Official Visitor Guide

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: Treasures of the British Library, where some of the most significant world treasures can be seen for free, including: Magna Carta, Shakespeare’s First Folio, Lewis Carroll’s manuscripts of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, Beatles lyrics handwritten by John Lennon, and drawings on pages from Leonardo’s Da Vinci’s Notebook.

Biannually the Library hosts a major Paccar gallery exhibition. West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song opened in October and in Spring 2016 an exhibition launches celebrating William Shakespeare.

The Entrance Hall gallery, Philatelic exhibition and Centre for Conservation are also free.

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