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London

Known for Museums, Theaters and Historical Buildings

Big Ben, Nelson’s Column, the Tower of London and Abbey Road; every corner in London has a tale to tell.

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London is home to more than 8 million people, including the world's most famous royal family. It’s a city constantly on the move, in part due to the exceptional London Underground, red double-decker buses and famous black cabs.

Lining the banks of the River Thames, London’s skyline is a hybrid of historical and contemporary architectural treasures. Some of the old-world gems include Westminster Abbey, the iconic Big Ben clock, and Tower Bridge. Visit the London Eye observation wheel for the perfect bird’s-eye view of the city. You won't miss the skyscraper nicknamed “The Gherkin” for its distinctive shape or the most recent addition to the skyline, the futuristic-looking Shard.

For art and science institutions, the city is a goldmine. Put aside at least a few hours for the British Museum, where treasures from around the world are on display. Join more than 4 million other art lovers that visit Tate Modern every year. Dramatically set in the old Bankside Power Station, it displays modern artworks from paintings and installations to performance, light art and music.

Divided into a wide variety of culturally diverse districts, London is a favorite for foodies. Choose from Michelin-star restaurants in Kensington, Chelsea and Knightsbridge. In Notting Hill and Soho you’ll find innovative bistros and gastropubs. Feast on dim sum in Chinatown, sit down to a spicy Indian curry along Brick Lane, or grab a plate of paella in Covent Garden.

Those in need of retail therapy won’t be disappointed either. London is home to some of the world’s most celebrated department stores. These range from luxury specialists such as Harrods in Knightsbridge to Selfridges, the largest department store on Oxford Street.

When the sun breaks through the clouds, head to Trafalgar Square or Piccadilly Circus, where people-watching is at its best. Soak up the sun on the lawn at one of London’s largest green spaces, Hyde Park.

And of course, a visit to London would be incomplete without a trip to Buckingham Palace. Head here at 11:15 a.m. to see the age-old tradition of the changing of the guard, which happens every day except during the winter months.

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Once the private hunting grounds of a king, London's most famous park is today a place where everyone can enjoy gardens, monuments and music performances. 

Ascend to the observation deck of one of the tallest skyscrapers in Europe for unparalleled views of the London cityscape.

Britain’s most famous home, the luxurious personal residence and workplace of Queen Elizabeth II, is open to all.

One of London’s most resounding landmarks is a treasured emblem of England.

One of the world’s most well-preserved medieval castles, this historic building is known for its fascinating and gruesome history.

Created as the focal point of Britain’s millennium celebrations, today this architectural wonder offers a world of entertainment under one enormous roof.

Climb aboard this observation wheel for the best bird’s-eye view of the British capital. 

Originally created as a “cabinet of curiosities,” Britain’s oldest museum has grown into a treasure house of humanity’s greatest achievements.

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The Heathrow Express is the fastest and most convenient way to travel from Heathrow Airport, connecting to Central London in just 15 minutes.

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The world of Harry Potter awaits. Explore the extravagant sets and props that helped bring the magic to life in the Warner Bros. films at the studio where Hogwarts and Diagon Alley were created for the big screen.

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Hop on an open-top tour bus to explore London by night. Be amazed at the way the city comes to life under the light of the streetlamps. Keep your camera at hand to snap a photo of the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Big Ben and the Parliament Buildings, and the spinning and colorful London Eye.

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Add a little British flair to your French vacation by taking a day trip across the Channel to London. A quick and easy ride on the Eurostar makes for a hassle-free outing, leaving you to focus on enjoying the trip, whether you want to sip high tea, grab a pint in a pub, or look down over Parliament from the London Eye.

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Venture outside of London to soak up the history and culture beyond the city limits. Step onto the royal grounds of Windsor Castle early in the morning to avoid the crowds, ponder the mysteries of Stonehenge, and roam the UNESCO-listed stone streets of Bath after lunch in traditional English pub.

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Stroll along the fashion-packed windows of the Champs-Élysées, admire the architecture of the Arc De Triomphe, and get up-close looks at masterpieces lining the halls of the Louvre. Travel by train from London to Paris and enjoy a 2-course lunch in the iconic Eiffel Tower on this romantic day trip.

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