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The long shadow of government falls over these parts, beautiful as they are. Protesters and wannabe Guy Fawkeses head to Parliament Square, where they can harangue whichever bunch of jokers are ensconced in the Houses of Parliament. Get away from tourists at the tiny St. Stephen's Tavern, or grab a classy cocktail at The Cinnamon Club. If you must shop, head to Victoria Street.




         



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Posted By:  Anne Seymour
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Big Ben
There are some cultural icons which are worth sacrificing to the tourists. Let the visiting hordes whirr contentedly in the London Eye, and they'll keep their backpack-wearing, wrong-side-of-the-escalator-standing habits out of our way everywhere else. But Big Ben is another matter. It may be a flirt, with its phallic protrusion on the skyline and its seductive dongs making it the most popular symbol of London overseas, but really it's all ours--the ultimate Not For Tourists attraction. Yes, the tourists can block the traffic islands to get their hilarious photos of the clocktower coming out of their head, but going UP Big Ben? Dream on, Johnny Foreigner: that's a little treat just for UK citizens. Overseas visitors can't actually get inside it (an approach which a few more British girls may like to adopt). So if you ever fancy making a tourist drop their fish and chips in open-mouthed envy, just ask your MP to schedule a tour (they're obliged to help arrange bookings: tax well spent). The waiting list is between 3-6 months, but it's free, and it's BIG BEN.





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