London's most well-known cultural institutions are coming together in a new initiative to promote the capital's exceptional autumn season, as forecasts show over two million tourists are expected to visit a collection of blockbuster exhibitions and events taking place throughout the city.
"This autumn's outstanding program of exhibitions, plays and shows is another great reason to put London at the top of your list of places to visit,” the mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said. “Throughout the year, the capital offers an unbeatable variety of arts and culture, attracting people in their millions from around the world. It is a fabulous success story, which we want to build on, and we are developing a plan aimed at maximizing the potential of the full range of cultural activity to be found throughout our city."
The stellar line-up of exhibitions includes Turner at Tate Britain, Anselm Kiefer at the Royal Academy and Ming: 50 years that changed China. The Ming exhibition will feature a range of spectacular objects - including exquisite porcelain, gold, jewelry, furniture, paintings, sculptures and textiles - from museums across China and the rest of the world. Many of them have only very recently been discovered and have never been seen outside China.
The Museum of London is also hosting an exhibition on Sherlock Holmes, the world's most famous fictional detective, recreating the atmosphere of Sherlock's London through film, photographs and original artifacts.
London remains the undisputed theatre capital of the world and this autumn will see a range of excellent theatrical offerings from new British based shows such as Made in Dagenham starring Gemma Arterton and the story of The Kinks rise to stardom in Sunny Afternoon.
To maintain London's position as the most visited capital city on earth and highlight the spectacular season ahead, London & Partners - the Mayor's official promotional company for the capital - and the GREAT Britain campaign have produced a short film previewing the Autumn Season in London. Narrated by the respected British actor David Harewood MBE, the film highlights the key artistic, literary and theatrical events available across the capital and the great historical treasures that domestic and international visitors can enjoy.
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