Buckingham Palace, London
The official London residence for blue blood since 1837, Buckingham Palace is still home to the Queen and has fairly recently opened its doors to tourists. You’re unlikely to catch Her Majesty in front of an off-track betting screen, but you can see paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Vermeer in the Queen’s Royal Collection, and rooms fitted with some of the finest furniture and porcelain in the world.
Whitehall and Parliament Square (and Big Ben), London
The original building can be traced back to the eleventh century and is today home of the House of Lords. It’s mostly known for Big Ben, which is not the clock, but the 13.8-tonne bell inside. For reasonably good entertainment, view the House of Commons from the gallery when the Prime Minister fields questions
Westminster Abbey, London
Every Coronation since 1066 has taken place in this architectural masterpiece. There are also approximately 3300 people buried here, including Geoffrey Chaucer, Charles Dickens, Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton, Laurence Oliver and Ben Johnson, an Elizabeth poet who was buried standing up