Arts & Culture in London

From local plays to touring exhibitions, this is where local Airbnb hosts go to get in touch with their creative side.


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Once collectively known as the Tate Gallery, London's two Tate galleries - Tate Britain and Tate Modern - comprise one of the world's most important art collections. Opened in 1897 as the basis of ... read more

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The Museum houses a vast collection of world art and artefacts and is free to all visitors. Admission and opening times Free, open daily 10.00–17.30 The Museum is closed 24, 25 and 26 December an... read more

The British Museum is dedicated to human history, art and culture, and is located in the Bloomsbury area of London. Its permanent collection, numbering some 8 million works, is among the largest an... read more

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The Natural History Museum in London is a museum of natural history that exhibits a vast range of specimens from various segments of natural history. It is one of three major museums on Exhibition ... read more

The Natural History Museum in London is a museum of natural history that exhibits a vast range of specimens from various segments of time. Children and adults delight in the fantastic exhibitions,... read more

Always a great time at Natural History Museum! The building in itself is beautiful, the big hall with the steps and the dinosaur.... Amazing! Free entry, be early if you want to avoid the crowds. I... read more

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The Victoria and Albert Museum (often abbreviated as the V&A), London, is the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design, housing a permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects. It wa... read more

The Victoria and Albert Museum (aka the V&A) is part of a South Kensington-based group of museums that includes the Natural History Museum and Science Museum. Founded in 1852, the V&A covers close ... read more

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Founded by the pioneering American actor and director Sam Wanamaker, Shakespeare's Globe is a unique international resource dedicated to the exploration of Shakespeare's work and the playhouse for ... read more

Shakespeare's Globe is a unique international resource dedicated to the exploration of Shakespeare's work and the playhouse for which he wrote, through the connected means of performance and educat... read more

Founded by the pioneering American actor and director Sam Wanamaker, Shakespeare's Globe is a unique international resource dedicated to the exploration of Shakespeare's work and the playhouse for ... read more

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The permanent collection here is fantastic -- there's a Gutenberg bible, a Magna Carta and a load of handwritten Beatles lyrics among many many other important books on display. There are original ... read more

A copy of every publication produced in the UK and Ireland is sent to The British Library – an institute that has amassed a collection of more than 150 million items and adds some 3 million new ite... read more

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The Science Museum is a major museum on Exhibition Road in South Kensington, London. It was founded in 1857 and today is one of the city's major tourist attractions, attracting 3.3 million visitors... read more

Attracting over 3 million visitors every year, this is one of London's major tourist attractions. A vast treasury of science and invention, famous for its state of the art interactive exhibits.

The Science Museum is a major museum on Exhibition Road in South Kensington, London. It was founded in 1857 and today is one of the city's major tourist attractions, attracting 3.3 million visitors... read more

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Madame Tussauds is a wax museum in London with branches in a number of major cities. It was founded by wax sculptor Marie Tussaud and was formerly known as "Madame Tussaud's

See the wax works of all the most famous celebrities. Get there early in the morning to beat the queues! You can also get combined tickets for any of Madame Tussauds, London Eye, River Cruise, SEA... read more

With 14 interactive areas, Madame Tussauds London combines glitz, glamour and incredible history with more than 300 stunning wax figures. Walk down the red carpet with Benedict Cumberbatch and John... read more

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The Home of British Art since 1500 to the present day. With FREE entry (Although you have to pay to see special exhibitions) Tate Britain is an art museum on Millbank in the City of Westminster in... read more

Has some amazing masters, a great cafe and shop and puts on great special exhibitions. Also has guided tours. Adoddle to get there - take the train from Wimbledon heading for Waterloo but get off ... read more

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I love this theatre! One of the world’s leading dance venues, it has a varied programme of international dance performances, from contemporary to flamenco, ballet to hip hop: WEBSITE:sadlerswells.com

An great modern theatre dedicated to international dance. This theatre plays home to some of the best dance shows/performances in the world, from contemporary to flamenco, ballet to hip hop and more.

There are of course lots of theatres in London, but rather than pointing you to Theatre Town in the West End, we've included some of the more unusual and interesting theatres. Sadler's Wells is a d... read more

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Theatre productions at the Almeida are excellent quality and the restaurant isn't too shabby either. It's a 10 minute bus ride away in the cafe/ bar/ restaurant area of Angel, Islington.

