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The Natural History Museum
Museum
in London
London
is a natural history museum that exhibits a vast range of specimens from various segments of natural history. It is one of three major museums on Exhibition Road
Exhibition Road
in South Kensington, the others being the Science Museum
Museum
and the Victoria and Albert Museum. The Natural History Museum's main frontage, however, is on Cromwell Road. The museum is home to life and earth science specimens comprising some 80 million items within five main collections: botany, entomology, mineralogy, paleontology and zoology. The museum is a centre of research specialising in taxonomy, identification and conservation. Given the age of the institution, many of the collections have great historical as well as scientific value, such as specimens collected by Charles Darwin. The museum is particularly famous for its exhibition of dinosaur skeletons and ornate architecture—sometimes dubbed a cathedral of nature—both exemplified by the large Diplodocus
Diplodocus
cast that dominated the vaulted central hall before it was replaced in 2017 with the skeleton of a blue whale hanging from the ceiling. The Natural History Museum
Museum
Library contains extensive books, journals, manuscripts, and artwork collections linked to the work and research of the scientific departments; access to the library is by appointment only. The museum is recognised as the pre-eminent centre of natural history and research of related fields in the world. Although commonly referred to as the Natural History Museum, it was officially known as British Museum
Museum
(Natural History) until 1992, despite legal separation from the British Museum
Museum
itself in 1963. Originating from collections within the British Museum, the landmark Alfred Waterhouse
Alfred Waterhouse
building was built and opened by 1881 and later incorporated the Geological Museum. The Darwin Centre is a more recent addition, partly designed as a modern facility for storing the valuable collections. Like other publicly funded national museums in the United Kingdom, the Natural History Museum
Museum
does not charge an admission fee. The museum is an exempt charity and a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.[2] Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is a patron of the museum.[3] There are approximately 850 staff at the Museum. The two largest strategic groups are the Public Engagement Group and Science Group.[4]

Contents

1 History 2 Planning and architecture

2.1 Separation from the British Museum 2.2 Geological Museum 2.3 The Darwin Centre 2.4 The Attenborough Studio

3 Major specimens and exhibits

3.1 Galleries

4 Education, public engagement and tourism 5 Research and curation 6 Access 7 In fiction 8 Natural History Museum
Museum
at Tring 9 See also 10 References 11 Bibliography 12 External links

History[edit]

An 1881 plan showing the original arrangement of the Museum. (Link to current floor plans).

The Natural History Museum, shown in wide-angle view here, has an ornate terracotta facade by Gibbs and Canning Limited
Gibbs and Canning Limited
typical of high Victorian architecture. The terracotta mouldings represent the past and present diversity of nature.

The main hall of the museum

Statue of Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin
by Sir Joseph Boehm
Joseph Boehm
in the main hall

