London’s busy home for ancient finds and cultural treasures from across the centuries, discovered across the world. Opened in 1759 it was the first national museum to be open to the public anywhere in the world. It’s permanent collection, numbering some 8 million works, is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence and originates from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present.
The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and the largest library in the world by number of items catalogued. A major research library, holding around 170 million items from many countries, in many languages and in many formats, both print and digital: books, manuscripts, journals, newspapers, magazines, sound and music recordings, videos, play-scripts, patents, databases, maps, stamps, prints, drawings. The Library’s collections include around 14 million books, along with substantial holdings of manuscripts and historical items dating back as far as 2000 BC.
Regent’s Park is one of London’s most popular open spaces, covering 410 acres in north-west London. Originally a hunting ground for Henry VIII and only in 1845 did it open to the public as a spectacular shared space. Attractions run from the animal odours and noises of London Zoo to the enchanting Open Air Theatre.
There are now some 300 figures in the collection: current movie A-listers who require no more than a first name. This is a lively place to come, and although its’ hugely popular, the journey through is well managed. Even the most reluctant star spotter among your party can’t help but crack a smile.
Since the Victorian times, the zoological gardens in Regent’s Park have amused and enlightened visitors of all ages, but in the past 15 years the Zoological Society London has changed the proposition here beyond recognition. Gradually the 36-acre park has been rebuilt to support conservation, ensure animal welfare and to make your animal encounter a more inspiring experience.