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The Northbank is home to some of London's most famous art and architecture. World-famous Nelson's column, monument to the heroic Admiral, pin points the centre of Trafalgar Square with its friendly bronze lions and sparkling fountains. It's overlooked by the National Gallery which houses one of the greatest collections of Western European paintings in the world.

Just round the corner, the National Portrait Gallery has over 195,000 portraits from the 16th century to the present day. With talks, recitals, workshops, children’s events, tours and late night specials there are more ways to engage with these breathtaking collections than ever before. A stroll along The Strand is The Courtauld Gallery, one of the world’s finest small museums. In the spectacular setting of Somerset House the Courtauld holds a collection from The Renaissance to the 20th century with particularly outstanding Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings.

Down the road from Somerset House, past the imposing crescent of The Aldwych are the Royal Courts of Justice where tours allow the public to explore the vast interior and observe the process of British law in action. Fascinating for any aficionados of court-room drama – this is the real thing!

Summer afternoons in the city can be sultry but there’s a green haven in the gardens of the Victoria Embankment. Consistently voted as one of London’s Green Flag spaces since 2002, this is a spot to dream away hours on a hot afternoon or take a walk on a frosty morning. If you forget your book, pop down to the river and read the hieroglyphics on Cleopatra’s Needle. Buried underneath is a time capsule containing, among other things, a box of hairpins, a railway timetable and pin-ups of Victorian England’s 12 prettiest women. And one of Queen Victoria.

On The Northbank