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London, Rich in History

A March 2001 trip to London by Jaysour

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Quote: This was our first trip outside the United States. London surely had the history and sights to fill a week to the brim. Minus the cold and rain, it was wonderful.

London, Rich in History

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London Pay Phone Photo, London, England
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In 2001, we went to London, England. It was my first time out of the country. And what a better place than London! For 7 days, we travelled all around London to the various sights and sounds of the city. Unfortunately, we went during the foot-and-mouth disease in England, so believe it or not, a lot of the countryside was closed to tourists. But London itself had so much to offer newbies from America, from Buckingham Palace to local fish-and-chips. There is so much history in London, and that is where to start. Such places as Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Tower of London, Covent Garden, and so much more give you a real view of history. At Buckingham Palace you...Read More

English Pubs

Restaurant | "Any English Pub"

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You must make it to any pub within London and try the fish-and-chips with malt vinegar - and, of course, if you drink, enjoy a nice British brew while catching a local soccer match on the tele!

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English Pubs
Throughout London
London, England

Buckingham Palace

Attraction

Buckingham Palace Photo, London, England
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Well, of course, when in London, you must see Buckingham Palace. You can take a look at the history of the building and snap some pictures of the outside, but this is not an all day thing. We hit this first, as our hotel was like a half a mile from the palace complex.

You may want to try and come during a palace guard change and parade. But remember that it will get crowded fast, so stake your spot for your photo ops.

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Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace Road Pall Mall
London, England SW1A 1AA
+44 (207) 321 2233

Tower of London

Attraction

Tower of London Photo, London, England
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The Tower of London was a very historic area, and the great part was that most of it was open to you. It was almost like an open museum. Many of the rooms are still set in period style to show what it might have looked like back in medieval times. The great thing was that you could go at your own pace through the different buildings that make up the Tower of London complex, from the actual tower to several buildings that were used for guards and/or prisoners throughout the centuries Also within in the complex are the royal jewels, which included the crowns of many of the past kings and queens of England that ruled over the centuries. It surely brings history to the future when you ...Read More

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Tower of London
Tower Hill
London, England EC3N 4AB
+44 (207) 709 0765

Madame Tussauds

Attraction | "Madame Tussaud's Museum"

Madame Tussauds Photo, London, England
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While we had about a one-hour wait, and it was truly an experience to walk through this wax museum in London. You can see famous kings, presidents, or dictators. You make the decision.

The work and likeness of these famous people is striking. You can easily spend a good half-day just looking at the intricate workmanship of these wax figurines. From the Fab Four to Elvis himself, it is truly amazing.

All the wax people are grouped and put in settings that add to the air of the place. Enter the garden party with the likes of Governor Arnold and the singing styles of Tom Jones. From history to pop culture, it is all here.

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Madame Tussauds
Marylebone Road
London, England NW1 5LR
44 (870) 999 0046

Westminster Abbey

Attraction

Westminster Abbey Photo, London, England
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It was a cold, drizzly day in London when we went to visit Westminster Abbey. However, it did not take away from the design and sure history of this building, from the ornate woodwork to the marbled arches. And then you think back to what has happened here and who was here.

All kings and queens are buried in this abbey. As you walk along, you see the different names of royalty and realize you have stepped back in time. The decor is amazing and so ornate that it takes several minutes to stare up and round to soak it all in.

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Westminster Abbey
20 Dean's Yard
London, England SW1P 3PA
+44 (20) 7222 5152