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St. James's Park Tours

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St. James's Park
One of London’s eight Royal Parks, St. James’s Park is a verdant jewel located right in the center of town. Flanked by Buckingham Palace, Green Park, and St. James’s Palace, the green space stretches across almost 57 acres (23 hectares). It’s renowned for its pretty lake, vibrant flower beds, and for hosting several regal events.

The Basics
Purchased by King Henry VIII, landscaped by King James I, and redesigned in the French style by King Charles II, St. James’s Park has had a royal pedigree since its founding. In addition to its lawns, pond, and two small islands, the park also comprises the Mall (a grand processional thoroughfare) and Horse Guards Parade (a formal parade ground used for ceremonial events). Other highlights include its Blue Bridge, Memorial Gardens, and the soaring Queen Victoria Memorial, made from Carrara marble.

St. James’s Park is a popular, year-round destination in London; as it offers a prime vantage point on the Changing of the Guard ceremony, it is frequented by out-of-towners eager to take in the spectacle. The park can also be seen during hop-on hop-off bus tours, bike tours, walking tours, and other excursions.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Striped deck chairs can be rented for a small fee during daylight hours from March to October (except in times of bad weather).
  • There are several eateries and kiosks in the park, the highlight of which is St. James’s Café.
  • The park has wide paths with step-free access as well as wheelchair-accessible restrooms.

How to Get There
Via London Underground, take the Central or District line to St. James’s Park Station; the Circle, District, or Jubilee line to Westminster Station; or the Victoria, Circle, or District line—or numerous train lines—to Victoria Station. The park is also served by multiple bus lines and can be reached on foot, by taxi, or by bike.

When to Get There
St. James’s Park is open daily 5am–midnight and is free for all to visit. The park hosts several popular events throughout the year, including Trooping the Colour, a ceremony held every June to mark the Queen’s birthday, and the Beating Retreat, a showcase of military drumming with music, cannonfire, and fireworks, also in June.

The Pelicans at St. James’s Park
One of the quirkier pieces of lore attached to St. James’s Park is its resident pelicans. In 1664, the Russian ambassador presented King Charles II with several pelicans as a gift, and the birds’ descendants have been park residents ever since. See if you can spot them fishing in the lake.
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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
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London Royal Parks Bike Tour including Hyde Park

London Royal Parks Bike Tour including Hyde Park

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Discover the beauty and history of Royal London by bike on a morning or afternoon city tour. Enjoy a guided ride through Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, and St. James's Park. Cruise by the stately monuments such as the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, and view royal sites like Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, and the Princess Diana Memorial. Along the way, learn about London’s rich history and contemporary culture.  
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  • 4 hours
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$34.67
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Royal London Sightseeing Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony with Optional London Eye Upgrade

Royal London Sightseeing Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony with Optional London Eye Upgrade

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Experience London’s royal highlights on this sightseeing tour by coach, including the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Take a panoramic tour of the city with your guide, passing Kensington Palace and Westminster Abbey. You'll also see Trafalgar Square and Big Ben, and watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Upgrade to include an open-date ticket for the London Eye.
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  • 3 hours
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$56.01
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Classic London Landmarks Bicycle Tour

Classic London Landmarks Bicycle Tour

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Discover the history and diversity of London by bike on a sightseeing tour. Led by a guide, pedal past the city's top sites, including Covent Garden, Buckingham Palace, Westminster, St. Paul's Cathedral, and Trafalgar Square. Along the way, learn about the city’s colorful history — the glorious, the infamous, and everything in between.  
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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London In a Day: Tower of London, Westminster Abbey & Changing of the Guard

London In a Day: Tower of London, Westminster Abbey & Changing of the Guard

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Limited time in London doesn’t have to mean a limited view of the capital. Soak up the key sights in just one action-packed day on this guided small-group tour. Explore Westminster Abbey and watch the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace. Then cruise the Thames River to Tower Bridge and explore its inner workings before delving into British history at the Tower of London.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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London Super Saver: Royal Walking Tour Including Tower of London and Changing of the Guard plus London Highlights

London Super Saver: Royal Walking Tour Including Tower of London and Changing of the Guard plus London Highlights

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See the royal sights of London and save money at the same time on this day-long Super Saver tour—a combination of two popular sightseeing experiences. Start with early access to the Tower of London, and then take a cruise along the Thames River to central London to see the Changing of the Guard ceremony. In the morning, enjoy a royal-themed walking tour that takes in sights of Buckingham Palace and Big Ben.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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London in a Day Private Custom Tour

London in a Day Private Custom Tour

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Discover the spectacular sights of London according to your own personal itinerary on a private custom tour of the vibrant capital with a knowledgeable guide. Opt to enjoy a half- or full-day tour and customize your itinerary according to your cultural and historical interests. Allow your expert guide to pre-plan logistics like public transportation and reservations, and then delve into the capital’s rich history by listening to illuminating commentary. See iconic attractions like Big Ben and the Tower of London, and stray from the conventional tourist trail for a unique experience of London.
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  • 7 hours
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3 Hour Guided Private Walking Tour: The Best of London

