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Tower of London (home of the Crown Jewels) and Tower Bridge,London

Tower Bridge - was built to allow increasing pedestrian & road traffic to cross the Thames. Being further downstream than London Bridge; it also allowed tall-masted ships to pass underneath. Horace Jones came up with the idea of a 'bascule' bridge ('bascule' is French for 'see-saw'). It took 8 years to build, 4 years just for the piers it stands on. Without Scuba gear, divers wore leather 'wetsuits', metal helmets & used airtubes to breathe. SE1, Tower Hill Tube. By The Telegraph, 2011.

St. Pancras Station/Chambers - after its 800 million pounds renovation, it was recently described as "..the world's most wonderful railway station." The Renaissance Hotel is suitably grand and it's the main terminus for high-speed rail links to Paris and the rest of Europe. N1, King's Cross/St. Pancras Tube.

Westminster Cathedral - often missed by visitors, this striking neo-Byzantine style cathedral was completed in 1903 and is home to the Catholic Church in England and Wales. The campanile (bell tower) is open to the public and offers tremendous views over Westminster. SW1, Victoria Tube.

Portobello Market - home of the antiques market, pastel coloured townhouses and fresh fruit stalls. Hugh Grant wooed Julia Roberts with his foppish stammering in the movie "Notting Hill". His shop was along Portobello Road and all the outdoor scenes were shot on location. W10 Ladbroke Grove Tube. By JenniPenni on Flickr, 2008.