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The 'United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland' (commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK, or Britain) is a country and sovereign state located off the northwestern coast of continental Europe. It is an island country, spanning an archipelago including Great Britain, the northeastern part of the island of Ireland, and many small islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK with a land border with another sovereign state, sharing it with the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the UK is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the North Sea, the English Channel and the Irish Sea. Great Britain is linked to France by the Channel Tunnel.

The United Kingdom is a constitutional monarchy and unitary state consisting of four countries: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It is governed by a parliamentary system with its seat of government in London, the capital, but with three devolved national administrations of varying powers in Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh, the capitals of Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland respectively. The Channel Island bailiwicks of Jersey and Guernsey, and the Isle of Man are Crown Dependencies, which means they are constitutionally tied to the British monarch but are not part of the UK. The UK has fourteen overseas territories that are not constitutionally part of the UK. These territories are remnants of the British Empire, which at its height in 1922 encompassed almost a quarter of the world's land surface, the largest empire in history. British influence can still be observed in the language, culture and legal systems of many of its former colonies.

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Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, usually referred to simply as Kew

Dover Castle

Dover Castle is situated at Dover, Kent and has been described as the

Calton Hill

Calton Hill () is a hill in central Edinburgh, Scotland, situated

Inverforth House

Inverforth House (formally known as The Hill) is a large detached

Big Ben

Big Ben is the nickname for the great bell of the clock at the

Tower of London

Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress, more commonly known as the

Barbican Centre

The Barbican Centre is a performing arts centre in the City of London

Giant's Causeway

The Giant's Causeway (Irish: Clochán an Aifir or Clochán na b

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle, in Windsor in the English county of Berkshire, is the

Royal National Theatre

The Royal National Theatre (generally known as the National Theatre)

Royal Academy

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Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace is a royal palace in the London Borough of

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a scientific centre for the

Dunnottar Castle

Dunnottar Castle is a ruined medieval fortress located upon a

York Museum Gardens

The York Museum Gardens are botanic gardens in the centre of York,

Fistral Beach

Fistral Beach is in Fistral Bay (Cornish: Porth an Vystel, meaning

Linlithgow Palace

The ruins of Linlithgow Palace are situated in the town of Linlithgow,

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The Grand at Trafalgar Square

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Clarendon Serviced Apartments - Chandos Place

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Citadines Trafalgar Square London

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LSE Northumberland House

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