3 Hour Guided Private Walking Tour: The Best of London

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Marvel over royal monuments, architectural masterpieces and iconic landmarks on this 3-hour walking tour of London. Enjoy the undivided attention of your private guide as you stroll around Covent Garden, Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus; snap photos of Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben; and stand in awe before the magnificent Buckingham Palace. For the full experience, upgrade to include a visit to St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.
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  • 3 hours
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Private Tour London Highlights, entries Westminster Abbey, The Tower of London

Private Tour London Highlights, entries Westminster Abbey, The Tower of London

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The Tower of London and Westminster Abbey are two of London’s most impressive must-see attractions, but the entry queues can be long. On this tour, save valuable sightseeing time with skip-the-line entry and head straight inside with your guide. Learn the history of Parliament Square and Trafalgar Square on a walking visit, and stop at Buckingham Palace, Nelson’s Column, and more.
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  • 8 hours
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Skip-the-line London Westminster Abbey and City of Westminster Kid-Friendly Tour

Skip-the-line London Westminster Abbey and City of Westminster Kid-Friendly Tour

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Discover Westminster Abbey—a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of London’s most in-demand attractions—without the hassle: this family-friendly tour makes it easy for kids and adults alike to explore the landmark. Meet your private guide at Westminster Abbey, and head straight in: skip-the-line access will save you time and prevent stress. Afterward, take to the streets of Westminster, accompanied by your guide, and discover renowned landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, and St. James's Park.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace Guided Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace Guided Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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Enjoy one of London’s most iconic sights, Buckingham Palace, during this guided walking tour that explores the palace’s history and the royal guards. Visit the Horse Guard Palace and get to know the Calvary on Guard before heading to the palace to learn about its surrounding statues, arches, and entrances. At Saint James Palace, follow the marching guards in red coats and tall black during the changing of the guard.
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  • 2 hours
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$87.81
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Royal London Private Walking Tour

Royal London Private Walking Tour

If you’re fascinated by the royals, there’s no better way to follow in their footsteps than a private walking tour. See St. James’s Palace, Buckingham Palace, Clarence House, and Kensington Palace, and stroll the Mall. View the memorials of Princess Diana and Prince Albert, and so much more. For the full experience, upgrade to include afternoon tea at Kensington Palace.
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  • 3 hours
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Private Walking tour London, Buckingham Palace to Big Ben and much more

Private Walking tour London, Buckingham Palace to Big Ben and much more

This action-packed private walking tour of London is the ideal experience for travelers with limited time. You’ll save time and see multiple top London attractions in one day, including Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, The Houses of Parliament, and Trafalgar Square. By going on a walking tour, you’ll visit places on foot that can’t be reached by car or bus. Your tour will be enhanced with guide commentary about London’s highlights, as well as insider tips.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes to 4 hours
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Wartime London with Spy & Espionage small group tour

Wartime London with Spy & Espionage small group tour

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Step back in time to a London of another era—and learn all about the city’s espionage and wartime histories—on this full-day tour. Set off from a convenient location in Central London. You’ll visit Whitehall’s memorials, see where Churchill delivered a pivotal speech, and discover the building where D-Day was planned. Then, follow in the footsteps of famous spies, learn about double agents, and see the MI5 and MI6 headquarters.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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Fascinating Private Walking Tour of St James' & Mayfair with a qualified guide

Fascinating Private Walking Tour of St James' & Mayfair with a qualified guide

Visit two of London's glitziest districts—St. James' and Mayfair—and see where the British royals and other glamorous London residents shop and dine. See landmarks like St. James' Palace, Shepherd Market, and St. James' Park during this half-day walking tour and enjoy the variety that these neighborhoods have to offer. Window-shop in the elegant windows that line the streets and hear fascinating stories about the royals and English aristocrats through the years.
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  • 3 hours to 3 hours 30 minutes
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$185.35
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Private Walking Tour of St James', London's Royal Village with a qualified guide

Private Walking Tour of St James', London's Royal Village with a qualified guide

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Follow the path of the British monarchy on a tour of St. James’s Park, known as London’s ‘Royal Village’ thanks to the ring of palaces surrounding this leafy retreat. Hear what goes on inside Buckingham Palace and other regal residences, and window shop at exclusive boutiques favored by the royal family. A top-rated guide reveals that there’s much more than meets the eye in this ritzy enclave.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours
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$185.35
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St James, London . Explore the fascinating heart of Establishment London

St James, London . Explore the fascinating heart of Establishment London

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Join me for a fascinating and in depth ramble through this beautiful part of London. We will get to see parts of this area not on the usual tourist trails and you'll have my wealth of information to exploit. Would you like to know what James Bond smelt like? How much did Lord Byron weigh? How did a mole assassinate a King? Why does a pet dog have his own gravestone in Waterloo Place? All these odd, amazing and incredible stories and much, much more wait for you on this walk. The walk is approximately two miles (three kilometres) in length.
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  • 3 hours
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$31.06
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Amazing Buckingham Palace, St James's Palace, Hampton Court Palace Private Tour

