About London, England
History and tradition greet you at every turn in London; it's also one of the coolest, most modern cities in the world. If London contained only landmarks such as Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace, it would still rank as one of the world's great destinations, but Britain's capital is much more. People come to glimpse the royals and stop by hot galleries; to take in theater and trendy shops; to sample tea and scones or cutting-edge cuisine. When you need a break from the action, pop into a pub, relax in a park—or take a walk and make London your own.
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Things You Can't Miss
The Shard is an over-1,000-foot tall pointy glass edifice — home to offices, eateries and more. Book a trip to the 72nd floor for a 360-degree view.
Grab a “cuppa” and a bacon roll at one of only 14 left. These small sheds have served hot food and tea to London’s beloved cabbies since the 1870s.
It’s happened every night since the 14th century: The main gates of the Tower of London are secured and locked with great pomp and circumstance.
Whether it's your first or fifth visit to these iconic places, you'll find them as delightful as ever — and less of a strain on your wallet.
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The once-seedy East End is spruced up. Visit Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, home of the 2012 London Games. A steel observation tower is due in mid-2014.
Don't miss these top stops like South Bank and Westminster Abbey on your visit to the UK capital.
For good food at great prices in a friendly atmosphere go to Malabar in Notting Hill. You can’t go wrong if you pick lamb with yogurt and mint.
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A passport and any necessary medication are just a few items needed when traveling internationally.
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