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London is the capital and largest city of  United Kingdom, and the largest city in western Europe. Situated on the River Thames in South-East England, Greater London has an official population of roughly 7.5 million people (07) —although the figure of over 14 million for the city's total metropolitan area more accurately reflects London's size and importance. London is historically one of the great "world cities" and remains a global capital of politics, culture, fashion, trade and finance.  London is a major tourist destination, with four world heritage sites and numerous iconic landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and the London Eye among its many attractions, along with famous institutions such as the British Museum and the National Gallery. Its main geographical feature is the River Thames which runs through the city from the southwest to the east. More information here and here.

London Eye - Millenium Wheel

The London Eye, also known as the Millennium Wheel, is an observation wheel that completed construction in 1999. As of June 2007, it is the largest observation wheel in the world. The London Eye has become the most popular paid for UK visitor attraction, visited by over 3.5 million people a year.

Houses of Parliament by night

The Palace of Westminster, also known as the Houses of Parliament or Westminster Palace, in London is where the two Houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (the House of Lords and the House of Commons) meet to conduct their business. The palace is one of the largest Parliaments in the world. The layout of the Palace is intricate, with its existing buildings containing nearly 1,200 rooms, 100 staircases and well over 3 kilometres of corridors.

Big Ben by night

The Clock Tower is a turret clock structure at the north-eastern end of the Houses of Parliament building in Westminster often mistakenly called "Big Ben" which is actually the main bell housed within the Clock Tower. The tower was raised as a part of Charles Barry's design for a new palace, after the old Palace of Westminster was destroyed by fire on the night of 16 October 1834. The tower is designed in the Victorian Gothic style, and is 96.3 metres high.

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge over the River Thames. It is close to the Tower of London, which gives it its name. It has become an iconic symbol of London. In the second half of the 19th century, increased commercial development in the East End of London led to a requirement for a new river crossing downstream of London Bridge. A traditional fixed bridge could not be built because it would cut off access to the port facilities in the Pool of London.

The Shard

The Shard also referred to as the Shard of Glass is an 87-storey skyscraper in London that forms part of the London Bridge Quarter development. Standing approximately 306 metres (1,004 ft) high, the Shard is currently the tallest building in the European Union.

Soutwark Bridge

Southwark Bridge is an arch bridge in London for traffic linking the district of Southwark and the City across the River Thames.

The Shard

The glass-clad pyramidal tower has 72 habitable floors, with a viewing gallery and open-air observation deck – the UK's highest – on the 72nd floor, at a height of 244.3 metres (802 ft).

Tower Bridge

Construction started in 1886 and took eight years with five major contractors and employed 432 construction workers. The bridge was opened on 30 June 1894 by the Prince of Wales.

Tower Bridge

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is the official London residence of the British monarch. The Palace is a setting for state occasions and royal entertaining and a major tourist attraction. It has been a rallying point for the British people at times of national rejoicing and crisis.

London Eye

The London Eye stands 135 metres high on the western end of Jubilee Gardens, on the South Bank of the River Thames.

London Eye by night

London Eye by night

London Eye

London Eye

London Eye at Chrismas time.

Millenium Bridge

The Millennium Bridge, officially known as the London Millennium Footbridge, is a steel suspension bridge for pedestrians crossing the River Thames.

London Millennium Footbridge

Construction of the bridge began in 1998, with the opening in June 2000.

Piccadilly Circus

Piccadilly Circus is a famous traffic intersection and public space of London's West End. Built in 1819 to connect Regent Street with the major shopping street of Piccadilly. The Circus is close to major shopping and entertainment areas in a central location at the heart of the West End.

Piccadilly Circus by night

Its status as a major traffic intersection has made Piccadilly Circus a busy meeting point and a tourist attraction in its own right. The Circus is particularly known for its video display and neon signs mounted on the corner building on the northern side, as well as the Shaftesbury memorial fountain and statue known as 'Eros'.

The Science Museum

The Science Museum on is part of the National Museum of Science and Industry. The museum is a major London tourist attraction. The Science Museum now holds a collection of over 300,000 items.

