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Walk the gangway to the Imperial War Museum's H.M.S. Belfast, a retired WWII Royal Navy Cruiser moored on the Thames. Pull levers, climb ladders and explore every nook and cranny as you work your way through 9 decks of naval history. When you...
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Euston Rd, Kings Cross, London N1C 4QP, UK
Sure, once you're in London you'll probably never want to leave. But the high-speed train to Paris is just one of the cool things London can offer with a nonchalant shrug of its shoulders. It's easy to buy tickets, easy to get to (Kings Cross/St...
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Woolwich, London, UK
The Capital Ring is a 75-mile walking route that encircles London and that you can join for as much or as little as you want. It's a little-known gem—I'm one of the few Londoners I know who've walked it—and depending on which segment you pick, it...
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Portobello Rd, London, UK
Portobello Road is a colorful stretch of shops and stalls selling bric-a-brac and antiques. Part trendy neighborhood, part flea market. On Saturdays, thousands of people flock there for bargains. I recommend going on a weekday. You can have the...
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187 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1J 9LE, UK
Hatchards is the oldest and most prestigious bookshop in London, and its not just the royal warrant above the sign that gives it particular charm. The shop is dominated by its central spiral staircase and, once inside, you have to squeeze your way...
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Charing Cross Rd, London, UK
If you're more interested in browsing than buying, the bottom half of Charing Cross Road is crammed with some of the most extraordinary bookshops in London. It's home to the rare, the antiquarian, and the specialist trades, both new and...
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59 Lamb's Conduit St, London WC1N 3NB, UK
Persephone Books is absolutely one of a kind. It's both a bookshop and a publisher, run by Nicola Beauman, a brilliant woman who wanted to reclaim neglected works by women authors. So she set out to uncover great books that had fallen out of...
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203-, 206 Piccadilly, London W1V 9LW, United Kingdom
The Waterstone's on Piccadilly has a cafe, bar, and restaurant on its fifth floor that looks over central London. If you sit by the window, you can get a fantastic view of the West End. Not that you'll be concentrating, of course—the selection at...
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While skipping the museum and going straight to the shop isn't something you hear all too often, it's something a lot of people do in London, including Londoners themselves. Especially at the London Transport Museum. The museum is full of...
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Upper St, London N1 2TX, UK
If you've had a long day shopping on Upper Street (and why wouldn't you), St Mary's churchyard is a lovely secret spot, just off the main drag, where you can sit on a bench and rest your weary feet. It's so hidden I only found it recently despite...
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400 Oxford St, Marylebone, London W1A 1AB, UK
The strength of the British Pound means that shopping in England can really take a bite out of your wallet. If you're like me and prefer to splurge on food and drink, you may choose to skip out on the shopping of Oxford and Bond streets. But these...
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183 Euston Rd, London NW1 2BE, UK
Whether you're into anatomy, or just the least bit curious about biology, your body, or life in general, the Wellcome Trust bookshop is full of fascinating volumes, from pop science to the truly academic. And once you've bought the book, you can...
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Bankside, London SE1 9TG, UK
For a memorable afternoon tea, head across the River Thames to the Tate Modern. The modern art gallery, housed in a former power station, stands tall in Bankside and is accessible by the Millennium Bridge. After all that walking and seeing a few...
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Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1 2UP, UK
Start by admiring the mighty Thames from Tower Bridge before heading down the stone stairs to the riverside walkway. Go ahead and take a selfie with Tower Bridge and the Tower of London as your spectacular backdrop—you know you want to. Continue...
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Swain's Ln, Highgate, London N6 6PJ, UK
Why would anyone spend a day in London walking through a cemetery? Morbid fascination? Possibly. Voyeuristic peek into past lives? Probably. Highgate Cemetery is a peaceful and leafy resting place for over 170,00 souls, although rumor has it not...
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Bankside, London SE1 9TG, UK
While some of the leading figures of pop art, like Andy Warhol in the United States and Richard Hamilton in Britain, may be household names, the movement was much broader than is often realized. In the 1960s and 70s, painters and graphic designers...
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20 Deans Yd, Westminster, London SW1P 3PA, UK
The famous Westminster Abbey is a must-go place in London. It's where the recent Royal wedding taking place in 2011. As their own website described: "Kings, queens, statesmen and soldiers; poets, priests, heroes and villains - the Abbey is a...
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Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN, UK
The National Gallery in London holds art works of the masters such as Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh, and Rembrandt. Most importantly, entry is free!
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14 Bacon St, Shadwell, London E1 6LF, UK
Victorian, Edwardian, and period pieces from the 1920s through the 1950s are the specialty of this vintage shop off Brick Lane. We love their lace, and they always have a cool selection of gloves and hats. There is a cute café upstairs where bands...
