Centre of western civilization for centuries, popular tourist destination, and nest of lottery-funded projects, London is all this and more!
The closer we looked, the more we saw a city built with the help of lottery tickets and the UK National Lottery’s charitable arm, the National Lottery Good Causes. With office buildings, parks, and museums owing their foundation cash to lottery fans country-wide, we thought the least we could do is take you on a tour of the places that you helped make!
The National Lottery Good Causes organizations has deposited on average over £35 Million a week in the UK’s coffers since 2012. Since the organization began, it has raised over £31 Billion for countless projects in the UK.
Grab your walking shoes or catch the Tube for a tour of lottery London with theLotter!
The New Design Museum
London’s design museum received a substantial amount of funding from the National Lottery Heritage fund in order to facilitate its move to a new location. The money from the lottery ticket sales helped make the museum bigger and establish it as an international platform for creativity and design. With the construction of the new museum, a permanent display of the key pieces of modern design was available to the public for the first time.
In 2010, the National Lottery awarded £4.5 million in grant money to support major renovations and regeneration of the Victoria Park in Tower Hamlets. The park, known to some as the People’s Park, enjoyed a new building comprising of a cafe as well as play facilities meant to promote healthy living. One could sit in the cafe, enjoy the park atmosphere and play the UK EuroMillions on their tablets or smartphones. They would know that as they took a chance to be a millionaire, they were also helping maintain the incredible atmosphere they were enjoying at the time.
Horniman Gardens in Lewisham received a grant of £907,000. These gardens were founded by Victorian philanthropist and tea trader Frederick Horniman in 1901. The gardens contain many beautiful horticultural aspects and fascinating architectural features. The Horniman Museum, houses high quality collections with a family focus and educational theme. The Gardens host a wide range of activities and events including family workshops, outdoor film screenings and theatre performances.
The London Zoo received funding that enabled them to review their existing buildings and to make sure that all new additions fit in with the overall layout of the zoo. In addition the funds contributed to the ongoing studies regarding the feasibility of on-site renewable energy options in order to reduce their carbon footprint.
Hendrix and Handel: Baroque and Roll
Following a grant of a £1.2 million the Heritage Lottery Fund the Westminster flat where 1960s rock legend Jimi Hendrix lived is to become a museum devoted to the musician. Jimi Hendrix lived in 23 Brook Street from 1968 to 1969 describing it as “the only home I ever had”. Hearing that Handel used to live next door, an inspired Hendrix went and purchased some classical albums including Handel’s Messiah and Water Music. The plan is to convert the two abodes to a combined museum honoring both unique musicians.
Royal Academy of Arts
The Royal Academy of Arts received a grant of £12.7 million from the National Lottery to use towards their “Reveal, Celebrate and Explore” Project (2014–2018). “Reveal, Celebrate and Explore” is a core component of the Burlington Project, the academy’s plan to provide world-class learning and visitor facilities. This transformation is the most momentous in the academy’s history since it moved to Piccadilly in 1869, and will be completed in time for the academy’s 250th anniversary in 2018. The redevelopment will join the Burlington House and Burlington Gardens with a public central link, creating an arts campus of just over two acres in the heart of central London.
Historic Places of Worship
The National Lottery heritage fund granted almost £1 Million in funding towards securing eight of London’s most historic places of worship. The money will be used towards repairs in most of these historic churches such as Holy Trinity Church in Kentish Town; St Andrew in Holborn; Church of St Leonard in Streatham; St Mary’s Cable Street in Stepney; and St Martin’s Church in Gospel Oak. Sue Bowers, Head of HLF London, said: “There are places of worship peppered across the capital, providing a very powerful visual connection with our past. Not only will our awards secure the immediate future of these particular buildings, it will also empower congregations to adapt them, where necessary, so they can be enjoyed more widely throughout the community and in turn enable them to be more sustainable for the future.”
A grant of £120 million was given for the purchase the old Wembley Stadium. The aim of the project was to design and build a state-of-the-art national stadium, unlike any other in the world, to be the home of English football and to host large events such as Cup Finals, music events and athletics.
London’s Only Urban Beach
A grant of £3.65 Million was given to the Hammersmith and Fulham Council in order to recreate an Edwardian experience in Margate Sands. The Bishops Park Beach original opened in 1903 during World War II. Once restored, the beach is expected to draw Londoners to enjoy a beach like experience without having to leave the country.
These are only a few examples of the many thousands of projects to which the purchase of lottery tickets has contributed. There is no aspect of daily life in London that has not been touched, whether it is parks, museums or landmarks.
So as you travel through London, enjoying the amazing museums and parks, and taking pictures of the many incredible landmarks, take a moment to look again and feel a moment of pride. Pride in the knowledge that you, as a lottery fan had some small part in preserving that landmark, in building that museum and making that park blossom.
Whether you wish to further aid in building London or any of the other cities built by lottery tickets, why not purchase a ticket for the next EuroMillions Superdraw on March 7th, perhaps becoming a millionaire as well.