• Posted:Wednesday, October 21, 2009
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London's museums some of the best in the world

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London's museums some of the best in the world
Without a doubt, London is one of my favourite places on God's green earth to visit. I've been there countless times and with each trip, I learn something new and see a sight I never thought I would. I can still recall with absolutely clarity the first time I witnessed the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. I was only young at the time - on a trip with the folks - and our London hostel was just a 15-minute walk away. I remember my parents practically had to restrain me from running out of the hostel without them, so keen I was to see those soldiers in their funny, furry hats.

These days, I still get that same childish rush of excitement whenever I'm in the big smoke and I'm constantly looking for new attractions to check out. On my next holiday, I'm definitely planning to head to The Darwin Centre at London's Natural History Museum, highlighted by the Times as being one of the 12 coolest museums to take in on vacation - or, indeed, at any time.

Apparently, the centre is home to 20 million insects and plants, as well as offering today's modern audiences the chance to be introduced to the biological world by virtual naturalists, who appear on the gallery walls as helpful tour guides. Don't forget to get your hands on the swipe cards that are available, which provide information on the various exhibits - including kiwi fruit that measures two feet in size.

The centre only opened on September 15th so it's still quite new. If you do go, remember to make a pit stop off at the Wildlife Garden, which has just recently taken in the common Pipestrelle bat and the clearwing moth.

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