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When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life. For there is in London all that life can afford.

—Samuel Johnson,1709-1784  
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Architect Sir Charles Barry conceived Trafalgar Square as a British version of an Italian Piazza, a place where masses of Londoners could gather together for meetings and celebrations.  
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Care for a pint, mate? The Greater London area contains an estimated 1,700 public houses—otherwise knows as pubs—each stocked with a wide variety of local brews.  
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London literally glows with tradition, yet simultaneously vibrates with all that is urban hip. Visitors can watch the changing of the guard or take a spin on the tube, the first subway ever built. But it's not often you get a bit of both in one shot.  
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The Thames Barrier, completed in 1982, protects England's capital from tidal flooding. After a disastrous flood in 1953, the government appointed a 'barrier committee.' It took almost thirty years to build on that was both practical and attractive.  
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Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant acquainted moviegoers with Notting Hill, but London's Bohemian district was fashionable long before the flick. The area houses mansions of many celebrities and is also home to the trendy Film Café.  
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Westminster Abbey has witnessed much of England's history. Nearly 1,000 years old, the church was once the political center of the kingdom. The church is also a royal resting place—saints, bishops, authors, and kings are buried there.  
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