The foundation of the collection was that of the Ulster doctor Sir Hans Sloane
Hans Sloane
(1660–1753), who allowed his significant collections to be purchased by the British Government at a price well below their market value at the time. This purchase was funded by a lottery. Sloane's collection, which included dried plants, and animal and human skeletons, was initially housed in Montagu House, Bloomsbury, in 1756, which was the home of the British Museum. Most of the Sloane collection had disappeared by the early decades of the nineteenth century. Dr George Shaw
George Shaw
(Keeper of Natural History 1806–13) sold many specimens to the Royal College of Surgeons and had periodic cremations of material in the grounds of the museum. His successors also applied to the trustees for permission to destroy decayed specimens.[5] In 1833 the Annual Report states that, of the 5,500 insects listed in the Sloane catalogue, none remained. The inability of the natural history departments to conserve its specimens became notorious: the Treasury refused to entrust it with specimens collected at the government's expense. Appointments of staff were bedevilled by gentlemanly favoritism; in 1862 a nephew of the mistress of a Trustee was appointed Entomological
Entomological
Assistant despite not knowing the difference between a butterfly and a moth.[6][7][verification needed] J. E. Gray
J. E. Gray
(Keeper of Zoology
Zoology
1840–74) complained of the incidence of mental illness amongst staff: George Shaw
George Shaw
threatened to put his foot on any shell not in the 12th edition of Linnaeus' Systema Naturae; another had removed all the labels and registration numbers from entomological cases arranged by a rival. The huge collection of the conchologist Hugh Cuming
Hugh Cuming
was acquired by the museum, and Gray's own wife had carried the open trays across the courtyard in a gale: all the labels blew away. That collection is said never to have recovered.[8] The Principal Librarian at the time was Antonio Panizzi; his contempt for the natural history departments and for science in general was total. The general public was not encouraged to visit the Museum's natural history exhibits. In 1835 to a Select Committee of Parliament, Sir Henry Ellis said this policy was fully approved by the Principal Librarian and his senior colleagues. Many of these faults were corrected by the palaeontologist Richard Owen, appointed Superintendent of the natural history departments of the British Museum
Museum
in 1856. His changes led Bill Bryson
Bill Bryson
to write that "by making the Natural History Museum
Museum
an institution for everyone, Owen transformed our expectations of what museums are for".[9] Planning and architecture[edit] Owen saw that the natural history departments needed more space, and that implied a separate building as the British Museum
Museum
site was limited. Land in South Kensington
South Kensington
was purchased, and in 1864 a competition was held to design the new museum. The winning entry was submitted by the civil engineer Captain Francis Fowke, who died shortly afterwards. The scheme was taken over by Alfred Waterhouse
Alfred Waterhouse
who substantially revised the agreed plans, and designed the façades in his own idiosyncratic Romanesque style which was inspired by his frequent visits to the Continent.[10] The original plans included wings on either side of the main building, but these plans were soon abandoned for budgetary reasons. The space these would have occupied are now taken by the Earth Galleries and Darwin Centre. Work began in 1873 and was completed in 1880. The new museum opened in 1881, although the move from the old museum was not fully completed until 1883. Both the interiors and exteriors of the Waterhouse building make extensive use of terracotta tiles to resist the sooty atmosphere of Victorian London, manufactured by the Tamworth-based company of Gibbs and Canning Limited. The tiles and bricks feature many relief sculptures of flora and fauna, with living and extinct species featured within the west and east wings respectively. This explicit separation was at the request of Owen, and has been seen as a statement of his contemporary rebuttal of Darwin's attempt to link present species with past through the theory of natural selection.[11] The central axis of the museum is aligned with the tower of Imperial College London
London
(formerly the Imperial Institute) and the Royal Albert Hall and Albert Memorial
Albert Memorial
further north. These all form part of the complex known colloquially as Albertopolis. Separation from the British Museum[edit] Even after the opening, the Natural History Museum
Museum
legally remained a department of the British Museum
Museum
with the formal name British Museum (Natural History), usually abbreviated in the scientific literature as B.M.(N.H.). A petition to the Chancellor of the Exchequer
Chancellor of the Exchequer
was made in 1866, signed by the heads of the Royal, Linnean and Zoological Societies as well as naturalists including Darwin, Wallace and Huxley, asking that the museum gain independence from the board of the British Museum, and heated discussions on the matter continued for nearly one hundred years. Finally, with the passing of the British Museum
Museum
Act 1963, the British Museum
Museum
(Natural History) became an independent museum with its own Board of Trustees, although – despite a proposed amendment to the act in the House of Lords
House of Lords
– the former name was retained. In 1989 the museum publicly re-branded itself as The Natural History Museum
Museum
and effectively stopped using the title British Museum (Natural History) on its advertising and its books for general readers. Only with the Museums and Galleries Act 1992
Museums and Galleries Act 1992
did the Museum's formal title finally change to the Natural History Museum. Geological Museum[edit] Main article: Geological Museum

