LONDON TRAVEL RECOMMENDATIONS

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    Take a stroll through St. James Park on your way to Buckingham Palace.
    There's a lot of nature and ponds here. Even swans. You might also here the term 'the Mall' thrown around. This is not a shopping center. The Mall is the street with a bunch of state buildings on it like Parliament or the Prime Minister's house.
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    Visit Buckingham Palace
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    Look around in the National Gallery
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    Go to the Covent Garden Market for lunch and light shopping
    This place is really similar to the Quincy Market in Boston
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    Enjoy some lunch at a Pret a Manger; there's one on every corner
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    Go for a ride on the London Eye
    That big Ferris wheel
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    Take a ferry ride down the River Thames
    You can ride under all the famous bridges, most ferry drivers will give you a little tour of what you're passing by (Note: London Bridge is not impressive even though there's a song about it)
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    Take a Jack the Ripper tour
    At night
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    Go into Kings Cross Station and get a picture running into Platform 9 & 3/4
    They have a whole setup here. A gift shop, there's a cart with luggage halfway through the wall, you can pick which scarf you want to wear, and a photographer will take a pic for you!
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    Take walk through the different buildings in the Tower of London
    This building had been used as a prison, royal residence, armory, and a treasury.
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    View the Crown Jewels
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    Visit Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
    You can even catch a show in warmer months
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    For dinner grab some Bangladeshi curry
    This is one of England's national dishes
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    Walk across Abbey Road
    Note: this is an actual road that car drive across. You do not have the right of way.
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    Take a tour of Westminister Abbey
    I definitely recommend a guide to explain some of the art
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    Watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace
    This takes place every other day starting around 11. There's a whole parade with the Ceremony. Similar to the one in Ottawa, but this is 100 times better
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    Take a picture with one of the guards
    Watch out for their horses though
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    Visit the iconic Tower Bridge
    I recommend at night when it's lit up
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    Go to Piccadilly Circus
    This is London's Times Square. Just a little smaller.
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    Grab a pint at a pub.
    Do this just to do it. There are different beer selections, a lot I've never heard of but go for it.