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Somerset House Tours

Somerset House
Once a Tudor palace, Somerset House was redesigned by Sir William Chambers in 1776 as part of the city’s infrastructural improvements. Now a creative and cultural hub offering shows and activities year-round, the building is also known to have appeared in the Sherlock Holmes and James Bond films, among others.
 
The Basics
Follow in the footsteps of movie stars on a cinematic tour, or visit on a walking or hop-on hop-off tour, according to your schedule. Travelers with more time can explore the grounds on a historical tour and gain insight into the royal, governmental, and public uses of the building over the years, or check out one of the events held here for an immersive experience of culture in the capital.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Entry to Somerset House is free, though there is a fee for some exhibitions and shows.
  • The central courtyard is open-air, so remember to bring an umbrella or raincoat on rainy days.
  • Somerset House is a must-see for history buffs, culture vultures, and creatives.
  • Most of the site is wheelchair accessible; guests with access concerns are encouraged to call ahead.
 
How to Get There
Somerset House is a 5-minute walk from Temple underground station, and 10 to 15 minutes from Covent Garden, Charing Cross, or Waterloo. Many local and hop-on hop-off buses serve the Strand, Waterloo Bridge, or Aldwych, while river bus and hop-on hop-off cruises serve nearby Embankment Pier.
 
When to Get There
Special events at Somerset House are popular with residents and visitors alike. In winter, the outdoor ice skating rink and Christmas arcade provide festive fun in the city, while film screenings, concerts, and DJ sets are enjoyed during warmer months.
 
Stroll the South Bank
Conclude your visit to Somerset House with a walk across Waterloo Bridge and head into one of London’s cultural districts. Wander east along the river and discover prime Thameside views, as well as unique architecture, theatres, galleries, and English pubs to boot.

Address: Strand, London, United Kingdom WC2R 1LA, England
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Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise with Optional London Eye

Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise with Optional London Eye

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Discover the grandeur of London aboard the open-top, double-decker Big Bus on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. With your 1-, 2-, or 3-day ticket, design a personal itinerary with stops including Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, St. Paul’s Cathedral and more. Enjoy unobstructed views and onboard commentary as you view the city’s highlights and upgrade to The Big London Day Out option to get an aerial view of the city aboard the London Eye giant observation wheel. Hop off to enjoy a Thames River cruise, currently operating Friday to Sunday only.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$41.55
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$41.55
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Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour in London

Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour in London

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Follow in the footsteps of London’s most famous sleuth on a 2-hour Sherlock Holmes tour. With your film-savvy guide, explore myriad feature locations from Holmes’ literary and cinematic journeys. Visit the Royal Academy building, complete with fascinating reference to the thriller Murder by Decree. Literary buffs will enjoying see the sites of the fictional Diogenes Club and Pentonville Prison, as well as the charmed location of Holmes and Dr. Watson’s first meeting.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$19.79
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$19.79
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The London Eye with London Hop-on Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

The London Eye with London Hop-on Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

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See London from the streets, water, and sky with this great-value package that lets you explore London at your own pace. Easily reach top sights without spending a fortune on cab fare with a hop-on hop-off bus ticket valid for 1, 2, or 3 days. You’ll also get an aerial view of the city aboard the London Eye giant observation wheel and glide past Parliament and Big Ben on a Thames River cruise (Fri-Sun only).
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$59.36
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$59.36
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London's Grime & Punishment Tour

London's Grime & Punishment Tour

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Journey to London’s secret underworld on a walking tour that focuses on the capital’s macabre past. Perfect for visitors seeking an alternative sightseeing experience, this tour reveals London’s gruesome history and gives you an intimate glimpse into the city as you explore areas such as Seven Dials. Drury Lane, ad Covent Garden on foot.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$21.10
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South Tour of London by the traditional Electric Black Taxi (Electocab Ltd)

South Tour of London by the traditional Electric Black Taxi (Electocab Ltd)

