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London - the heart of the British spirit

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London, the biggest city from United Kindgom is the rendez vous point for milions of tourists every year.
For example only in 2007 were more than 38 milions. They came here fascinated by its history, architecture,
traditional style, the inconfundable look and feel of the city, no matter where you are from,
or what you re looking for.
London is a global city having the largest financial centre alongside with New York City. It harbour important companies and
has a diverse range of peoples, cultures and religions. It is a major tourist destination for people from all over the world.
Here are some of traditional and modern landmarks of London:

Buckingam Palace
The royal family residence. he Palace is also the administrative headquarters of the monarchy. The Queen receives visiting heads of state at the palace and it is here that the Queen holds garden parties and bestows knighthoods and other honours.
Foot Guards from the Household Division, in their distinctive red tunics and black bearskins, can be seen on guard duty outside the palace daily. The Changing The Guard ceremony now takes place only every other day in the winter but it is still daily in the summer months.

Houses of Parliament
Houses of Parliment, home of the British Government, the building is actually called the Palace of Westminster, but is more commonly known as the Houses of Parliament, due to the two parts of government that live here.
These are the elected House of Commons and the House of Lords, made up of hereditary and life peers.

Big Ben
Possibly the most famous clock face and chimes in the world, Big Ben is actually the name of the biggest bell (13.5 tons) inside The Clock Tower (320ft) which forms part of the Houses of Parliament.

Downing Street
Not open to the public although you can peer through the gates at the end of the road.
Downing Street was built in 1680. The homes of the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer are to be found at numbers 10 and 11 respectively.

London Eye
The Millennium Wheel or British Airways London Eye stands 135 metres (443 feet) high on the South Bank of the River Thames between Hungerford Bridges and Westminster. It is the world s highest observation wheel. It weights about 1,700 tones, and was asambled by sections, floating on pontoons on Thames river.
It was than raised into vertical position using powerful cranes, at a rate of two degrees / hour.

City Hall
A modern structure, located in Southwark, near Tower Bridge. Designed by architect Norman Foster and was finished in July 2002. It is the headquarters of Mayor of London and London Assembly the
components of GLA (Greater London Authority)

And there are a lot more like Fleet Street,Gray s Inn, Jewel Tower, London Bridge, Old Bailey, Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey. You should see all these with your eyes to feel and understand the british spirit and culture.

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