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Old Guard Meets Vanguard

Balance out the old-guard appeal of Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the Victoria and Albert Museum with new landmarks such as the London Eye, the Tate Modern and architect Norman Foster’s "Gherkin" office tower. London never fails to excite the senses and stimulate the mind.
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Wimbledon tennis championships in London
Wimbledon Tennis Tournament

Wimbledon Tennis Tournament

Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and attracts more than 450,000 spectators every year. 960 1280

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Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova of Russia serves to Sabine Lisicki of Germany during their singles match at the 2012 Wimbledon tennis championships. 960 1280

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Serena Williams

Serena Williams

American Serena Williams celebrates after defeating Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan in the 2012 singles tournament at Wimbledon. 960 1280

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All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club

All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club

A woman crosses a footbridge to enter the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, where the Wimbledon tournament takes place. 960 1280

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Tennis Fans

Tennis Fans

Spectators swarm the courts to get a view of their favorite tennis players in action. 960 1280

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Wimbledon Spectators of All Ages

Wimbledon Spectators of All Ages

A crowd watches a tennis match on a big television screen outside the stadium. 960 1280

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Murray Mound

Murray Mound

Fans sit on Murray Mound — also known as Henman Hill — to watch the 2012 men's singles match between Britain’s Andy Murray and Cyprus’ Marcos Baghdatis on a giant TV screen. 960 1280

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Heather Watson

Heather Watson

British tennis player Heather Watson serves the ball during her third-round match against Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships. 960 1280

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Men’s Doubles Match

Men’s Doubles Match

Eric Butorac and Jamie Murray thank the chair umpire after their second-round doubles match against Michael Llodra and Arnaud Clement in 2012. 960 1280

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Camping Out

Camping Out

People arrive to camp out so they can get a good spot in the line to enter the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club for the Wimbledon matches. 960 1280

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Crowd Celebrates Win

Crowd Celebrates Win

Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic celebrates with his trophy on the clubhouse balcony in front of a bank of fans after winning the singles final against Switzerland’s Roger Federer on July 6, 2014, in London. 960 1280

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Murray Mount Crowd

Murray Mount Crowd

Spectators watch a giant TV screen showing Andy Murray during his 2013 men's semifinal match against Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz. 960 1280

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Kvitova vs. Safarova

Kvitova vs. Safarova

The Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova (foreground) returns the ball to fellow Czech Lucie Safarova during their semifinal on July 3, 2014. 960 1280

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Court 3

Court 3

Court 3 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club — which was formerly Court No. 2 — was rebuilt starting after the 2009 championships, and the first match was played on the new court during the 2011 tournament. 960 1280

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Fred Perry Statue

Fred Perry Statue

A statue was erected to commemorate Fred Perry, a British tennis player who won 16 tennis titles, including 3 consecutive singles Wimbledon championships in 1934-36. 960 1280

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Singles Competition Trophies

Singles Competition Trophies

Lucky tennis players get to walk away with one of these trophies after several arduous matches. In the photo above, these prestigious awards are on display during the Wimbledon Championships 2012 winners’ ball at the InterContinental Park Lane Hotel. 960 1280

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London
London

London

Debbie and Basil Rudawsky travel to London for a kids-free, 5-day romantic getaway. With a budget of $10,000, the couple is ready to splurge in celebration of their wedding anniversary, so they want to make sure they’re well taken care of. 960 1280

  

Sanctum Hotel

Sanctum Hotel

Debbie and Basil’s first stop is the Sanctum Hotel in London’s SoHo – a 4-star boutique hotel converted from 2 historic townhouses and known for its hip clientele. A luxury junior suite will cost the Rudawskys $4,500 for their 5-night stay. 960 1280

Sanctum Hotel  

Sanctum Hotel

Sanctum Hotel

The Sanctum SoHo is known for its edgy rock-and-roll glamour. 960 1280

  

Sanctum Hotel

Sanctum Hotel

At the No. 20 restaurant at the Sanctum Soho Hotel, Debbie and Basil sample different varieties of Jack Daniels – a different take on traditional afternoon tea. While the Rudawskys enjoy getting out of their comfort zone, the rock-and-roll glamour of the Sanctum SoHo isn’t quite Debbie’s style. But the hotel scores on budget and location. 960 1280

  

Debbie and Basil can’t wait to start their romantic, kid-free getaway. But first, they’ll have to decide where they’ll be staying. 960 1280

  

Pennyhill Park Hotel

Pennyhill Park Hotel

Basil and Debbie’s next stop takes them out to the English countryside to Pennyhill Park Hotel and Spa, where more traditional luxury and 45,000-square-feet of spa facilities grab Debbie’s attention. Unfortunately, this regal retreat will cost the Rudawskys $12,000 for their 5-night stay. 960 1280

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Pennyhill Park Hotel

Pennyhill Park Hotel

The Rudawskys love the regal feel of the Pennyhill Park Hotel, but Basil isn’t thrilled that it’s located almost an hour west of central London. 960 1280

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Pennyhill Park Hotel

Pennyhill Park Hotel

Pennyhill’s general manager gives the Rudawskys a tour of the 5-star luxury hotel. 960 1280

  

Pennyhill Park Hotel

Pennyhill Park Hotel

While at the Pennyhill Park Hotel, the Rudawskys go clay pigeon shooting. 960 1280

  

Stafford Hotel

Stafford Hotel

Debbie and Basil’s last stop brings them to the Stafford Hotel in central London’s historic St. James neighborhood. The Stafford is known for its classic luxury, as well as its 300-year-old wine cellar. A historic luxury suite in the small, intimate hotel will cost $6,500 for Debbie and Basil’s 5-night romantic getaway. 960 1280

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Stafford Hotel

Stafford Hotel

The Rudawskys enjoy a traditional afternoon tea at the Stafford Hotel. 960 1280

  

Stafford Hotel

Stafford Hotel

The world-famous American Bar at the Stafford Hotel. 960 1280

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The Rudawskys explore London as they try to make a decision. Will it be the sprawling resort in the English countryside, the rock-and-roll boutique hotel or the more traditional historic hotel? 960 1280

  

London Eye

London Eye

The Rudawskys call the “winning” hotel while on the London Eye. Find out which one they pick on Top Spot: London. 960 1280

  

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