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Royal Institution of Great Britain
The Royal Institution was founded in 1799 for ‘diffusing the knowledge… and application of science to the common purposes of life’; from behind its neoclassical façade, it’s been at the forefront of London’s scientific achievements ever since. In 2008, Sir Terry Farrell completed a £22m rebuild, inside and out, with the brief of improving accessibility and finding ways to lure people inside. The result is a more open frontage, a restaurant, a bar and a café. The Michael Faraday Laboratory, a complete replica of Faraday’s former workspace, is in the basement, alongside a working laboratory in which RI scientists can be observed researching their current projects. Some 1,000 of the RI’s 7,000-odd scientific objects are on display, including the world’s first electric transformer, a prototype Davy lamp and, from 1858, a print of the first transatlantic telegraph signal. The RI also holds a terrific rolling programme of talks and demonstrations in its lecture theatre, most famously at Christmas.
What's on in Mayfair this week
Virry Virtual Safari
See lions, rhinos, leopards, hyenas and elephants in the wild without leaving London. Nope, no break-out from London Zoo: instead, UNESCO World Heritage...
Shepherd Market Christmas Lights
This charming corner of Mayfair invites us all to its annual Christmas lights, with boutiques, pubs, restaurants and cafés in the area all open late...
Tameka Jenean Norris: Cut From The Same Cloth
The American artist uses video, installation, photography and painting to delve into her own personal history – channelling her experiences of growing...