Sixty years on, it's still at the forefront of London's cultural scene.
Although primarily a hall for major concerts, the ground-floor stage area is always busy with a free concert, exhibition or workshop, especially if you visit on a weekend.
It can not be forgotten the Tate Modern. Little more than a decade old, it is now firmly established as one of the world's great modern art galleries. It's housed in the shell of the Bankside Power Station, designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, who also gave us the red phone box and Battersea Power Station.
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Royal Festival Hall
It also worth a visit to some of the many museums in London.
Near to Buckingham Palace, the Queen's Galleryhosts changing exhibitions of treasures in the Royal collection.The gallery is located at the west front of the Palace.
And how we can not mention the British Museum with the endless series of galleries contain artifacts from just about every major civilization on earth? The Enlightenment rooms in the east wing are particularly fascinating, and usually crowd-free.
The National Galleryis the national collection of Western European painting. It is on show 361 days a year, free of charge. Founded in 1824, it houses a collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900.
Moreover, London offers many hidden galleries to be discover, such as Auto Italia: an artist-run organisation that commissions and produces new work. It is a project space which aims to explore and support the practices of a growing peer group of artists.