This pick of museums in London ranges from your typical childhood experience of fossils and artefacts with inexplicable explanations to contemporary museums dedicated to modern living. Museums in London are a great way to while away a few hours and educate yourself at the same time. Whatever your preference, once inside London museums aren't nearly as intimidating as they appear to be from the outside.
The Bramah Museum is the world's first museum devoted entirely to the history of tea and coffee. It tells the commercial and social 400 year old history of two of the world's most important commodities since their arrival in Europe from the Far East and Africa.
The museum is open seven days a week from 10am to 6pm.
40 Southwark Street,
The British Museum holds a variety of exhibitions charting the world's history, and houses over seven million objects in its collections.
Great Russell Street,
The Cartoon Museum exhibits the very finest examples of British cartoons, caricature, and comic art from the 18th century to the present day. The Cartoon Museum is dedicated to preserving the best of British cartoons and to establishing a museum with innovative exhibitions to make the creativity of cartoon art past and present accessible to all.
35 Little Russell Street,
Zandra Rhodes Fashion and Textile Museum is a must for fashion fans and is located on trendy Bermondsey Street. Exhibitions include outfits worn by Hollywood's great and good but as opening times can be erratic whilst reurbishment work is taking place it is best to call in advance.
83 Bermondsey Street,
Discover the story of those who have lived, fought and died in conflict from the First World War to the present day. Learn about the conditions endured by First World War troops in The Trench Experience, explore the role of espionage in The Secret War, and find out about children who lived through evacuation and the Blitz. Interactive displays and a changing programme of temporary exhibitions make this a fascinating and absorbing day out.
The Museum of Brands shows 12,000 from the past 150 years in chronological order.
2 Colville Mews,
Every Londoner should take time to visit the Museum of London, which captures London's colourful history from the Great Fire of London to the present day through a variety of exhibitions and events.
The upper galleries display a variety of pre 1666 London artefacts whereas the lower galleries – The Modern Galleries of London - displays exhibits from 1666 to the present day.
150 London Wall,
Discover the history behind London’s river, port and people at the Museum Of London Docklands. Housed in an historic warehouse, the museum plays host to a variety of galleries, relics and interactive exhibitions including Sailortown, an atmospheric recreation of 19th century riverside Wapping.
The musuem has free entry
West India Quay,
The Natural History Museum provides an intriguing view into the natural world. Discover dinosaurs, volcanoes, creepy crawlies and precious gems in the many exhibitions. The Museum also houses the Darwin Centre, an awe-inspiring public space that allows visitors to explore the natural world in an exciting and innovative way.
Two things; One - there are few better places to take children in London - vast numbers of interactive exhibits, shows and demonstrations mean that they'll be kept occupied for years, never mind hours.
Two - there are few better places to take adults in London - far too many entertaining exhibits, from some of the modern world’s most important inventions to objects and exhibitions from the Museum’s contemporary art collection. It's a truly fantastic place.
As from the 24th November the Science Museum is introducing a large interactive gallery for young visitors called LaunchPad where they can learn about electricity, magnetism, light and sound. This will be a permanent gallery.
Sample the breathtaking collections here in the house of the distinguished architect with VIP 'candlelit evenings' arranged every month.
13 Lincolns Inn Fields,
Some would say that it's the greatest museum of applied and decorative arts in the world (another one in the eye for the Yanks!) - and they would quite probably be right. We're not just talking modern stuff either; oh no - some exhibitions stretch as far back in time as 1500.