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.

Sir John Ritblat: Treasures of the British Library Gallery is 'The holy grail for history buffs' - Time Out. Magna Carta, Lindisfarne Gospels, Jane Austen's notebook, handwritten lyrics by the Beatles, Leonardo da Vinci's notebook and Nizami's Five Poems are just a few of the Treasures you can see.

Every year the British Library hosts a range of exhibitions, some of which are free. Coming up, journey to where magic and myth began with our Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition or celebrate the sound archive with a free exhibition dedicated to taking time to listen.

Enjoy the lively programme of talks, courses, Lates and family events inspired by both the British Library's exhibitions and its diverse collection.

You can eat and drink in one of the cafes or visit the Shop, the perfect place for the curious and literary minded. And discover more about the British Library's history, collections or architecture on a tour of the building.

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