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Joanna Lumley Actress

Best known as an actress, Joanna Lumley is also a voice-over artist, former model and author. Her love affair with London began as a young girl on a trip to London for a ballet audition and her passion for performance and the arts in London has never waned.

Watch and share Joanna's tips for visitors with only 24 hours in this ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ city, which include a ride on an open-top bus, fish and chips and a visit to the British Library.

About British Library

The British Library is the UK’s national library and home to the Sir John Ritblat Gallery, where you can discover some of the most exciting and significant treasures in the world including Magna Carta, Shakespeare’s First Folio and Codex Sinaiticus. Also on display are Lewis Carroll’s manuscripts of Alice's Adventures Under Ground, Beatles lyrics handwritten by John Lennon, and drawings by Leonardo da Vinci.

During your visit, don't miss the Library's temporary exhibitions offering a diverse and creative range of subjects and showcasing its extensive collections.

The British Library is one of the world’s greatest research institutions and offers a fascinating journey through the history of the written word. With a reader pass you can access the collections which span all cultures and exceed 150 million items including books, manuscripts, maps, stamps, music, patents, photographs, newspapers and sound recordings.

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