze at magnificent Hampton Court Palace, 11 mi/18 km southwest of London.