Londons Major Cultural Institutions Promote Autumn Season

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Many of 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.

The stellar line-up of shows and exhibitions taking place in the autumn includes Turner at Tate Britain, Anselm Kiefer at the Royal Academy and Ming: 50 years that changed China, a major exhibition covering the Ming Dynasty reign at the British Museum featuring some of the most beautiful objects and paintings ever made in China.

In The man who never lived and who will never die, the Museum of London will invite visitors to delve into the mind of Sherlock Holmes, the worlds most famous fictional detective, and the museum will recreate the atmosphere of Sherlocks London through film, photographs and original artefacts.

London is regarded by many as the theatre capital of the world, and this autumn will see a range of 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.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said, This autumn's outstanding programme of exhibitions, plays and shows is another great reason to put London at the top of your list of places to visit. 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 maximising the potential of the full range of cultural activity to be found throughout our city.

Culture remains one of the leading drivers for tourists, with eight out of ten citing it as the main reason they visit the capital. The blockbuster autumn season includes the largest exhibition of British First World War art for almost 100 years at the Imperial War Museum; a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the passion and innovation of Rembrandt's influential late works at the National Gallery; and a major exhibition offering a new interpretation of one of Britains best-loved artists, John Constable, at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

London & Partners CEO Gordon Innes said, Overseas visitors to our cultural institutions generate an estimated 4 billion annually to Londons economy. As the most visited city on earth, Londons phenomenal global success continues to see record tourism figures. It is our job as a company to promote the capitals strengths to the world and particularly our magnificent cultural collage of history and heritage, museums and art galleries, and theatre and performance. We hope this initiative will be the start of a global campaign that firmly positions London as the world capital of culture.

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