If you’re in London on a city break, it can be a tough call choosing between all the fabulous cultural attractions on offer. Do you want to get your mind-blown by million-year-old artefacts? Learn something new about science? Or just spend an hour or two perusing some paintings? Whatever you fancy, our guide to museums and galleries in London is here to help you get your art and culture on in style.
Want to see the world without leaving London? Housing treasures from around the globe like the Elgin Marbles, it’s no wonder The British Museum attracts over six million people a year. If you’re going to be one of them, our guide will help you find all the best bits.
Even if you hated the ‘s’ word at school, the Science Museum is so engaging that you may turn into a physics fan overnight. Besides all the buttons to press, there are 15,000 items on display, from Stephenson’s Rocket to the Apollo 10 capsule.
Natural History Museum
With stunning architecture, the Natural History Museum is a work of art in itself - it looks more like a cathedral than a museum! But stop marvelling and get inside, as there are 70 million curiosities from the natural world waiting for you to ooh and ahh over.
With a building that will inspire you before you even enter, the Tate Modern houses pieces from the big hitters of the art world. Most impressive of all is the cavernous Turbine Hall, used to show off larger installations to great effect.
Opened in 1834 as a place where everyone could come and enjoy the art on offer, The National Gallery is still free to enter today. With a central location at Trafalgar Square, you could just wander in simply to gaze at Van Gogh’s Sunflowers.
National Portrait Gallery
The National Portrait Gallery has10,000 portraits of historically important British people you’ll spot everyone from Florence Nightingale, The Beatles and Kate Middleton to a sketch of Jane Austen and the famous ‘Chandos Portrait’ of William Shakespeare.
Imperial War Museum
The Imperial War Museum tells the story of modern warfare, but don’t think that a visit here is going to be a total downer. With wartime memorabilia, military vehicles, planes and weapons to look at, there’s something for both young and old visitors to enjoy.