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London

Go for the History, Stay for the Modernity

It’s hard to pin down exactly what makes London so magical; it may be that constant jostle for balance that is unlike any in the world. Centuries-old landmarks like the Tower of London and Big Ben may grace scores of postcards, but those two chestnuts belie the vitality that causes so many stunning skyscrapers to go up every year. London may be home to the famous royals, but to a surprising extent, London is also a city of immigrants: the 2001 census shows that nearly 2.2 million people born all over the world call London home. In a city that offers both Queen Elizabeth and Kate Moss, tweed suits and Doc Martens, and lemon curd and kebabs, with a world-class club scene where young revelers stumble home on winding streets that evoke their old-world beginnings, the excitement of duality is palpable. But London’s art scene and its distinct sense of urban grittiness is increasingly tipping the scales in favor of modernity. Powerhouses like the Tate Modern and the National Theater are paving the way for a provocative, often political, always bold explosion in the arts that shames the stagnant, guarded scenes found in other parts of the world. Years of rich and poor living side by side, postwar restlessness and rebellion and London’s famously bleak weather have produced a singularly gritty edge that has influenced culture across the board. Though London will always have its grandiose past, its mark on the present and future is what truly makes it worth visiting.

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  • MEGAAAA
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  • Traumhafte Stadt, die wirklich für jeden was zu bieten! Meine Tipps: St. Paul's Cathedral, Oxford Street, Covent Garden, Westminster Abbey und die Towerbridge... und vieles mehr. Bilder in meiner Galerie.
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  • London is an amazing city! With so much history, beautiful architecture, free museums and always something happening.The only drawbacks: It's crowded The weather typically sucks It's expensive
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  • yeaaa on monday!!!!!!
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  • London einfach top
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  • Später mehr, Städtetrip nach London erst in 2 WOCHEN
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  • One of my favorite European capitals (is it the literature geek i me?) Every inch of this city is dripping with history, from the Roman ruins peeking up from behind modern buildings to the street names themselves. Brick Lane? Where they used to sell bricks. Bread Lane? Where they used to sell bread. Love Lane? I'm too polite to say. Head to London, immerse yourself in every period of world history, and make some history of your own, too, in this thoroughly glamorous modern city.
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  • Wer hier sein Leben lang nicht war, hat echt etwas verpasst!
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    awesome city
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    Multifacetted, always moving and evolving and rock'n'roll as hell: I love London....
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    It is a city that totally catches you because of the diversity of the many places to know, the kindness of its people. You can't miss: Wenmister Abbey, London Bridge, London Eye, British Museum and Madame Tussaud among other sightseeings
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    Great !
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    I loved London though the traffic is quite chaotic
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    london is just a great city, I go there every 2 weeks and always discover something new
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  • very interesting and beautiful
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    Awesome City, gerat buildings, nice people and language: all in all fantastic !
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    my absolute favorite city!! I love Sightseeing in London. I wouldn't want to live there though, it's so hectic :-D
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    AMAZING
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    I have been there in 1984 and 1986 and now I can’t explain why but I’d like to get back. Back to then you could feel the scent of the “swinging London”…
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    magic city
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  • I'm looking forward to go there http://www.weclic.net/?f/106041
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  • After 4 trips, I never tire of this city!
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  • One of the great places on earth!
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  • My nice lives south of the river . Alexisdoll is right, we had a great day south of the river by living the car parked.
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  • I spent 5 years of my life in London and it's still my favorite city in Europe! There's no other place that has so much to offer - no matter whether we are talking sightseeing, cultural activities, restaurants & bars or jobs and contracting opportunities - not to mention the colorful mix of people that makes London a truly cosmopolitan experience!
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  • I love this hell!
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    Shoppers, this city is for you! Hip and always moving, you can't get bored!
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  • Been many years since my last visit, but what a great time for people who love history. So many great attractions within a small area. Planning to go back in 2010.
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    After a first encounter in july 2008, I can tell you - London will see me again
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  • London is so fascinating city. It has many attractions like, London Eye, Tower Bridge, Tower of London, etc. Have you ever been to these places?
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