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  • 1. Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster
    London’s most popular landmark. You need not plan a visit to it, no matter what you plan
    to do in London, you WILL see it .All major London Tour include visit to big ben. If you want to
    experience the real beauty of Big Ben be there at the West Minister Bridge or the other bank of
    River Thames during dusk. As dusk descends on the city of London, big ben clock is
    illuminated along with the Westminster Palace and the clock when viewed from the vantage
    point of Westminster Bridge makes for a truly ethereal sight. Visiting Big Ben at night, you also
    get to know whether the parliament is in session or not through the light that shines on top of
    the clock.

  • Main Attraction
    * Norman Porch * Queen's Robing Room * Royal Gallery
    * Prince's Chamber * House of Lords Chamber * Peers' Lobby and Corridor
    * Central Lobby * House of Commons Chamber * St Stephen's Hall

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    Nearby Hotels
    Park Plaza Westminster Bridge
    Westminster Bridge Road, Lambeth, London (0.5 km)

    Park Plaza County Hall
    1 Addington Street, Lambeth, London (0.6 km)

    The Royal Horseguards
    2 Whitehall Court, London (0.6 km)

    Novotel London Waterloo
    113 Lambeth Rd, Lambeth, London (0.8 km)

    Nearby Restaurants
    The Cinnamon Club
    The Old Westminster Library, 30 Great Smith Street, Westminster, London, SW1P
    Indian/South Asian Cuisine

    Inn the Park - St James's Park
    St James's Park, St James's, London,
    British Cuisine

    Nearby Bars & pubs
    Red Lion
    48 Parliament Street, Westminster, London, SW1A Map

    Rockwell
    The Trafalgar, 2 Spring Gardens, Westminster, London, SW1A

    Nearby tube/rail stations
    Westminster Tube
    St James's Park Tube

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  • 2. London Eye
    The British Airways London Eye is a massive Observation Wheel, which is located strategically
    on the picturesque South Bank of the legendary Thames River. The ethereal joy of soaring high
    above the city of London and the corresponding excitement of catching the panoramic views of one of
    the world's greatest cities is like being in seventh heaven.
    No wonder, every year, come Christmas or the New Year celebrations, London Eye becomes the
    epicenter of Britain's celebration. The wheel, the largest of its kind anywhere in the world
    is all of 450 feet in height and weighs a staggering 1600 tons.

    Nearby Attractions
    Tate Modern HMS Belfast Tower Bridge
    County Hall: The London Aquarium and Dali Universe.

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    Nearby Hotels
    Park Plaza County Hall
    1 Addington Street, Lambeth, London (0.2 km)

    Park Plaza Westminster Bridge
    Westminster Bridge Road, Lambeth, London (0.3 km)

    Swissotel The Howard London
    12 Temple Place, London (0.9 km)

    H10 London Waterloo
    284 To 302 Waterloo Road, London (0.9 km)

    Nearby Restaurants
    Chez Gérard
    Ping Pong at the Southbank Centre
    Locale
    PizzaExpress

    Nearby tube/rail stations
    Waterloo

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  • 3. Buckingham Palace
    The Buckingham Palace was built way back in 1702 and the palace also served as the residence of Queen Charlotte. Ever since its inception, the palace has undergone renovations a number of times but the original architectural grandeur has remained intact. Today, Buckingham Palace is the residential abode of the Queen and The Duke of Edinburg. Not only this, the palace also serves as the administrative headquarters of the British monarchy. As far as art and paintings are concerned, the Buckingham Palace London has one of the world's richest collections of artwork. The artworks are displayed in the State Rooms and great works of art from legends like Rubens, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Poussin and Claude can be seen at the palace.
    Main Attraction
    The Queen's Gallery The Royal Mews Annual Special Exhibition
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    Hotels
    Hilton London Green Park
    Half Moon Street, Mayfair, London (0.6 km)

    Flemings Hotel
    Half Moon Street, Mayfair, London (0.6 km)

    Rubens At The Palace
    39 Buckingham Palace Road, Westminster, London (0.7 km)

    Park Lane Mews Hotel
    2 Stanhope Row, Park Lane, Mayfair, London (0.7 km)

