Vibrant and truly multicultural, London is a megalopolis of people, ideas and energy . . . a global capital of culture, fashion, finance, politics, trade, education, entertainment, media and the arts. Sprawled endlessly along the magical banks of the Thames, London has been attracting people from around the world for centuries and absorbing their colorful influences. Many tourists head to London for the history, art, fashion, music, food or nightlife (or a mixture of it all) and keep coming back for more. Honeymooners will not experience a second of boredom in this pulsating city with endless options for entertainment and relaxation.
When To Go: London at its best
Best weather: The weather is warmest in July (though the crowds can be large); November is the rainiest month, but people carry an umbrella year-round, just in case.
Go to museums: It's easy to spend an entire trip walking the halls in London's many museums, but do so and you run the risk of culture overload. That said, you should at least visit the Victoria and Albert, which has a range of art spanning from Renaissance sculpture to 20th-century fashions. Also worth a visit is the Tate Modern, where you'll find works from Picasso to Warhol.
See the clock chime: One of Prague's most enchanting areas is Old Town, where the dramatic building façades and narrow streets seem like they're part of a movie set. Sit in Old Town Square -- with the Church of Our Lady before Tyn on one end and the Old Town Hall on the other -- and let yourself get lost in thought among the amazing surroundings. On the hour, make your way to the side of the Old Town Hall (there will likely be a crowd gathered with you) to watch the astronomical clock chime (it's nearly 600 years old!).
Parks: The 'green lungs' of London are the many parks, big and small, scattered throughout the city including St James Park, Hyde Park and Regent's Park.
Must see sights: Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, The London Eye, Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, St Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and the Palace of Westminster including Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament
See a play: If you're there in season (May through October), see a production at the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. The theater has no roof, a circular set-up, and the space in front of the stage is standing-room only, all of which make seeing a performance there an intimate, entertaining experience. Afterward, stroll along the nearby Thames and cross the river over the postcard-worthy Tower Bridge.
Shop: The opportunity to buy cool clothes and rare antiques are many in London. A trip to the massive Harrods store can be overwhelming but fun to browse. For the latest fashions and great deals, try the Topshop (even he will enjoy a trip to this store for its wide selection of reasonably prices men's clothes and suits). And if you're in London on a Saturday, join the crowds for a walk along Portobello, an outdoor market where you'll find everything from jewelry to antiques.
Take a day trip: For a fuller experience of England, take a day trip outside of London on one of the many bus tours that depart each morning. A visit to Bath, which has been a popular vacation spot since the days of the Roman empire, is fascinating for both its history and architecture (don't miss The Circus, a group of crescent-shaped buildings from the 18th century). Along the way you may pass Stonehenge, a mysterious collection of stones in the middle of the English countryside. Get a taste of royalty on a trip to Hampton Court Palace, once used by Henry VIII, which features a maze among the manicured gardens.
- Live Music. London is one of the best cities in the world for concerts, spanning from new musical trends to well known bands.
- Theatre. See a musical, play or comedy in the West End. For Broadway-like musicals the Leicester Square area is highly recommended. In the centre of the square there is an official half-price TKTS booth. For listings buy the weekly magazine Time Out.
- Watch football. Take in a home match of one of the city's 20+ professional football clubs for a true experience of a lifetime as you see the passion of the "World's Game" in its mother country. Many of the bigger clubs will require booking in advance, sometimes many months ahead, but smaller clubs allow you to simply turn up on match day and pay at the gate.