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As if there's not enough to see and do on a trip to London!

After all, if you had five years for a vacation, you might perhaps be able to see about half of what London has to offer, and, in Summer of 2012, they hosted the Olympics!

Well, whether you care about the Olympics or not, no matter your personal tastes - whether it be for modern or classical art, museums or monuments, zoos or gardens, nightclubs, theater, music, and on and on - it's here in abundance.

A perfect blend of the ancient and modern, London exudes Old World charm at the same time it functions as a hip, hot, high-rollin' seat of power, influence, and affluence in the 21st century.  Modern London has over 200 galleries and 300 museums, and 150 events a day to interest the traveler. One could see the Tower of London and the Crown Jewels in the morning and the Tate art museums in the afternoon. Or visit Parliament early then shop at Harrods later.

Westminster Abbey is the historic, hallowed, and haunted burial place of kings and paupers, poets and scientists.  It lies only a short distance from the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace. Cathedrals and churches that rival the best that France or Italy have to offer are here as well, especially the one you must see, St. Paul's Cathedral.

For those who might have enjoyed a visit to Wall Street in New York, London has its own, and much older, version in The City. This modern financial hub actually has roots that go back thousands of years, to a time before money was even invented.

There are inns galore, many dating back a thousand years or more, and several outstanding parks, such as St James, Hyde Park or Regents with the famous gardens and the even more famous zoo. Holland Park has an opera house and Japanese gardens and Kensington the amazing gardens and the Royal costume collection.

Speaking of gardens, be sure not to overlook Covent Garden. Not really gardens at all, the area is actually a spectacular array of theaters, shops and more where street performers (buskers) compete with restaurants, bars, clubs and shops for the attention of the tourists...and their dollars, euros, or coin of other realms. The Royal Opera house is here as well, for those who prefer a different style of entertainment than the aforementioned venues might afford.

London's famous outdoor markets also go back centuries.  Antique hunting at Portobello Road is unmatched anywhere else, on or off the continent. Borough Market has been thriving here for over a thousand years. The atmosphere in some of these outdoor markets is almost like a Moroccan bazarre.

And, for those who like their burgers bizarre, you can get an ostrich patty cooked to taste.

After all that shopping, one is bound to be hungry and tired. It's time to head to The West End which offers a variety of pubs with a broad range of prices...and quality of cuisine. After the meal, and beverage(s), of choice, the weary traveler can see a show that rivals the best Broadway has to offer. Many shows, and performers, actually get their start in London and later travel "across the pond" to New York.

As you would expect in such an ancient and history filled place, museums abound in London. The Victoria & Albert, named for the famous 19th century queen and her consort, the Natural History and Science museums, and the world-renowned British Museum could each easily form a day's excursion.

As great as the old ways are, however, newer attractions arealso worthwhile. The London Eye, built at the turn of the millennium, continues to attract visitors as if 2000 wasn't already years in the city's past. It touts the world's largest ferris wheel and a 30-minute boat ride in a glass gondola that offers views of Big Ben and the River Thames. And the Tate Modern, opened in the same year features Picasso, Matisse and other famous names of 20th century art.

So, once you've managed to explore all of these sites thoroughly, come back and we'll lay out another five years of places to see and things to do.

St. Paul's Cathedral

Buckingham Palace

Tower of London

Elfin Oak of Kensington Gardens

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Harrod's Department Store

Hyde Park

Kensington Palace and Gardens

Kew Palace and Gardens

Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and London Planetarium

Piccadilly Circus

Royal Observatory, Greenwich

The West End

Trafalgar Square

Westminster Abbey



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London - Olympics - Tower of London - Crown Jewels - Tate Museum - Parliament - Harrods - Westminster Abbey - Buckingham Palace - St. Paul's Cathedral - St. James - Hyde Park - Regents Park - Holland Park - Kensington - Royal Costume Collection - Covent Garden - The Royal Opera - Portobello Road - Borough Market - The West End - Victoria & Albert - Natural History and Science Museum - The British Museum - The London Eye - World's Largest Ferris Wheel - Big Ben - River Thames

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