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London: My mandatory stop( Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times )
After several trips to London, I've hit all the basics. So I'm always eager to tramp around a neighborhood that's new to me. (Last time, it was Hoxton and Shoreditch, still trendy after two decades of creeping hipsterism.) But before I leave, some unseen force drags me down into a tube station and forces me onto a train bound for Westminster, in the middle of everything. Then I get off the train and stand around under Big Ben, for no reason except that it makes me feel like I'm in England. Not a bad feeling. Shot in 2011.
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