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Tour Guide to London PART 2 - elenastravelsblog.com

12. St. Bartholomew the Great

Cloth Fair, EC1A 7JQ

The oldest parish church in City (1123), which was part of the old monastery and Hospital of St. Bartholomew. It is a sample of Norman architecture with massive domes and columns and it is located near the Smithfield Market (once theatre public executions and currently the largest near market of Europe).

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13.Bank of England Museum

Bartholomew Lane, EC2R 8AH

The history of the bank of Great Britain

14. Lloyd’s

Lime street, EC3

Richard Rogers’ impressive building is not open for visitors any more but remains one of the most interesting architecture creations of London. It is described as  “postmodern Petroleum Refinery” and was the most  debated  and controversial building in London when completed in 1986.

15. Leadenhall Market

4-5 Leadenhall Market, EC3V 1LR

A Victorian covered market

16. St. Mary-le- Bow

Cheapside, EC2

A nice historic church of Christopher Wren.

17. British Museum

Great Russell St, WC1B 3DG

Tottenham court road, Holborn underground station.

The British museum was founded in 1753 and is considered the oldest museum in the world. It includes a collection of antiquities, archaeological broad, engraving and coins from around the world, spread across 94 halls. Among the most remarkable pieces are the rosette that has allowed the deciphering of Egyptian hieroglyphics, the Parthenon Marbles and many Egyptian mummies. You should also see the Ethnographic halls with collections of the Museum of Mankind and the amazing hall reader of the old British Library.

18. Sir John Soane’s Museum

13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3BP

Sir John Soane, architect of the Bank of England, lived here for the last 24 years of his life. He gathered an excellent archaeological and artistic collection that includes works of Kanaleto, Turner and Piranez, as well as the series of Hogarth “The Rake’s Progress” (1743). At Soane’s request, the interior of the house has been left untouched since his death.

19. Courtauld Institute Galleries

Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 0RN,

Covent garden underground station

The most beautiful collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist of London gathered from the textile magnate Samuel Courtauld and occupies the spectacular Georgian terraces of Somerset House, which once housed the Royal Academy.

Projects of Cranach, Botticelli, Tiepolo, Rubens, Veronese, Monet and Van Gogh are included in the galleries.

20. Inns of Court

Green Park, Piccadilly Circus

School of law where Londoners lawyers attending from the Middle Ages. nowadays only four have survived: the Inner Temple, the Middle Temple, the Gray’s Inn and the Lincoln’s Inn. Dickens had been an employee in the Gray’s Inn and Thatcher was a student in the Lincoln’s Inn.

Each Inn also has a library, a chapel, a large central hall and the offices of attorneys. The spaces between Inns, which is usually open to the public from Monday to Friday, is a real oasis within the center of London while its narrow streets with courtyards are creating romantic atmosphere when dusk.

21. Cabaret Mechanical Theatre

5, 95 Wilton Rd, SW1V 1BZ

Unique collection of mechanisms and automations.

22.Covent Garden Piazza

Inigo Jones designed the 1630 Piazza. Initially, it was very fashionable, however from 1670 onwards when the same space housed the central market of fruit, flowers and vegetables, evolved in a noisy and disreputable area. In 1830 the beautiful Main porch of iron and glass was constructed and  the market continued to operate until 1974. Then, because of traffic problems, it moved south of the river at Vauxhall. Today a few arches and the church of St. Paul left from the original stand. The St. Paul is known as the church of the actors because  there are many commemorative plaques and tombs of famous actors of theatre and cinema in the inside. It is totally worth the visit.

The largest museums around Piazza are the following:

  • London Transport Museum  Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 7BB

Wonderful retrospective at London’s means of transport from the first bus to the last underground train today.

  • Theatre Museum Russell street,  WC2E 7PR.

The history of theater, ballet and opera through a rich collection of costumes, memorabilia and mock-ups

…to be continued…


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