The British Library.
National Repository of 14 million books, 58 million patents and much more.
Magnificent Maps - Free
Chopin: The Romntic Refugee
Treasures from Medieval York: England’s other capital - Free
Impressions of Africa: money, medals and stamps - Free
Angelico to Leonardo: Italian renaissance drawings - £12.00
The Courtauld Gallery.
‘A garden within doors’: Plants and Flowers.
Admission: Free. Almshouses £2.00, timed entry.
A Royal abode since 1689.
London Transport Museum.
A history of London's public transport, with static displays.
Museum of Brands.
Robert Opie collection now moved to London.
Very topical http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/5292860.stm
Museum of Garden History.
A history of the English garden.
Christopher Lloyd: A Life at Great Dixter
Museum of London.
The World's largest Urban History Museum, detailing the history of London from pre-history to the present day.
Extensive national collection of Art.
Painting History: Delaroche and Lady JaneGrey £8.80
Christian Kobke: Danish Master of Light: Free
National Portrait Gallery.
Iring Penn Portraits: £10.00
The India Portrait 1560 - 1860: Free
Glastonbury: Photographs by Venetia Dearden: Free
Conealed and Revealed: The Changing Faces of Elizabeth I: Free
Lady Jane Grey: Free
Boer War Portraits: by Inglis Sheldon-Williams: Free
Natural History Museum.
Butterfly Explorers - Butterfly house with live butterflies from four continents, including hatchery. £ £6.00
Wild Planet: Free
The Queen’s Gallery.
Victoria and Albert: Art and Love - £8.75 (timed entry).
Including the Royal Mews: £15.00
And also the State Rooms: £30.50
1001 inventions - 1000 years of Science from the muslim world.
Cosmos and culture: How astronomy has shaped our world.
Dan Dare and the Birth of Hi-tech Britain. Technology in modern day Britain
Plasticity - 100 years of making plastic.
Sir John Soane’s Museum-Mini-British Museum.
Tate Britain Gallery.
Chris Ofili - £10.00
Art and the Sublime - Free
Douglas Gordon - Free
Henry Moore - £12.50
Van Doesburg and the International Avant-Garde: Constructing a New World - £10.00
Martin Karlsson: London – An Imagery - Free entry
Victoria and Albert Museum
Horace Walpole and Strawberry Hill - £6.00
David Watkins: Artistin Jewellery, A retrospective View - Free
'We are all mad here’: Alice in popular culture - Free
A Fairyland of flowers: Beatrix Potter and Cicely Mary Barker - Free
Gargoyles and Shadows: Gothic architecture and C19 photography - Free
Capturing the imagination: British Fairytale Illustrations - Free
That gives a choice of 20 venues, or if you prefer a walking day out in London, how about:
London Historic Church Walk.
Trafalgar Square to St. Paul's, taking in:
James Gibbs church, built in 1721-26 on a site in use since 1222.
It is famous for it's care for the homeless.
A 'Queen Anne Church' designed by James Gibb, around 1711.
Spiritual home of the WRENS since 1982.
St. Clement Danes.
Designed by Sir Christopher Wren after the Great Fire of London, with the spire added by James Gibb, there has been a Church on this site since the C9, built by the Danes in the title. Badly damaged in 1941, it was rebuilt by the Royal Air Force in 1951 to become their central Church.
The site was first used around 1000AD, with the current Church being built in 1831, designed by John Shaw. It is the Spiritual home of the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers.
St Bride's (St. Bridget of Kildare.)
One of the 51 City Churches to be rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren. It is known as the 'Wedding Cake' Church, and is believed to be the inspiration for the modern tiered wedding cake. Again badly damaged in 1941, it was faithfully restored.
St. Paul's Cathedral.
What is there to say about Sir Christopher Wren's Masterpiece?
I leave it to the website!
The Victoria Embankment walk (designed by Joseph Bazalgette in 1870) from Westminster Bridge to Blackfriars featuring:
The Battle of Britain Memorial
Charles Gordon Memorial
1934 paddle Steamer which was the first civil vessel to carry radar.
An obelisk, not for Cleopatra, but Pharoah Thotmes III, 1460 BC. It is carved from pink Aswan granite around 1,45BC and is 60’/20m tall. Purchased, by public subscription , for £15,000, it arrived in England from Alexandria in 1878. The title derives from the name of the vessel that carried it. Further history can be obtained here:
But look closely at the Sphynx on the right hand side to see the shrapnel damage from a bomb dropped during the second wold war.
Once home of the Dukes of Somerset (hence the name). See above.
S.S. St. Katherine.
A well-apportioned garden close to Temple Underground Station. There is a great deal of history as well a many statues, including Robert Burns and Arthur Sullivan amongst others.
Launched in 1933, is a Grimsby-class sloop which was on convoy escort duty and assisted at Dunkirk. She is now H.Q.S. Wellington after being made available in1947, by the Admiralty, to be the Headquarters of the Hoorable Company of Master Mariners.
An Anchusa class Corvette built in 1918, originally named H.M.S Saxifrage and renamed in June 1922. Built to look like a merchant ship, as part of a small group of convoy protection vessels, to attract U-boats to destroy them, she is now listed on the National Register of Historic Vessels.
River tour, Westminster to Greenwich.
Single: £10.00, Return: £13.00.
Greenwich Observatory and Clock Museum.
Royal observatory: £10.00.
Dawn of the Space Age: £7.50.
London Wetland Centre.
Admission: £10.55 (although I do have concession tickets for all with 10% off)
Or just a gentle stroll, chat and relax.
St James' Park, including the lake, Horse Guards' Parade and the Mall, with Buck House after it's wash and brush up for 'the wedding'.
Regent's Park, including the lake, Rose, wildlife, avenue and Sophie's lodge gardens. There are a number of eateries in the park.
The old faithful, Hyde Park, with the Serpentine for those who want a boating experience, or a swim, Diana's memorial fountain. the 7 July memorial, as well as a number of monuments in and around Hyde Park, notably "Vroom! Vroom!' by Lorenzo Quinn outside the Dorchester, and "Jelly Baby family" by Mauro Perucchetti, if still on display.
Other activities available on request.
I hope there is something of interest amongst the list. Feel free to ask for more information.