HAPPENINGS NEAR THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART

With the best international reputation, RCA or Royal College of Arts is a PG University which specialises in designing and art and offers 24 programmes in the design and art disciplines. It has a vibrant international multicultural community.Paddington Hotel London offers best services at a reasonable price.However these are the places you can visit near the Royal College of Arts.

Royal Albert Hall: Royal Albert Hall is among the world’s most renowned stages and was inaugurated by Queen Victoria in the year 1871. Its is situated on the northern side of South Kensington, London. It hosts more than 350 events in a year, including circus, jazz, world music, comedy, opera, dance, classical music, pop, rock and tennis. It offers daytime tours, and world music and jazz in Hall’s café consort and also hosts the Proms concert every year since 1941 during the summer. It has a seating capacity of over 5000 people. It receives no government or public funding is run by a charitable trust. Since its inauguration, many of the world’s best artists from different genres have performed here to make it among UK’s most distinctive and treasured buildings. It was meant to be known as Central Hall of Arts and Sciences but was changed by Queen Victoria in the memory of Price Albert who was her husband. It has been titled ‘The Nation’s Village Hall’ and the very first concert here was performed on May 1st, 1871 (Arthur Sullivan’s Cantata on Shore and Sea).

Albert Memorial: The Albert Memorial was completed in 1872, in the memory of Prince Albert after being commissioned by Queen Victoria who was his wife. The memorial stands 54 meters tall and was then designed by George Gilbert Scott in Gothic Revival style. It is located in the Kensington Gardens in London on the northern side of Royal Albert Hall. The memorial comprises of an ornate pavilion or canopy, in the Gothic Ciborium style having the statue facing south of the Prince towards the Royal Albert Hall, over the altar of a church. After the memorial opened, three years later the statue of the Prince was ceremonially seated in the year 1875. It took more than ten years to complete and costed around £120,000 which was equivalent to £10,000,000 in 2010 and the cost was recovered by public subscriptions. Its popularity led to several other creations of ‘Albert Memorials’ in the United Kingdom. The First Albert Memorial to be  inaugurated was in Albert Square, Manchester in the year 1865 which made Kensington memorial not the earliest one.

Victoria and Albert Museum: The Victoria and Albert museum is one of the world’s greatest museum of design and art which represents human creativity in more than 3000 years of existence, with collections of diversity. In the last few years the Victoria and Albert Museum has gone through dramatic restoration and renewal with highlights that consists of the stunning jewellery gallery and the amazing British galleries, Medieval Renaissance gallery that has the greatest survived treasures from that time period. It illustrates the rich history of Britain through design and art.

Serpentine Galleries: The Serpentine is located on both sides of the Serpentine Lake which is in Kensington Gardens, London which is two exhibition spaces: the Serpentine Sackler Gallery and the Serpentine Gallery which is designed by the Zaha Hahid architects. It seasonally exhibits eight shows annually and also presents its  annual Serpentine Pavilion in the months of summer and is the most ambitious program of architecture of its kind in the world. Complement by a series of digital commissions, special artist commissions, outdoor sculpture projects and others including the renowned Edgware Road Project. The admission is free of cost and is open from Tuesday till Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm.

Harrods: Its been more than 160 years and Harrods is a luxury shopping destination for exclusive collections and service. It has seven floors and more than 300 departments specially dedicated to the finest in fashion, technology, homeware and food, it has something or the other for everyone. The newest department is the luxury womenswear department with boutiques of international brands like Prada, Dior and Valentino, while the best fragrances exclusive to Harrods can be shopped at Salon du Parfums. The store has also different customer services like by appointment personal shopping, Tax rewards, Gift Concierge and Urban Retreat Spa. Shoppers can choose to dine from restaurants including Chao Wu, Steakhouse, Pizzeria or Oyster bar. Harrods Food Halls have a variety of chocolate, tea and fresh produce. Enjoy all these by staying at The Grand London Paddington Hotel.

Natural History Museum: You can find tons of amazing and interactive exhibits at the Natural History Museum, London’s one of the most stunning landmark buildings. The highlights here include Mammals Display, Central Hall and the Dinosaurs Gallery. You cannot afford to miss the state of the art Darwin Centre Cocoon where you can spot tons of fascinating rare specimens and observe laboratories with scientists at work. The museum has to offer different programme of events and temporary exhibitions including chances to join experts in discussion about nature and science in Darwin Centre’s high-tech Attenborough Studio. It is among the three major museums at Exhibition Road, South Kensington, however, its main entrance is on Cromwell Road. It has five main collections of mineralogy, zoology, paleontology, entomology and botany.

Science Museum: The science museum was established in 1857 and is the most popular technology and science museum in the entire Europe with over 3.3 million visitors annually. It is located on Exhibition Road, London. There are more than 15000 items on display which consists of world famous Stephenson’s Rocket and Apollo 10 command capsule. With the help of amazing 3D and 4D simulators you can experience the space on an Apollo space mission or fly with red arrows or watch a film at the IMAX 3D cinema whose screen is taller than 4 double-decker busses. The entry is free but charges apply for simulators, special exhibitions and IMAX 3D Cinema(it offers charity rates) and is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm.

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