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London with a population of 7 million people is one of the world's largest cities.

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One of the most famous landmarks in the world, Big Ben is actually the name given to the bell in the Clock Tower (320ft) part of the Houses of Parliament in London. The bell weighs 13.5 tons and chimes on the hour.

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In the Changing the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace the Old Guard exchanges duty with the New Guard. The Queen’s Guard usually consists of Foot Guards in full-dress uniform of red tunics and bearskins.

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Changing the Guard - The five regiments of the Foots Guards and the Household Cavalry make up the Household Division. They carry out ceremonial duties and also guard the Royal residences in London and Windsor.

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No 10 Downing Street is the official residence of the Prime Minister. It is also the Prime Minister's Office. There are elegant state rooms used for official functions and offices for officials who support the Prime Minister.

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A view from the Southbank, an arts complex on the south bank of the River Thames. Located here are the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal National Theatre, the National Film Theatre and the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

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Tower Bridge about 800 ft long is located near the Tower of London. It was opened in 1894. The two drawbridges can be raised in 90 seconds to allow ships to pass through the bridge

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Trafalgar Square in central London is known for its statues and fountains. Most famous is Nelson's Monument, a 172ft column. At the top is a statue of Lord Nelson the victor at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The column is guarded by four huge bronze lions.

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The Houses of Parliament or Palace of Westminster, built between 1840 and 1850, is located next to the River Thames at Westminster. Here are the House of Commons, the House of Lords, the famous Clock Tower and Westminster Hall.

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The River Thames flows through the heart of London and provides a superb view of London's many sites. Boats operate between Greenwich and Hampton Court with stops at famous landmarks along the way.

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Piccadilly Circus at the junction of five busy streets is a famous London landmark and meeting place. At its center is a bronze fountain and the famous statue of Eros.

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