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Icons abound in the civilised areas of Westminster and St James’. Big Ben towers over the impressive Houses of Parliament on the edge of the river. Just behind sits grand, gothic Westminster Abbey, the scene of every monarch’s coronation since William the Conqueror.

Pass the soldiers on sentry duty at Horseguards Parade and stroll down The Mall for a dramatic approach to Buckingham Palace.

All of this is surrounded by the beautiful Royal Parks of St James’, Green and Hyde Parks.

Image © VisitBritain/Pawel Libera