Visit Britain's National Library. The largest library in the world by number of catalogued items...
Holding over 150 million items in a variety of formats and over 15 million books. The British Library is a global centre of research, learning and literature.
As a legal deposit library it has a copy of every book ever published in the United Kingdom (certainly since 1911 at least) as well as many others published overseas and circulated in the UK.
During our visit we will visit their permanent galleries and will then have a little freetime to explore other areas of the library as we desire
Here's some more information on each of the permanent galleries, the first being the highlight
Treasures of the British Library...
"See over 200 beautiful and fascinating items: sacred texts from many faiths, maps and views, early printing, literary, historical, scientific and musical works from over the centuries and around the world. Half of the items now on display have not been seen by the public for many years.
Discover some of the world's most exciting and significant books, from Magna Carta and the Gutenberg Bible, to Mozart and the Beatles. Marvel at the genius behind the Leonardo notebooks, and see the earliest versions of some of the greatest works of literature, including Beowulf and Shakespeare's First Folio.
Some of the highlights are:
• Diamond Sutra (the world's earliest dated printed book)
• Leonardo's notebook
• Codex Sinaiticus
• Laurence Olivier's script for Macbeth
• Hanif Kureishi's diary from his recently acquired archive
• Celestial globe, 110cm across" .
The Philatelic Exhibition...
There is a permanent exhibition area for the Philatelic Collections, where you can discover some of the world's rarest and most significant stamps.
Discover how the precious items are looked after visit the 'Conservation Uncovered' exhibition in the Conservation Centre.
For further information about the library you can visit their expansive website here http://www.bl.uk/.
PS This is the exterior view of the library which should prove useful for when you arrive.