London diaries with Anushka Sharma and a detailed tour of must-visit museums

London diaries with Anushka Sharma and a detailed tour of must-visit museums

Anushka is vacationing in London with her daughter Vamika. And of course, Virat Kohli is there. She recently posted a picture posing against Ageas Bowl with the caption- “Don’t bring work home isn’t applicable for Virat at the moment.” There were pictures of her pushing a baby stroller with her 5-month-old daughter in it.

Recently Virat was in South Hampton for the World Test Championship final against New Zealand. He was accompanied by his wife and daughter. But the team lost the match. On August 4th team India will play against home team England.

COVID-19 has resulted in implementing strict rules for Indian travellers flying to England. The UK has in fact put India on the danger red list. Only a few flights are available from both countries. If a tourist has travelled or stayed to the red-listed countries, he/she can still travel to Britain as long as he/she has UK or Irish citizenship. These tourists should go into 10-day quarantine in a hotel and get a Covid test done after 8 days. They should strictly follow the National safety rules. The ones who give wrong information in the Passenger Locator Forum are liable to be jailed.

Next time you are planning a London trip, how about taking a tour of its glorious museums?

We have compiled a list for you.

National Gallery: Set in London’s busiest open space, Trafalgar Square, this is the grandmother of galleries with more than 2,300 paintings spanning the 13th to the 19th centuries. Some of the biggies include Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, Velazquez’s Rokeby Venus, Constable’s The Hay Wain, Leonardo da Vinci’s Burlington House Cartoon and Monet’s The Japanese Bridge. Weekends are usually packed but there is enough space to find a quiet corner. You can download one of the countless audio tour options and explore. You can also curate your own by selecting the paintings you want to see before you arrive. In February 1967 they acquired Leonardo da Vinci's Ginevra de' Benci for around $5 million ($39 million in 2020 dollars) from the Princely Family of Liechtenstein. Tuscan artist Margarito d'Arezzo's Virgin and Child Enthroned is the oldest painting in the National Gallery Collection, dating back to 1263-4.

Tower of London: Built by William the Conqueror in 1066, this uncompromising slab of a building has been many things—including the site where Henry VIII ordered the execution of two of his wives. This 900-year-old castle and fortress in central London is notable for housing the crown jewels and for holding many famous and infamous prisoners. The last people to be held in the Tower were the Kray twins. They were imprisoned for a few days in 1952 for failing to report for national service. Now the Tower is most famous as the home of the Crown Jewels. While the Crown Jewels are real, they are not the 11th-century originals. The Civil Wars that began in 1642 effectively ended with the execution of Charles I in 1649. The crown jewels are still in use by the royal family during ceremonies, like during their coronation. They are not owned by the state but by the queen herself in right of the Crown. Their ownership passes from one Monarch to the next and they are maintained by the Crown Jeweller.

Charles Dickens Museum: Charles and Catherine Dickens moved into 48 Doughty Street in 1837, when Charles was a young, ambitious writer. They were on the rise, and while here Dickens penned some of his most famous works, including Nicholas Nickleby, The Pickwick Papers and Oliver Twist. Their collection is made up of about 100,000 pieces, including letters and furniture, clothes, and illustrations, all relating to Charles Dickens and his creations. Yet more than that, the Charles Dickens Museum reflects life in middle-class Victorian London. How did they live, what did they eat and what did they think of the rapidly changing world around them? Charles Dickens’ novels come to life inside this elegant Georgian townhouse where the author lived for a handful of years. The blue dining room, with its elaborate gold curtains, is a highlight; the table set as if waiting for the Dickens family to come down for tea.

London Transport Museum: London Transport Museum is a subsidiary company of Transport for London, registered with the harity Commission as charity number 1123122. In what used to part of the Covent Garden market, you’ll find the story of London’s public transport came to be, with buses and chunks of trains on show. Displays range from the first steam-powered underground engine to a horse-drawn bus, and they’re especially good for small children (you can board any of the exhibits) and engineering nuts.

Horniman Museum and Gardens: You can expect a lot of breathing space at the museum. The huge building, with its looming clocktower, looks a bit like a very ornate train station and is surrounded by 16 acres of garden. You’ll find large natural history and anthropology galleries, as well as an aquarium, carefully curated wild-looking gardens, and a beautiful Victorian conservatory. The Horniman Museum and Gardens are free to enter, but you must book a ticket to visit the Museum. There is a charge to visit Monkey Business, the Aquarium, and the Butterfly House. Inside, things don’t look very different from when it opened at the beginning of the 20th-Century, a giant stuffed walrus takes centre stage, and traditional wood-and-glass cases house countless other specimens.

Science Museum: The Science Museum is the most visited science and technology museum in Europe. There are over 15,000 objects on display, including world-famous objects such as the Soyuz TMA-19M descent module - the spacecraft that took astronaut Tim Peake back to Earth from the International Space Station - and a real piece of the Moon. Their interactive galleries bring science to life - see lightning strike before your eyes, play with forces on giant slides or travel through space under a canopy of stars. Plus, you can experience what it's like to fly a Red Arrows jet in their 3D simulator, or watch a film on a screen taller than four double-decker buses in the IMAX cinema.

Imperial War Museum: IWM London is the world's leading museum of war. Founded during the First World War, it gives voice to the extraordinary experiences of ordinary people forced to live their lives in a world torn apart by conflict. Displayed across six floors, the museum's vast collections encompass a wealth of objects - from uniforms to photographs, vehicles to films, weapons to works of art - each with a story to tell. Step into the world-famous atrium and experience the continuing influence of war on the world, from the First World War to the present day in the award-winning galleries, all filled with the power to move, inspire and transform.

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