Sunday Sights

Natural History Museum

Every Sunday I’m posting a photograph of an iconic building, location or view in London. As a tour guide, I take great pleasure in showing these world famous sights to visitors and this weekly blog series will serve as a virtual extension of my guided walks.

naturalhistorymuseumFollowing on from last week’s botanical theme, today we are having a look at the ceiling of the Natural History Museum. A South Kensington landmark this public institution was built in 1881 and often gets very crowded during half term. (Heed the warning!) Due to its very ornate architecture, the museum has often been described – and very accurately so – as a ‘cathedral of nature’.

Fun fact: Did you know that the central axis of the National History Museum is aligned with the Albert Memorial? Both buildings were once part of the area known as Albertopolis.

Yannick Pucci is an independent tour guide and founder of London Unravelled. All his public walks can be found on EventBrite and you can also follow his adventures on Twitter.

Sunday Sights

The Palm House

Every Sunday I’m posting a photograph of an iconic building, location or view in London. As a tour guide, I take great pleasure in showing these world famous sights to visitors and this weekly blog series will serve as a virtual extension of my guided walks.

kewgardenspalmhouseA visit to Kew Gardens wouldn’t be complete without popping into the steamy Palm House. Considered to be most important surviving Victorian iron and glass structure in the world, this exotic greenhouse was designed by Decimus Burton and constructed between 1844 and 1848. A marvel of architecture, the iconic Palm House unites the two seemingly opposing worlds of botany and industry.

Fun fact: Did you know that the Palm House is composed of 16,000 panes of glass?

Yannick Pucci is an independent tour guide and founder of London Unravelled. All his public walks can be found on EventBrite and you can also follow his adventures on Twitter.

Sunday Sights

Peter Pan

Every Sunday I’m posting a photograph of an iconic building, location or view in London. As a tour guide, I take great pleasure in showing these world famous sights to visitors and this weekly blog series will serve as a virtual extension of my guided walks.

greatormondstreetgoshAn iconic figure of children’s literature, Peter Pan has become one of the most famous fictional characters associated with London. While George Frampton’s sculpture in Kensington Gardens is often highlighted, this lesser well known bronze version of J.M. Barrie’s creation can be found outside the main entrance of Great Ormond Street Hospital in Bloomsbury. Made by the British artist Diarmuid Byron O’Connor, this statue was unveiled in 2000 and Tinker Bell was only added a couple of years later to it.

Fun fact: Did you know that in 1929 J. M. Barrie gifted all the rights of Peter Pan to Great Ormond Street Hospital?

Yannick Pucci is an independent tour guide and founder of London Unravelled. All his public walks can be found on EventBrite and you can also follow his adventures on Twitter.