CHOOSING THE SOUTH TOUR WILL PROVIDE A CAPTIVATING EXPERIENCE. ONCE WE LEAVE THE HUB YOU ARE INSTANTLY TRAVELING THROUGH WHITEHALL WHERE YOU GET TO SEE THE QUEEN’S GUARD, 10 DOWNING STREET AND MUCH MORE BEFORE THE STUNNING BIG BEN, HOUSE OF PARLIAMENT AND WESTMINSTER ABBEY APPEAR ON THE HORIZON. YOU WILL GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO DELVE INTO SOUTHBANK WHERE YOU GET FAMILIAR WITH ROYAL NATIONAL THEATRE, TATE MODERN, SHAKESPEARE GLOBE, THE FAMOUS BOROUGH MARKET AND OF COURSE THE SHARD BEFORE DRIVING OVER TOWER BRIDGE AND THROUGH UPPER THAMES STREET WHERE YOU WITNESS THE BEAUTIFUL VIEW OF THE RIVER THAMES AND THE SOUTHBANK. FINALLY, WE WILL REACH TRAFALGAR SQUARE THROUGH NORTHUMBERLAND AVENUE. FURTHERMORE, BY TAKING SOUTH TOUR, YOU WILL OBSERVE SITES SUCH AS TATE BRITAIN, LAMBETH PALACE, MI5 BUILDINGS AND MUCH MORE.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$216.83
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$216.83
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James Bond Private Tour

James Bond Private Tour

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Discover the movie magic that kept 007 in action happened during this private walking tour of James Bond filming locations. Meet your guide and go at your own pace visiting filming locations from Skyfall, Goldeneye, and other films. See how real-life spy work is done with a visit to parts of Whitehall and learn about the most infamous murder in Cold War spy history.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$190.81
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London's Alternative History Tour Self-guided Audio Walk by VoiceMap

London's Alternative History Tour Self-guided Audio Walk by VoiceMap

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Listen to London's quirkiest stories and hidden histories during this self-guided audio tour, which can be downloaded and accessed offline. Highlights include the city's original Victorian-era street lamp, little-known back streets surrounding bustling Covent Garden, and the strange features behind landmarks like the Savoy Theatre and St. Paul's Church.
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  • 1 hour
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$5.48
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$5.48

Private Bespoke Tour: Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Private Bespoke Tour: Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Travel back to the days of hansom cabs and fog-shrouded nights of Victorian intrigue on this Sherlock Holmes-themed sightseeing tour. Visit iconic scenes from the legendary detective’s most unforgettable cases, and learn more about the man behind the stories, famed for his cunning narratives: doctor Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Tours are conducted by a bonafide Sherlockian and also cover filming locations from Sherlock TV adaptations.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$142.45
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$178.07
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Madame Tussauds and 24 Hour River Pass

Madame Tussauds and 24 Hour River Pass

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Enjoy a double dose of London sightseeing with this combined ticket for Madame Tussauds and a Thames River cruise, all for a money-saving price. With your prebooked ticket, enjoy faster entry to Madame Tussauds to see its 300 stunning wax figures independently. Meet Britain’s royals; cozy up with George Clooney and Benedict Cumberbatch; and get close to A-listers, Bollywood and sports stars. On the same day, step aboard a sightseeing boat and enjoy stellar views of landmarks such as Big Ben and Tower Bridge as you cruise on the Thames.
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  • Free Cancellation
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$74.19
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Bond with 007 in London - A spy mysteries tour ‘Licensed to Thrill’

Bond with 007 in London - A spy mysteries tour ‘Licensed to Thrill’

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London without espionage is like tea without cake. Deceit woven in political conspiracies, thrilling car chases, gadget workshops spewing crazy innovations and double agents with looks to kill. So if you're a die-hard fan of Ian Fleming, this tour's “For Your Eyes Only”. Ride the mean streets of London and be part of a glorious 55-year legacy of spy thrillers. Relive your favourite spy flicks and their lead characters with an accredited London Private Driver Guide who's a pro at the 007 theme. Your mission ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’, should you choose to accept, is to step into the shoes of Connery, Lazenby, Moore, Dalton, Brosnan and Craig with your very own Special Agent. Snoop in on many mystery locations with fact-filled commentary and stand-up presentations. Prowl around the real-life world of secret service on Westminster, Whitehall, Downing St, National Gallery. Get closer to the fictional legend that is James Bond. Play out your fantasy because “You Only Live Once”..
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$395.71
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$395.71
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London Lights: Discover how culture has shaped the city on an audio tour

