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British Museum - The Great Court

Not exactly a haven of peace and quiet, but a very good place to meet, if not a place to tarry for too long, particularly at busy times. The glass covered courtyard meets all the basic needs: toilets (muzac-free, I think, but correct me if I am wrong) and somewhere to sit and have a coffee and snack. And, if you arrive early, you can slip through thee Portland Stone porticos into the wonderful galleries (the fourth, South, portico is, notoriously, of the wrong stone). The light under the huge glass roof can be extraordinary enough to warrant the visit.

Location

Great Russell Street
WC1B 3DG London
GB
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Kings Place

Kings Place is the new rival to the Wigmore Hall for chamber music. Its accoustics are impeccable and it doesn't even have the Wigmore Hall's Jubilee Line rumble.

Location

90 York Way Kings Cross
N1 9AG London
GB
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The Estorick Colellection

The Estorick Collection boasts the finest collection of 20th-century Italian art in London. It has a simple but pleasant café with a quiet garden.

Location

39a Canonbury Square
N1 2AN London
GB
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London Review Bookshop

Just down a street opposite the British Museum, the London Review Bookshop is a gem. Well stocked, particularly considering its apparently small size, and with a knowledgeable and friendly staff. Associated with the London Review of Books, the shop specializes in literature, the arts, politics, history etc. It has a particularly wide range of evening and weekend events such as readings by authors, as well as discount evenings and customer socials. All the details are on their site at www.lrbshop.co.uk.

Location

14 Bury Place
WC1A 2JL London
GB
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