Changing of the Guard

What? Also known as the Guard Mounting, this royal ceremony marks the exchanging of the old guard for new. The ceremony is free to watch, lasts 45 minutes and is accompanied by military and even pop music by the Guards band. This is a must for any tourist visiting London.

Where? Forecourt of Buckingham Palace

When? Daily at 11.30am (arrive earlier for the best view) from May to July, and on alternate dates throughout the rest of the year.