Dit gebied was vroeger thuis van Londen's groente-en fruitmarkt, die nu verplaatst is naar de New Covent Garden Market in Bermondsey. Vandaag is het een verzameling van winkels die een verscheidenheid van goederen, antiek en handvaardigheid aan foto's en handgemaakte kleding verkopen. Er is ook een openlucht, geplaveid gebied waar mime en jongleren soms vertoond worden. Muzikanten spelen regelmatig in de mooie binnenplaatsen rond de marktkramen. Er zijn ook een paar plekken om te lunchen of om een ijsje te eten.
Tate Britain is een onderdeel van de Tate Gallery in Groot-Brittannië. Geopend in 1897,is het gebouw prachtig en paleisachtig met enorme kolommen en stenen beelden die het dak sieren. Exposerende Britse kunst vanaf 1500 tot heden, de galerie is ook bekend om de ondersteuning van nieuwe en hedendaagse multimedia-artiesten. De moderne kunst tentoongesteld varieert van de pre-raphaelite periode tot kubisme. Giacometti, Picasso, Moore, Hepworth en Warhol zijn onder degenen die te zien zijn, en de galerie organiseert ook jaarlijks exposities van de kunstenaars die op de shortlist voor de Turner Prize staan.
The National Portrait Gallery houses portraits of eminent personalities in British history from the Tudors to the present day, making it a must for lovers of art. Founded in 1856, the collection on display is among the most comprehensive in the world and no restrictions are placed on the mediums used. There are traditional oil paintings and watercolors, as well as drawings, miniatures, sculptures, silhouettes, caricatures and photographs. Admission is free, but certain exhibitions may be charged.
The Photographers' Gallery was the first independent gallery in Britain to be solely devoted to photography. It hosts multiple temporary exhibitions, which focus on high-quality international contemporary photography. A visit here is always full of surprises, as no two exhibitions are alike. There's also an excellent bookshop, which stocks over 5000 titles and runs a worldwide mail order service. There is no admission fee, however some exhibitions may be charged.
The BFI is a large complex that houses cinema screens, a museum, cafes and a shop. Although people often think that this cinema screens only arty, foreign and independent films, the repertoire can really only be described as comprehensive. This is a wonderful theater with loads of surprises every month. The BFI is also the host for numerous film festivals, including the London Film Festival and the London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. The venue is let out on hire for receptions and private parties. The BFI houses an extensive collection of cinema dating from its inception. Check website for further details.
Ontworpen door Christopher Wren werd Observatory opgericht in 1675 om precieze lengtegraden te gebruik van astronomie voor navigatiedoeleinden. Echter, door 1948 Londen's gloed was Londen te fel geworden om sterren te kijken, en de astronomen zijn verhuist aan Sussex. Nu is de Old Royal Observatory een onderdeel van de National Maritime Museum . Ontdek het verhaal van de zoektocht naar lengtegraden, de geschiedenis van de tijd en navigatie, of staan op de lijn waar het oosten en westen samenkomen en op het punt waar het millennium is begonnen. Entree is gratis en sommige entreegelden mogen in rekening worden gebracht voor bijzondere tentoonstellingen en evenementen.
Canada House is located in London and currently serves as a historic house museum and the office of the High Commission of Canada to the United Kingdom. The construction began during 1827 and the house was officially inaugurated in 1925. You can see prominent Greek Revival architecture in its construction and the authentic Canadian furniture and maple flooring adds on to the aura. This architectural marvel is made of Portland stone and also houses various exhibitions related to historical and contemporary art. The house has its name in various national registers and was designed by the architect who designed the famous British Museum.
One of London's noteworthy Anglican churches, St Martin-in-the-Fields is the parish to Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street. Redesigned by James Gibbs in 1726, its Georgian architecture has been an inspiration the world over. The intricate citadel towers over Trafalgar Square and the structure boasts beautiful woodwork and Italian carvings. Located in the heart of the capital, the venue prides itself on hosting some of the best music events in history. From 18th Century classical acts by Mozart to weekly jazz nights by emerging artists, the space has seen it all. With state-of-the-art acoustics and magnificent backdrop to its credit, experience world-class entertainment.
Built in the early 1700s and retaining most of its original characteristics, this beautifully restored Georgian building is the only surviving residence of Benjamin Franklin. Serving as his home during the 16 years he spent in London as a mediator, it is essentially the first U.S. embassy. Designed to be a historical experience, the Benjamin Franklin house is now a museum and educational institution. State of the art lighting and projection technology recreate the fascinating life and discoveries of this politician, inventor, scientist, and philosopher, while the Student Science Centre offers a hands on look at Franklin's London based discoveries. Opened on Ben's 300th birthday in 2006 and just steps from Trafalgar Square, this is a wonderful variation from traditional museums and well worth the stop.
History comes alive at the Household Cavalry Museum. This Museum is situated at the Horse Guards, one of the oldest buildings, and the headquarters of household in London. The Queens life guard ceremony takes place here regularly. You can witness this 350 year-old ritual started by king Charles II live and even interact with the royal guards. They will tell you of their strict and rigorous training schedule. You can also see some of them work in the original 18th century stables. And do not forget to check out on some of their rare displays which they have opened to the public.