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Capital is cultural centre on any budget

Visitors enjoying learning about mammoths at the Natural History Museum Credit: Cyril Villemain/ABACAPRESS.COM

Despite the research, London & Partners - the official promotional company for London - says tourists on any budget can enjoy some of the world's best art and history here in the capital.

London is one the most popular tourist destination in the world, with people coming from around the globe to experience its exceptional cultural mix of history and heritage, museums and art galleries, and theatre and dance.

Not only do we have world-class attractions such as the Royal Opera House, the English National Ballet, and many superb theatres, but many of our museums and galleries are completely free.

This means that people on any budget can experience some of the world’s best collections of art and history – at leading institutions such as the British Museum, Tate Modern, or National History Museum – at no cost at all.

London’s cultural offering is extremely competitive with that of cities such as Paris and New York, as shown by the record number of tourists that we continue to see coming here to enjoy what the city has to offer.

– Gordon Innes, London & Partners

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Museum donation 'on a scale never seen before'

Director of the Natural History Museum, Dr Michael Dixon said: "We are extremely grateful for this generous donation, which represents a big step towards ambitious plans for our future, for both our science and our galleries."

Dr Michael Dixon with Sir Michael Hintze and Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Sajid Javid Credit: PA Wire

The museum has received seven-figure gifts and donations from individuals and corporate partners in the past, but nothing on this scale. The museum is renaming a space at the Cromwell Road entrance Hintze Hall in honour of the donation.

£5 million donation 'recognises museum's great value'

Our gift recognises the museum's great value as a cultural and scientific institution, enjoyed by millions including ourselves.

We feel privileged to be able to make a contribution towards securing this centre of scientific knowledge and research for present and future generations.

– Sir Michael Hintze

Natural History Museum receives biggest ever donation

The Natural History Museum is receiving a £5 million donation, the largest ever from an individual in its entire 133-year history. The sum is being given by asset management firm founder and chief executive Sir Michael Hintze and his wife Lady Hintze.

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The donation will be used to maintain collections and for scientific research behind the scenes.

£5 million boost for London museum

The Natural History Museum is one of the city's most loved attractions Credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA

The Natural History Museum is set to receive a £5 million pound donation today.

The figure is the largest ever donated from an individual in the museum's 133 year history.

The donation has been made by Sir Michael Hintze and his wife, Lady Hintze.

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Baby mammoth to go on display at the National History Museum

Londoners will soon get the chance to see a preserved baby mammoth at the National History Museum. The Mammoth, found in Siberia in 2007, is little larger than a dog, and has been nicknamed Lyuba.

It is thought to have died 42,000 years ago while just a month old, and is the most comprehensive mammoth skeleton ever found. The mammoth is currently on display at the Shemanovsky Museum in Russia, but will move to London on May 23 for the three month exhibition.

48 rare African fish found after train journey mistake

48 live rare African tropical fish which were being transported from the Natural History Museum have been found, after going missing on a train journey. The fish were being transported from London to Hull, but were taken off the train by mistake at Peterborough.

Telmatochromis temporalis, the rare African tropical fish currently missing Credit: British Transport Police

The fish were being transported in a case to the University of Hull for research purposes by post-graduate scholar, Kai Winkelmann. But someone offloaded them at Peterborough.

Sergeant Steve Down said: "Mr Winkleman stressed time was of the essence to find the fish as they required specialist care and would very likely die if they weren't properly cared for in the next few hours.

"Officers quickly realised the scale of the problem and called BTP and rail staff colleagues at Peterborough and Kings Cross, and the fish were quickly tracked down at Peterborough, still alive."

Forensics to solve murder inquiries

Pioneering research by forensic scientists at King's College London could help police solve more murders where bodies have been dumped in suitcases. It focuses on how easily flies can reach the body through the zip of a bag.

The research aims to give detectives a better estimate for the victim's time of death. A word of warning, Emma Burrows' report contains pictures of the experiment.

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