London has countless museums devoted to everything from medical history to art, ancient world and textiles. Trying to decide which ones to visit can be hard. Here are the top five museums in London, which are guaranteed to have something in their collections to interest everyone.
The British Museum
The British Museum should not be missed. Located close to Holborn tube station, The British Museum is one of the oldest and largest museums in the world. Among its collections are some of the most stunning historical artifacts ever found including the Elgin Marbles, the Rosetta Stone, the Lewis Chessmen and the Sutton Hoo Ship Burial treasures which include an incredibly intricate Saxon king’s golden helmet. For those who like Ancient Egyptian history, the Museum has a massive collection of mummies and Egyptian artifacts.
Victoria & Albert Museum
Set up in the late nineteenth century as a result of work by Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert the Prince Consort; the V&A is a treasure trove of artistic splendours from textiles to jewellery, art and design. One of the most beloved items is the exquisitely embroidered jacket used by children’s author Beatrix Potter as the inspiration for the Tailor of Gloucester’s coat.
The Natural History Museum
Also in South Kensington, and just along the street from the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Natural History Museum is definitely the place to go if you are looking for flowers, fauna, insects and animals including dinosaurs. Within its walls are over 70 million examples of plants, animals, fossils, rocks and minerals. At Christmas time, the museum hosts a massive outdoor ice skating rink which is extremely popular.
The Science Museum
This is the third museum set up by Prince Albert in South Kensington which can easily visited while staying at Short Let Apartments in Central London. It is an extremely interactive and hands on museum, so expect to find things you can handle, and touch. Among the many exhibits on display are medical instruments, a flight simulator, an Apollo 10 command module and steam engines. Want to find out how magic lantern shows worked? Or how aircraft took to the skies? The answers – plus countless more topics – can be found at the Science Museum.
The Museum of London
London is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. It’s history goes back over 2,000 years to Roman times. Much of its history and ancient buildings cannot be seen as they have been built over time and time again after disasters such as the Great Fire and the Bombing of World War II ravaged the city. At the Museum of London close to St Paul’s Cathedral, you can find out exactly what lies beneath the surface of the streets upon which you are walking, as well as discovering tales of merchants, kings and queens. The City of London is the historic heart of London and comprises a square mile of buildings which have an incredible history to tell, whose inhabitants have transformed commerce and industry worldwide. Find out too, about the theatres, the playwrights like Shakespeare and the rogues which have contributed to the life of the city.
So, if you are travelling to London then make sure to book short let serviced apartments London to be close to most key attractions of London.