To quote Rick Steve’s: “The British Empire built its greatest monuments out of paper.” High school English students might moan and question why they should care about reading the works of dead white men, but it is difficult to counter the profound and lasting impact England has made on the literary world. If you are of the literary sort or at least a history buff, an excellent way to quench that insatiable thirst of knowledge is to pay a visit to the British Library. This is not simply an institution for checking out a book, it’s a museum of original manuscripts of literature and music if you veer off into “The Treasures.” Granted, I tend to indulge Jane Austen and Shakespeare more than the average person, so it is beyond my dreams to actually behold original works of these geniuses along with others like Sir Gawain & The Green Knight, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Tess of the d’Ubervilles, or the sheet music of Handel’s Messiah and Mendelssohn’s Wedding March. If it’s nonfiction you prefer, Leonardo da Vinci’s notebook, international star charts (and the work of Tycho Brahe), Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary, and the Magna Carta are likewise on display. There is also a large section devoted to world religions; the Gutenberg Bible has dual importance and as a spiritual tome as well as the first mass-printed text in England. I am restraining myself a great deal from gushing right now; the experience honestly leaves me weak in the knees.
When London Relocation Ltd. assists you in moving to London and working through the less appealing sorts of documentation the modern world has to offer, like tenancy agreements, hop the Tube to King’s Cross station and focus your eyes on what really constitutes the FINE print indeed.