St Pancras Station & Hotel
Looking at the jaw-dropping Gothic splendour of St Pancras, it's hard to believe that the 1873 Midland Grand Hotel languished empty for...
King's Cross Station
With its clean lines and the simple arches of its twin train sheds, you might be forgiven for thinking that King's Cross is a more...
Named after the old Hansom cabs (horse-drawn carriages) that once waited in this very place to pick up distinguished guests of the...
There is something utterly refreshing about Karpo, with its bright, modern space, its 'living wall', gracious service and delicious,...
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British Library information
Consisting of low-slung red-brick terraces and fronted by a large plaza featuring an oversized statue of Sir Isaac Newton, Colin St John Wilson’s British Library building is a love-it-or-hate-it affair (Prince Charles likened it to a secret-police academy). Completed in 1997, it's home to some of the greatest treasures of the written word, including the Codex Sinaiticus (the first complete text of the New Testament), Leonardo da Vinci's notebooks and a copy of the Magna Carta (1215).
The most precious manuscripts are held in the Sir John Ritblat Gallery, including the stunningly illustrated Jain sacred texts, explorer Captain Scott's final diary, Shakespeare's First Folio (1623), Gutenberg's Bible of 1455, a copy of The Diamond Sutra in Chinese dating to 868 – the world's oldest (block-) printed book – as well as handwritten lyrics by the Beatles and Handel's Messiah .