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The magical Thames.
The magical Thames.
The London Eye overlooking the Thames.
Inside the Millennium Dome.

New London

Thursday, August 31, 2000
And you thought you'd seen all London had to offer. Well here she is, bigger, brighter and bolder than ever before. Find yourself a deal and head back over.

London is a city steeped in history. Every corner you turn presents more old buildings to admire.

However, the city is changing. More than $15 billion has been spent to spin London into the 21st century and a new London has emerged, using the best in British design and architecture.

The best way to take in the evolution of London is to start at Westminster Bridge and walk along South Bank and Bankside to the Tate Modern. From there you can cruise in comfort to the Dome, passing under London Bridge and Tower Bridge.

The Tate Modern is the latest addition to the Tate family of galleries. Originally the Bankside Power Station, $400 million has stylistically refurbished it and it is now home to some of the most significant contemporary art in the world.

The 135m British Airways London Eye cost more than $253 million. Looking like the world's largest bicycle wheel, the observation wheel is ridden by 100,000 people a week. That earns the owners $2.5 million a week! A rotation takes about half an hour, with the 32 capsules taking up to 25 passengers each.

So many of London's familiar landmarks can be seen from the Eye: Charing Cross Station, the Ritz Hotel, St James Park, Buckingham Palace, the Treasury, Downing Street and Big Ben.

The Millennium Dome, with a roof covering about nine hectares, is the largest structure of its kind anywhere in the world. More than half the cost of building the Dome came from the National Lottery. It has become the United Kingdom's No. 1 pay-to-visit attraction.

The Dome is an acrobatic extravaganza with 14 interactive zones scattered around its edges. At the heart of the Dome is the Millennium Show, a high-energy show with dancing, flying performers, special visual effects and a powerful soundtrack by Peter Gabriel.

Other exciting things to explore are a tour through the human body, a voyage through space, a trip to a British seaside resort and an evocative visit back to school, complete with smells and sounds. You can even blow £1 million and see what would happen if everyone did that. See how an earthquake on the other side of the world affects your bank account.

There are loads of other attractions near the Dome: the National Maritime Museum, the Cutty Sark Clipper, HMS Belfast, Elthan Palace and Tower Bridge.

Location

London, England.

Cost

Qantas Holidays have packages to London including return economy air travel, a one-night twin-share stopover in Singapore staying at the New Park Centra, Plaza Parkroyal or Copthorne Orchid on the outward journey, return coach transfers between the airport and hotel, one night in London twin-share at the Thistle Lancaster Gate Hotel. Prices start at $1649 per person twin-share for travel between November 1-15, 2000, and January 16-February 28, 2001.
Conditions and seasonal surcharges apply.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.

More information

Qantas Holidays: 13 1415
British Tourist Authority: 02 9377 4400
Web: www.visitbritain.com/au

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