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British Library, London

The official book depository of the United Kingdom, the British Library holds a copy of every book ever printed here, and a wide variety of periodicals.

The official book depository of the United Kingdom, the British Library holds a copy of every book ever printed here, and a wide variety of periodicals. No less than 150 million items catalogued and there is an unimaginable 625 km of shelving! Visitors may not enter the museum itself, but there is a very good exhibition chronicling the history of the written and printed word, collecting some of the museum's best known exhibits, including two of the original manuscripts of the Magna Carta and Leonardo Da Vinci's notebook. In the central atrium stands The King's Library (the library of King George III) surrounded by a glass wall, so visitors can watch librarians retrieving books for readers.


Hours

Sun

11:00

17:00

Mon

09:30

20:00

Tue

09:30

20:00

Wed

09:30

20:00

Thu

09:30

20:00

Fri

09:30

18:00

Sat

09:30

17:00

About British Library

 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB, United Kingdom

 +44 330 333 1144

 www.bl.uk

British Library and Nearby Sights on Map

King's Cross

St. Pancras International Rail Station

The St

The Russell Hotel

The Russell Hotel on the eastern side of Russell Square is a gothic building with a magnificent ballroom which was designed by the same people who created interiors for the ill-fated Titanic

Camley Street Natural Park

The Camley Street Natural Park is a small 2 acre urban nature reserve on the banks of the Regent's Canal in the midst of the industrial wasteland north of King's Cross Station

Russell Square

Russell Square is the largest square in London, established in 1806 by the 5th Duke of Bedford whose statue can still be found here

Foundling Museum

The Foundling Museum tells the story of the Foundling Hospital, an orphanage for abandoned children founded in the eighteenth century which continues today as the children's charity Coram

University College London

The University College London has a small but beautiful quad and an interesting Neo-Classical facade

Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology at the University College London preserves the teaching collection of Sir William Flinders Petrie, one of Britain's greatest archaeologists and has built upon it

Cartoon Museum

The Cartoon Museum displays an extensive collection of British cartoon and comic art from the 18th century to the present day

British Museum

The British Museum is, undoubtedly, one of the best museums in the world and a definite highlight of any trip to London