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London, England


DOVERThe history, grandeur and glamour that is London is one of life's great experiences. From world-famous architectural landmarks to groundbreaking cultural trends, from the ever-alluring opportunities in theatre, shopping, and museums to the always-fascinating doings of Queen Elizabeth and the Royal Family, this electrifying world capital never ceases to amaze, captivate or inspire all who visit.

The gateway port to your London adventure is Dover, the shortest crossing point between Britain and the continent. The picturesque, towering "White Cliffs" that surround the channel display a memorable spectacle, even when no bluebirds are in sight.

No matter how many times you've seen pictures of Buckingham Palace, nothing compares to viewing the neo-classical beauty in person. This grandest of all royal residences is over 360-feet long and contains some 600 rooms. Located in a 40-acre garden, it has been the monarchy's main home since King George III purchased it in the 18th century. The changing of the guard just before noon is one of the world's most famous displays.

St. Paul's Cathedral, the great Gothic masterpiece of Sir Christopher Wren, and Westminster Abbey, with its identical square towers and superb archways, are two of the greatest examples of ecclesiastical architecture. The most important rituals take place in the Abbey, (most of England's rulers were crowned and lie buried here), and nearly every great figure in English history has left his or her mark here, from Shakespeare to Winston Churchill, Queen Victoria to Princess Diana.

With over 1,000 rooms, the Gothic Revival-style House of Parliament is one of the world's largest and most elegant government buildings, and the clock tower at the eastern end houses the world's most famous timepiece, “Big Ben.” Equally impressive are the Tower of London, built by William the Conqueror in 1067 and home to the crown jewels and the famous Beefeater Guards, and the towering Nelson Column at the center of Trafalgar Square.

No visit to London would be complete without a trip to Harrod's. Created by Henry Charles Harrod in 1849, the impressive department store in fashionable Knightsbridge draws thousands through its doors each day. Everything imaginable is under its roof, including superb food courts.

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