There are so many great things to do when visiting the capital city of England that it can be hard to narrow down what you'll do during your stay. Here is a small list of popular points of interest for you to consider on your trip to London.
Thames River Cruise
While seeing London on foot is the best way to go, a sail on the Thames River is chance to see a different view of the English city. With the different companies that run cruises up and down the Thames all day, there's no need to book a ticket in advance. The cruise stops in various places along the river bank so you can choose to use the time to either relax and enjoy the sites or to use the cruise as a method of transportation while still fulfilling your site-seeing quota. For a romantic experience, book a nighttime dinner cruise. The darkness provides a brightly lit London for your viewing pleasure.
If you're taking a cruise down the Thames River, than a stop on the South Bank to ride the London Eye should be the next thing on the agenda. At over 400 feet in height and close to 400 feet in diameter, the London Eye gives you a bird's eye view of the city. Tickets can be purchased in advance, however, it's not recommended as the ride is heavily weather-dependant. You wouldn't want to book your ticket for a day that it's raining and can't use it for ride.
Harry Potter Attractions
With it's huge worldwide following, Harry Potter attractions are popular draws for both tourists and locals alike. A quick stop at King's Cross Station gives you a photoshoot next to a disappearing luggage cart at Platform 9 3/4. Once there you can opt to either get your photo taken by a friend or get it done professionally with the nearby staff of the Harry Potter memorabilia shop named after the platform.
Another Harry Potter themed activity are walking tours themed around the book series. The Harry Potter tour is a walking tour around London that visits filming locations from the popular movies. Sites visited include Diagon Alley, The Leaky Cauldron and the Ministry of Magic.
The Piccadilly Circus is one of London's busiest squares. Named for the complete roundabout road that sits in the middle of the square, the Circus is a great place to do shopping, get a bite to eat or head to the theatre. There are also a few attractions in the Circle to keep your attention as you decide what to do next. The Fountain of Eros is a popular photo op while many wait to get their picture taken with the Piccadilly Lights.
A visit through the streets of Westminster can take you to so many points of interest it's hard to narrow down where to go first. A popular stop is Buckingham Palace for photo ops of the changing of the guard. As you continue down the cobblestone street you will also come across Big Ben and the House of Parliament. Other stops in the area include two of the royal gardens, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, as well as Trafalgar Square. Westminster Abbey should also be on your list to visit around the area. The Abbey holds over a thousand years of history, although the current building was built in 1245.