Margaret Thatcher died today, aged 87, after suffering a stroke whilst she stayed at The Ritz hotel, London.
Where there is doubt, may we bring faith. And where there is despair, may we bring hope.
Natural History Museum, London.
The Natural History Museum, London, houses over 70 million items of botany, zoology, minerology, entemology and palaeontology, often described as a ‘Cathedral of Nature’. It contains rare specimens, such as those collected by Darwin and several Dinosaur skeletons. It’s research is also world-renown, specialising in taxonomy and conservation.
It all started in 1753 when Sir Hans Sloane, a physician and collector of natural curiosities, left his collection to the state. They were held in the British Museum, until, after more additions, they were given their own home in the Waterhouse Building, designed by Liverpool architect Alfred Waterhouse.
Since then, a Geological Museum, Darwin House (containing tens of millions of preserved specimens) and an Attenborough Studio (a high-tech audio-visual venue which also holds talks and lectures) have been added.
Admission is free, although entrance to some exhibitions may require a fee.
Tower Bridge, London.
Completed in 1894, Tower bridge (named due to it’s proximity to the Tower of London) has become one the the most iconic London landmarks to date. The 801 ft suspension bridge crosses over the River Thames allowing both pedestrians and traffic to cross and can be raised to allow ships to pass. For a fee, you can visit the inside of the towers (Tower Bridge Exhibition) and discover more of the history of the bridge.
This 309.6m, 95-storey sky scraper, completed this year, is the tallest building in the European Union and 2nd tallest in Europe. It boasts a 5-storey viewing deck from the 68th-72nd floor, office space, a hotel, restaurants and a spa.
Made with 11,000 panes of glass, the building reflects the sky above, the appearance changing with the weather and the seasons.
Office blocks in London.
HMS Belfast was completed in 1936, being designed for the protection of trade and offensive attack.
She was officially launched on St Patrick’s day 1938 by the Prime Minister’s wife Anne Chamberlain, before being commissioned into the Royal Navy the following year. She was the largest and most powerful cruiser in the Royal navy, equipped with the most advanced radar systems.
She spent much of her time protecting the Arctic convoys, Russia’s supply route during the war. She was also involved in the Battle of the North Cape and spent 5 weeks supporting D-Day landings.
After WWII, HMS Belfast worked with Allied Forces in the Korean War from 1950-1952, supporting American and South Korean forces. She spent the rest of her years on peace-keeping duty until she was retired in 1963.
The Imperial War Museum wanted to preserve the WWII cruiser, forming a trust with Rear-Admiral Sir Morgan Morgan-Giles, one of HMS Belfast’s former captains. She was brought to London for the public to see on Trafalgar Day, 21/10/71. Today she can be seen on the Thames, still one of the largest and most powerful light cruisers ever built.