The spinning globe in 1996

In 1986, the museum absorbed the adjacent Geological Museum
Museum
of the British Geological Survey, which had long competed for the limited space available in the area. The Geological Museum
Museum
became world-famous for exhibitions including an active volcano model and an earthquake machine (designed by James Gardner), and housed the world's first computer-enhanced exhibition (Treasures of the Earth). The museum's galleries were completely rebuilt and relaunched in 1996 as The Earth Galleries, with the other exhibitions in the Waterhouse building retitled The Life Galleries. The Natural History Museum's own Mineralogy
Mineralogy
displays remain largely unchanged as an example of the 19th-century display techniques of the Waterhouse building. The central atrium design by Neal Potter overcame visitors' reluctance to visit the upper galleries by "pulling" them through a model of the Earth made up of random plates on an escalator. The new design covered the walls in recycled slate and sandblasted the major stars and planets onto the wall. The Museum's 'star' geological exhibits are displayed within the walls. Six iconic figures are the backdrop to discussing how previous generations have viewed Earth. These were later removed to make place for a Stegosaurus
Stegosaurus
skeleton that was put on display in late 2015. The Darwin Centre[edit]

Backstage at the NHM. The Tank Room within Darwin Centre Phase 1 holds larger fish from the spirit collection, and preparation facilities for them.

The Darwin Centre (named after Charles Darwin) was designed as a new home for the museum's collection of tens of millions of preserved specimens, as well as new work spaces for the museum's scientific staff, and new educational visitor experiences. Built in two distinct phases, with two new buildings adjacent to the main Waterhouse building, it is the most significant new development project in the museum's history. Phase one of the Darwin Centre opened to the public in 2002, and it houses the zoological department's 'spirit collections'—organisms preserved in alcohol. Phase Two was unveiled in September 2008 and opened to the general public in September 2009. It was designed by the Danish architecture practice C. F. Møller Architects
C. F. Møller Architects
in the shape of a giant, eight-story cocoon and houses the entomology and botanical collections—the 'dry collections'.[12] It is possible for members of the public to visit and view non-exhibited items behind the scenes for a fee by booking onto one of the several Spirit Collection Tours offered daily.[13] Arguably the most famous creature in the centre is the 8.62-metre-long giant squid, affectionately named Archie.[14] The Attenborough Studio[edit]

Nature Live event in the Attenborough Studio, Natural History Museum, on 23 January 2012.

As part of the museum's remit to communicate science education and conservation work, a new multimedia studio will form an important part of Darwin Centre Phase 2. In collaboration with the BBC's Natural History Unit (holder of the largest archive of natural history footage) the Attenborough Studio—named after the broadcaster Sir David Attenborough—provides a multimedia environment for educational events. The studio plans to continue the daily lectures and demonstrations.

Major specimens and exhibits[edit] One of the most famous and certainly most prominent of the exhibits—nicknamed "Dippy"—is a 105-foot (32 m)-long replica of a Diplodocus
Diplodocus
carnegii skeleton which was on display for many years within the central hall. The cast was given as a gift by the Scottish-American industrialist Andrew Carnegie, after a discussion with King Edward VII, then a keen trustee of the British Museum. Carnegie paid £2,000 for the casting, copying the original held at the Carnegie Museum
Museum
of Natural History. The pieces were sent to London in 36 crates, and on 12 May 1905, the exhibit was unveiled to great public and media interest. The real fossil had yet to be mounted, as the Carnegie Museum
Museum
in Pittsburgh was still being constructed to house it. As word of Dippy spread, Mr Carnegie paid to have additional copies made for display in most major European capitals and in Latin and South America, making Dippy the most-viewed dinosaur skeleton in the world. The dinosaur quickly became an iconic representation of the museum, and has featured in many cartoons and other media, including the 1975 Disney
Disney
comedy One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing. After 112 years on display at the museum, the dinosaur replica was removed in early 2017 to be replaced by the actual skeleton of a young blue whale. Dippy is due to start a tour of British museums in 2018.[15][16]

