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The most famous store in the world, Harrod's, is located here in this large shopping district.

Victoria & Albert Museum

An impressive art museum amongst the best in the world, the Victoria & Albert Museum displays extensive exhibits and masterpieces of art.

Royal Albert Hall of Arts & Sciences

Royal Albert Hall in London.
This large concert hall, also used for public meetings, balls and other events, was built in 1867-71. Its full name is the Royal Albert Hall of Arts and Sciences, and it is a memorial to Queen Victoria's Prince Consort, who had originally proposed its construction. The hall, designed by Captain Francis Fowke and General Scott, is oval in plan, with a circumference of 198m/650ft. It was hailed by contemporaries as a noble building, worthy of Rome in its golden age - a judgment not wholly confirmed by later generations. Although originally noted for its poor acoustics - a defect which was later put right - this huge amphitheater with its great glass dome has developed over the years into one of London's most popular concert halls both for classical and popular music.
The famous "Proms" take place here every year from July to September. The programs range over the repertoire from the Baroque period to the present day. Tickets are reasonably priced and the audiences are large and heterogeneous. Particularly popular is the "last night of the Proms", a traditional occasion on which the atmosphere is good-humored and relaxed and the conductor has to maintain his hold over the audience as well as over the orchestra.
One of the first concert halls built anywhere, this building was modeled on the Coliseum of Rome.
Address: Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 2AP, England

Natural History Museum

A beautiful Romanesque style building houses London's Natural History Museum which dates back to 1754. Highlights of the Museum include the Earth Galleries, Dinosaurs and Origins sections.

Museum of Science & Industry

Pillars at the entrance of the Museum of Science & Industry in London.
The extensive collections of the Science Museum form an impressive illustration of the function of science in understanding and explaining the phenomena, the processes and the laws of nature and in providing the theoretical basis for the practical application of the results achieved. Models and displays, experimental apparatus and original pieces of equipment show the process of putting theoretical advances into practice and illustrate the progress of science and techology over the centuries.
The various departments and galleries, on five floors (lower ground floor, ground floor, first, second and third floors), are excellently arranged and organized to cover the different fields (biochemistry, photography, cinematography, electronics, navigation, optics, acoustics, meteorology, geology, telegraphy, radio, television, astronomy, shipbuilding, aeronautics, industrial processes, etc.). Thus the section on gas illustrates the history of gas manufacture and distribution from the earliest days to the modern drilling platforms; the aeronautics gallery contains models and actual aircraft of different generations as well as hot-air balloons and other notable flying machines. There is a special children's gallery (Launch Pad), where children may carry out scientific experiments. The Sainsbury Gallery, contains the exhibition "Food for thought" on nutrition and food processing technology. A new gallery, Science in the 18th century, opened in 1993; it displays scientific apparatus once belonging to King George III. Of the museum's endless range of exhibits only a few can be selected to indicate the scope and interest of the collection:
Galileo's telescopes; a microscope dated 1675; astronomical instruments; historic machines; Boulton and Watt's steam engine (1788); the oldest locomotive in the world ("Puffing Billy" 1813); the first mechanical loom; the oldest tin can (1823); historic laboratories and workshops; Graham Bell's first telephone; a telegraph (1845); one of the first short-wave transmitters; a typewriter (1875) with the original keyboard arrangement still in use today; Murdock's first gas-works; historic medical instruments; the original X-ray machines; chemical models including Watson and Crick's model of DNA; bicycles and aircraft; Otto Lilienthal's first glider; the Apollo 10 space capsule; a full- size replica of the Apollo 11 Lunar Lander; Soviet spacecraft and a Ford Edsel (1958) among the collection of vintage cars. The Science Museum is also famed for its library (480,000 volumes).
Address: Exhibition Road, London SW7 2DD, England

Commonwealth Education Trust (formerly Commonwealth Institute)

The Commonwealth Institute is the center for Commonwealth education and culture in Britain. Its purpose is to increase knowledge and understanding of the Commonwealth, its nations and people and the principles upon which it is based. Situated in the spectacular historic building next to Holland Park, the Institute's three floors of permanent exhibition galleries show the history, landscape, wildlife, arts, crafts and cultures of the 50 Commonwealth countries. A cultural program of special exhibitions, live events, cultural festivals, children's holiday activities and workshops is on offer to the public, and an education program for teachers and schools is also available.
Address: New Zealand House, 80 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4TE, England

Kensal Green Cemetery

The Kensal Green Cemetery buildings are under the protection of English Heritage. As a result, the Dissenter's Chapel has undergone an extensive conservation project and there are plans to restore the Anglican Chapel and some of the monuments.
The Kensal Green Cemetery came into being in the 1830s when the London cemeteries filled up. It quickly became a noteworthy and preferable place to be burried. Buried here are famous authors and painters and people of nobility, including Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex, son of King George III.
The buildings in Kensal Green are Greek revival style and the most important of these are the Anglican Chapel and Catacombs, Dissenters Chapel and Catacombs, Colonnade and Catacombs, and the Main Entrance Gateway.
Address: The West London Crematorium at Kensal Green, Harrow Road, London W10 4RA, England

Portobello Road Market

On Saturdays Portobello Road Market has antiques and second-hand goods; Mon.-Fri. it offers only fruit and vegetables.
The Portobello market dates back to the 19th century, when gypsies would gather there to trade horses. The Antiques market started in 1948, after the closure of the Caledonian market.
The market runs along Portobello Road, between Westray (M40) and Pembridge Villas.

Leighton Hall

Leighton House is a Victorian mansion with a romantic garden.
Additional attractions include an Arab hall with mosaic floor and antique Middle Eastern tiles, and the studio where Lord Leighton worked. The house is set in beautiful parkland with extensive views of the Lakeland fells. There are also daily flying displays with birds of prey.
Address: 12 Holland Park Road, London W14 8LZ, England

Kensington Roof Gardens

Kensington Roof Gardens cover 2.5 acres on the sixth floor roof of a department store. They were established in 1938 with many exotic plants, flamingoes, birds, a Spanish garden with pergolas, fountains and palm trees, an Elizabethan herb garden and old-fashioned roses.
Address: 99 Kensington High Street, London W8 5SA, England

Holland Park

Holland Park, situated to the west of Kensington Gardens, is particularly attractive in spring when tulips are in bloom, and in summer when performances take place in the open-air theater.
Address: HollandWalk, London W8 7QU, England

Lindsey House

Lindsey House is a National Trust property in London's Kensington area. This 17th C house is built on the former site of Sir Thomas Moore's garden and can boast one of the finest exterior constructions of its day.
Address: 99/100 Cheyne Walk, Kensington SW10 0DQ, England

Fulham Road

Fulham Road, between Finborough Road and Old Church Street is filled with specialty shops selling everything from jewelery to antiques.

Kensington Church Street

Church Street in Kensington has a wide variety of antique shops, art galleries and street markets. It runs between Notting Hill Gate and Kensington High Street.

Linley Sambourne House

Linley Sambourne House was the home of the artist and "Punch" cartoonist Edward Linley Sambourne, with 19th century furniture and pictures.
Address: 18 Stafford Terrace, London W8 7BH, England

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