London for a backpacker
Though, not the cheapest city in the world, London is certainly the liveliest and most exciting of them all. And you donít require deep pockets to enjoy London. Yes, it is possible to have loads of fun without burning a hole in your pocket...
This is an important landmark in the city and is located right in the centre of London. In fact Trafalgar Square is one of the best places to start your sightseeing tour. It has over 150 years of history, with Nelson's famous column behind you, and the fountains by Lutyens and Landseer's lions in front of you. Beyond them lies the National Gallery, which holds one of the world's finest collections of Western European paintings.
National Portrait Gallery
Not too far from the Trafalgar Square is the National Portrait Gallery. The gallery has one of the most inspiring collections of portraits. The National Portrait Gallery holds likenesses of both the famous and infamous - poets and princesses, statesmen and sportsmen are all on display. Royal portraits abound, which range from Holbein's Henry VIII to Annigoni's portrait of the Queen. And if you thought itís all history; donít be surprised to see the stars from today's world of rock, pop and show biz too. You may catch a glimpse of supermodel Elle MacPherson, Elizabeth Taylor, and The Spice Girls.
There are two other major art galleries in London that you can visit without spending a penny. The two galleries are Tate Britain and Tate Modern. Neither of the galleries charges admission fee for their permanent collections.
British Museum is of the oldest public museum in the world. It is located in Bloomsbury and houses items from all over the globe. The museum has everything from mummies to Ming; exhibits include priceless antiquities like the Elgin Marbles from The Parthenon and the Rosetta Stone that provided the key to Egyptian hieroglyphics.
British Library was once part of the British Museum, and is now found in St Pancras. Its new building was designed by Sir Colin Wilson to house the UK's National Library, the riches of the written word. It has an amazing 150 million separate items in storage and state-of-the-art technology lets you journey through some of the priceless exhibits via a 'virtual manuscript'.
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