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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.... 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

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

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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 Joh... 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

The National Gallery is an art museum in Trafalgar Square in the City of Westminster, in Central London. Founded in 1824, it houses a collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th cen... 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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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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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 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

Artifacts and interactives chronicle London's turbulent history from pre-Roman to modern times.

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Sherlock Holmes and Doctor John H. Watson lived at 221b Baker Street between 1881-1904, according to the stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The house is protected by the government due to its

Museum with Victorian decor in the home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous fictional detective.

The Sherlock Holmes Museum is a privately run museum in London, England, dedicated to the famous fictional detective Sherlock Holmes.

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Art Gallery in Hyde Park. If the weather turns for the worse you can duck in the free and impressive Serpentine Gallery.

You're only 10 minutes from the glorious Hyde Park. Wander through the lush lawns and head to The Serpentine Gallery.

Small but perfectly formed, the Serpentine Gallery sits in the middle of Hyde Park. The gallery's free exhibitions showcase international modern and contemporary art by world-famous artists such as... read more

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An incredible collection of important and famous portraits. A wonderful permanent collection of paintings and photographs of famous and historical figures. Lectures, talks, audio guides, family ent... read more

The exhibitions are brilliant enough. But on Thursday & Friday nights, the gallery is open until 9pm with a drinks bar, guided tours, & a DJ providing a lovely soundtrack as you wander the halls. T... read more

My favourite room is the Tudor Room (upstairs) because it's small and it shows the history of our kings and queens with beautiful bejewelled pictures of Queen Elisabeth I and others, using lots of ... read more

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The Museum of London Docklands is a museum on the Isle of Dogs, that tells the history of London's River Thames and the growth of Docklands. The museum opened in 2003 in grade I listed early-19th... read more

The history of London's River Thames and growth of the Docklands, housed in an 19th c. warehouse. Free entry. Kids activities daily during school holidays. Reasonably priced cafe. Travel by over... read more

In September 2012 a new permanent slavery exhibition opened to the public at the Museum of London in Docklands. The capital was once the fourth largest slavery port in the world. The curators are u... read more

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Europe's largest cruiser from WWII, HMS Belfast is now a floating naval museum, a landmark on the Thames near Tower Bridge, with its nine huge decks, including gun turrets, punishment rooms and an ope

HMS Belfast is a museum ship, originally a Royal Navy light cruiser, permanently moored in London on the River Thames and operated by the Imperial War Museum.

HMS Belfast is a museum ship, originally a light cruiser built for the Royal Navy, currently permanently moored on the River Thames in London, England, and operated by the Imperial War Museum

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Fulham Palace is truly beautiful. Originally a country retreat for London's bishops, the current building dates back to 1495 and inside there's a small museum, a Tudor courtyard, well run restauran... read more

Although The Palace is situated in the park, it is also very interesting in it's own right. The Walled Garden the history of the Bishop of London. You can also walk through the park to the Fulham f... read more

The historic house and garden of the Bishop of London since 704, now open to all to discover over 1300 years of British history in the heart of London. Paintings, archaeology and artefacts tracing... read more

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An art institution on Piccadilly, led by eminent artists and architects; its purpose is to promote the creation, and appreciation of the visual arts through exhibitions, education and debate.

The Royal Academy of Arts (RA) is an art institution based in Burlington House on Piccadilly in London. It has a unique position as an independent, privately funded institution led by eminent artis... read more

Walk through the gates off Piccadilly to the Annenberg Courtyard and into the Royal Academy of Arts. Founded in 1768, it's home to an ever-changing programme of exciting, blockbuster exhibitions. H... read more

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The Charles Dickens Museum occupies a Georgian terraced house which was Charles Dickens' home from March 1837 to December 1839.

5 mins walk - Author's house museum in a typical Georgian terraced house which was Charles Dickens's home from 25 March 1837 to December 1839.

The Charles Dickens Museum is an author's house museum at 48 Doughty Street. It occupies a typical Georgian terraced house which was Charles Dickens's home from 25 March 1837 to December 1839

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Located in the grounds of the famous All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club - Shows the history of the game from its medieval origins to the professional sport of the present day.

A tourist attraction if you are a keen tennis fan, although nothing beats getting in the queue and seeing it live (or if you are lucky enough to have a ticket to the Tennis you are luckier than most!

If you are a tennis fan then I would recommend going to Wimbledon the home of the biggest Tennis event in the world. You can go and see centre court, and it has a museum too which shows the history... read more

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Cutting edge centre for contemporary fashion, textiles and jewellery in London founded by iconic British designer Zandra Rhodes.

Founded by fashion designer Zandra Rhodes, this small museum stages a wide range of temporary exhibitions and also has a nice café.

Founded by fashion designer Zandra Rhodes, this appropriately vibrant orange and pink museum is the flagship attraction in Bermondsey Street. There is no permanent collection, just a sole changing ... read more

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Freud Museum

Arts & CultureMuseums
20 Maresfield Gardens·Map·Hours·Website·

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Sigmund Freud lived his last 4 years in this house, which was turned into a museum. The bus 113 from Hendon takes you there in 20 minutes.

