London is home to the UK Government and Parliament, and the Queen's main residence at Buckingham Palace. London has many bus routes and an extensive underground railway network with overground rail for greater distances, and mainline terminuses for departures to UK regions. North of the city centre St Pancras station is the base for Eurostar services to Europe.
The centre of London is remarkably compact and the main sights can be visited by walking from the National Gallery and Trafalgar Square via The Mall to Buckingham Palace and via Whitehall past the Prime Minister's residence at 10 Downing Street to the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the River Thames Embankment beyond. Further afield sights such as St Paul's Cathedral, the Tower of London, and the Museums of Kensington can be reached by pubic transport. Maybe visit Greenwich, its Observatory and National Maritime Museum, by taking a river bus from central London.
London is the UK's main cultural centre with major museums and galleries including the British Museum and Tate Modern. London's Theatreland is world renowned.
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