Eat at the restaurant opposite the Almeida theatre in Angel. Your best bet for fine French cooking (and the best cheese platter in London - in our humble view)

My favourite theatre in London, showcasing excellent productions. Bookings are needed far in advance for this place, so book before you arrive. If not, you might be lucky enough to ring up and get ... read more

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Brixton Academy, officially called O2 Academy, Brixton, is one of London's leading music venues, nightclubs and theatres.

The best music venue in the world as far as we are concerned. Try and get a ticket for something during your stay. Wiki says this - Built in 1929 The Brixton Academy, officially called O2 Acade... read more

5 mins by tube or 15 mins walk. Take the Victoria line from Stockwell to Brixton. The Brixton Academy, officially called O2 Academy, Brixton, is one of London's leading music venues, nightclubs an... read more

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ExCeL London is an exhibitions and international convention centre. For anyone needing to visit the ExCel it is easy to reach from our house via the DLR train from Shadwell Station.

Getting to the Excel Centre takes roughly 25 mins and is (in my view) very easy: - Walk to the Emirates Air Line from the flat -> 8 mins - Take the cable car from the Greenwich Peninsula Terminal t... read more

ExCeL is an exhibitions and international convention centre in the London Borough of Newham. It is located on a 100-acre site on the northern quay of the Royal Victoria Dock in London Docklands, be... read more

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London's No.2 most popular visitor attraction. FREE ENTRY! The crowning glory of Trafalgar Square, London's National Gallery is a vast space filled with Western European paintings from the 13th to ... read more

Free entry The crowning glory of Trafalgar Square, London's National Gallery is a vast space filled with Western European paintings from the 13th to the 19th centuries. Find works by masters such a... read more

You can explore inspiring art by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Turner, Renoir and Van Gogh. The pictures in the collection belong to the public and admission to see them i... read more

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Eco friendly theatre featuring the newest in green technologies and the best in new British theatre. Many shows transfer to bigger theatres, it's a launching pad for new palywrights, directors and ... read more

Intimate fringe theatre in a former paint factory, presenting adventurous new works and classics

I've never seen a tedious or bad play at this theatre! It's a bit alternative, fringe, sometimes showing hard hitting plays, showcasing new talent. Tuesdays are 'pay-what-you-can', have to go there... read more

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Former home to Kevin Spacey and the National Theatre, the Old Vic offers big, serious plays, big, serious stars, and a few surprises: anything from Shakespeare to Beckett to Ibsen, to contemporary ... read more

The Old Vic is a theatre located just south-east of Waterloo Station in London on the corner of The Cut and Waterloo Road. Established in 1818 as the Royal Coburg Theatre, and renamed in 1833 the R... read more

There are lots of theatres within walking distance. The Old Vic is the closest (you can queue for returns in the morning). The National Theatre does Friday rush ticket at 1pm on their website (£2... read more

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17th-and-18th-century European Old Masters excellent exhibitions, and good cafe. Gallery in very pretty location at edge of Dulwich village 68 or 468 bus to "Herne Hill Road" then P4 to gallery. C... read more

Dulwich Picture Gallery, although a long way from the big galleries in central London, has a very impressive collection and was in fact the world's first purpose built art gallery. The Gallery own... read more

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Old style Music Hall Venue with Comedy Pantomime Theatre and Opera. Charlie Chaplin. Stan Laurel and Marie Lloyd all performed here.

A glamorous old theatre that hosts one of the iconic pantomimes at Christmas. The programme is varied and worth looking into - from local talent nights and comedy to play productions that are up b... read more

Restored theatre with community remit, grand interior and eclectic programme, plus famous pantomime. -

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The V&A Museum of Childhood houses the UK’s national collection of childhood objects, ranging in date from the 1600s to the present day. As well as toys, dolls and games, it has a wealth of object... read more

This Bethnal Green outpost of the Victoria & Albert Museum houses an engaging collection of toys, games, furniture and clothing as used by children from 1600 to the present day. Highlights include ... read more

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The Saatchi Gallery aims to provide an innovative forum for contemporary art, presenting work by largely unseen young artists or by international artists whose work has been rarely or never exhibit... read more

The Saatchi Gallery aims to provide an innovative forum for contemporary art, presenting work by largely unseen young artists or by international artists whose work has been rarely or never exhibit... read more

The Saatchi Gallery is a London gallery for contemporary art, opened by Charles Saatchi in 1985 in order to exhibit his collection to the public. Wikipedia Address: Duke of York's HQ, King's Rd, Ch... read more

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A Classic "steeped in history", this "beautiful" live venue near Camden Town built in 1846 as a railway engine shed has hosted the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and now Live arts shows.

