International Exlibris Congress 2020

The Bookplate Society is pleased to host the 2020 FISAE congress in the heart of London at the Royal National Hotel, Bloomsbury.

This hotelis an ideal starting-point for visitors to see and do a huge variety of interesting things offered by Britain's capital city. Take advantage of this opportunity. Stay for longer than just the time of the congress, so that you can tour some of the stimulating and exciting attractions. In fact, there is so much in London that you risk not having time for the exlibris congress!

This page looks at museums, historic buildings and other places to visit. For food and travel see the separate webpages.


To get into the British Museum use the back entrance in Montagu Place, two minutes walk from the hotel. There is so much here. Spend a few hours and then come back on another day. Admission free.

One stop to Holborn, then three stops on the Central Line gets you to Bond Street station, on Oxford Street, near the Selfridges store. Take a short walk, five blocks north, to Manchester Square where there is the Wallace Collection. This is a mansion filled with most marvellous artworks, furniture, porcelain, armour etc. Admission free.

Lincoln's Inn Fields, just south of Holborn, is a ten-minute walk from the hotel. Here you find the Sir John Soane Museum. He was an architect. The house (closed Monday and Tuesday) is full of amazing treasures, including important paintings by Hogarth. Admission free.

Eight stops along the Piccadilly Line you get to the museums at South Kensington: the Victoria and Albert Museum (decorative arts), the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum. All admission free.

Visit the homes of famous people: Charles Dickens in Doughty Street (closed Mondays; entry £10, but less for seniors and groups); George Frederick Handel in Brooke Street, off New Bond Street (closed Sundays; entry £10); the Duke of Wellington Museum, his former home at Apsley House, Hyde Park Corner (closed Mondays and Tuesdays; entry £11); Dr Samuel Johnson in Gough Square,off Fleet Street (closed Sundays; entry £7); artist Lord Leighton, whose remarkable highly-decorated Victorian house is in Kensington (closed Tuesdays; entry £9, or £7 to over-60s),and MORE HERE.

Historic Buildings.

Buckingham Palace is open to visitors during the summer months.

Westminster Abbey

Tower of London

Hampton Court Palace is not far from Central London. Six tube stops to Waterloo rail station (change to Northern Line at Leicester Square), then 30 minutes by train (departs every half hour) to Hampton Court station. Five minutes to walk across the River Thames to the palace.
A longer alternative is to take a boat along the Thames.

Trips by Coach outside London

Please tell us, in the registration form, which, if any, of these trips you may wish to book. Prices have not yet been worked out for hire of coach and admission fees.

Hatfield House, St Albans, Hertfordshire (25 miles).

Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire (65 miles).

Waddesdon Manor, (50 miles).

Leeds Castle, Kent (50 miles)

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