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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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 Britain tours!

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

Rick Steves: London: Thames To The Tower

Rick Steves: London: South Bank Sites

Rick Steves: London: British Museum

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