London Bridge, USA

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Some 5,300 miles from its roots, London Bridge is a bizarre addition to the Arizona desert.

The bridge was broken down into 10,276 numbered bricks and moved from the River Thames to Lake Havasu after it was bought by American businessman Robert McCulloch in 1968. Rumours that McCulloch thought he was instead buying the impressive Tower Bridge are apparently untrue.

Now, dotted with Stars and Stripes and flanked with palm trees, the bridge is Arizona’s second most popular tourist attraction, after the Grand Canyon.

At its northern end is the English Village, containing a red phone box, traditional London bus and Tudor-style shopping complex. Vendors can be found selling ostrich jerky and Hawaiian shaved ice in this slightly confused version of the London experience.

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