London is full of amazing places for curiosities, history, and niches. And being a city well-known for this and its museums, there are plenty of places that one should visit when in London. What’s more? The majority of these amazing museums are free to visit (but offer some paid exhibitions). Here are some of our favourites that you should visit when you are in town.
Explore fossils, dinosaurs, and the hidden worlds of the Earth at the Natural History Museum. In the vault you can explore the world’s largest collection of coloured diamonds, or explore a wide selection of fossils and the story of evolution. They also have special exhibits and temporary exhibits, as well as family and kid activities which can be found on their website
An interesting museum in itself, this museum contains the collections of Sir John Soane which includes antiquities, furniture, sculptures, architectural models and drawings, and paintings spanning millenia. See scaled models of famous ancient ruins, and explore architectural exhibitions.
Explore the museum of the capital, and its telling past. Explore London before London, during the roman era, all the way through to the struggles for women’s rights, workers rights, and more. During the warmer months the Museum of London also plays hosts to Museum Lates, evening events at the museum.
Hold a real gold bar at the Bank of England Museum, and explore the history of British Banking, and see a reconstructed office built by Sir John Soane, who was the Bank’s architect from 1788 to 1833. What’s more, explore the history of the bank note, the machines that made them, and the archives over time!
The V&A plays host to some amazing collections of statues, artefacts, and fantastic temporary exhibitions. Explore the history of fashion, ancient rugs, to exhibitions on plywood, furniture, and more.
The National Maritime Museum looks at all things land and sea, and where they meet. Explore photos of the seaside by Martin Parr, and explore the navy and the objects that made life at sea possible.