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The Cavern Club in Liverpool, England

Avid fans of the Beatles rush down Mathew Street in Liverpool to catch their first glimpse of this neon sign. On May 25, 1960, Ringo Starr made his initial appearance here playing with the Hurricanes. On February 9, 1961, the Beatles first played with Pete Best on the drums. 18 months later, Ringo joined the […]

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Landmark Buildings at Trafalgar Square in London, England

These are two of several landmarks surrounding Trafalgar Square. On the left is the National Gallery. William Wilkins’ Neoclassical design features a splendid dome and a portico supported by Corinthian columns. Inside is a collection of more than 2,300 paintings. The art museum hosts six million visitors annually. On the right is St Martin-in-the-Fields. The […]

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Fourth Plinth at Trafalgar Square in London, England

Trafalgar Square has several permanent statues, three of which are on large slabs. There was an additional pedestal that remained empty for decades. It is called the Fourth Plinth. Since 1995, it has been famous for exhibiting bold, attention-getting artwork on a rotating basis. Past sculptures include a 16.5 foot blue rooster, a child on […]

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Trafalgar Square in London, England

Trafalgar Square was constructed in 1840 to celebrate the British victory at the Battle of Trafalgar against the Spanish and Napoleon Bonaparte’s French fleet. This naval skirmish occurred in 1805 as part of the War of the Third Coalition. The square was designed by Sir Charles Barry, the same architect responsible for the Houses of […]

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White Tower at Tower of London in London, England

In a city filled with historic landmarks, the Tower of London is among its most famous. On the right is the White Tower. This 89 foot tall, central keep was ordered by William the Conqueror. Construction of the Norman castle using Caen Stone and Kentish Ragstone began around 1078. The first phase of the donjon […]

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24-Pounder Cannon at Tower of London in London, England

There are so many things to see and do at the Tower of London. That is why 2.8 million people annually visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Among the highlights are marveling at the Crown Jewels, admiring the 21 towers and learning about the fortress’ nearly 1,000 years of history. Discover the legend requiring six […]

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Tower Bridge in London, England

The Romans were the first to construct a bridge crossing the River Thames during the 1st century. Two former spans were called the London Bridge. The medieval version was constructed in 1209. The second was finished in 1831. When it came time for a replacement, it was sold to Robert McCulloch in 1968 and reassembled […]

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The Red Lion in London, England

The address of 48 Parliament Street has had an illustrious history. Dating back to 1434, there was a public house here called the Hopping Hall. During the 19th century, a previous Red Lion pub hosted famous guests such as Charles Dickens. This building was constructed in 1890. The Red Lion’s proximity to 10 Downing Street […]

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Theatre Royal Haymarket in London, England

John Potter built the Hay Market theatre in 1720 just as the West End theatre district was beginning to emerge among the squalor on Haymarket street. The Little Theatre in the Hay struggled until 1729 but then was closed in 1737 for political censorship. The playhouse reopened in 1741. When Samuel Foote acquired a Royal […]