London Museums

Museums in London


London Guide - Museums

The size of London can make it a challenging place to explore. Even so, many areas that are favourites to visitors are within walking distance to each other. Many attractions are free to enter (all the big museums for example), so you can see a large number of must-see places just for the price of getting there. Useful website: www.uktravel.com: click on the tube station and find nearby attractions.

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Westminster

  • London Transport Museum
    London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 7BB (info line 0207 3796344 www.ltmuseum.co.uk)

  • National Gallery
    A national treasure and one of our favourite restaurants. National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN, 0207747 2885, www.nationalgallery.org.uk)

  • Tate Britain
    The sexier Tate Modern gets all the attention but don’t forget this as it contains London’s second great collection of art, after the national Gallery. Tate Britain, Millbank, SW1P 4RG, 02078878888, www.tate.org.uk.

  • Wallace Collection
    Fine private art collection and a lovely covered courtyard restaurant too. Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, W1U 3BN(0207563 9500, www.wallacecollection.org.uk



City

  • Museum of London
    The history of the capital. Museum of London, London Wall, EC2Y 5HN (0870 444 3852, www.museumoflondon.org.uk)

  • Tower Bridge Exhibition
    Stunning views from the high-level walkways. Tower Bridge Exibition, Tower Bridge, SE1 2UP (0207 403 3761, www.towerbridge.org.uk)

  • Tower of London
    Nearly 1,000 years of British royal history in this fortress on the Thames. Tower of London, Tower Hill, EC3N 4AB (0870 756 6060, www.hrp.org.uk)


Camden

  • British Museum
    British Museum, Great Russell Street, WC1B 3DG (0207 323 8000/ www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk)

  • Camden Arts Centre
    Galleries and a café’ in a splendid landscape garden. Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road, NW3 6DG (0207 472 5500/ www.camdenartscentre.org)

  • Freud Museum
    Freud Museum, 20 Maresfield Gardens, NW3 5SX (0207 435 2002/ www.freud.org.uk)


Kensington & Chelsea

  • National Army Museum
    Some eccentric displays make this museum very entertaining. National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road, SW3 4HT (0207 730 0717, www.National-army-museum.ac.uk)

  • Natural History Museum
    A cathedral to the Victorian passion for knowledge with its extraordinary Darwin Centre. Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD (0207 942 5725/ www.nhm.ac.uk



  • Science Museum
    Science Museum, Exhibition Road, SW7 2DD (0870 870 4868/ www.sciencemuseum.org.uk) - the world’s best and most important science museum.

  • Victoria & Albert Museum
    Its grand galleries contain extraordinary collections. Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL (0207 942 2000, www.vam.ac.uk).

  • Kensington Palace
    It is still a royal residence but some rooms and apartments are open to the public. Kensington Palace, W8 4PX (bookings 0870 751 5180, www.hrp.org.uk)


Bankside

  • Tate Modern
    Iconic leader of London’s modern art scene. Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1 9TG (0207 887 8000, www.tate.org.uk)



Greenwich

  • National Maritime Museum
    National Maritime Museum, Romney Road, SE10 9NF, (0208 312 6565, www.nmm.ac.uk) – see the explorers’section and the chilling Titanic exibition.

  • Royal Observatory and Planetarium
    Royal Observatory and Planetarium, Greenwich Park, SE10 9NF (0208 312 6565, www.rog.nmm.ac.uk) - the Startlife planetarium is always operated by a trained astronomer who will welcome any questions.

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