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London is the capital of the United Kingdom. Its population is about 10 milion (with suburbs).London is situated on the river Thames in south-east England. The great fire in 1666 destroyed almost all the city,nobody died. In London we can for fast transport go by the Underground. In Lond are 3 airports. The most important are Heathrow and Gatwick.

The only part in the Houses of Parliament which escaped the fire was Westminster Hall. There is also a famous clock-tower with Big Ben it´s characteristic bell-ringing.
Whitehall is the street where the government offices are.
10 Downing Street is the official home of British Prime Ministers.
Westminister Abbey was founded in the 11th century. Britain´s Kings and Quens are crouned here. England´s greatest poets,artist,statesmen and other famous people are buried here in the Poet´s Corner.

St. Paul´s Cathedral is one of the largest cathedrals in the world. Sir Christopher Wren rebuilt in the 17th century. The Cathedral is known for it´s Whispering Gallery.
The City has many banks (the most important is the Bank of England).
The Tower served as royal palace first,then prison and fortress. It is a museum now.
Tower Bridge is one of the most famous symbols of London. It can open in the middle.
Trafalgar Square with it´s fountains is a very popular place for various meetings and demonstrations.
The National Gallery is in Trafalgar Square.

The British Museum is the largast museum in the world. It houses the biggest collection of all kinds of animals and minerals and rocks.
Buckingham Palace is the Queen´s residence. The Queen lives here. At the same time reign Victoria´s.
The most famous shopping centres in London are in Piccadilly Circus,Regent Street and Oxford Street. The largest park is Hyde Park.
Past Office Tower The is the tallest building in Great Britain. London is the centre Britain´s theatre life. The most important are The National Theatre. The main concert halls are the Queen Elizabeth Hll, the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Festival Hall.

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