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Tilbury (London), England, United Kingdom

Located on the Thames River, London is the largest city in Europe, sprawling over more than 600 square miles. Unlike most European capitals, London has almost no grand boulevards, planned for display. The exception is the Mall, running from Admiralty Arch on Trafalgar Square to Buckingham Palace. It was specifically designed for heraldic processions and stately occasions and, in a typically British way, is surrounded by gardens and lined with spreading trees. Apart from this one extravagance, present-day London still largely reflects its medieval layout, a bewildering tangle of streets with its origin in the one square mile beside the Tower of London, known as 'The City.' London is an ancient city, wearing its 2,000 years of history with dignity. Though constantly undergoing renewal of some sort, the city carefully guards its reminders of its past. Alongside modern skyscrapers are the crumbling remnants of the city's Roman wall. Norman London is evident in William's White Tower and in the oldest stones and tombs of Westminster Abbey. A few medieval churches, The City's oldest pub and the timbered Elizabethan facade of Staple Inn recall London before the Great Fire of 1666. Stately Georgian squares of the 18th century survive in the fashionable West End, and the neo-Gothic style of the 19th century is common. The newest additions are gleaming glass and steel towers, which have begun to dominate the face, if not the character, of London. A riverside walk is sure to delight with such sights as the Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, the Houses of Parliament with Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and numerous others. There are indeed endless things to see and do, a fact substantiated by as many as 24 million visitors each year. But in the midst of all those millions, life goes on as it has for centuries. Whether your interests center on the past or the present, on the arts, on shopping, theater or architecture, London has it all. The city fully justifies Dr. Johnson's famous dictum that 'When a man is tired of London he is tired of life.' In-transit passengers should consult the Shore Excursion Office for sightseeing opportunities. Land Package participants may check with the Cunard Line Hospitality Desk in their hotel for available tours.




Tilbury (London), England, United Kingdom