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There is no place in the world like London, with its unique mix of ancient history and modern marvels. The city is chock full of buildings that have witnessed important events in history, from the crowning of kings to the beheading of queens. Then get out of the city to experience Oxford and Blenheim Palace.
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  • Museums
  • History
  • Architecture


  • Spend hours at the British Museum, which has artifacts from the world's greatest civilizations, including the Elgin Marbles, the Rosetta Stone, and the Sutton Hoo treasure.
  • Tour Westminster Abbey, which has witnessed 14 royal weddings and 38 coronations. More than 3,000 people are buried here, including great kings.
  • The Tower of London, a splendid hodgepodge of ancient buildings, is home to the Crown Jewels. Anne Boleyn and others were beheaded here.
  • If you need to recharge after all the sight-seeing, head to one of London's four central parks, all within walking distance. Choose from Regent's Park, Hyde Park, St. James's Park, and Green Park.


  • The Proms is a series of classical music concerts which take place May through September throughout London.
  • The Notting Hill Carnival, held each August, is Europe's biggest street festival.

Side Trips

  • Spend a day visiting Oxford, and don't miss historic Magdalen College and Christ Church. Then head to nearby Blenheim Palace, the baroque masterpiece where Winston Churchill was born.

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