London Lights: Discover how culture has shaped the city on an audio tour

Take the lead in a tour of London's historical cultural influences through time with the helping hand of me, blogger Shaun Nolan! "Light the Lights" takes you on a self-guided audio tour from the Embankment, up Charing Cross Road, into Covent Garden, along the Strand and back to Leicester Square. As you walk, I'll tell you everything you need to know about the history of the beautiful buildings you see and the amazing people who have walked the same pavements as you. London has forever been shaped by the culture that has influenced it. Famous creatives like Charles Dickens and Henry Irving have spent a lot of their lives in the city, being influenced by the environment and atmosphere. And it's not just a writer's playground - modern designers, intelligent innovators and important names have also helped to shape the city.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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$5.00
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$5.00

007 James Bond's London Private Half Day Tour

007 James Bond's London Private Half Day Tour

London is not just the capital of the world but it's also the capital of the Bond Movie series such as The World is Not Enough, Goldeneye, Skyfall, Spectre. Throughout our Bond tour, your professional tour guide will reveal the secret paths, government buildings, bunkers, London's iconic Bond venues. You will admire a guided walking tour in all the major Bond locations in this Bond-themed tour. Immerse yourself in the longest series in the history of the film industry and get closer to Mr Bond. Along the way, your guide will illustrate some fascinating landmarks in London and their past in particular around Whitehall in Westminster, a neighbourhood that created a nation and is at the heart of British spy literature. Marvel at "Bond in Motion" with an amazing show featuring the biggest official collection of original James Bond cars, props and artefacts. This tour is a dedication to Ian Fleming's creativity and the most famous fictional spy ever, that's Double-O-Seven, Bond, James Bond!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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$659.51
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$659.51
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Private James Bond Walking Tour

Private James Bond Walking Tour

Our James Bond Tour is perfect for anyone who is passionate about all things 007. We believe that every tour should be magical, regardless of your age and this tour takes in some of the best Bond locations in London. Even if you are being dragged along, kicking and screaming, we know that you will leave having learned something and having been entertained and we hope that by the time you leave that you'll have had one of the best experiences of your life - one that you will remember long after you’ve returned home. We lead tours because that’s what we love what we do. Many of our guides trained as performers, and all of us are passionate about the tours that we deliver. As a company we have made a promise that we will never ask a guide to lead a tour that they weren’t interested, engaged and enthusiastic about because this would compromise the quality of your experience; and we want everyone – including the people who work for us – to enjoy every second of every tour.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$164.88
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$164.88
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8 Day Winter Wonderland English Language Course in London

8 Day Winter Wonderland English Language Course in London

Winter Wonderland English Course in London is a great idea to spend very precious warm moments in the world’s capital. Now you have a great reason to study English in London in the winter. Visit the city without crowds after Christmas. Furthermore, it’s a great time to take part in the traditional Changing the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace. Discover London during the holidays, as Christmas markets and Christmas trees pop throughout the city, and the lights and decorations of the capital shine brilliantly. In winter in London, we have designed exclusive winter packages for your great joy and happiness. In addition to this, from Halloween to Easter, everybody in London has a joy of life. Our Winter Wonderland English Course in London brings you all goodness and happiness of London in the winter. Our London Standard Course is for groups and people who want to increase their educational skills by studying English in London’s exciting cosmopolitan atmosphere. Join us!
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  • 8 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$4,881.50
Price varies by group size
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$4,881.50
Price varies by group size
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8 Day Music Theatre and Movies English Course in London

8 Day Music Theatre and Movies English Course in London

London is the capital of fine arts, music, theatre, films and all performances and therefore this course is perfect for anyone interested in the arts and media studies and is the greatest venue for all movie sets of all times. The city that Beatles gave their jubilee concert in the city for the longest-running plays like Broadway, the city having disused tube stations for filming Hollywood movies. It’s the city of James Bond as well as Harry Potter. The inspiring city of films of all times. Our theatre, film and TV week will tell you all this and more while improving your English. Here in this program, you can see and explore the inspiration for the Music, theatre and movie facts in the British entertainment industry. As you go with the program you will explore the music, theatre and film locations. It is a perfect combination of music, theatre and movie related activities in London.
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  • 8 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$4,881.50
Price varies by group size
From
$4,881.50
Price varies by group size
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007 James Bond's London Private Half Day Tour