Amazing Buckingham Palace, St James's Palace, Hampton Court Palace Private Tour

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During this full-day private tour, you’ll visit three historic palaces belonging to Britain’s royal family. Listen to personalized commentary as you get a first-hand peek at Buckingham Palace—or perhaps even the iconic Changing of the Guards. Then, head by train to Hampton Court Palace, the stunning one-time residence of Henry VIII, William III, and George II. Other sights include Green Park and St. James's Palace.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$548.00
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$548.00
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Private Tour London Highlights, entries St Paul's Cathedral, The Tower of London

Private Tour London Highlights, entries St Paul's Cathedral, The Tower of London

With two years of extensive training, Blue Badge guides are some of the most qualified tour operators in London and are the only external guides permitted to show visitors around major attractions like Westminster Abbey. This full-day Blue Badge tour of London, which comes with a guarantee to skip long lines, is ideal for travelers seeking a world-class British history lesson without the wait.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Tour, Entry to Westminster Abbey and London Highlights

Private Tour, Entry to Westminster Abbey and London Highlights

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Benefit from a private half-day tour of Westminster that covers some of the most famous sights in London. Visit Westminster Abbey and Parliament Square, and see Big Ben, the Horse Guards Parade at Whitehall, and Buckingham Palace, among other key monuments for both the royal family and British government. You can also walk through St James's Park before your tour ends at Trafalgar Square.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$266.69
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London Sights and Hidden Gems - Private Full-Day Tour

London Sights and Hidden Gems - Private Full-Day Tour

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This is a comprehensive, bespoke tour of London’s famous landmarks and local gems. We stay away from the crowds and walk through charming secret alleyways and side streets. We take you to fabulous shopping areas, show you stunning architecture, beautiful gardens and ancient buildings whilst sharing quirky stories and taking memorable photos. Highlights: - The best views of Buckingham Palace and Changing the Guard ceremony - A visit to the Tate Modern Gallery with panoramic views of the City - A Thames walk with views of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and The Shard - Exterior views of Westminster Abbey and Big Ben - A stroll around the oldest Royal park in London, St. James’s Park - A walk across the Wobbly Bridge - A visit to Borough Market - Delicious tastings - The secrets of Trafalgar Square and Theatreland - Fabulous fashion and unique shops in the West End - Cool photo spots to capture Insta-worthy moments A great off-the-beaten-path tour to discover London like a local!
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$263.05
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$263.05
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Small Group Walking Tour of Royal London

Small Group Walking Tour of Royal London

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You will have a fun small-group expert guided tour of the most famous Royal sights in London and also see the striking display of the Changing of the Queen’s Life Guards which is a magnificent mounted ceremony. Along the way your knowledgeable guide will make history come alive with entertaining, informative, and thoroughly gripping tales about life in London. We start in historic Covent Garden, then on to Trafalgar Square. We watch the dazzling display of the mounted guards in the Changing of the Queen’s Lifeguards. We walk down the world famous Mall to St James’s Palace, Buckingham Palace, we stroll through beautiful St James’s Park to Parliament Square where we see the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. There will be plenty of time for photos and your guide is always happy to help you make some Instagrammable memories! Join us on this walk and be captivated by the tradition, history, and colour of Royal London. This walk can also be booked as a private tour.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$26.67
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London in one day! See the main 30+ sights. Small group walking tour

London in one day! See the main 30+ sights. Small group walking tour

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You will have a fun guided tour of the 30+ most famous sights in London and also see the striking display of the Changing of the Queen’s Life Guard. Along the way your expert guide will make history come alive with entertaining, informative, and thoroughly gripping tales about life in London. We start in historic Covent Garden, then on to Trafalgar Square. We watch the dazzling display of the Changing of the Queen’s Lifeguards. We walk down the world famous Mall to St James’s Palace, Buckingham Palace, beautiful St James’s Park, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. There will be plenty of time for photos and even…to see a few Harry Potter filming locations! We then hop on the underground to London Bridge where we visit Borough Market for lunch, Shakespeare’s Globe, Tower Bridge, Southwark Cathedral, Tate Modern, and St Paul’s Cathedral. Join us on this walk and be captivated by the tradition, history, and colour of the city's famous 30+ sights.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$56.99
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The Crown: A Private Royal London Walk

The Crown: A Private Royal London Walk

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Immerse yourself in the royal history of London, admire famous landmarks and enjoy a march along The Mall with the Queen’s Guards on this private, off-the-beaten-path tour. Discover quaint streets, beautiful parks, and the secrets of the British Royal family. We stay away from the crowds by walking through alleyways and side streets whilst hearing tales of monarchs from medieval to modern times and enjoying a delicious cup of tea. Highlights: - Stories of Buckingham Palace, the Queen's London residence - An intimate spot to watch the Guard Change - Exterior views of Westminster Abbey and Big Ben - A visit to ancient stores that hold Royal Warrants – learn where the Royals shop! - A stroll around St. James’s Park, a green Royal oasis - The history of St. James’s Palace, a Tudor gem built by Henry VIII for Anne Boleyn - The secrets of Kensington Palace, William and Kate's home - Stunning architecture from the times of Victoria and Albert A perfect off the beaten path walk!
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$175.36
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$175.36
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