Geek Hotspots in London for the Nerd in You
Are you a person with a curious, geek mind? A mind that loves absorbing the history within its confines. Then, London is the place for you.
Boasting some of the most inquisitive attractions of the world, the capital city of UK is surely a heaven for nerds and geeks. Be it National Gallery or British Library or the Westminster Abbey, London is brimming with places that reflect knowledge mingled with the generous doses of curiosity. Whether you are a gaming freak or literature nerd, London has the place for you. Book an appropriate accommodation in the city and visit the following places to please the nerd in you, be it literature one or a history/mystery one.
For Gaming/Tech Geeks
Reality is forbidden here!
Forbidden planet is London’s largest and the best known superstore for everything geek and unimaginable. Stocking the largest number of graphic novels and comics, this place literally brims with fantasy. From comics to dice to figurines to trading cards to awe-inspiring gadgets, the overwhelming variety at this shop will spoil you for choices.
Along with this, if you crave for the best merchandise from the crème de la crème of action movies, television serials, gaming world and Sci-Fi, Forbidden Planet is the answer. As this shop is in Covent Garden, do make sure that you book yourself an accommodation at hotel near Covent Garden while you are in London so that you remain close to this gaming heaven. Your geek senses will surely get submerged into the fantasy feast which this place offers.
The Apple Store
Biting the Apple!
For tech-geeks, this is most probably the ultimate place to be. The Apple Store has multiple outlets all across the city, prominently being Regent Street, Covent Garden and Westfield one. The Apple store is more of a museum-cum-interactive gallery with the alluring Apple products charming you everywhere. Especially, for the techno-curious/tech geeks, there is a 64-seater theatre where you will learn all about Apple’s products and techniques.
Treat for the Gamer
If you are a true game-lover, then you should not miss this place. Orcs Nest is the only shop in London that is dedicated solely to specialist game accessories. Tiny figures, tapping cards, game models, table top games and other games-related accessories awaits you here. Even though you can visit their official website to order games and other items, nonetheless visiting the shop in person will be a totally different experience. Items like Damoclesian D20 of Death Light Fitting and miniatures of all the on-line gaming heroes and heroines will blow you away.
"Madonna of the Rocks" Trivia
For Literary/Art Nerds
The National Gallery
Quenching the Artistic Fire in You
Art geeks will love this gallery like nothing else. Housing a baffling collection of European painting from the 13th to 19th century, the National Gallery is one of the most prominent art galleries in the city. Whether Leonardo Da Vinci’s paintings allure you or Botticelli’s mystic paintings enchant you, this gallery covers all. Apart from the paintings and artworks, this gallery also holds workshops. If you are willing to paint your imaginations, the gallery will aid you through those workshops.
Perhaps, one of the most charming attractions at this gallery is the “mellowed down” version of Da Vinci’s controversial art piece “Madonna of the Rocks”. Named “Virgin of the Rocks”, this painting shows glaring discrepancies from the original one at the Louvre Museum in Paris. If you are an art geek, then visiting this place will be nothing short of a “pilgrimage” especially beholding “Virgin of the Rocks.”
Globe Theatre Othello
Wherefore Art Thou!
Known as the “Wooden O”, Globe Theatre is a “must-go” place for literature lovers and geeks. This reconstructed theatre was the performing place for Shakespeare and his performers in the past. Now, this alfresco wooden theatre hosts Shakespeare’s plays on a regular basis. Additionally, this theatre also plays the host to many exhibitions.
If you are going to visit London this summer, then you can avail of discounts. Under the programme “bringing theatre to the people”, tickets will start from 5£. So, visit Globe Theatre while you are in London this summer and experience the charm of Shakespeare’s plays.
A Pampered Literary Tour
It is the ultimate destination for literature buffs. British Library houses more than 150 million items in its spaces including some extremely rare ones. Adorning the collection here are the eight copies of Shakespeare’s First Folio, the Gutenberg Bible, Beowulf manuscript and the translated copy of the iconic constitutional charter Magna Carta.
However, if you are more enthralled by scientific literature, then correspondence from Charles Darwin and the sketches of Da Vinci’s scientific discoveries are waiting for you. And, if you are into music, even then this Library will not disappoint you as there is a large collection of Beatles memorabilia and original manuscripts of Mozart’s musical compositions.
For Science/Mystery Nerds
221 B Baker Street
On the hunt of Sherlock Holmes
This famous fictional home of iconic detective Sherlock Holmes has now been turned into a museum. At the northern end of the Baker Street, this home consists of two rooms on the first floor. The whole second and third floor has been converted into a museum area. In the museum, you will find the life-size wax figures from the best known Sherlock Holmes episodes. Apart from the museum, this house also has a souvenir and antique shop at the ground floor where you can shop for the merchandise.
Plunge into History
British Museum has a mind-boggling collection of over 8 million treasures from around the world. Dedicated entirely to human culture and history, this museum has one of the most comprehensive collection of human artefacts. Look for the Rosetta stone and other one hundred thousand Egyptian Pieces, remains of the wonders of the ancient world, art works by Michelangelo and Raphael and many such rare art works. In fact, the collection at this museum is so huge that they are categorised into titles like Culture, Place, People, Material and many such categories.
Admission to the museum is free and the opening and closing times of the museum may vary. For more information, visit britishmuseum.org.
Natural History Museum
A Sneak Peek into History
We all desire to acquire as much knowledge as we can and more so geeks. And, what better place to get that dose of knowledge than at the Natural History Museum. With a collection of over 70 million species from the natural world, (that includes insects, fossils and rocks). Dinosaur Gallery at this museum is one of the most popular places here. Housing the original fossilised skin of Edmontosaurus, the horned Triceratops and a giant T-rex, this gallery is “not to be skipped” place in this museum.
Apart from this, the museum has a giant globe representation of Solar System and “The Power Within”, a room where you will feel the artificial simulation of an earthquake.
Step back into time
Greenwich observatory is home to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and is the Prime Meridian of the world. It is also London’s only planetarium and houses UK’s largest refracting telescope. The different parts of this museum are as follow:
- Planetarium: It is quite literally the bus tour of the universe. Combining real images from the spacecrafts with advanced CGI, the planetarium will take you onto the cosmic journey and help you in understanding the marvels of the universe.
- Flamsteed House and the Meridian Courtyard: Flamsteed House is the original observatory at the Greenwich. It is at this house that you will find the largest refracting telescope of UK.
The Meridian Courtyard is home to world famous Meridian line representing the Prime Meridian of the world i.e. 00 longitude.
- Astronomy and Time Gallery: The award-winning time galleries at this observatory show how time is kept accurately and the history of the accurate time keeping. At the Astronomy Gallery, you will have a rare chance of touching a 4.5 billion year old meteorite and getting to know about the mysteries of the universe.
Keep this thing in mind, however, that the admission to the Flamsteed House and the Astronomy and Time Gallery is chargeable.
Whether you are a geek or a literary and gaming nerd, London is filled with places where you can really have a blast. Visit London and have a “geek-out” here.
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