A balcony view of the Large Mammals Hall

The blue whale skeleton that has replaced Dippy is another iconic display in the museum. The display of the skeleton, some 25 m long and weighing 10 tons, was only made possible in 1934 with the building of the New Whale Hall (now the Large Mammals Hall). The whale had been in storage for 42 years since its stranding on sandbanks at the mouth of Wexford Harbour, Ireland in March 1891 after being injured by whalers.[16] Discussion of the idea of a life-size model also began around this time, and work was undertaken within the Whale Hall itself. Since taking a cast of such a large animal was deemed prohibitively expensive, scale models were used to meticulously piece the structure together. During construction, workmen left a trapdoor within the whale's stomach, which they would use for surreptitious cigarette breaks. Before the door was closed and sealed forever, some coins and a telephone directory were placed inside—this soon growing to an urban myth that a time capsule was left inside. The work was completed—entirely within the hall and in view of the public—in 1938. At the time it was the largest such model in the world, at 28.3 m in length. The construction details were later borrowed by several American museums, who scaled the plans further. The work involved in removing Dippy and replacing it with the whale skeleton was documented in a BBC
BBC
Television special, Horizon: Dippy and the Whale, narrated by David Attenborough, which was first broadcast on BBC Two
BBC Two
on 13 July 2017, the day before the whale skeleton was unveiled for public display.[17]

A Blue Whale
Blue Whale
skeleton installed in Hintze Hall, 2017

The Darwin Centre is host to Archie, an eight-metre-long giant squid taken alive in a fishing net near the Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands
in 2004. The squid is not on general display, but stored in the large tank room in the basement of the Phase 1 building. On arrival at the museum, the specimen was immediately frozen while preparations commenced for its permanent storage. Since few complete and reasonably fresh examples of the species exist, "wet storage" was chosen, leaving the squid undissected. A 9.45-metre acrylic tank was constructed (by the same team that provide tanks to Damien Hirst), and the body preserved using a mixture of formalin and saline solution. The museum holds the remains and bones of the "River Thames whale", a northern bottlenose whale that lost its way on 20 January 2006 and swam into the Thames. Although primarily used for research purposes, and held at the museum's storage site at Wandsworth, the skeleton has been put on temporary public display.[18] Dinocochlea, one of the longer-standing mysteries of paleontology (originally thought to be a giant gastropod shell, then a coprolite and now a concretion of a worm's tunnel), has been part of the collection since its discovery in 1921. The museum keeps a wildlife garden on its west lawn, on which a potentially new species of insect resembling Arocatus roeselii
Arocatus roeselii
was discovered in 2007.[19] Galleries[edit]

The entrance to the Earth Galleries, designed by Neal Potter

Red Zone

This is the zone that can be entered from Exhibition Road, on the East side of the building. It is a gallery themed around the changing history of the Earth. The Earth Lab is a gallery that centres around geology, and contains specimens of fossils, minerals and rocks. The "Lab Area" is only open to reserved groups and allows an interactive approach to the gallery, allowing the use of microscopes. It is currently the only gallery in the red-zone without step free access. Earth's Treasury shows specimens of rocks, minerals and gemstones behind glass in a dimly lit gallery. Lasting Impressions is a small gallery containing specimens of rocks, plants and minerals, of which most can be touched.

Earth Lab Earth's Treasury Lasting Impressions Restless Surface Earth Today and Tomorrow (closing soon) From the Beginning Volcanoes and Earthquakes Visions of Earth The Waterhouse Gallery (temporary exhibition space)

Gyps fulvus
Gyps fulvus
(Griffon vulture)

Green zone

Birds Creepy Crawlies Ecology Fossil Marine Reptiles Giant Sequoia
Giant Sequoia
and Hintze Hall (formerly the Central Hall) Minerals The Vault Investigate

Skeleton of Triceratops
Triceratops
horridus at the dinosaur area

Moving roaring model of a T. rex in the dinosaur area

Blue zone

Dinosaurs Fish, Amphibians and Reptiles Human Biology Images of Nature The Jerwood Gallery (temporary exhibition space) Marine Invertebrates Mammals Mammals (Blue whale) Treasures in the Cadogan Gallery

Orange zone

Wildlife Garden Darwin Centre

Education, public engagement and tourism[edit]

