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London Eye
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London Eye
Once the world's tallest observation wheel, the London Eye has 32 sealed and air-conditioned capsules, each holding up to 25 people. It is located near Waterloo and the River Thames. A full rotation on the Eye takes 30 minutes and gives you a 360° view of London.
Kew Gardens
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Kew Gardens
Kew Gardens occupy a whopping 121 hectares and have been on UNESCO's World Heritage List since 2003. The abundant flora and fauna will make you forget that you're in the London metropolis! Inside the gardens, you'll find an 18th-century Chinese pagoda, ornamental buildings, speciality plant houses, and a breathtaking treetop walkway that runs through the canopy of a forest glade and consists of a 200-metre walkway 18 metres above the ground. The grounds are also home to Kew Palace, initially bought by George III as a palace for the royal children. Many princes and princesses have been raised here. Later, it was put into use as a summer residence for the British Royals.
Madame Tussauds
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Madame Tussauds
This venerable institution combines modern celebrity with historical figures, sports legends, silver screen icons and cultural giants. You’ll even find a brand new Meghan Markle, Theresa May and Donald Trump.
Tower Of London
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Tower Of London
Though most famous for the imprisonments and beheadings held there it has, at various times, served as the royal residence, mint, menagerie, armory, observatory and as the holding place for the Crown Jewels - a function it still serves. Legend has it that six ravens must guard the tower at all times, or else the kingdom (as in United Kingdom) will fall. The ravens are still there, and so is this nearly thousand year old complex of stocky stone structures.
The View from the Shard
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The View from the Shard
The 95-story Shard was designed by world renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano. This architectural marvel is the tallest building in the European Union, and its distinctive shape has redefined the London skyline. If you visit The View From The Shard, you'll get a breathtaking 360-degree view of London from more than 300 meters above the city.

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Founded in 1828, ZSL London Zoo is the world’s oldest scientific zoo and is today involved in progressive conservation programs to protect African elephants, black rhinos and many other species. At the zoo you’ll find a whole plethora of animals – over 750 species – and one very special family of silverback gorillas, led by Kumbuka and his mate Mjukuu.
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Built between 1886 and 1894, Tower Bridge is undoubtedly a symbol of London. This combined Victorian-era bascule and suspension bridge crosses the River Thames, connecting two central London boroughs. Due to the iconic visual status of Tower Bridge, it is often confused with London Bridge, which is situated some 0.5 miles upstream.
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Westminster Abbey is a grand, predominantly Gothic abbey church located in the City of Westminster, London. It is one of the UK's most renowned and recognizable religious buildings as well as the traditional place of coronation and the burial site for British monarchs. The 700-year-old abbey welcomes more than 1.5 million visitors every year.
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Stonehenge

Ever heard of Woodhenge or Clayhenge? Of course you haven't! That's because, of all the henges in the world, Stonehenge is the undisputed champion. Full of mysteries - both mystical and architectural - a visit to Stonehenge is guaranteed to leave you marveling at the fortitude, ingenuity and resourcefulness of the ancients.
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At Queen Victoria's behest, the State Rooms of Kensington Palace were opened to the public in 1899, on her 80th birthday. Since then it's been both a private residence for the royal family and a public museum. In fact, it's where Prince William lives with the Duchess of Cambridge and their three kids. Though you won't bump into them in the hallway, a visit here is still a fascinating window into the lives of royals past and present.
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With over one million visitors a year, The SEA LIFE London Aquarium is one of the UK's premier marine life attractions. Conveniently located on the ground floor of County Hall on the South Bank of the River Thames in central London, it's just a stone's throw from the London Eye and a great way to relax amidst the buzz of London.
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Planning your London visit

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Public Transport

London is a complicated web of tubes, trains and buses. It's all quite well connected, but getting from one side of town to the other can take a long time (and likely involve a few transfers of transport lines). The key to success is to group your activities together geographically, so that you don’t have to double back into an area you’ve already visited. It’s also worth investing in an Oyster Card or daypass. Buying tickets every time you get on a bus or tube will drain the pounds out of your pockets at a depressing rate.

A Royal Affair

As we all know, it doesn’t get more British than the Royal family! Her majesty Queen Elizabeth and Co have called Buckingham Palace their home for centuries, and the UK’s capital is filled with monuments dedicated to their majestic monarchy. Now you can follow in the footsteps of Tudor kings and queens at Hampton Court and Kensington Palace, and even see this special family’s working stables, before oohing and aahing at the glittery finery of the crown jewels themselves in the iconic Tower of London.

Weather

London is famed for its pea soup fog - even inspiring the name of the London Fog coat company. But in March to October the weather can actually be pretty warm. That’s when Londoners pile onto terraces and into parks. Winter time can get cold and - especially - wet. In addition to warm jacket, scarf, gloves and hat, bring waterproof shoes. Or better yet, boots. Of course, at just about any time of the year the weather can change quickly, so even if it’s a warm spring day, it’s a good idea to bring a sweater or light coat along.

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Museums

On Dec 1, 2001 the British Government scrapped entry charges to many of Britain’s best museums and galleries. Any visitor to London should take advantage of the opportunity to see as many as possible. The British Museum is full of fantastic art and artifacts - including the original Rosetta Stone that allowed researchers to crack the code of Egyptian hieroglyphics. The Natural History Museum contains some 70 million plant, animal, fossil, rock and mineral specimens. As well, the Tate Gallery and Tate Modern always delight.

Sport City

For the sports-savvy traveller, London is brimming with unmissable athletic attractions, no matter who they support. Naturally, soccer devotees are well-served, with Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge, Arsenal’s Emirates, and the historic Wembley Stadium all offering special guided tours and behind the scenes treats, but the Kia Oval is also a wonderful introduction to the most British of sports: cricket. The 2012 Olympic stadium is now open to the public and houses a variety of eye-catching attractions – like the stomach-churning ArcelorMittal Slide.

West End

New York has Broadway, London has the West End, and… well, there is no third place; London is one of the two best places in the world to see theater (or as Londoners say: “thee-ah-tre”). Highlights include the evergreen Lion King (20+ years and counting), tear-jerking Les Miserables, and everyone’s guiltiest pleasure, Mamma Mia. Most of the restaurants in the Theatre District have a 'pre-show menu', designed to get you well-fed and out the door in time for the curtain to part.

Tower of London

The Tower of London has served at the center of royal power struggles for almost a thousand years. The power it holds is so great that there are six ravens that guard the tower at all times. Legend has it that if they fail to keep dutiful watch, the kingdom (as in United Kingdom) will fall. And that's just one of the fascinating doom-mongering legends attached to this place. What else would you expect from a place that's haunted by (among others) Henry VI, Anne Boleyn and a polar bear?

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