The tour will be part of the winter/spring programme of events for the ‘Friends of the RA‘, running in conjunction with the Royal Academy‘s upcoming exhibition ‘Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse’.
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.
Following 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.