A young student at the Museum

The museum runs a series of educational and public engagement programmes. These include for example a highly praised "How Science Works" hands on workshop for school students demonstrating the use of microfossils in geological research. The museum also played a major role in securing designation of the Jurassic Coast
Jurassic Coast
of Devon
Devon
and Dorset as a UNESCO
UNESCO
World Heritage site
World Heritage site
and has subsequently been a lead partner in the Lyme Regis
Lyme Regis
Fossil Festivals. In 2005, the museum launched a project to develop notable gallery characters to patrol display cases, including 'facsimiles' of luminaries such as Carl Linnaeus, Mary Anning, Dorothea Bate and William Smith. They tell stories and anecdotes of their lives and discoveries and aim to surprise visitors.[20] In 2010 a six-part BBC
BBC
documentary series was filmed at the museum entitled Museum
Museum
of Life exploring the history and behind the scenes aspects of the museum.[21] The Natural History Museum
Museum
admission is free for most of the exhibitions. However, there are certain temporary exhibits and shows that would entail a fee. Research and curation[edit] The Natural History museum combines museum's life and earth science collections with specialist expertise in "taxonomy, systematics, biodiversity, natural resources, planetary science, evolution and informatics" to tackle scientific questions.[22] In 2011 the Museum led the setting up of an International Union for the Conservation of Nature Bumblebee
Bumblebee
Specialist Group, chaired by Dr. Paul H. Williams,[23] to assess the threat status of bumblebee species worldwide using Red List
Red List
criteria.[24][25] Access[edit]

Service Station/Stop Lines/Routes served

London
London
Buses Kensington Museums 360

Victoria & Albert Museum
Museum
14, 74, 414, C1

London
London
Underground South Kensington

The closest London
London
Underground station is South Kensington
South Kensington
— there is a tunnel from the station that emerges close to the entrances of all three museums. Admission is free, though there are donation boxes in the foyer. Museum
Museum
Lane immediately to the north provides disabled access to the museum.[26] A connecting bridge between the Natural History and Science museums closed to the public in the late 1990s. In fiction[edit] The museum is a prominent setting in Charlie Fletcher's children's book about un London
London
Stoneheart. George Chapman, the hero, sneaks outside when punished on a school trip; he breaks off a small dragon's stone head from a relief and is chased by a pterodactyl which comes to life from a statue on the roof. The museum is the primary setting for Rattle His Bones, the 8th Daisy Dalrymple Mystery by Carola Dunn. The story revolves around a murder and jewel theft occurring during the time Daisy Dalrymple is writing a story about the museum for an American publisher. The museum plays an important role in the London-based Disney live-action feature One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing; the eponymous skeleton is stolen from the museum, and a group of intrepid nannies hide inside the mouth of what is supposed to be the Blue Whale
Blue Whale
model (in fact a specially created prop – the nannies peer out from behind the whale's teeth, but a real Blue Whale
Blue Whale
is a baleen whale and has no teeth). Additionally, the film is set in the 1920s, before the Blue Whale model was built. British fantasy author China Miéville
China Miéville
based the plot of his 2010 novel Kraken: An Anatomy around the theft of "Archie" from the museum's Darwin Centre by a mysterious squid cult. In the 2014 film Paddington the villain is a taxidermist at the museum. She kidnaps the bear Paddington intending to kill and stuff him, but is thwarted by the Brown family after scenes involving chases inside and on the roof of the building.[27] In the first episode of the third season of the TV series Penny Dreadful (2014 - 2016), the main character Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) visited the museum when her psychotherapist told her to "go somewhere different". There, she meets Dr. Alexander Sweet (Christian Camargo) who is a zoologist and the Director of Zoological
Zoological
Studies. The museum was then frequently seen in the following episodes as Vanessa and Dr. Sweet's relationship flourishes. Natural History Museum
Museum
at Tring[edit] Main article: Natural History Museum
Museum
at Tring The NHM also has a sister museum, located at Tring, Hertfordshire. Built by local eccentric Lionel Walter Rothschild, the NHM took ownership in 1938. In 2007, the museum announced the name would be changed to the Natural History Museum
Museum
at Tring, though the older name, the Walter Rothschild Zoological
Zoological
Museum
Museum
is still in widespread use. See also[edit]