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St Katharine's & Wapping, London EC3N 4AB, UK
History comes alive at the Royal Palace and Fortress on Tower Hill. Seeing the armory and the dungeons once used to imprison queens, kings, princes, and the crown jewels elicits some extra-sensory experiences, conjuring voices in the walls as if...
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St. Martin's Pl, London WC2H 0HE, UK
Yes, the National Portrait Gallery itself is an obvious destination for tourists and locals in London. But do yourself a favor (if you can) and go during the "Late Shift" hours on Thursday and Friday when the museum is open till 9pm. Not only will...
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London, UK
All around London you'll find Barclays bike stands. These automated rental stations are really easy to use. While I don't recommend riding downtown (I can barely cross the street let alone cycle down it), there are bike lanes in all the major...
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London W2 2UH, UK
It is believed that Prince Albert created the Italian Gardens in Kensington Gardens as a token of affection for his love, Queen Victoria. The gardens, recently restored, are beautifully designed with ornate granite features and seasonal planting...
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St. Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD, UK
and...don't let Westminster Abby took all your attention, St.Paul's Cathedral in London also worth visit. If you happen to visit there in a warm weather, feel free to sit in the courtyard, where you will see many others sitting there, reading a...
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Chester Rd, London NW1 4NR, UK
Regent's Park in London lives up to its name and is quite royal, boasting rows of manicured flowers and plants. (There's also a theater, zoo, and walking paths.) I always make a beeline for the Rose Garden: a circular garden chock-full of roses of...
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Thames Embankment, London SE1 9JE, UK
The southern terminus of the Millennium Bridge offers a perfect frame for the juxtaposition of London's old and new. The bridge's sleek lines of glass and concreate rise and point to the dome of St. Paul's cathedral. It's also a great spot to...
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Bedford St, London WC2E 9ED, UK
Hopping on and off the stereotypical double decker bus around London, you find yourself in front of typical destinations in rapid succession; take a picture, hear a brief story, jump onboard. Great way to get your bearings for the remainder of the...
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London, UK
Traitors gate was a living horror story right out of the tales of Poe, as traitors attempted escape they would find themselves entering into their own demise. Once they decided to betray they were self sabotaged to chronic torture until sweet...
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Chester Rd, London NW1 4NR, UK
London is known for its Royal Parks and for me a day spent in Regent's Park is the penultimate experience. On a visit last spring I struck up a conversation with a fellow garden enthusiast who asked if I had ever visited the "secret" garden at St....
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Fourth Plinth, London WC2N 5NJ, UK
The most recent commission at Trafalgar Square's Fourth Plinth went live at the end of July and features a large, blue cockerel by Katharina Fritsch. A German artist, she wanted to counter the male-dominated square with a bit of humor. The piece...
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and cupid's lost arrow
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London's Royal Parks are beautiful in every season but particularly during the spring when the bright colors of naturalized bulbs contrast with varied hues of green. There is an amazing synergy between the architecture and the open spaces - London...
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Tower Bridge, United Kingdom
Day at the Tower and Tower Bridge.
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Victoria Embankment, London WC2N 6NU, UK
There’s a line in the Beatles’ song, “Here Comes the Sun” that is personified in a stroll through the Victoria Embankment Gardens in Westminster. You’ll see “the smiles returning to the faces” after the city’s notoriously long winters have swept...
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Gracechurch St, London EC3V 1LT, UK
Enter Leadenhall Market and you are walking back through time (albeit with a few modern shops involved). Right in the middle of London's financial hub, just 5 minutes walk from Bank station you will discover this covered market complete with...
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London W1J 9HP, UK
View from 2nd level double decker bus.
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Bedford St, London WC2E 9ED, UK
There's St. Paul's Cathedral -- you know, the one with the impressive dome overlooking the Millennium Bridge -- and then there's St. Paul's Church. Facing Covent Garden Market in a cobblestone square, St. Paul's Church has an understated...
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Brown Hart Gardens, Mayfair, London W1K, UK
Exit out of Bond Street underground station and find yourself caught in the tide of London's commercial centre. Embark on a suspenseful balancing act for your coffee cup as you weave through the swarms of fast-paced locals and meandering...
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1 Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A 2DD, UK
This underground bunker lay undisturbed for 30 years after the end of World War II, and is now open to the public in its restored original state. The maps are as they were the day the war ended. It's moving to contemplate that this is where...
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84 Marylebone High St, Marylebone, London W1U 4QW, UK
This independent bookshop resembles the libraries of a bibliophile's dreams. The Edwardian exterior is beautiful and befitting of the elegant High Street, but the interior took my breath away: long oak shelves, stained glass, and skylights....
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London, UK
One of my favorite things about London is the mix of old and new architecture. Take this view (from the Tate Modern Museum) of the Millennium Bridge and St. Paul's Cathedral. If you're an architecture buff, a walking tour (or two...or three!) will...