Both the largest borough of the West Midlands and the second largest city in the UK after London, Birmingham is a busy city full of culture. It boasts many museums and performance venues, and the Birmingham theatre scene is a thriving hub. Sherlock author Arthur Conan Doyle worked in the city for a short period, and J. R. R. Tolkien grew up in the area. Birmingham features over 15 performance venues. Outside London, Birmingham Hippodrome is the busiest venue for dance and is the home stage of the prestigious Birmingham Royal Ballet. Those searching for top-notch entertainment are spoiled for shows in Birmingham. The Birmingham Opera Company is also well-regarded, and under its artistic director Graham Vick developed an international reputation for its avant-garde style which sees the company perform in spaces such as factories, abandoned buildings, and other non-conventional spaces. Birmingham offers myriad non-theatre related activities including the Thinktank Science Museum, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and Cadbury World. The latter lets visitors learn about chocolate while trying a few tasters along the way!