London has a history dating back over 2,000 years with each period leaving its distinct mark on the city. Here's a guide to some of must-see historical sites for a day trip to London.
Tower of London is an enduring symbol of the Norman Conquest, its ancient stones reverberate with dark secrets and protect the priceless crown jewels; Westminster Cathedral has been the Coronation Church since 1066 and is the final resting place of 17 monarchs; the Globe Theatre, standing close to its original site, houses an exhibition that explores the life of Shakespeare; commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and visit Apsley House, Number One London, home to the Duke of Wellington.
Sample the lives of the Kings and Queens of England at London's Royal Palaces. Buckingham Palace is the Queen's official London residence and the grand State Rooms are open to visitors in summer; let costumed guides bring Hampton Court Palace to life and learn about its most famous resident King Henry VIII; tour Kensington Palace to discover the stories and lives of the royal women who have resided there; visit Banqueting House and admire the magnificent Ruben's ceiling, thought to have been one of Charles I's last sights as he walked to the execution site outside.