Day 1: Visit Tower of London, munching a sandwich on the Thames while cruising from Tower to Westminster Bridge; Tour Westminster Abbey; Follow the self-guided Westminster Walk. When you’re finished, you could return to the Houses of Parliament and pop in to see the House of Commons in action.

Day 2: Take a double-decker, hop-on, hop-off London sightseeing bus tour (from Green Park or Victoria) and hop off for the Changing of the Guard; Buckingham Palace Walk through St. James’s Park to enjoy London’s delightful park scene; After lunch, tour Cabinet War Rooms and Churchill Museum; Tour National Gallery. Have a pub dinner before a play, concert, or evening walking tour.

Day 3: Follow the self-guided City Walk from Trafalgar Square to London Bridge, inserting the full St. Paul’s Tour in the middle; Follow the self-guided Bankside Walk along the South Bank of the Thames, then walk the Jubilee Promenade from the Millennium Bridge to the London Eye. Cap the day with South Bank sights or experiences open in the evening: a ride on the London Eye, a Shakespearean play at Shakespeare’s Globe, or the Tate Modern

Day 4: Tour the British Museum; Take the self-guided West End Walk to see Covent Garden, Soho, and the Regent Street shops; Enjoy an afternoon tea

Day 5: Spend the morning at an antique market. Spend the rest of your day at your choice of major sights. Depending on your interests, choose from the British Library, Tate Britain, Museum of London, Imperial War Museum, or Kew Gardens

Day 6: Cruise from Westminster to Greenwich; Tour salty sights of Greenwich; Ride the DLR train to Pudding Hill Lane to see the Olympics 2012 site; Ride the DLR to the Docklands for a look at London’s emerging “Manhattan”; Travel back to London.

Day 7: Tour the Victoria & Albert Museum; after lunch, stroll through Hyde Park. Spend the afternoon at Harrods or other shopping.

Day 8: Leave England with fun filled memories and wishes.