The Roundhouse - North London's engine room of creative invention, powered by great artists and inspiring the next generation of young creative talent. Camden's legendary arts venue and centre for... read more

Although one of the best-known venues in London for audiences seeking bold, innovative cultural experiences, its use today is a far cry from its beginnings that started from a railway repair shed ... read more

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Home of the Royal Shakespeare Company. It's our err National Theatre, but actually there are several theatres, venues, event spaces and several good cafes and restaurants.

Best theatre in town! Three theatres, free music at 6.30 pm in foyer, restaurants, hang out places, exhibitions, bookstore and gifts. Queue 8.30-10 a.m. for £12 tkts for front row seats.

The Royal National Theatre in London is one of the United Kingdom's three most prominent publicly funded performing arts venues, alongside the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal Opera House. 1... read more

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Excellent new gallery on World War One. Special exhibitions. Also Holocaust galleries. Free entrance. The building was once the famous Bedlam hospital for the mentally disturbed. Afterwards walk up... read more

Imperial War Museums (IWM) is a British national museum organisation with branches at five locations in England, three of which are in London. Founded as the Imperial War Museum in 1917, the museum... read more

Set in a park and heralded by two huge 15-inch naval guns from 1914, this formidable museum looks at the horrors and heroics of modern war. Featuring colossal war machines, including a Harrier “jum... read more

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The Wallace Collection is home to one of Europes finest collections of works of art, paintings, furniture, arms & armour and porcelain. Great for lunch/afternoon tea too!

Excellent museum house containing one of the world's largest holdings of French 18th-century paintings, furniture, arms & armour, porcelain and Old Master paintings.

A national museum in a town house displaying 18th century French painting, furniture and porcelain with superb Old Master paintings and a world class armoury. Superb cafe in their atrium. Hidden ge... read more

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To explore the way people lived over the last 400 years a series of period rooms lead visitors on a walk through time from 17th century oak furniture and panelling, past muted Georgian elegance and... read more

The Geffrye explores the home from 1600 to the present day. Evocative displays of London living rooms and gardens illustrate homes and home life through the centuries, reflecting changes in society... read more

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The top modern art gallery in London. NOTE: The new (2nd) White Cube is in our neighbourhood on Bermondsey Street (144-152) and they show many of the big current artists. And it's free to enter!

White Cube Bermondsey opened in October 2011 and is the largest of all the gallery's sites, incorporating more than 5440m² (58,000 sq ft) of interior space. The building, which dates from the 1970s... read more

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Fantastic local museum with or without children. Free entry to most of the exhibits, entrance fee for the special exhibition and aquarium. Children activities daily during weekends and holidays, m... read more

Lovely place to take children. A small natural history museum with beautiful grounds and gardens and a small aquarium. It is a short walk from Forest Hill station - 2 stops from Brockley station on... read more

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The Museum of London documents the history of London from prehistoric to modern times, primarily concerned with the social history of London and its inhabitants throughout time. The museum is locat... read more

The history of London and its people. Free entry. Travel by overground from Honor Oak or Peckham Rye to Whitechapel, then change onto the Westbound Hammersmith and City Line to either Moorgate or ... read more

Fantastic for a history of London from prehistoric times to the present day. Great for children and adults. Located on London Wall, close to the Barbican Centre

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The National Maritime Museum (NMM) in Greenwich, London, is the leading maritime museum of the United Kingdom and may be the largest museum of its kind in the world. The historic buildings form par... read more

The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London, is the leading maritime museum of the United Kingdom and may be the largest museum of its kind in the world. Worth a visit if you are interested i... read more