London adds to its landscape

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LONDON -- This city hardly lacks for stunning eye-catchers in the landmarks department.

From the London Eye Ferris wheel to Westminster Abbey and the tower housing Big Ben, the British capital brims with iconic sights old and new.

Still, London's city planners keep trying to best themselves, and there's much ado on the architecture and infrastructure fronts this year and next.

Visitors will no doubt wonder what the giant, egg-shaped structure looming over the South Bank is.

That would be London's new, 10-story City Hall, open to the public weekdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., as well as some weekends. Visitor attractions include a scale model of London and views of the city assembly chamber.

On the Thames, two new footbridges opened astride the older Hungerford Bridge connecting Waterloo Station with the Charing Cross and Embankment stops on the Tube.

With the infamous "wobble" of the Millennium Bridge linking St. Paul's Cathedral to the Tate Modern now fixed, that makes three new ways to cross the river by foot.

Nearby, a new public plaza and entrance staircase for the National Gallery will be the finishing touches of a complete redesign of Trafalgar Square, which is being pedestrianized on its northern side.

The $75 million overhaul is set for completion by summer.

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