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South Bank, London SE1 7PB, UK
London is an incredibly crowded city and when it comes to tourist attractions, it may seem difficult to snag a good view of Big Ben and Parliament. Rise above the crowds and grab a slow and quiet ride on the London Eye, London's famous Ferris...
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103 Borough Rd, London SE1 0AA, UK
South Bank has both the best river walk in London and the city's liveliest cultural centers, so a walk along it is a must. The path takes you from the Globe and the Tate Modern along the Thames—passing Gabriel's Wharf with its...
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Bankside, London SE1 9TG, UK
It’s impossible to ignore the hulking 1950s architecture of the Tate Modern, slap-bang in the middle of the most-walked part of the South Bank. A visionary refurb of this former power station has resulted in an artistic behemoth with multiple...
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W Smithfield, London, UK
Facing St. Bart's Hospital from Smithfield Market, you will see an innocuous looking arched doorway on your left. It's the entrance to the courtyard for St. Bartholomew the Great church, founded in 1123, making it the oldest church in London (they...
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13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3BP, UK
Sir John Soane was an 18th-century architect who died nearly 200 years ago. He was also an undiagnosed hoarder. The man's townhouse, which has been left untouched since his death and which free to the public, is an extraordinary jumble of his...
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35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PE, UK
If you have a morbid fascination, natural curiosity or interest in medicine block out plenty of time to visit The Hunterian Museum in the Royal College of Surgeons. The Hunterian Museum collections have been brought together over four centuries by...
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Swain's Ln, Highgate, London N6 6PJ, UK
Dating back to the 1800's, Highgate was a fashionable place for burials and was much admired and visited. The Victorian attitude to death and its presentation led to the creation of a wealth of Gothic tombs and buildings. It occupies a spectacular...
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66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA, UK
No trip to Heston Blumenthal’s Michelin-starred London restaurant is complete without sampling the meat fruit, a starter of chicken liver mousse artfully crafted to look like a mandarin orange. It’s a marvel, but then so is the rest of...
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Palace of Westminster, Westminster, London SW1A 2PW, UK
The Palace of Westminster is the meeting place of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Commonly known as the Houses of Parliament after its tenants, the Palace lies on the Middlesex...
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9748 Abingdon St, Westminster, London SW1P 3JY, UK
Big Ben is located at the north end of the Palace of Westminster. Only, I learned this trip, Beg Ben is not Big Ben. The clock tower that most of us Americans think of as Big Ben is actually the Elizabeth Tower (unimaginatively named "Clock Tower"...
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Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN, UK
Trafalgar Square dominates the landscape at Charring Cross. It was made to commemorate the Battle of Trafalgar. At the centre is Nelson's column, which includes a statue of Horatio Nelson, the vice admiral who commanded the British Fleet at...
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Strand, London, UK
Also known as the Law Courts, the Royal Courts of Justice building is open to the public (depending upon the cases being heard) and is worth visiting for its gothic architecture. Unfortunately interior photos are not permitted. London trip report:...
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2 Caxton St, Westminster, London SW1H 0QW, UK
What I love about St. Ermin's Hotel in London: - Dramatic, recessed entrance - Easy to book with points - Convenient location is fabulous (next to St. James Park, an easy walk to Westminster Abbey, London Eye, Houses of Parliament) - Multiple...