    Nearby tube/rail stations
    Victoria Tube
    St James's Park Tube

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  • 4. Tate Modern
    Tate Modern Gallery London is UK's national gallery of contemporary art. Located in London, Tate Modern Art Gallery London is one among the chain of four Tate galleries in UK. The Tate collection consists of some of the finest collections of British art dating back from 1500 to today's modern era.
    Tate Modern Gallery London was built in the year 2000 and stands at the site, which actually had an abandoned power station, right in central London.
    The rare Tate collection is a virtual treasure trove of contemporary art and includes stunning masterpieces of both Picasso and Matisse as also surreal collections of Dali, Ernst, Magritte and Miro. Also, under possession of Tate are significant collection of American abstract art inclusive of Pollock and Rothko. Russian and Pop art too are well represented at Tate Modern Gallery London.

    Nearby Attractions
    * Bankside Gallery * Millennium Bridge * Golden Hinde
    * Southwark Cathedral * London Dungeon * St George's Cathedral
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    Restaurants
    Cafe 2 (Tate Modern)
    Second floor, Tate Modern, Sumner Street, Bankside, London, SE1

    Cafe Level Seven
    Tate Modern, Bankside, London, SE1

    The Table
    83 Southwark Street, Bankside, London, SE1

    Leon
    7 Canvey Street, The Blue Fin Building, Bankside, London, SE1

    Bars & pubs
    Tate Modern Bar
    Nearby tube/rail stations
    Blackfriars Tube

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  • 5. Trafalgar Square
    Trafalgar Square is London's largest square and has been a favorite congregation place for the quintessential Londoners since the Middle ages. Although in those days the site was known as Charing and significantly the Trafalgar Square Tube Station is still named Charing Cross instead of Trafalgar Square.
    This beautiful square is primarily a commemoration square in honor of the then British Navy who under the astute leadership of Admiral Nelson secured a hard fought victory over the marauding Napoleon fleet in the infamous Battle of Trafalgar way back in the year 1805.
    The present Trafalgar Square once upon a time used to be the abode of King's Mews until renowned town planner and architect Charles Barry came out with a whole new scheme - "Charing Cross Improvement Scheme" and transformed this area into one of London's most picturesque squares where both resident Londoners as well as visitors from abroad could have a jolly good time.
    Nearby Attraction
    * Nelson's Column * National Gallery * Cenotaph
    * Leicester Square * The West End * St Paul's Covent Garden
    * Whitehall * Soho * Hauser & Wirth (Piccadilly)
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    Restaurants
    * National Dining Rooms
    National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London, WC2N
    * Thai Square
    21-24 Cockspur Street, St James's, London, SW1Y
    * Katana
    116 St Martins Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2N
    Bars & pubs
    * The Sherlock Holmes
    * Waxy's Little Sister
    * Lamb & Flag
    Nearby tube/rail stations
    Charing Cross Tube

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  • 6. Tower of London
    The Tower of London is one of Britain's most ancient citadels, located on the northern bank of River Thames. This magnificent castle is nestled in a sprawling 13 acres of lush green landscaped surroundings.
    Although in the days of yore, it used to be a royal retreat, now it has been converted into a museum. This intriguing castle, apart from being a royal residence has also the dubious distinction of serving as a prison and legend has it that many persons were even beheaded within the Tower's confines.
    The Tower has an intimate connection with legendary persons of the stature of Queen Elizabeth I, Sir Thomas More, Catherine Howard, lady Jane Grey, Sir Walter Raleigh to name just a few. The trademark Yeomen of the Guard are conspicuous with their Tudor garb and still provide sentry to this historical castle.
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    Restaurants
    * Wagamama
    Tower Place, Tower Hill, The City, London, EC3N
    * Tike
    5 Fenchurch Street, The City, London, EC3M
    * Rosemary Lane
    61 Royal Mint Street, Tower Hamlets, London, E1
    Nearby tube/rail stations
    Tower Hill Tube

