The Palace of Westminster as seen from Westminster Bridge. The present-day Palace of Westminster was constructed after the Great Fire of 1834.

The Palace of Westminster as seen from Westminster Bridge.  The present-day Palace of Westminster was constructed after the Great Fire of 1834.

Jim on Westminster Bridge with the Palace of Westminster and Big Ben in the background.

Jim on Westminster Bridge with the Palace of  Westminster and Big Ben in the background.

Closeup of the Big Ben clock. The Elizabeth Tower was completed in 1859 and the Great Clock started on 31 May.

Closeup of the Big Ben clock. The Elizabeth Tower was completed in 1859 and the Great Clock started on 31 May.

Winston Churchill statue in Parliament Square outside of the Palace of Westminister.

Winston Churchill statue in Parliament Square outside of the Palace of Westminister.

Olympic flag exhibit in Parliament Square, we were there right before the games started.

Olympic flag exhibit in Parliament Square, we were there right before the games started.

North Entrance to Westminster Abbey.

North Entrance to Westminster Abbey.

Closeup of area above the north entrance to Westminster Abbey.

Closeup of area above the north entrance to Westminster Abbey.

London "bobby" in Trafalgar Square.

London "bobby" in Trafalgar Square.

Admiralty Arch which provides road and pedestrian access between The Mall, which extends to the Southwest, and Trafalgar Square to the Northeast.

Admiralty Arch which provides road and pedestrian access between The Mall, which extends to the Southwest, and Trafalgar Square to the Northeast.

Nelson Monument in Trafalgar Square, London.

Nelson Monument in Trafalgar Square, London.

The British Museum.

The British Museum.

British Museum: Winged human-headed lion, Assyrian (865-860 BC) from Nimrud Northwest Palace.

British Museum: Winged human-headed lion, Assyrian (865-860 BC) from Nimrud Northwest Palace.

British Museum: Lely's Venus" - once owned by painter Sir Peter Lely (1618-80). Acquired from collection of King Charles I after his execution. Roman copy of a lost Greek original - probably 0-200 AD.

British Museum: Lely's Venus" - once owned by painter Sir Peter Lely (1618-80). Acquired from collection of King Charles I after his execution. Roman copy of a lost Greek original - probably 0-200 AD.

British Museum: Elgin Marble panel, depicting priestesses, wise men and heroes assembling before L>R Hermes, Dionysus, Demeter & Ares on the East Frieze of the Parthenon, Greece, 447-432 BC.

British Museum: Elgin Marble panel, depicting priestesses, wise men and heroes assembling before L>R Hermes, Dionysus, Demeter & Ares on the East Frieze of the Parthenon, Greece, 447-432 BC.

British Museum: Elgin Marble panel, depicting L>R the sacred robe of Athena held up by cult officials & Athena & Hephaistos on the east frieze of the Parthenon, Greece, 447-432 BC.

British Museum: Elgin Marble panel, depicting L>R the sacred robe of Athena held up by cult officials & Athena & Hephaistos on the east frieze of the Parthenon, Greece, 447-432 BC.

British Museum: Elgin Marble panel, depicting a chariot scene at the Parthenon, Greece, 447 BC - 432 BC.

British Museum: Elgin Marble panel, depicting a chariot scene at the Parthenon, Greece, 447 BC - 432 BC.

British Museum: Elgin Marble panel, depicting a Centaur and Lapith at the Parthenon, Greece, 447 BC - 432 BC.

British Museum: Elgin Marble panel, depicting a Centaur and Lapith at the Parthenon, Greece, 447 BC - 432 BC.

British Museum: Elgin Marble panel, North Frieze of the Parthenon, Greece, 447 BC - 432 BC.

British Museum: Elgin Marble panel, North Frieze of the Parthenon, Greece, 447 BC - 432 BC.

British Museum: a Caryatid from the Erechtheion, the Acropolis, Athens, Greece, around 420 BC.

British Museum: a Caryatid from the Erechtheion, the Acropolis, Athens, Greece, around 420 BC.

British Museum: Pottery cup, bottom view, made in Athens ca. 420 BC during the Peloponnesian War with Sparta, a rare depiction of war scenes from the time.

British Museum: Pottery cup, bottom view, made in Athens ca. 420 BC during the Peloponnesian War with Sparta, a rare depiction of war scenes from the time.