There is a remarkable amount to see and do in London, from arts and culture to museums and history.

Here is a small taster of what’s available.

London’s Museums

The British Museum: With a collection of 8 million works, the British Museum is one of the largest such museums in the world. You can see Egyptian mummies up close, admire the historic Rosetta Stone or see works by Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci.

 

The Victoria and Albert: Better known as the V&A, this museum of decorative arts and design houses a collection of 4.5 million objects. Highlights include Henry VIII’s writing desk and the incredible Cast Courts, which collect plaster casts of monuments from all over the world.

 

The Natural History Museum: This museum has a collection of 80 million specimens, but is probably best known for its incredible and vast dinosaur skeletons and models. It’s also architecturally stunning.

 

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Art Galleries

The Tate Modern: This gallery holds modern art from 1900 to the present day. It’s housed in the vast former Bankside Power Station, whose huge main Turbine Hall provides 3,400 square metres of floorspace for enormous artworks to be displayed.

 

The National Gallery: Covering non-modern art is the National Gallery, which houses works from the mid-13th century to 1900. Highlights include Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers and Hans Holbein’s The Ambassadors.

 

The National Portrait Gallery: Any student of history will love the National Portrait Gallery, which features portraits of all the most famous people in British history, from the Chandos portrait of William Shakespeare, to Branwell Bronte’s portrait of his sisters Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte.

 

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Famous Sights

The Houses of Parliament: Otherwise known as the Palace of Westminster, this UNESCO World Heritage site is the seat of the House of Commons and the House of Lords. It’s stunning Gothic revival building as well as being of huge historical and political significance.

 

The London Eye: Built to commemorate the Millennium, this vast Ferris wheel takes around 30 minutes to complete a revolution, allowing passengers the chance to look out over the views of London it offers, which are second to none.  

 

The Tower of London: Dating back to shortly after the Norman Conquest of 1066, the Tower of London holds a wealth of history. It has been a royal residence, a prison, the site of the probable murder of the Princes in the Tower, and to this day remains the home of the Crown Jewels.