In Visit England’s Hall of Fame exhibition on London’s Southbank, noted writer William Shakespeare has been voted England’s ultimate claim to fame. On his 450th birth anniversary on April 23, the nation’s bard has won The People’s Choice in England’s Hall of Fame with 50 per cent more votes than any other claim.
Shakespeare is on display alongside Downton Abbey, Banksy, Glastonbury and many other claims in the Hall of Fame exhibition celebrating St George’s Day (April 23). Running for one week until April 30, 2014, the free open-air exhibition is taking place at Observation Point on London’s Southbank.
Cliffton Suspension Bridge, Bristol
The search to establish England’s Hall of Fame began in February when the tourist board asked the public to submit their suggestions. The Hall of Fame app received almost 1,000 submissions from Harry Potter to Harry Styles, the mini skirt to the tuxedo, The Beatles to punk music, and Earl Grey tea to the Scotch Egg.
A panel of experts has awarded a bronze, silver and gold across six categories, to celebrate the best of what England has brought to the world and what makes the country such a diverse and fascinating place to visit and explore.
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Robin Hood statue, Nottingham