Things to do in London, England
Porotobello Road Market
Portobello Road Market in London, England is by far the largest antiques market in the world. Portobello is an amazing place to find great antiques and includes plenty of findings in the forms of aviation, bronze, brass, and copper pieces, chests, costume clothing, crystal, bottles, books and manuscripts, art deco and arts and craft items, handbags, Islamic art, jewelry, lace, knobs and knockers, and all kinds of other great items. There are plenty of dealers who specialize in the specific items one is looking for at any given time. The plethora of items displayed at this amazing market runs a wide range as one can see and there is definitely something for any type of collector in the market. This is a great street market to visit because it consists of a unity between certified dealers in antiques that strive to live by a code of ethics and business practice which are within the needs of the clients who come out to shop all the time. This culmination of shop owners and public clientele not only sets up a great, stable market for the general public and traders alike to shop in but it also boosts the traffic in the area and really contributes to economic growth in the area of Portobello Road and Westbourne Grove. There are also several galleries, which specialize in arts from different areas of the world, among the antiques arcades and shops. Guests of the Portobello Road Market will also find healthy communities of buyers for antiques as well as shops who deal in the items being sold and purchased that specialize in the restoration, appraisal, and dealing of said items. This is a very well oiled machine when it comes to the antiques market and should definitely be visited when in London for a casual or professional trip. Take some time and look for something for the wife for a special occasion.
Museum of London
The Museum of London is a great attraction featuring tons of great exhibits that range a large amount of different items from urban history of the London area. It prides itself as being the largest archaeological archive in Europe with a love for the community. Its main goals are to increase awareness of the community’s history and culture reaching out to the members of the community by playing a major role in the education of this very old and great city. At the Museum of London, there is a healthy collection of events, special exhibits and displays, and even permanent galleries which create an amazing learning experience for its visitors as well as a visual experience for the stimulation of its guests. The Museum of London also prides itself in the multitude of collections that they have for the viewing pleasure of the people which have been found on several archaeological digs and other discovery points. The collections offered up by the museum include items from prehistoric ages to the 1700’s as well as the 1700’s up to the present. With such a huge collection of artifacts and findings it is hard to display it all. There is even a significant list of collections which are displayed online so that nothing is left untouched. Some of the collections found at the museum include items from prehistoric times, the Roman Empire, Saxon and Medieval times, Tudor & Stuart ages, dress and fashion, port and river collections, photographs, paintings, prints, and drawings, decorative arts, and even stories and oral histories. The collections are absolutely amazing and really lend to a great discovery of the ages which lead to today’s London. Some of the permanent exhibits include London before London, Roman London, Medieval London, War, Plague & Fire, Expanding City: 1666-1850’s, People’s City: 1850’s-1940’s, World City: 1950’s-today, The City Gallery, and The Slacker Hall. There are also other exhibits to entertain the guests of the museum so come on out to the Museum of London when in the area for a great look into the city’s past, present, and future.