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A Guide to the Best Places to Visit in London, England
The city of London hosts a variety of activities and sights to keep the curious and the adventurous occupied throughout their stay. Whether you're taken with the life and times of royalty or simply want to enjoy the famous nightlife, there's something here for you.

One of the items on any tourist's itinerary is often the Tower of London. The ancient fortress stands on the banks of the River Thames and has served as everything from a royal palace to a prison to an arsenal and even as a jewel house. It has also been used as a royal mint, royal armory, royal zoo, and royal observatory. Here, visitors can view the Crown Jewels featuring some of the world's largest diamonds. The Tower of London has a macabre history, but only seven people are said to have died here.

Buckingham Palace is home to the royal family whenever they visit London. Some of the state rooms are open to the public, giving you a glimpse of the lifestyle and environs. If you see the Union Jack flying, it's a sign that the Queen is currently in residence. The Changing of the Guard is a great tourist attraction that begins at 11.30 am.

For the more politically inclined, take a look at the Palace of Westminster, which is home to the Houses of Parliament. Perhaps a more recognizable feature of the palace is the huge clock tower that holds the Big Ben bell, which chimes every fifteen minutes.

Tower Bridge is another famous London landmark. Completed in 1894, it has high-level access walkways that the public can use to catch spectacular photo opportunities of London city and the River Thames. The walkways are wide enough to accommodate events. It is an inspiring sight to watch the Tower Bridge open up to allow tall vessels to pass onward to the Port of London.

Trafalgar Square at the heart of London hosts two large fountains and Nelson's Column—a commemoration to Admiral Nelson's victory over Napoleon near Cape Trafalgar. The body of Admiral Nelson now rests directly beneath the centre of the dome in St. Paul's Cathedral, which was built by Sir Christopher Wren. The dome is second in size to the great dome of St. Peter's in Rome. Many historical events took place at the Cathedral including, more recently, the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
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