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London is instantly recognised by pictures ofthe Houses of Parliament and Big Ben in their wonderful settings by the side of the River Thames.Built by Charles Barry and August Pugin in a flamboyant neo-Gothic style between 1837-60, in recent years a major extension complimenting the original buildings has been cleverly added, and providing much needed accommodation for the politicians.

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Close by the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben is Westminster Abbey - popular for Royal Weddings and Coronations, as well as for the funerals of both Royalty and the most prominent British politicians and statesmen.

Whilst popular with both political demonstrators and tourists, Trafalgar Square, just around another corner, as it were, is dominated by the tall monument to England's greatest navel hero, Admiral Lord Nelson. On the north side of the square is the National Gallery and to the east the graceful St Martin-in-the-Fields church designed by the Scottish architect James Gibbs in 1726.

Further along the Thames is Tower Bridge, one of the famous sights of London. It is still a working bridge, and is raised several times each day for passing ships. Adjacent is the Tower of London, whose Keep was painted white by Henry III - hence its name 'the White Tower’ - here are kept the Crown Jewels.

Also nearby and crowning Ludgate Hill is St Paul's magnificent cathedral, created by Sir Chistopher Wren. The splended dome and ornate baroque bell towers were designed to dominate the City - where today major corporate offices dominate and compliment the setting for the Stock Exchange and the Bank of England.

London's many attractions may searched for within the map below.


Clicking on one of the labelled sites of interest eg 'Art Gallery' will display further information and details in depth which will help plan your visit.

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