This is the year to visit London -- the Queen celebrates her Diamond Jubilee in June and the 2012 Summer Olympic Games begin on July 27. With all of the festivities (and excitement!) going on, you'll have to plan a few extra days to experience some of London's prime landmarks and attractions. Here are five London must-do's for first-time visitors:
Savor the Sights - Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and the Tower of London are among the most popular stops for sightseeing in London. If you really want to go all out, spend the day roaming the city on a double-decker Hop-on Hop-off Bus -- which stops at every major attraction with an audio tour guide. I recommend taking the tour early on your trip to get a feel for the city before venturing off on your own.
Stop for some Pub Grub - Just the thought of Fish & Chips makes my mouth water! If there's one must-have food item, it's this fried duo served at any London Pub. Don't forget to wash your meal down with a cider or a pint. Yum!
Take in a West End Show - London's West End is world renowned for its amazing musicals and productions. The theater scene in London is comparable to Broadway in New York City. Shows include Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Mamma Mia and The Lion King. The Bodyguard tickets (one of the newest West End shows) are already on sale for the fall debut.
Ride the London Eye - For the most spectacular view of London, you'll want to take a ride on the London Eye -- which is way better than a Ferris wheel. The London Eye has pods in which you can walk around --during the rotation -- to get 360-degree views of the city. For a different perspective, ride the London Eye at night.
Tea Time - No trip to London would be complete without a spot of tea. For the ultimate high tea, splurge for an afternoon at the Four Seasons Park Lane or The Ritz London. For around $65 you can have your fill of cucumber & cream cheese sandwiches, petite pastries, scones with clotted cream, and --of course-- tea. It's the perfect way to end your trip to London.