Sigmund Freud spent the last year of his life in this house in London. Here you can see the famous couch where he treated his patients as well as his living quarters. Near Finchley Road tube station

The Freud Museum in London is a museum dedicated to Sigmund Freud, who lived there with his family during the last year of his life.

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Wimbledon fortnight is the best of the tennis grand slams. Trains go direct from Cobham to Wimbledon.

The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum features a multitude of exhibits and interactive displays about tennis. One of the highlights is CentreCourt360, a fabulous attraction that allows tourists to exper... read more

The museum provides a remarkable multi-dimensional tour of the traditions, triumphs, sights and sounds that have made Wimbledon the most coveted title in tennis.

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Cool small museum of the buliding that used to be a prison - one of many in London Bridge in Elizabethen times.

Torture devices and grisly tales about inmates and the former medieval prison on the site.

The Clink Prison Museum is built upon the original site of The Clink Prison, which dating back to 1144 was one of England’s oldest and most notorious prisons. Spanning for over 600 years, it witnes... read more

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The Black Cultural Archives is a museum with exhibitions relating to the history of people of African descent in Britain. It also has a cosy cafe

Black Cultural Archives was founded in 1981, by educationalist and historian Len Garrison and others. BCA's mission is to record, preserve and celebrate the history of people of African descent in ... read more

Black Cultural Archives (BCA) was founded in 1981 to record and preserve the history of people of African descent in Britain.

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Bus and classic car museum with original Brooklands, Racing Track, Hill Climb and Concorde and other planes to visit. Great cafe too, plenty of space to park and picnic

The world's first ever car racing track. The museum is filled with wonderful classic cars, airplanes and Concorde. You can try your driving skills at Mercedes World.

World famous museum, the birthplace of motor sport and aviation. Home of concord. A great rainy day choice! Also visit Mercedes Benz world at the same time.

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Why not also visit nearby Vestry House Museum, which tells the history of the people of Waltham Forest. The Museum offers a regular programme of special exhibitions and family activities.

These museums are the lifeblood of local history.This one is no exception.Very interesting exhibits Just around the corner is Orford Road which has a great selection of small shops and eateries

Fantastic museum celebrating local history. Go and see the first car ever built in Britain!

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A Grade I listed 16th-century manor house, Bruce Castle is one of the oldest surviving English brick houses. It is currently used as a local history museum. Free admission.

Grade I listed 16th-century manor house that today is a museum. Entrance is free but not museum is open only Wednesday to Sunday 1pm - 5pm

Wonderful grade 1 listed 16th manor house set in lovely park grounds with tennis courts.

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Hunterian Museum

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35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields·Map·Hours·

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Museum of the history of Surgery. Fascinating, but not for the faint hearted!

Fascinated by gruesome things pickled in jars? This is for you. This museum of anatomy, pathology and surgery, is housed in the Royal College of Surgeons in Lincoln's Inn Fields. Good to combine wi... read more

Interested in medical procedures & science? Check out where medical students study with their professors. Very cool. FREE.

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Garden Museum going back hundreds of years

The Garden Museum's set in a beautiful old church & is a great place to stop off for a quick look or have a delicious lunch or cake on your way to the Southbank. Archbishops Park behind it is nice too

Devoted to gardens and their design, this relaxed museum sits inside St Mary’s at Lambeth church. As well as a changing exhibition, there is also a permanent display of historic gardening tools tha... read more

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This 16th century gatehouse was formerly the southern entrance to the Priory of the Medieval Order of St John and contains furniture, painting, silver, and medals relating to the Knights Hospital

An amazing medieval survival in a modern city! The museum tells the story of history of The Order of St. John, the building is the gatehouse of an ancient Priory.

A Museum looking at story of the first aid charity which goes back to the 11th Century. Free entry to the museum, but with a suggested donation.

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Museum to see and learn about the Roman settlement in what is now St Albans, beautiful park and walks around the ruins. Riverside walks. Lovely.

A great museum for adults and children about the local Roman history to an entire city (Verulamium) buried underneath Verulamium Park.

Award-winning museum, displaying beautiful objects from the Roman City of Verulamium, featuring superb mosaics and re-created Roman rooms giving the visitor an opportunity to discover the life and ... read more

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Steam museum... great for young kids, even has a little train that toots around on the week-ends.

Some really love it, others find it over-priced or not interactive enough. In any case, the majority finds it fascinating and if you already live close, it should be worth the 'trip'

Discover the story of London’s water supply and experience stationary water pumps in steam at the London Museum of Water & Steam

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Home of Charles Darwin, and close to the private Biggin Hill Airport. It was here that he developed many of his theories and wrote the The Origin of Species. With rooms lovingly reconstructed, visi... read more

With its unique place in the history of science and evolution, Down House, the family home of world-renowned scientist Charles Darwin, is a must-see. Stand in the study where Darwin wrote 'On the O... read more

Down House is a site of outstanding international significance. Here the famous scientist Charles Darwin lived with his family for forty years and worked on his revolutionary theories. About 12 min... read more