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Lee Rigby survived a tour of Afghanistan which left seven of his comrades dead before he returned to what his family believed was the comparative safety of London.

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LONDON's tourist landmarks: Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Nelson's Column, St Paul's Cathedral and . . . Old Street station. Following our enthralling guide to the charms of Old Street (Independent Traveller, 22 January), a registered tour guide, Elizabeth Stuart, writes to say that she has added it to her London itinerary.

Courtly behaviour: Hampton Court is making use of a very old-fashioned tour company. Serena Mackesy takes a step back in time

There's a scene in the comedy Dave in which we are treated to a glimpse of a White House tour: a hatchet-faced harpie marches before a group of sheepish payees, flicking the backs of her fingers and intoning 'We're walking, we're walking'. Guided tours are things that bring back the worst childhood memories: studying the patterns on the backs of coats while an inaudible blue-rinse drones on about Regency panelling. Guided tours were designed to put the young off culture, along with children's ballet and being made to read The Mill on the Floss at the age of 10.

Architecture Update: A Wapping development

MICHAEL HOPKINS, architect of the new Glyndebourne opera house (see main feature, left), has been commissioned by News International, publisher of the Sun and the Times, to design a 60,000 m2 office complex next to its premises in Wapping, east London. This is the second attempt by the company to develop surplus land on the site. The first scheme, three years ago, foundered because of a proposal by different architects to build a 25- storey tower which the Corporation of London said would block views of the nearby Tower of London. This time the tower is only 15 storeys high, attended by three six-storey office blocks. News International is being coy about its latest venture and has denied rumours that this will be the new home of BSkyB.

Crown Jewels moved amid tight security

PART of the Tower of London was sealed off yesterday as the Crown Jewels were boxed up and moved to a new home. The Waterloo Barracks was under tight security as, inside, the world's most valuable collection of jewellery was removed from its fortified bunker 60ft below ground and transferred upstairs.

Jewels' new setting

THE Crown Jewels will be moved upstairs today from their bunker in the Tower of London to the ground floor of Waterloo Barracks. The new Jewel House will accommodate up to 25,000 visitors a day - five times the number for which the present house was designed - and will have a moving walkway at busy times.

Crown Jewels to move upmarket

THE Crown Jewels are to be moved to a new home in the Tower of London because the underground bunker where they have been on show for 30 years cannot cope with the more than 2 million visitors a year, writes Will Bennett.

Armoury museum

A museum costing pounds 42.5m is to be built in Leeds to house Royal Armoury exhibits from the Tower of London.

Architecture: Who will protect us from the protectors?: English Heritage is so powerful that architects are scared to criticise its inconsistencies, says Edmund Soane

It is as if one were writing on the Mafia. 'Our jobs are on the line,' says one well-known architect, explaining why he will not talk to the press. 'These are powerful people I'm talking about. It's too difficult to get work these days, and I don't want to upset anybody.'

Obituary: A. R. Dufty

Arthur Richard Dufty, architect and antiquary: born 23 June 1911; staff, Royal Commission on Historical Monuments 1937-73, Secretary and General Editor 1962-73, with responsibility for National Monuments Record, including the National Buildings Record 1964-73; Master of the Armouries, HM Tower of London 1963-76; CBE 1971; President, Society of Antiquaries 1978- 81; married 1937 Kate Brazley (nee Ainsworth; died 1991; one son, two daughters), 1991 Jean Hughes; died 5 October 1993.

Museums: Bridging a gap in London's history: Michael Leapman visits the exhibition at Tower Bridge that marks its centenary in 1994

TOWER BRIDGE in London prides itself on being possibly the only bridge in the world to house an exhibition. It is not difficult to work out why.

Travel Departures: Historical Top 10

THE English Heritage Monitor list of the most popular historic places with paid admission in 1992 is: 1. Tower of London (2,235,199 visitors); 2. St Paul's Cathedral (1,400,000); 3. Roman Baths, Bath (895,948); 4. Windsor Castle (769,298); 5. Warwick Castle (690,000); 6. Stonehenge (649,442); 7. Hampton Court (580,440); 8. Shakespeare's birthplace (577,704); 9. Blenheim Palace (486,100); 10. Leeds Castle (484,705).

Shinto shrine horsemen take to English field: Beneath the walls of the Tower of London, a Japanese archer at full gallop demonstrates a ritual skill born of warfare

THE ARCHER rode at full gallop, bow and arrow held high above his head until he came abreast of the target. Then, standing for a moment in the stirrups and twisting his body, he levelled his bow to shoot the arrow behind him - the classic Parthian shot, named after the hordes that conquered Iran and Iraq in the third century BC.

Architecture Update: Views of the Tower

PLANS were submitted last week to the Corporation of London to replace the 16-storey offices belonging to the insurance brokers Bowrings. The S-shaped building will be replaced by two five- to six- storey triangular buildings linked by a glazed atrium. Demolishing the existing building will open up a view of the Tower of London from the Monument. A public space around All Hallows Church will serve as a backdrop for cafes, bars and exhibitions.

BOOK REVIEW / Intrigue, infighting and cold sausage rolls: Jeremy Paxman on George Brown, whose career was a triumph of chippiness - 'Tired and Emotional: The Life of Lord George Brown' - Peter Paterson: Chatto & Windus, 20 pounds

MY FAVOURITE George Brown story concerns a visit as British Foreign Secretary to Latin America. Brown arrived at a diplomatic reception with everyone resplendent in evening dress, medals and all. Generals, their wives and mistresses filled the hall. Swaying across the room to an apparition in purple, he asked whether the lovely lady would care to dance.

Letter: British bastions take a vulgar turn

Sir: Is there to be no end to the humiliating vulgarities permitted, encouraged or imposed upon our cities and institutions by this Government? For instance:
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