London is a rich cultural hub, full of wonderful museums and art galleries and many of them are Free – yes FREE!
- British Museum
Showcasing the history of human cultural achievement from across the world: The Parthenon Marbles, the Rosetta Stone, the Winged Bulls of Khorsabad, the Egyptian Mummies, ancient Chinese ceramics from beyond the grave, Mesopotamian board games, Lindow Man – the 2,000 year old preserved Englishman and hoards of ancient coins, tablewear and jewellery found under the soil across Britain. There is a story attached to all of these wonderous things – let me tell you on a private tour of an international treasure – The British Museum. So how did a broken piece of granite unlock the secrets to the Egyptian hieroglyphs?
Victoria and Albert Museum …lovingly known as The V&A
The world’s leading museum to art & design with ceramics, paintings, tapestries, iron works, furniture, jewellery, carpets, a life-size cast of Michelangelo’s David and even the front of a house and rooms from several houses; the list goes on and on and on. Let me show you around the gorgeous treasures of this stunningly beautiful museum. The V&A was described as “an extremely capacious handbag” by a former Director! Let’s dive in the handbag together.
- Museum of London – City and Docklands
How did London become London? The Museum of London has two wonderful sites dedicated to telling the story of one of the greatest cities in the world – in the City and in the Docklands.
- National Gallery
Let’s go on a journey across 800 years of the development of European art from 13th century Byzantine church paintings to van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ in the late 1800s. Is van Eyck’s bride in the green dress pregnant or just a lover of fine clothes in ‘The Arnolfini Portrait’? Where is Christ’s beard in Caravaggio’s ‘Supper at Emmaus’? Let’s find out.
- Tate Modern
Here wonders of 20th and 21st century modern art are housed in a huge brick building, by the side of the river Thames, in a former power station.
Are you delving around for a Salvador Dali? Trying to pick out a Picasso? Imagining a Magritte or two? These artists and 100s more are waiting to be discovered in the Tate Modern on Bankside on the side of the Thames. Let’s try to work them out together!
- Churchill War Rooms
For fans of World War II history, a visit to the Churchill War Rooms, the fascinating hidden underground control centre where Sir Winston Churchill directed the war, is a must. Two museums for the price of one as there is also a whole section dedicated to Churchill’s life.