Private Tour: London Walking Tour of the British Museum and Soane Museum
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This section of our London, England City Guide describes the best
places to visit in Bloomsbury, which is gaining a reputation as one
of the leading places to be in London.
Bloomsbury is known as the home of British Museum, the
British Library and the University of London. Historically,
Britain's writers and intellectuals have favored this area. It
is a pleasant section of London and has much to offer, but
tourists mainly flock to the British Museum and, to a lesser
extent, the British Library, leaving the rest of Bloomsbury to
Of course, you may have read of some of its residents, well -
fictional ones that is, as the Darling residence in Bloomsbury
was visited by Barrie's Peter Pan and Tinker Bell.
Street, Russell Square, Tottenham Court Road, Holborn
The British Museum is one of the world’s great museums. The venue is so
large and complex that to tour it to advantage, you need to take a guided
tour, rent an electronic guide, or purchase a print guide. If you really
like museums, you could spend days here, as the museum has an incredible
breadth of worthy exhibits.
If you are not a museum aficionado or are short on time, be sure
the see the Museum's most famous exhibits: the Rosetta Stone, the
Elgin Marbles from the Parthenon in Athens, and a fine collection of
artifacts from ancient Egypt - including its noted mummy collection.
If you have a little more time, visit the exhibits on the
Roman Civilization and prehistoric/ Roman Britain
British Museum contains Europe’s largest covered public square, the
Great Court. Opened in 2000, the Great Court is the new focal point
of the British Museum. It has become the cultural meeting place of
the Museum and its architecture is worthy of admiration.
The Reading Room (formerly the British Library) has been restored
and is stunning. This is the same Reading Room where Carl Marx spent
time reading about capitalism.
The British Museum is another of London’s "must see" attractions.
You can find out details on hours of service and current exhibitions
official website .
Cross St. Pancras, Euston, Euston Square
Libraries generally do not make for good tourism, but the British
Library at St. Pancras is the exception to the rule. The John
Ritblat Gallery, housing “The Treasures of the British Library” is
an extraordinary find. In it, you will be able to view the Magna
Carta, a Gutenberg Bible, Mercator’s Atlas, the Lindisfarne Gospels,
Shakespeare’s First Folio, original music, as written by Mozart,
Handel and the Beatles, among other treasures of the written word.
For the stamp collectors in the crowd, the Library houses what is
considered by many to be the best display of stamps in the world, in
the Entrance Hall in the upper Ground Floor. The British Library
houses the National Philatelic Collections of the United Kingdom.
Information on the Library’s location and details on visiting can
be found at the British Library's
official web site .
Additional details on the Ritblat Gallery can be found
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