St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul's Cathedral is an Anglican cathedral and the seat of the Bishop of London. The present building dates from the 17th century, and is generally reckoned to be London's fifth St Paul's Cathedral.

St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul's Cathedral is built of Portland stone in a late Renaissance style. It rises 108 metres to the cross at its summit, making it a famous London landmark.

St Paul's Cathedral

The Whispering Gallery runs around the interior of the Dome and is 30 m above the cathedral floor. It is reached by 163 steps from the Cathedral Floor. It gets its name because a whisper against its wall at any point is audible to a listener with their ear held to the wall at any other point around the gallery.

View from St Paul's Cathedral

443 steps from the Cathedral floor you reach the Golden Gallery that offering panoramic views across London.

Tower of London

The Tower of London is often identified with the White Tower, the original stark square fortress built by William the Conqueror in 1078. The Tower's primary function was a fortress, a royal palace, and a prison.

Tower of London

A fine armour collection from the Royal Armouries

Hyde Park

Hyde Park is one of the largest parks in central London, England and one of the Royal Parks of London, famous for its Speakers' Corner. Hyde Park is 1.4 km˛. The park has become a traditional location for mass demonstrations.

Hyde Park

Italian Gardens

Regent's Park

Regent's Park is one of the Royal Parks of London. The 2.0 km˛ park is mainly open parkland which supports a wide range of facilities and amenities including gardens, a lake with a heronry, waterfowl and a boating area, sports pitches, and children's playgrounds. The north-east end of the park contains London Zoo. There are several public gardens with flowers and specimen plants, including Queen Mary's Gardens.

Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium is a football stadium in Wembley outside London. With 90,000 seats the stadium has the second largest capacity in Europe, and the largest in the world with every seat under cover. Following its opening, it has often been referred to as the "new Wembley Stadium" to distinguish it from the original stadium. The stadium is also the most expensive stadium ever built (798 Million GBP). The new Wembley stadium was opened in March 2007.

The Tube

London has one of the most comprehensive public transport systems in the world. The London Underground - also known popularly as "The Tube" - has trains that criss-cross London in the largest underground rail network anywhere in the world (it was also the first, the first section of the Metropolitan Line dates back to 1863). The Underground serves 275 stations and runs over 408 km of line. As of March 2007, just over 3 million passengers use the Underground each day, with an average of 3.4 million passengers on weekdays.

Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds is a famous wax museum in London with branches in a number of major cities. It was set up by wax sculptor Marie Tussaud. Madame Tussaud's wax museum has now grown to become a major tourist attraction in London, incorporating the London Planetarium in its west wing. Today's wax figures at Tussauds include historical and royal figures, film stars, sports stars and famous murderers.

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square is a square in London that commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar (1805), a British naval victory of the Napoleonic Wars. The original name was to have been "King William the Fourth's Square", but George Ledwell Taylor suggested the name "Trafalgar Square". The square, a popular site for political demonstrations, is the site of Nelson's Column, and related sculptures of note.

Hungerford Bridge

The Hungerford Bridge is a steel truss railway bridge flanked by two more recent, cable-stayed, pedestrian bridges that share the railway bridge's foundation piers, and which are named the Golden Jubilee Bridges.

Hungerford Bridge

The Albert Memorials

The Albert Memorial is situated north of the Royal Albert Hall. It was commissioned by Queen Victoria in memory of her beloved husband, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha who died in 1861. Opened in 1872, with the statue of Albert ceremonially "seated" in 1875.

Westminister Abbey

The Collegiate Church of St Peter, Westminster, which is almost always referred to by its original name of Westminster Abbey, is a mainly Gothic church, on the scale of a cathedral just to the west of the Palace of Westminster. It is the traditional place of coronation and burial site for English monarchs. The stone Abbey was built around 10451050 by King Edward the Confessor. The work continued between 1245-1517 and was largely finished by the architect Henry Yevele.

The Shard

The Shard

The glass-clad pyramidal tower has 72 habitable floors, with a viewing gallery and open-air observation deck the UK's highest on the 72nd floor, at a height of 244.3 metres (802 ft).

Hungerford Bridge


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