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Day 3: Tour British Library, St. Paul’s Cathedral (following The City Walk), and Museum of London. Enjoy a Shakespearean play at Shakespeare’s Globe (19:30). Dive into Soho for London’s liveliest night scene and a memorable dinner. indd 21 10/22/08 11:24:35 AM 22 Rick Steves’ London Orientation Daily Reminder Sunday: The Tower of London and British Museum are both especially crowded today. The Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park rants from early afternoon until early evening. These places are closed: Banqueting House, Sir John Soane’s Museum, and legal sights (Houses of Parliament, City Hall, and Old Bailey; the neighborhood called The City is dead).

See page 49. sBuckingham Palace Britain’s royal residence with the famous Changing of the Guard. Hours: Palace—Aug–Sept only, daily 9:45–18:00; Guard—May–July almost daily at 11:30, Aug–April every other day. See page 56. sOld Operating Theatre Museum 19th-century hall where surgeons performed amputations for an audience of aspiring med students. Hours: Daily 10:30–17:00. See page 71. indd 43 10/22/08 11:24:42 AM 44 Rick Steves’ London Winston Churchill Sights (1874–1965) As the 20th century dawned, 25-year-old Winston Churchill became famous.

Buy boat tickets at the small ticket offices on the docks. While individual Tube and bus tickets don’t work on the boats, an Oyster card or Travelcard can snare you a 33 percent discount on most cruises (just show the card when you pay for the cruise). Children and seniors get discounts. You can purchase drinks and scant, pricey snacks on board. Clever budget travelers pack a picnic and munch while they cruise. 80 roundtrip, one-way included with Big Bus London tour; covered by £10 “River Red Rover” ticket that includes Greenwich—see next paragraph; daily April–Oct roughly 10:00–21:00, until 18:00 in winter, every 20 min).

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