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The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle St, Mayfair, London W1S 4BS

The Royal Institution building is a national icon: it is to scientists what Shakespeare’s Globe theatre is to literature lovers. 10 chemical elements were discovered within its hallowed halls. It was here that Michael Faraday first demonstrated the power of electricity. If you have an interest in science, the Royal Institution is definitely one worth visiting.

Even if you don’t have a passion for science, the Royal Institution Building is of huge architectural interest. This grade I listed building was first constructed in 1799 in ornate and palatial style. It has been extensively expanded and renovated since it was first constructed. Its latest renovation effort saw the building turned into a ‘grand salon’ complete with a fine dining restaurant and larger museum area.

You will immediately recognise the Royal Institution building for its roman-style columns and its sharp, angular appearance. The Royal Institution remains one of Mayfair’s most famous buildings: If your interests tend toward science rather than architecture, then you’re sure to get a thrill from being in the birthplace of scientific discoveries.

Website: http://www.rigb.org/

Nearest tube: Green Park – 5 minute walk

For information on property for sale or to rent in and around Albemarle Street in Mayfair, please contact CityWest Residential, leading estate agents in Westminster.

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