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RICK STEVESEUROPE: London: Royal And Rambunctious

Airs Saturday, October 2, 2010 at 5 p.m. on KPBS TV

Rick Steves visits a cheese shop in Neal's Yard, London, England.

Credit: Rick Steves

Above: Rick Steves visits a cheese shop in Neal's Yard, London, England.

Rick Steves advocates smart, affordable, perspective-broadening travel. As host and writer of the popular public television series "Rick Steves' Europe," and best-selling author of 40 European travel books, he encourages Americans to travel as "temporary locals." He helps American travelers connect much more intimately and authentically with Europe — and Europeans — for a fraction of what mainstream tourists pay.

App for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android

The Rick Steves Audio Europe app organizes Rick's vast and varied library of audio content into geographic-specific playlists so you can enjoy ready access to the information that relates specifically to your travel plans. You'll get Rick's self-guided tours for dozens of Europe's top museums, sights and historic walks — plus 200 tracks of travel tips and cultural insights from his radio show — all for FREE! View a demo

In this episode, we whisper secrets across the dome of St. Paul's Cathedral and eat our way through Soho. Then we check out the treasures of the new British Library, roll with the drums at the Changing of the Guard, and cruise the Thames to Kew Gardens.

Rick's Travel Philosophy:

Travel is of the last great sources of legal adventure. Travel is intensified living, with maximum thrills per minute. It's recess, and we need it. Experiencing the real Europe requires catching it by surprise, going casual...Through the Back Door.

Rick Steves is on Facebook, and you can follow @RickSteves on Twitter.

Rick Goes On A Soho Dinner Crawl

Rick Explores Treasures Of The British Library

The British Library — Britain's national archive — houses over 12 million books and a roomful of treasures, including the Magna Carta, Gutenberg Bible, Handel's Messiah, da Vinci's Notebook, and the original Alice in Wonderland. For more information on the "Rick Steves' Europe" TV series — including episode descriptions, scripts, participating stations, travel information on destinations and more — visit

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