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Places to visit in London

Galleries and museums

London is one of the most exciting cities in the world. It is a top attraction for tourists from every geographic corner, and its numerous museums, galleries and landmarks make it a noteworthy place to explore.

London is the home of many museums, hosting some of the most remarkable treasures of the world. It is the home of the British Museum, the National Gallery, The National Portrait Gallery, the Natural History Museum, Tate Modern, as well as smaller private museums such as the Somerset House.

The National Gallery

The National Gallery is one of the treasures of London. Located in the historic Trafalgar Square, the gallery hosts art works from the 1200 to the 1900. Art lovers are able to enjoy some of the most famous works of Ruben, Claude, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Tiziano, and Da Vinci. At present, the National Gallery is the fourth most visited art museum in the world, after the Musée du Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the British Museum.

Admission is free, and the gallery also offers free organised tours and conference talks. At present Richard Hamilton’s late works are on show until January 2013.

For more information on special events and opening times, visit: www.nationalgallery.org.uk

Tate Modern

The Tate modern is the home of British and international modern art from the 1900 to the present. It hosts special exhibitions on a regular basis, and some of the famous works of Picasso, Matisse, and Henry Moore. It is the most-visited modern art gallery in the world, with around 4.7 million visitors per year. Located in London’s picturesque Bankside, the Tate Modern hosts several spacious exhibition halls, as well as exhibition space in the basement known as the Tanks. Since the year 2000, they have been used to show the works of various modern artists.

Admission in the gallery is free, except for special exhibitions. In 2012, the Tate modern gained even wider publicity with the extravagant work of artist Damien Hirst, whose works made up for the most visited solo exhibition in the history of the gallery.

For more information and opening times, visit http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern

The following links will give you descriptions of the individual museums, as well as opening hours and admission.

 British Museum

www.britishmuseum.org

Natural History Museum

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/

The Somerset House

www.somersethouse.org.uk

Famous sights

London is also famous for its sights, such as the Houses of Parliament, the Buckingham Palace, the Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London. Organised tours are available in the Houses of Parliament and the Buckingham palace. The Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London are open for a visit on a daily basis. For more details on London’s top attractions, visit: http://www.visitlondon.com/attractions/

Markets

Apart from its historic buildings, London is also famous for its markets, which are a charming way to spend your Sunday afternoons. Some of the most famous market venues in London are the Portobello Market (http://www.portobellomarket.org/), Camden Lock (http://www.camdenlockmarket.com/), and Brick Lane Market (www.visitbricklane.org).

 

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