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London in a Day

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The ArcelorMittal Orbit is the tallest sculpture in the United Kingdom and is made of 57 percent recycled steel.


ArcelorMittal Orbit This new 115-meter-high sculpture is London’s largest-ever piece of public art, a tribute to the 2012 London Olympics.

Dukes Bar in St. James Savor a true James Bond moment over a dry martini in Dukes Bar, where Bond author Sir Ian Fleming wrote the line “shaken, not stirred.”

Camden Markets With over 1,000 shops and stalls open every day but Dec. 25, you can find the perfect unexpected souvenir and (why not?) a pair of Wellingtons.

Houses of Parliament Take in Big Ben and the neo-Gothic glory of the Houses of Parliament from the south side of Westminster Bridge (across the Thames).

Nightly Art Crawl A bit of a secret: Various London museums and galleries stay open late one night of the week. Wander The National Gallery or the Tate, attend a film or workshop or sip wine.

This article was first published in January 2013 in Traveler. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.