Keeper of Entomology, Natural History Museum Walter Rothschild Zoological
Zoological
Museum Sophie the Stegosaurus Notable employees of the Natural History Museum

References[edit]

^ "2017 Visitor Figures". Association of Leading Visitor Attractions. Retrieved 22 March 2018.  ^ " Museum
Museum
governance". The Natural History Museum. Retrieved 14 March 2010.  ^ Harrison, Lily; Caldwell, Lindsey (22 April 2013). "Duchess Kate to become patron of three new charities". Today News.  ^ "Our vision". nhm.ac.uk.  ^ Harrison, Keith; Smith, Eric (2008). Rifle-Green by Nature: A Regency Naturalist
Naturalist
and his Family, William Elford Leach. London: Ray Society. pp. 265–266. ISBN 9780903874359.  ^ Gunther, Albert E. (1975). A Century of Zoology
Zoology
at the British Museum
Museum
through the Lives of Two Keepers, 1815–1914. London: Dawsons. ISBN 9780712906180.  ^ Gunther, Albert E. (1980). The Founders of Science at the British Museum, 1753–1900. Halesworth, Suffolk: Halesworth Press. ISBN 9780950727608.  ^ Barber, Lynn (1980). "Omnium Gatherum". The Heyday of Natural History: 1829–1870. London: Cape. ISBN 9780224014489.  ^ Bryson, Bill (2003). A Short History of Nearly Everything. London: Doubleday. ISBN 9780385408189.  ^ "Interior of the NHM". Royal Institute of British Architects. Archived from the original on 19 January 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2010.  ^ "Decoration". nhm.ac.uk. Archived from the original on 8 June 2011.  ^ " Museum
Museum
'cocoon' prepares to open". BBC
BBC
News. 2 September 2008. Retrieved 20 January 2009.  ^ "Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Spirit Collection Natural History Museum". www.nhm.ac.uk. Retrieved 2017-10-20.  ^ " Giant squid
Giant squid
goes on display". nhm.ac.uk.  ^ McVeigh, Tracy (1 January 2017). "Dippy's last days: diplodocus leaves London
London
after 112 years for farewell UK tour". The Observer.  ^ a b Fuller, George (4 January 2017). "Dippy the Diplodocus
Diplodocus
bids farewell to his public at the Natural History Museum". The Daily Telegraph.  ^ "Dippy and the Whale". DocuWiki. 15 July 2017.  ^ "First ever display of Thames whale skeleton". nhm.ac.uk.  ^ "Mystery Insect Bugs Experts". Sky news. 15 July 2008.  ^ Review by Miles Russell of Discovering Dorothea: the Life of the Pioneering Fossil-Hunter Dorothea Bate by Karolyn Shindler at ucl.ac.uk (accessed 23 November 2007) ^ " Museum
Museum
of Life". The Natural History Museum. 2010. Archived from the original on 30 August 2010. Retrieved 5 January 2011.  ^ Research and curation, Museum
Museum
of Natural History, n.d., retrieved 22 December 2013  ^ Bumblebee
Bumblebee
Specialist Group, London, UK: Natural History Museum, retrieved 23 December 2013  ^ 2011 Update (PDF), IUCN, retrieved 7 October 2012  ^ Paul H. Williams (1986). "Environmental change and the distributions of British bumble bees (Bombus Latr.)". Bee World. 67: 50–61. doi:10.1080/0005772x.1986.11098871.  ^ Museum
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Bibliography[edit]

Dr Martin Lister: A bibliography by Geoffrey Keynes. St Paul's Bibliographies (UK). ISBN 0-906795-04-4. (Includes illustrations by Lister's wife and daughter). The Travelling Naturalists (1985) by Clare Lloyd. (Study of 18th Century Natural History — includes Charles Waterton, John Hanning Speke, Henry Seebohm
Henry Seebohm
and Mary Kingsley). Contains colour and black and white reproductions. Croom Helm (UK). ISBN 0-7099-1658-2.

