In July of 2013, I decided to take a trip to London and had to visit the Traffic Light Tree. To my surprise, when I went to visit the area I found that the sculpture had disappeared (it was removed in 2011). I spoke to a traffic officer who informed me that the sculpture had been temporarily removed because the area where he was located was very dangerous, because drivers confused him with a traffic light, which caused some accidents. They expect that the sculpture will have a new location towards the end of 2013, near the Billingsgate Market.
Certainly Stanfords is the library that every traveler dreams of. There's everything - a literature section, maps, notebooks and so on. To round it off the shop floor is filled with amazing city maps and a thousand and one globes. A library travel specialist that devotes its lower floor to London and a collection of ancient maps of England. A delightful place to take stock.
The Tower Bridge Exhibition is found on the famous bridge operated by the Museum of London. The tour includes a walk through all the rooms and access to murals, photographs and texts with historical and technical information about the operation of the bridge. The visit begins by climbing to the walkway that connects the two towers, then descends to the road from the old engine room, now converted into a museum. There is a motor inside that will give you a good idea of how the bridge operated in years gone by. Every day the bridge is raised 6-8 times. If you want to see it in action you should consult the web site that will inform you about the hours of operation. The price of the tour is £6 per person, but if you buy the ticket through the train company, you get a promotion of 2x1.
A Darwin Exhibition was held in the Historic Museum of Oxford between December 31 and February 2, 2009. Admission was free. It was for the 200th anniversary of Darwin. The exhibition included portraits, paintings, photographs and some writings which told about his adventures and trials. The exhibition seemed to me very complete but maybe not that interesting for those who are not particularly interested in this matter. This exhibition was very academic and unfit for younger people with no historic background. I liked the exhibition.
This exhibition was organized by Blenheim Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The admission cost is £ 17.50, but it includes plenty of attractions to spend a full day exploring the corners of the castle.
The Churchill exposition is on the ground floor of the palace, and includes a series of photos and documents of what was once one of the country's most famous Englishmen. Churchill was born at Blenheim Palace, which belongs to the Duke of Marlborough. It just happened, that his parents were vacationing there and he was born early. You can visit the guest room where his parents were staying and where he was born. It is filled with objects and letters that celebrated his birth.
Throughout his life, he was always very fond of Blenheim, a place where he spent much time with his family. As he was so fond of it, he asked to be buried in a nearby cemetery after his state funeral in order to have the view of the palace. The exhibition is quite well done, with the great themes of his life, his help during the Second World War, and his memories of Blenheim.
The White Tower of William the Conqueror, completed around 1100, marks the beginning of the story of the Tower of London as a palace and fortress. Access was high with a wooden staircase if there was an attack it could be removed so that the tower became inaccessible. It's known as the white tower as every year they painted it white. This tower was built taking advantage of the ruins of a Roman wall. It has some huge rooms, some form the Armory museum and there are large living rooms with fireplaces, a small church, etc. At the exit there's a souvenir shop
School of Fine Arts in Glasgow is a nice monument, which was built by the most famous architect of the city, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, whose trace is found in various buildings in the city, such as Buchanan Galleries, a shopping mall, or several shops of the Scottish city. Mackintosh was born in 1868, and was also a designer, with a minimalist style very particular. He lived most of his life in Glasgow, where he was commissioned projects for public and private buildings. There was much in demand as the industrial city was developing very fast, and not the most beautiful, but a learned art lovers ask a little more beautiful buildings that changed the city. Art school was his masterpiece and gave international recognition Today you can visit the school, and there are exhibitions with works of current students on the first floor, down can not visit because they are the classrooms. Admission is free but are asked not to take pictures. At the entrance is a map of the center of Glasgow where I explain how to locate the other buildings made by Mackintosh, and a shop with objects and books about his life.
This exhibition helps us to understand life in submarines, in times of war or just underwater exploration. A submarine is designed to travel long distances underwater without being detected, and they usually carry torpedoes and missiles to defend and attack enemy targets. It has a full-scale reconstruction of the submarine, with the seats of the crew, some personal effects and details of everyday life and activities to understand how the ship worked. The United Kingdom has always been very advanced in terms of immersion techniques, and it was in about 1900 that the first internal combustion engines in Holland created the first submarine. In 100 years, it's amazing how they have developed, and continue to be one of the most strategic tools in times of war.
This exciting exhibition tells us what life was like for children during World War II. It is a temporary exhibition you can find in the Imperial War Museum near the Waterloo railway station. It presents objects, bags children wore when they were evacuated from London and major cities. Likewise, when Germany threatened to invade England, all children were sent to the countryside. In general, you went to your school or at least your class, to villages, where children were distributed amongst volunteer families. You can see the propaganda that incites city families to send their children, and the countryside to host them. One million children were evacuated, the largest movement of people in the country's history. There are also advertisements that encourage parents to make a greater effort to conserve food, especially milk for their children. The children had a larger ration of milk and meat, and also more places for clothes. Downstairs, a whole house, teaches you about everyday life during the war, a classroom ... and testimonies of how they lived. Free and great for kids.
