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Bench with a view, London Nights

Nowhere else does London's history come to life so vividly as it does in this minicity of 20 towers filled with heraldry and treasure, the intimate details of lords and dukes and princes and sovereigns etched in the walls (literally, in some places), and quite a few pints of royal blood spilled on the stones. Don't forget a visit to the Tower of London.

Tower of London London Review

Tower Bridge,London

Tower Bridge by Ahmed Mahfouz | 500px

{London Underground, Piccadilly Line}

Sherlock Holmes Pub, London

Standing 591-feet tall, with 41 floors is London’s skyscraper known as The Gherkin (yes, like the cucumber). The modern tower was carefully constructed with the help of parametric modeling amongst other math-savvy formulas so the architects could predict how to minimize whirlwinds around its base. The design’s tapered top and bulging center maximize ventilation. The building uses half the energy of other towers the same size.

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Twinings Tea, The Strand, London. The founder of Twinings was Thomas Twining. He opened Britain's first known tea room at No. 216 Strand, London, in 1706; it still operates today. The firm's logo, created in 1787, is the world's oldest in continuous use.

Twinings Teashop, The Strand, London