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London

One of the greatest cities of the world, London can be big and bustling on the one hand and small and charming on the other. Perhaps the best way to see many of the cities great buildings is take one of the frequent ferryboats from Westminster Pier all the way down through the heart of the city to Greenwhich. The lively commentary provided by the boatmen and the chance to take some refreshment is an ideal way to orientate oneself.

The trip back from Greenwhich can be taken on the Docklands Light Railway a modern transit system that winds through the modern developments in the docklands before arriving at Tower Gateway, right back with the origins of London and close to the "Square Mile" as the financial centre is known.

There are also open topped tour buses operating around the heart of London, another good way to become acquainted with this great city. The attractions of London are too numerous to enumerate here, but a visit could not be complete without a trip in a black cab surely the quintessential trip for any visitor, try a short ride say from the Tower to St Paul's Cathedral through the city.

To venture further out of London by hire car the visitor must remember that a congestion charge is levied in the central area. Take care to pay all charges promptly as late payments incur steep fines, which will be passed onto the hirer by the car rental company.

Once out of the city and in the beautiful English countryside there are many delightful areas near to London worthy of a day trip, the North or South Downs or the Chilterns are ideal for an upland stroll for example. The low countryside of the Fenland to the northeast by way of a contrast offers much to the visitor along with the cities of Cambridge or Ely.

The World Heritage Sites of Bath and Stonehenge are easily reached as a dray trip and well worth the effort.

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