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  • 7. The British Museum
    The British Museum was established way back in the year 1753 and today it boasts of one of the finest collections of human history and culture. Whether it is the Sloane Astrolabe or the gilded bronze figure of Tara, the British Museum has all these and much more.
    You can explore the myths of the Trojan War and even tour some of the finest specimens of glass from the British Museum Collections.
    Look at the evolution of the Olympic Games, held between 776 B.C. and AD 395 through a bewildering array of objects. There is also the Faith tour of objects relating to different faiths.
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    Restaurants
    * Wagamama
    4A Streatham Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1A
    * Hason Raja
    84 Southampton Row, Bloomsbury, London, WC1B
    * Shanghai Blues
    193-197 High Holborn, Covent Garden, London, WC1V
    Nearby tube/rail stations
    Tottenham Court Road Tube
    Russell Square Tube
    Holborn Tube

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  • 8. The Victoria and Albert Museum
    The Victoria and Albert Museum is Britain's national museum of applied arts and design. The goal of this prestigious museum is to enable the young and old alike to explore the fascinating world of designs. The museum has huge repository of collections some of which are over 3000 years and most of the artifacts come from some of the world's most cultured places.
    From architecture to ceramics and from metal works to photography, it's all here at the Victoria and Albert Museum. You will be mesmerized by ornate furniture from Europe and America from the medieval times to the present day.
    There is also an exclusive Glass enclosure that unravels the fascinating 4000-year-old evolution of Glass from the Middle East, Europe and the Western world. As far as metal works are concerned, there is a bewildering array of silver, arms, armours, enamels, brass work a and medieval metal works.
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    Restaurants
    * Racine
    239 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London, SW3
    * La Brasserie
    272 Brompton Road, South Kensington, London, SW3
    * Oddono's
    14 Bute Street, South Kensington, London, SW7
    Nearby tube/rail stations
    South Kensington Tube

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  • 9. Tower Bridge
    The Tower Bridge located in the heart of London across the River Thames, is one of the finest examples of bascule type Bridge. It's also the most distinct of London's bridges. This magnificent bridge which was built way back in 1894 primarily for the fact that the other London bridges across river Thames were increasingly overburdened with burgeoning traffic. The Tower Bridge in London is an engineering marvel, given the fact that it's not at all an easy task to construct a bridge across a river whose banks are low. One has to be careful enough to allow hassle free ship movements without any obstructions and this is the primary reason why The Tower Bridge has been built in the bascule model. The width of river Thames being 880 feet form north to south, the construction of the bridge required 235 cubic feet of Cornish granite and Portland stone, 20,00 tons of cement, 70,000 cubic yards of concrete, 31,000,00 bricks and 14,000 tons of iron and steel which is mammoth by any proportion.
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    Restaurants
    * Blue Print Cafe
    Design Museum, Butlers Wharf, Bankside, London, SE1
    * Magdalen
    152 Tooley Street, Bankside, London, SE1
    * The Garrison
    99-101 Bermondsey Street, Bankside, London, SE1
    Nearby tube/rail stations
    London Bridge Tube
    Tower Hill Tube

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  • 10. National Gallery
    The National Art Gallery London has one of the finest collections of European paintings, particularly Western European painting from 1250 to the present day. A visit to the National Gallery is an education in itself which echo's with Europe's rich history, legends and myths. With a rich collection of 2000 plus paintings which includes the works of all the renowned European School of Paintings inclusive of masterpieces by some of Europe's great artists, the National Gallery does have a magnetic appeal as far as art and culture is concerned.
    You will come face to face with the works of luminaries of the stature of Giovanni Bellini, Van Eyck, Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Holbein, Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Van Gogh, Gainsborough to name just a few. The National Art Gallery was set up with the commitment to promote and uphold Europe's rich art culture and with this in mind, the gallery has made itself accessible to one and all. There is no admission fee and it is one London Gallery, which has extended working hours.
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    Restaurants
    * National Dining Rooms
    National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London, WC2N
    * Katana
    116 St Martins Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2N
    * The Portrait Restaurant
    National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, Soho, London, WC2H
    Nearby tube/rail stations
    Charing Cross Tube
    Leicester Square Tube
    Piccadilly Circus Tube

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