007 James Bond's London Private Half Day Tour

London is not just the capital of the world but it's also the capital of the Bond Movie series such as The World is Not Enough, Goldeneye, Skyfall, Spectre. Throughout our Bond tour, your professional tour guide will reveal the secret paths, government buildings, bunkers, London's iconic Bond venues. You will admire a guided walking tour in all the major Bond locations in this Bond-themed tour. Immerse yourself in the longest series in the history of the film industry and get closer to Mr Bond. Along the way, your guide will illustrate some fascinating landmarks in London and their past in particular around Whitehall in Westminster, a neighbourhood that created a nation and is at the heart of British spy literature. Marvel at "Bond in Motion" with an amazing show featuring the biggest official collection of original James Bond cars, props and artefacts. This tour is a dedication to Ian Fleming's creativity and the most famous fictional spy ever, that's Double-O-Seven, Bond, James Bond!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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$659.51
per group
From
$659.51
per group
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4-hour Private Tour of London

4-hour Private Tour of London

We specialise in providing tours that are not only informative, but genuinely enjoyable and engaging too. Our guides don’t bore you with huge lists of dates and historical facts. They share their historical knowledge in a way that is fun and interesting to all our visitors. In the first hour of this tour you will visit the Tower of London and learn about the bloody activities of the infamous Henry VIII. Our expert guide will separate myths from facts and take you on a splendid journey across centuries. The second hour will focus on fiction and the arts! Discover Shakespeare’s Globe, learn about the filming of Harry Potter and the city's spectacular architecture. Then you will break for lunch for 30- minutes to 1 hour. This time is not deducted from your tour time. The last two hours will cover key central landmarks steeped in history. Including: St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Parliament Square, Churchill War Rooms, 10 Downing Street and Buckingham Palace.
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  • 4 hours
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$211.03
Price varies by group size
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$211.03
Price varies by group size

London’s West End Murder Mystery Trail by Killer Trails

London’s West End Murder Mystery Trail by Killer Trails

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All trails created by Killer Trails are self-guided walking tours. This means you can conquer them at your own pace, taking as many detours & pit-stops as you desire. We’ve investigated all the highlights the West End has to offer which have been carefully crafted into this Killer Trail, so there’s plenty of selfie opportunities along the way. Simply download & print the trail onto A4 paper & you’re ready to go. No access to a printer? No worries. Alternatively, you can follow the trail using any tablet or smartphone device. Our Murder Mystery style treasure hunts are ideal for a thrilling day out with family, friends, spouses, or colleagues. Highly addictive for adults & the whole family, you’ll be gutted you didn’t find out about us sooner. Our trails work best for small groups of two to six people. Purchasing & printing just one copy of the trail is required per group. Everyone will work better as a team & this also makes for an affordable day out!
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$15.82
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$15.82
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Sherlock Holmes Old London - Very Small Group Walking Tour

Sherlock Holmes Old London - Very Small Group Walking Tour

The game is afoot.... For all Sherlock Holmes fans! The perfect small group tour to take you deep into the Victorian world of the great Detective and his loyal friend Dr J Watson. This tour focuses on the original stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle from the 1880's - 1925. Your guide is a true 'Sherlockian' and previously worked at the Sherlock Holmes Museum in Baker Street, so you are in very safe hands! Highlights Include: • The places where Conan Doyle lived and wrote 'The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes' • See where Sherlock and Watson first met  • Buildings, Landmarks, and Streets featured in the stories • Dr Watson's Home and Surgery after he married • The Langham Hotel - The meeting that took place here bought Sherlock to the world! • 221b Baker Street and Optional Visit to The Sherlock Holmes Museum • Other iconic London locations included on the tour St Paul's, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben. Your guide has 100% Five Star Rating on Trip Advisor.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$59.36
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$59.36
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