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Have you dreamed of visiting London, but felt it would take a week or longer to sample its historic sites? Think again. You can experience some of London's best in just a couple of days.
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• Thames River Walk. Take a famous London Black Cab to the Tower of London. The ride is an experience, not just a taxi. (15-30 min.)
• Explore the Tower of London. Keep your tour short, but be sure to check out the Crown Jewels. (1-2 hrs.)
• Walk across the Tower Bridge. It's the fancy blue one. (15 min.) From here you get the best view of the Tower of London for photos.
• Cross over to Butler's Wharf and enjoy lunch at one of the riverfront restaurants near where Bridget lived in Bridget Jones's Diary. (1.5 hrs.)
• Keeping the Thames on your right, you'll come to the warship HMS Belfast. Tours daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (30 min.-1 hr.)
• Walk up London Bridge Street to find The Borough Market. Used in countless films, it is said to be the city's oldest fruit and vegetable market, dating from the mid-1200s. (1 hr.)
• Back on the river, you'll discover a tiny ship tucked into the docks: a replica of Sir Francis Drake's Golden Hind, which braved pirates in the days of yore. (15 min.)
• Notable London pubs are situated along the route and are good for a pint, a cup of tea and a deserved break. Kids are welcome.
• Continue on to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, rebuilt recently to its original splendor. A tour of the building is well worth it. (1 hr.)
• Tate Modern. A massive power station is now home to the world's largest Modern Art gallery. Up top is a café. On your right is the contemporary Millennium Bridge. Modern marvel or sadly unattractiveyou decide. (30 min.)
• Around the bend towers the newly famous London Eye. Built for the millennium celebration, the Ferris wheel boasts non-stop glass capsules. Buy tickets online beforehand. (1-2 hrs.)
• Cross the Westminster Bridge to Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. (1 hr.)
• DinnerDuck into an Indian curry house for a truly British experience. Gratuity is included.
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London's fantastic museums, markets and theaters beckon. Try to squeeze in severalor leisurely explore just a few.
• London Theatre. Plan ahead. Discount tickets should be purchased in Leicester Square (open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-7 p.m. Sun.) at the official TKTS office or visit theater box offices. Times and prices are posted. Beware of unofficial half-price ticket vendors, whose prices will be higher. (1 hr.)
• Buckingham Palace. Get there by 11 a.m. to watch the changing of the guard. (1 hr.)
• British Museum. (Free) Tucked away off Russell Square, view the Rosetta Stone and an amazing cache of Greek, Egyptian and Old World artifacts. (1-3 hrs.)
• Victoria and Albert. Giant columns and ancient sculptures are reconstructed complete to scale. Kids love it.
• Late LunchHarrods' Food Hall. Superb building, and the food hall is a treat. (1 hr.)
• Piccadilly Circus. London's Times Square is a carnival of cars and crowds. (20 min.)
• Trafalgar Square. Famous fountains and lots of pigeons. (20 min.)
• Covent Garden. The old market in central London features street performers, shops and restaurants. Best in the evening before the theater and a close walk to Leicester Square. (1 hr.)
• London Theatre. Arrive on time, most shows begin promptly. Dress casual. (3-4 hrs.)
• DinnerMany great Central London restaurants are open late for "theater hours."
• St. Paul's Cathedral. Best to view at night when brilliantly lit. (1 hr.)
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