The Cavendish Convention Center is in central London between Oxford Circus tube and Regent's Park and is easily accessible. As it's are near the center you can enjoy the city nightlife. There are several conference rooms which can accommodate up to 230 people and 20 speakers. It has all the technical facilities, a control room for light and sound and projectors for speakers. For receptions there are no menus to choose from for the participants. The closest hotel is the Langham Hotel. There is no parking for conference participants so you have to find parking outside or a NCP (national car park chain).
A fascinating temporary exhibition in the Imperial War Museum (June 2008 - November 1, 2009) on the 60th anniversary of the 1948 arrival of the Empire Windrush, an English military ship which arrived in England. On board were 600 passengers who spent months of savings to come from the British West Indies to start a new life in England. They were placed in towns where they were the 1st blacks, and sometimes suffered discrimination, it was cold for them and they had to work hard to live in the UK. The exhibition tells the story of some of them, with videos of the vessel's arrival, testimonies of passengers and for the English this was an important event. You can see the passenger list, some objects they took and hear their stories (exciting and joyful times of their lives). The exhibition is part of the season "black history" of London, a program called "Your past your future" and is available online.
The Royal Academy of Arts, located in the heart of London, was founded in 1768 by George III. Nowadays it is an independent, privately funded body led by numerous great artists and architects. The site promotes great works of art with exhibitions, education and debate. Over the years it has hosted some sublime pieces of artwork, and is also famous for its workshops and courses related to the arts.
This sundial is on the Jubilee Walk, near Tower Bridge. It's built with heavy chains, reminiscent of those that tie the boats to the ports along the Thames. When I was there, there was no sun, so you could not tell the time, but it is a valued tourist attraction for visitors to the city.
It's an equatorial sundial, with a steel wheel that's 3.66 meters, supported by three wires. It is a work by Wendy Taylor that was inaugurated in the 70's. The London docks was an industrial area that wasn't well taken care of, but now it's a great area. Christopher St James was the one who fixed the clock to make it work. He also was in charge of the Tower Hill sundial.
Spies is a temporary exhibition at the Imperial War Museum. It contains very old files, because they're obviously not going to tell you all the secrets about the British secret services now. But still, you learn a lot. They talk about the MI16, which is the Secret Intelligence Service, created in 1909, whose aim is to obtain information about the actions of people outside of the UK. The MI15 is the national security service, which aims to protect the nation and destroy terrorist threats, sabotage and espionage that come from outside the country. Then there is also the Special Operation Executive that was created in 1940 after the victory of the German armies in Europe and the Nazi occupation. Winston Churchill ordered them to liberate Europe, which helped the resistance groups and blocked the Germans. In the exhibition, you will be able to see the objects that they used to listen in on phone calls, make fake passports and IDs for the spies, propaganda items, tools, etc. The admission is free.
Maharaja means great king, and carries all the splendor of these wealthy rulers of India. The image we have all of the turbans, decadent jewels, immense wealth, there are tales. The Maharajas exhibition in the Victoria and Albert Museum recreates the life of these princes, from the seventeenth century to English colonization and modern times. They had an important role, at the political and cultural level. The exhibition explores the extensive culture. Admission is 11 pounds, if you come by train and present your ticket, get two tickets for the price of one. In one of the first rooms is a reconstitution of elephant, almost of actual size, with ornaments of the Maharajas. Everything has a meaning, to establish the power of the Lord. The Mughal Empire was the most important, but in the eighteenth century it began to fall. The kingdoms were reorganized, with Sikhs and Marathas gaining power. The drawings of their lives, parties, jewelry, are amazing. I liked the jewels commissioned from Cartier or Louis Vuitton once fashions passed the border, as they tried to combine their traditions with modernity and the arrival of the British, they retained their splendor, but lost their political role. It takes 4 hours to see everything in total.
Blenheim Palace: The untold story is a show with videos and dolls that look very authentic! It takes you through the history of Blenheim that is not told in the history books. The Palace, a historical monument and UNESCO World Heritage Site, was for passing lovers, betrayals, and other stories. You go from room to room, and there are voices, wax, and they tell you what happened. They start 300 years ago to reach the age of Churchill and WWII. The characters are reflected in mirrors or screens, and there are videos of actors. The illusion is amazing, it is as if they are real! The visit is included in the price of the palace, as another exhibition, dealing with the life of Churchill.
It is an outdoor exhibition of beautiful photos of Yann Arthus Bertrand, the French photographer. From September 2008 to February 2009, dozens of photos are installed in front of the castle of Oxford. A strange place to install World photos, but the past and modernity mix quite well, and the event attracts many people. This exhibition was in Paris for a while in the gardens of Luxembourg, but some new photos have been added. Be in nature, a river, a desert, or in the houses, the habitat of the people across the world, everything is seen from above, from a helicopter. The photos are lit at night though enclosed with bars so come at any time.