As one of the world’s great holiday destinations, there can be little doubt that London, England is home to some of the most excellent museums to be found anywhere on earth. Exploring the collections of this great city would take many lifetimes, it is true, but here are just a few great institutions that every traveller to London should visit at least once.
Featuring everything from exhibits on art, history, and fashion to exclusive concert performances, the V&A is famous among fans of London culture for its stunning holdings and cutting-edge curation policies. Just a few blocks down the Brompton Road from the favourite Harrods department store, the Victoria and Albert Museum is a must-see destination on any trip to the capitol.
With its full Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton and statue of Charles Darwin, the Natural History Museum is a science lover’s dream come true. The museum’s vast complex will be a delight for people of all ages; whether you love astronomy, biology, or good old-fashioned palaeontology, a visit to the Natural History Museum is sure to foster beautiful memories that will last a lifetime.
Tucked away in leafy Hampstead, the John Keats House museum is centred around the life of a person many regards as England’s greatest Romantic poet. Keats lived here near the end of his life and composed some of his most excellent poetry on the grounds of the property. In a state of recovery after hearing the sounds of a beautiful birdsong, Keats is said to have composed his great “Ode to a Nightingale” in the front garden. Nearby Hampstead Village is also full of some of London’s most charming pubs, cafes, and bookstores.
With a truly astonishing collection of nearly 8 million pieces to its credit, the British Museum is undoubtedly one of the most significant institutions of public learning in the world. Its collection contains incredible artefacts and works of art spanning millions of years and hundreds of cultures. If you can only stop at one museum on your trip to London, the British Museum might be your best bet.
If you’re a fan of the visual arts, it’s hard to go wrong with a visit to the National Gallery. Set directly across from Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square, the museum’s exhibits feature everything from Ancient Egyptian relics to the works of Vincent Van Gogh. Its central location in the heart of London also makes the institution an excellent spot for families and individuals to start their own unique London journey.