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Places of interest in London

There are a lot of places of interest in London. They are all worth seeing. On the north side of Trafalgar Square stands one of the world's greatest art galleries. The National Gallery represents all schools of Western painting from the Italian Primitives to the early 20th century. Portraits by Reynolds and Gainsborough can be seen here.

Since the time of William the Conqueror, the Tower of London has served as a fortress, a royal residence, treasury, mint and prison. Here many people were imprisoned and beheaded. Now it's a museum. There is a legend about the Tower. It says that the Tower will fall if it loses its ravens. So the birds are carefully guarded.

St. Paul's Cathedral is the largest and the most magnificent church of the city. The High Altar forms a memorial to those who died in the two World Wars. The Victoria and Albert Museum exhibits the finest examples of applied and decorative arts to be found in the western world. It has collections of furniture, jewellery, costumes, musical instruments and metalwork.

The Barbican centre was opened by the Queen in 1982. It includes a concert hall, the home of the London Symphony Orchestra, two theatres, three cinemas and an art gallery. Trafalgar Square is famous for its pigeons, demonstrations and New Year revelries. Whitehall contains many government offices. Downing street at number 10 contains the Prime Minister's residence. Fleet Street is famous for its newspapers' offices and agencies. Piccadilly Circus is one of London's busiest road-junctions. It's always full of cars and people, as there are many theatres, shops and restaurants there. The statue of Eros is in the middle of Piccadilly. One of the beautiful things in London is Madame Tussaud's museum. It contains wax figures of famous and infamous people of the past and present. The Chamber of Horrors is of particular interest. At the Royal Ballet Company, many famous singers have regularly sung there, such as Caruso, the great Russian Shalyapin and many other world-famous performers, from all over the world.

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