Why visit a library while in London? The permanent (free) exhibit has some very old documents and manuscripts, some as old as 1,000 years old, which is well worth a stroll.
Until March 11, there is a special exhibit on life during the Georgian era. This is no small task to present the history of over 100 years: just think what it would be like to try and do the history of 1900-2000, and you can grasp the enormity of the task. There were a lot of interesting things to see, but you must be warned: mostly to read. Not surprising, if you think about it - it's put together by the British LIBRARY, so most of the stuff on exhibit consists of printed documents. You will, however, find a few costumes, a hand-written Handel score, and Jane Austen's writing desk and glasses.
The exhibit costs 9 pounds. If you love/are fascinated by the Georgian era, it might be worth it. Definitely do not take children or if you are not up for a lot of reading.
They have a nice gift shop. The food in the cafe is also nice and fairly priced: good luck, though, ever finding a place to sit. Almost all the seats seem to be perpetually occupied with non-eating library patrons and their laptops..
If you just want to pop into the regular free collection, you might entice your other family members to come along with the promise of either seeing the street where Sherlock is filmed (at 187 Gower), or Platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross Station. Both are less than 5 minutes walk from the library.
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