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London City Breaks

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London is a fantastic destination for a city break whatever the time of year. In fact, weather hardly matters at all in London as there is so much to see and do.

The South Bank makes a good starting point for a walk to see many of the famous sights. Along the bank of the River Thames there are entertainers galore at the weekends, as well as various festivals, such as the Chocolate Festival or Food Festival. Near to the Southbank Centre is the London Eye, a huge wheel with "pods", or capsules, which hold about a dozen people or so. There are some spectacular views over the city when you get near the top.

From the South Bank you can also see the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. It`s only a short walk over one of London`s many bridges and you`re right there. Or you might venture slightly further down along the river to Somerset House, where you can enjoy a coffee on the terrace or go inside to see an exhibition of photography or art.

You can travel on the Underground, also known as the Tube and get to your destination very quickly. But it is fun to go by bus too, as you`ll see many of the sights for the price of just a bus ticket. Buses are so frequent in London that you usually don`t even have to bother with a timetable.

A walk down Piccadilly means you`ll come across Fortnum & Mason, a high-quality shop known for its world-class culinary delights. Take a peep as well into Burlington Arcade, where you`ll find many shops which have been there for centuries. In St James is London`s oldest wine merchant, Berry Brothers & Rudd, where you will receive a warm welcome and can even see some of the shop`s original dust which they`ve kept on the old shelves there.

Not far away from the river is Covent Garden. This is an amazing part of London, with a huge indoor market as well as outdoor stalls selling everything from clothes to food. You`ll find jugglers, musicians and street entertainers almost any day of the week in this historic place which was once home to London`s largest fruit-and-vegetable market.

London is a city of entertainment. Theatreland, near Covent Garden, is home to the world`s best known theatres. There are some exciting shows, many of which have been running for years, such as Agatha Christie`s Mouse Trap. In London, there are always ways to keep prices low by taking advantage of vouchers or special offers.

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