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Museum of London
The Museum of London is in the City of London near St Paul’s Cathedral. Its aim is to convey London’s history and its contemporary culture and it claims to be "one of the world’s largest urban history museums" with over 2 million objects. The displays are divided into historical periods, from prehistoric times to the present day and objects include domestic items, weapons, coins, ceramics and glass. For the more modern periods the museum is creating more diverse displays which will include oral histories. A major refurbishment is currently underway and the exhibitions at the moment stop at 1666. The new galleries will reopen in 2010. Only a small part of the collection can be on display, but researchers can view the other items and some can be seen on-line in a "virtual" collection. Entry is free and there is provision for disabled access. Groups are catered for, learning packs are available for schools and special events and courses are organised. There is a café and a shop on site.
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese is generally accepted as the oldest pub in London. It was destroyed by the Great Fire in 1666, but was rebuilt in 1667. Cheese is located on Fleet Street, which in itself is famous for being the home of the British Press, so it comes as no surprise to find that Cheese has had many famous patrons over the years such as Dr Johnson (one of the most quoted English writers, after Shakespeare) & Charles Dickens (who originally started out as a Fleet Street Journalist). Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese is just a short walk from Blackfriars underground and overland station. All major credit cards are accepted. Opening Hours: Monday - Friday 11:00 - 23:00 (Food is served 12:00 - 22:00) Saturday 12:00 - 23:00 (Food is served 12:00 - 14:30 & 18:00 - 21:30) Sunday 12:00 - 15:00 (Food is served 12:00 - 14:30)
The Old Bailey
The medieval place of trial in Newgate Street was burned down in the Great Fire of London in 1666. After that event, the Hall of Justice, also called the Old Bailey, was built in Newgate Street next to the Prison, and has been remodelled in several ways. The current Old Bailey Courthouse is made up of eighteen courts spread over three floors. These oak-pannelled courtrooms have seen some of the most famous criminal cases in the world. Old Bailey Insight provides tours run by a court reporter. The tour starts with a talk about the history, the people involved and workings of the building. Places visited include the site where public hangings were carried out. There is also the possibility of viewing a current trial from the public gallery. Court sitting: 10am - 4pm (Monday - Friday) Except for Easter and Christmas, and Bank holidays Admission (to tour): Adult: £5 (No-one under 18 admitted) There is no wheelchair access to the public gallery in the main court Nearest underground: St Paul's (central line) There are NCP car parks in the area
The Millennium Bridge is a pedestrian walkway which spans the River Thames between the Embankment adjacent to St Paul's Cathedral on the north side and Tate Modern on the south side. Designed by Sir Norman Foster it is a shallow suspension bridge having two "Y"-shaped supports. Immediately after opening in 2001 it was subject to swaying with the number of people walking over it, requiring modification and further damping. The bridge is illuminated. The bridge is open 24 hours a day and the crossing is free. Nearest Underground: Mansion House and Blackfriars (Central and District lines) Pedestrian access is by walkways from St Pauls Cathedral (north back) and Tate Modern (south bank) where there are also car parks.
College of Arms
Heralds have been part of the history of Western Europe since the time of the Crusades. Richard III granted a charter of incorporation in 1484 when their function was the design and creation of coats of arms. This function has developed and diversified into genealogical research. The College now maintains a registry of armorial and family records. They are also responsible for ceremonies of State such as coronations and openings of parliament. The College building was built on the site in 1670 and contains the Earl Marshall's Court complete with panelling, gallery and throne. There is an extensive library and document store. The heralds are available to discuss petitions for the granting of new coats of arms. Open: 10am - 4pm (Monday - Friday) Except public holidays and State occasions Admission free Nearest Underground station: Blackfriars (District and Circle lines) With a flight of stairs up to the main entrance wheelchair access could be restricted.