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The British Library

Updated: Apr 28, 2021

One of the largest libraries in the world.

Entrance door to the British Library.
Main Entrance Gate to the British Library

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and has around 170–200 million items. 📚

As well as the striking statute of Shakespeare you can see upon entering the library, there are many fabulous artefacts in this building: these include – in the Sir John Ritblat Library – Shakespeare’s first folio, Austen’s personal notebook, Carroll’s diary, the sole surviving medieval manuscript of Beowulf, draft pages of Sylvia Plath’s poem, Insomniac, and the Gutenberg Bible.

There is also a separate room for the Magna Carta, drafted by the Barons of England in 1215. Some items may not be present in the gallery at all times. 📜

📍96 Euston Rd, Kings Cross, London NW1 2DB

The nearest station is King's Cross St. Pancras Underground Station. 🚆

if you want to find more hidden literary gems in London visit our Writer's Path Map 👈⁠ ⁠

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