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Science Museum of London

science museum
Science Museum in London is a part of the National Museum of science and industry. This has turned out be a very famous destination among tourists and they enjoy coming here again and again. It has a huge collection of items and the best part is they keep on bringing new ones. “Quality is never an accident but is always a result of intelligent effort” this quotation is very much applicable with this museum for its effort in bringing out the best on a consistent basis. Science Museum provides platform for young talent from across the globe, It was founded in 1857 under Bennet Woodcroft from the collection of Royal Society of Arts and also excess items from Great Exhibition. It has seen many phases before coming to its present form. At present it has more than 300,000 exhibits and it enjoys a lot of visitors on a regular basis per day. Science Museum medical collection is worth mentioning and if not the best is certainly one of the best in the world. It includes Clinical Medicine, Biosciences and Public health. This museum talks about contemporary science to the public and is a place to get information about different things in an easy manner. The Science Museum has an excellent library and until 1960 it was the Britain’s National Library for Science, Medicine and Technology. Scholars from different parts of the world get in touch with this library for related things. It has many historical items and it is worth coming here for these items. You will be mesmerized by looking at Stevenson’s Rocket, Charles Babbage’s Difference engine, Locomotive built by George Stevenson and the famous model of DNA by James Watson’s among many others. This museum is made up of different temporary galleries as well like “Flight” – a gallery for aeroplanes and helicopters. You can go for “Making the Modern World” which is one of the best galleries and it houses some iconic collections as well. “Science Night” is another interesting thing that Science museum offers. In this, 380 children along with adults can spend the night here. This is accompanied with many other activities which children will love and enjoy. Since 2001 this museum is free for all visitors and is one of the best places for British. “The Dana Centre” is an urban bar and cafe which provides platform for some serious scientific discussion among adults. It was open in 2003 and since then has shown strong presence. Many other activities also goes on here and after it was made free for all in 2001. Since then it has been a great hit among all visitors. Space is another historical gallery which shows and tells about human space exploration. It also shows what changes and how beneficial this space exploration has been regarding telecommunication. London has many places to visit and it is on you which one you want to choose. If you have not been to Science Museum before, then make sure you do visit it. Among one of the most visited museums in ....read more

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace
Kensington Palace is currently the home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – Kate and William to you and me – as well as serving as the occasional pad for Prince Harry and girl-about-town Zara Phillips. It was also the birthplace of a then-Princess Victoria, who grew up there and first clapped eyes on Albert before ascending to the throne. Despite its discreet location and appearance, this palace is arguably the most interesting of the lot and is far more laid back, vibrant and fun than its big sister over in St James. Originally designed by Wren and Hawksmoor in the reign of King William III, it was built in 1605 and became the favourite home of William of Orange and was for a time the royal palace before King George III up and moved the family back to Buckingham. Other than its ornately beautiful rooms, collection of old masters like Van Dyck and Tintoretto and lavish decorations, the magnificent state apartments open to the public and esoteric curiosities (the old turtle pond, anyone?), the palace’s location also serves as a viable destination for the odd afternoon tea and pick-me-up in the Orangery, where afternoon and pre-dinner cocktails can also be had to accompany the bar’s comprehensive champagne and wine offerings. There is also a sunken garden nearby, and as befitting of Princess Diana’s previous residence, has also hosted art and fashion installations, ornately decorated and gilded rooms given over to the likes of Vivienne Westwood and Aminaka Wilmont to create their own enchanted spaces within the palace. Regarding the late princess, Kensington Palace was the focus of the outpouring of public mourning in 1997 when she unfortunately passed away in Paris. Almost every inch of the palace’s railings and golden gates were lined with flowers and tributes from the public. Fittingly, a collection of Diana’s dresses – The Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection – is on display in the palace. more info….   ....read more

Hampton Court Palace

Hampton court palace
Hampton Court Palace is the former home of the flamboyant King Henry VIII. He extended and developed this grand palace after acquiring it in the 1520s and its many royal occupants have furnished the palace with decadent tapestries and paintings throughout the centuries. Set in 60 acres of formal gardens, including the famous maze and Great Vine, this palace is well worth a visit. Hampton Court Gardens span over 60 acres of lush greenery, parkland and plantations.Hampton Court Gardens are a horticultural feat to be admired. The park covers 750 acres and the formal gardens cover 60 acres. Within the Court Gardens lies the Great Vine, The Privy Garden – a recreation of the 1702 garden for William III, Tiltyard Walls, Home Park – 700 acres of deer park with ponds and wild birds, not to mention the Palace Maze from 1690, made up of half a mile of winding passages between 7ft high yew trees. Hampton Court Palace is believed to be haunted by a screaming lady thought to be Catherine Howard, and the grey ghost Dame Sybil Penn is believed to roam the Clock Courts. A replica of the crown that was made for Henry VIII, and was worn at the coronations of each of his children, sits in the Royal Pew on display for visitors. It stands as a symbol of power, monarchy and religious authority. The original was melted down at the Tower of London by decree of Oliver Cromwell in 1649. The replica was built from the detailed descriptions of Henry VIII’s servants who itemised the size and position of each 344 rubies, sapphires, emeralds, diamonds and pearls that embellish the crown. The Chapel Royal delivers traditional services throughout the year and is a masterpiece of religious architecture with a rich colourful design in Tudor style. Kings and queens sit in the private pew which looks down the main body of the chapel and it was even here, in 1540, where Archbishop Cranmer handed Henry VIII the letter accusing Catherine Howard of her adulterous behaviour. For more info and to book tickets CLICK HERE. ....read more

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey
Visit Kate & Wills’ wedding venue, Westminster Abbey, the coronation church of the British monarchy since the 11th century is Just a short walk from the Thames, Westminster Abbey is a must-see and a significant structure in British history. This beautiful gothic church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site popular with many visitors to London. Complete with paintings, stained glass windows and other religious artefacts, Westminster Abbey owns the most important collection of monumental sculpture anywhere in Britain.The life of the abbey revolves around worship; Morning Prayer, Evensong and the Eucharist. The services are open to the public of any religious denomination. Westminster Abbey has been actively musical since the monks of the tenth century, to the daily choir singers of today, the Choir of Westminster Abbey. The earliest pair of organs were installed in 1304 in the Lady Chapel. Some of the most celebrated British musicians, organists, singers and composers have been linked to the Abbey throughout their careers. Since the first established bell ringing group in 1255, the Brethren of the Guild of Westminster, the bell ringers of today are comprised of a volunteer group who ring on special occasions such as saint’s days, church festivals and Royal and Abbey anniversaries. On top of the North Tower, constructed between 1722 and 1745, sits a flag pole which flies various flags throughout the year for different occasions. The flags consist of; the Commonwealth Nations, the Flag of St Peter, the Abbey Flag, the Union Flag, the Flags of the National Saints, the Royal Air Force Flag, and the Royal Standard. The Abbey is a working church and therefore subject to short notice closures. It is wise to check opening times before your visit. more… ....read more