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Airs Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 4 p.m. on KPBS TV

Millennium Bridge across the Thames linking the city of London at St. Paul's ...

Credit: Courtesy of Rick Steves

Above: Millennium Bridge across the Thames linking the city of London at St. Paul's Cathedral with the Tate Modern Gallery at Bankside.

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.

Rick Steves: London: British Museum

London is quintessentially English, yet cosmopolitan. In this episode, we check out the new - the Millennium Bridge and the British Museum's Great Court, and admire the old - well-wrapped mummies and a rare Leonardo.

Rick Steves: London: South Bank Sites

After bantering with Beefeaters at the Tower of London, we do some riverside beach-combing. Strolling the trendy South Bank of the Thames takes us from the Tate Modern to the dizzying London Eye.

Rick Steves: London: Thames To The Tower

This episode originally aired in 2011. For lots more information, check out our best-selling Rick Steves' Great Britain guidebook — or join Rick on one of his free-spirited tours!

Rick Steves is on Facebook, Google +, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, and you can follow @RickSteves on Twitter.

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!

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