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on Google Cultural Institute Architectural history and description from the Survey of London Architecture and history of the NHM from the Royal Institute of British Architects Maps of grid reference TQ267792 Nature News article on proposed cuts, June 2010

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Other

Alexandra Palace Brixton Academy ExCeL Hammersmith Apollo O2 Arena Royal Albert Hall Royal Festival Hall Wembley Arena

Government

10 Downing Street Admiralty Arch Bank of England City Hall County Hall Guildhall Horse Guards Mansion House National Archives Old Bailey Palace of Westminster Royal Courts of Justice Scotland Yard SIS Building

Museums and galleries

British Museum Cutty Sark Golden Hinde HMS Belfast Imperial War Museum Madame Tussauds Museum
Museum
of London National Gallery National Maritime Museum Natural History Museum Royal Academy of Arts Royal Observatory Science Museum Tate
Tate
Britain Tate
Tate
Modern Tower of London Victoria and Albert Museum

Places of worship

All Hallows-by-the-Tower BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Bevis Marks Synagogue Methodist Central Hall Regent's Park
Regent's Park
Mosque St Martin-in-the-Fields St Mary-le-Bow St Paul's Cathedral Southwark Cathedral Westminster Abbey Westminster Cathedral

Retailing

Shops

Fortnum & Mason Hamleys Harrods Liberty Peter Jones Selfridges

Shopping centres and markets

Borough Market Brent Cross Burlington Arcade Kensington Arcade Leadenhall Market The Mall Wood Green One New Change Petticoat Lane Market Royal Exchange Westfield London Westfield Stratford City

Royal buildings

Partly occupied by the Royal Family

Buckingham Palace Clarence House Kensington Palace St James's Palace

Unoccupied

Banqueting House Hampton Court Palace Kew Palace The Queen's Gallery Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace

Skyscrapers

Broadgate Tower 1 Canada Square 8 Canada Square 25 Canada Square 1 Churchill Place 20 Fenchurch Street Heron Tower Leadenhall Building The Shard St George Wharf Tower 30 St Mary Axe Tower 42

Structures

Albert Memorial ArcelorMittal Orbit Big Ben Cleopatra's Needle Crystal Palace transmitting station London
London
Eye London
London
Wall Marble Arch The Monument Nelson's Column Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain
Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain
("Eros") Thames Barrier Wellington Arch

Transport

City Airport Heathrow Airport Charing Cross station Clapham Junction station Euston station King's Cross station Liverpool Street station London
London
Bridge station Paddington station St Pancras station Stratford station Victoria station Waterloo station Victoria Coach Station Emirates Air Line cable car

Other

Barbican Estate Battersea Power Station British Library BT Tower Kew Gardens Lambeth Palace Lloyd's building London
London
Zoo Oxo Tower St Bartholomew's Hospital Smithfield Market Somerset House

Parks

Royal Parks

Bushy Park Green Park Greenwich Park Hampton Court Park Hyde Park Kensington Gardens Regent's Park Richmond Park St. James's Park

Other

Battersea Park Burgess Park Clapham Common College Green Epping Forest Finsbury Park Gunnersbury Park Hampstead Heath Holland Park Mitcham Common Osterley Park Trent Park Victoria Park Wandsworth
Wandsworth
Common Wimbledon Common

Squares and public spaces

Covent Garden Horse Guards Parade Leicester Square Oxford Circus Parliament Square Piccadilly
Piccadilly
Circus Sloane Square Trafalgar Square

Streets

Aldwych Baker Street Bishopsgate Bond Street Carnaby Street Chancery Lane Charing Cross Road Cheapside Cornhill Denmark Street Fenchurch Street Fleet Street Haymarket Jermyn Street Kensington High Street King's Road Lombard Street The Mall Oxford Street Park Lane Piccadilly Portobello Road Regent Street Shaftesbury Avenue Sloane Street Strand Tottenham Court Road Victoria Embankment Whitehall

Authority control

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