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    Foundations of Britannia

    by pedersdottir Updated Apr 6, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Stroll along the Strand. At one spot the 4 C's of English history meet. The church, the corpsmen, commerce and the courts are joined right here.

    First, St. Clement Danes, Central Church of the Royal Air Force. It is a minor masterpiece by Sir Christopher Wren. Then Lloyd's Bank, representing centuries of English trade and mercantile exchange around the world. It faces the Royal Courts of Justice, separated by a sliver of road and a monument to Queen Victoria and her Prince Albert. There are sufficient historical connections along this 100 meter stretch to provide half a dozen prospective PhD's with dissertation material, don't you think?

    Lloyd's Bank facing at the Royal Courts of Justice
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    Southwark Cathedral

    by KittyLou Written Jan 4, 2004

    Favorite thing: London's oldest gothic church building and a place of worship for over 1000 years. You are more likely to visit St. Pauls or Westminister Abbey but this cathedral has charm that makes it a wonderful site to visit.

    The gift shop is delightful, especially if you like items with cats.

    The Refectory has a good and tasty selection of cakes at tea time, we just missed lunch so can not speak from personal experience on that one. However I have yet to find a cathedral refectory which didn't serve a good meal.

    Montague Close
    London Bridge
    London
    SE1 9DA
    Tel: +44 (0)20 7367 6734

    London Bridge Station

    http://www.dswark.org/cathedral/

    Fondest memory: We attended a candle light carol service the Sunday before Christmas in 2003. It was a great way to celebrate the season, even if I did leave with candle wax on my clothes. (Hotel dry cleaning services to the rescue!)

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    Queen Anne's Statue

    by littlesam1 Updated Aug 10, 2003

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    Favorite thing: It was almost impossible to get a good picture of St. Pauls due to its location. But I was able to get a good picture of the monument to Queen Anne in front of St. Pauls. The statue is an 1886 copy of Francis Bird's 1712 original.

    It was really fun to get a picture of Queen Anne's Statue because I am from Maryland. There are many things names after the Brittish royality in Maryland from colonial days. There is a Queen Anne's County on the eastern shore of Maryland.

    Queen Anne

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    Tower 8 - current residents

    by kathycollins Written Aug 9, 2003

    Favorite thing: While taking the Beefeaters tour, you can sometimes glimpse a scene of modern occupation...laundry hanging from a rooftop or a bit of a patio garden...
    The Beefeaters apartments are onsight. The job comes with accommodations at one of the most famous addresses in Western civilization!
    Do their necks itch sometimes????

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    Tower 7 - Sir Walter Raleigh's accommodations

    by kathycollins Written Aug 9, 2003

    Favorite thing: Higher ranking prisoners came with their own personal furnishings...some lengths of stay were extensive. But staying in a white collar crime prison mustn't have been too comfortable when you never knew from day-to-day if your collar was going to be emptied at the will if the Crown.

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    Tower 4 - the Royal Armor

    by kathycollins Updated Aug 9, 2003

    Favorite thing: from princely little armor to King Daddy's big, shiny armor...I guess what left the most lasting impression of my was the sizes of the armor.
    Must have been rough if you gained weight between battles and tournaments!

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    Tower 2 - the Beefeater's Tour

    by kathycollins Written Aug 9, 2003

    Favorite thing: Personable and knowledgable, the Beefeaters provide a bit of information regarding the history of this first Castle of William the Conquerer. From castle, to murder scene, to political prison, to repository for Royal Jewels...an interesting past!!!!

    Beefeater guide

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    EAST FACES IN BRITISH MUSEUM

    by Andrew_Liu Written Jul 29, 2003

    Fondest memory: Bright hall. All people here have almost east face. The whole items on display represent the east culture. Perhaps you can not consider it is in London when you see this picture in any other places. It is British Museum, room 33.
    I understand these people’s impression, because I am one of these people.
    But I should thank British museum for their useful works. They have taken very good care of these items so that we can visit these valuable cultural treasures.
    Is my opinion correct or not?

    ROOM 33 IN BRITISH MUSEUM

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    Monument

    by Andrew_Liu Written Jul 27, 2003

    Favorite thing: Memorial Column for the Great Fire.
    Built for memory of a great fire in 1666,started from a bakery and destroyed 4/5 of whole London. They say that the buildings must build by brick and stone later.
    We see a broken wall left here at the side of the Column and the scene of the fire is painted on it.

    MEMORIAL COLUMN
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    Attraction in Imperial War Museum

    by Skipka Written Jul 4, 2003

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    Favorite thing: This is a special room something like cellar where you can experience the airstrike of German planes during WW II and then to browse through the bombarded street... quite interesting but not in reality :)

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    Monument to the Blitzkreig

    by littlesam1 Updated Jun 18, 2003

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    Favorite thing: I love monuments. If you have read any of my other pages you will know that I always make room for monuments. I really like obscure monuments that you do not necessarily find in guide books. I found this one near St. Pauls cathedral. It is a monument commerating the bravery of the citizens of London during the Blitzkreig.

    Remembering the Blitzkreig

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    William III at Kensington Palace

    by littlesam1 Written Jun 11, 2003

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    Favorite thing: As I mentioned in my Kensington Palace tip, we really enjoyed out tour of Kensington Palace more than our tour of Buckingham Palace. I think it must have had a lot to do with the memory of Princess Di living here. But also Kensington Palace seemed to be more open and welcoming. Here is a picture of a memorial to William III at Kensington Palace. I definately recommend a tour of Kensington Palace to anyone visiting London.

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    Tour Guides at the Tower of London

    by syllybabe Updated Jun 8, 2003

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    Favorite thing: These guards/guides are called beefeaters (thanks phil_uk_net). They live inside the compound of the Tower of London and they're there to provide historical information and quard the grounds.
    Their spiel is pretty amusing. They tell stories of love, war, family, envy, jealousy, death, etc. in the royal family through the ages.
    This guy was so good he had all of us enthralled!

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    The British Museum: The Rosetta Stone

    by pili Updated Jun 8, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The Rosetta Stone is a stone with writing on it in two languages (Egyptian and Greek), using three scripts (hieroglyphic, demotic and Greek)
    The Rosetta Stone was carved in 196 B.C..
    and was found in 1799, by French soldiers who were rebuilding a fort in Egypt.-

    La Piedra Rosetta es una piedra escrita en dos lenguas (egipcio y griego) usando tres tipos de escritura (jeroglífico, popular y griega).
    La Piedra Rosetta fue tallada en el año 196 A.C. y fue encontrada en 1799, por soldados franceses que estaban reconstruyendo un fuerte en Egipto

    The Rosetta Stone
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    House of Parliament

    by pili Updated Jun 8, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Home of the British Government, the building is actually called the Palace of Westminster, but it is more commonly known as the Houses of Parliament.
    If you want to admire its magnificence, you can cross the River Thames to the other bank. It´s a beautiful view and one of the most famous pictures of London

    Sede del Gobierno Británico, el edificio realmente se llama Palacio de Westminster, pero es popularmente conocido como Casa del Parlamento.
    Para admirar su belleza, es mejor cruzar el río Tamésis hacia el otro lado. Desde allí puede se apreciar una bellísima vista y observar una de las postales más famosas de Londres

    House of Parliament y Big Ben
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