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British Museum

British Museum
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The British Museum’s collection of seven million objects representing the rich history of human cultures mirrors the city of London’s global variety. In no other museum can the visitor see so clearly the history of what it is to be human.

The British Museum in Bloomsbury is open every day and offers a full and exciting exhibition and events programme.

Explore highlight objects from the British Museum by ancient, historical and living culture.

Explore highlight objects from the British Museum collection by historical, contemporary people from kings and mythical figures to artists.

Explore highlights from the British Museum collection by modern geographic location.

Explore highlights from the British Museum collection by the materials they’re made out of.

The nearest underground stations to the British Museum are:

Tottenham Court Road (300m)
Holborn (500m)
Russell Square (800m)
Goodge Street (800m)

Opening Times:

Monday: 10.00am – 5.30pm
Tuesday: 10.00am – 5.30pm
Wednesday: 10.00am – 5.30pm
Thursday: 10.00am – 5.30pm
Friday: 10.00am – 5.30pm
Saturday: 10.00am – 5.30pm
Sunday: 10.00am – 5.30pm

Science Museum

Science Museum
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The Science Museum as an institution has been in existence for about a century and a half. It has its origins in the Great Exhibition of 1851, held in Hyde Park in the huge glass building known as the Crystal Palace. The popularity of the exhibition ensured a large financial surplus, which its patron Prince Albert suggested should be used to found a number of educational establishments on the land available nearby. The first of these was the South Kensington Museum, opened in 1857 on land which is now part of the Victoria and Albert Museum.

The Science Museum’s collections form an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical change since the eighteenth century.

The Science Museum has over 300,000 objects in its care, with particular strengths in the history of western science, technology and medicine since 1700.

It has been uniquely placed to acquire objects recording the Industrial Revolution, and now holds unrivalled collections in this area. Medical artefacts from all periods and cultures also form an important part of its holdings.

Opening Times:

Monday: 10am – 6pm
Tuesday: 10am – 6pm
Wednesday: 10am – 6pm
Thursday: 10am – 6pm
Friday: 10am – 6pm
Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Sunday: 10am – 6pm

Churchill War Rooms

Churchill War Rooms
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Shortly after becoming Prime Minister in May 1940, Winston Churchill visited the Cabinet War Rooms to see for himself what preparations had been made to allow him and his War Cabinet to continue working throughout the expected air raids on London.

The war rooms became operational at the outset of war in 1939.

Step back in time and discover the secret underground headquarters that were the nerve centre of Britain’s war effort. Shortly after becoming Prime Minister in May 1940, Winston Churchill visited the ‘Cabinet War Rooms’ to see for himself what preparations had been made to allow him and his War Cabinet to continue working throughout the expected air raids on London. It was there, in the underground Cabinet Room, he announced ‘This is the room from which I will direct the war’.

Also within the Churchill War Rooms, is the interactive Churchill Museum, dedicated to the life and achievements of Sir Winston Churchill. Explore the man behind the legend and learn how Churchill came to merit the iconic status he holds to this day.

Opening Times:

Monday: 9.30am – 6.00pm
Tuesday: 9.30am – 6.00pm
Wednesday: 9.30am – 6.00pm
Thursday: 9.30am – 6.00pm
Friday: 9.30am – 6.00pm
Saturday: 9.30am – 6.00pm
Sunday: 9.30am – 6.00pm

Insttitute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)

Insttitute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)
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The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) is the UK’s original, not-for-profit, multi-disciplinary arts centre.

Established in 1947 by a collective of artists, poets and writers to explore contemporary culture across the broadest platforms, the ICA has been at the forefront of artistic experiment since its formation and has presented some of the most radical exhibitions, artists, films, music and thought to have shaped our world. It continues today as a dedicated space for new, experimental and independent arts practice and ideas.

Housing two galleries, two cinemas, a theatre, reading room, bookshop and café/bar, the ICA presents an international and contextualised programme of work across a variety of art forms.

Free entry to galleries and bar events before 11pm and free entrance to exhibitions is available.

Opening Times:

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 12pm – 11pm
Thursday: 12pm – 1am
Friday: 12pm – 1am
Saturday: 12pm – 1am
Sunday: 12pm – 9pm

Tate Modern

Tate Modern
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Tate Modern is the national gallery of international modern art. Located in London, it is one of the family of four Tate galleries which display selections from the Tate Collection. The Collection comprises the national collection of British art from the year 1500 to the present day, and of international modern art. The other three galleries are Tate Britain, also in London, Tate Liverpool, in the north-west, and Tate St Ives, in Cornwall, in the south-west. The entire Tate Collection is available online.

Created in the year 2000 from a disused power station in the heart of London, Tate Modern displays the national collection of international modern art. This is defined as art since 1900. International painting pre-1900 is found at the National Gallery, and sculpture at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Tate Modern includes modern British art where it contributes to the story of modern art, so major modern British artists may be found at both Tate Modern and Tate Britain.

The Collection

The Tate collection of modern and contemporary art represents all the major movements from Fauvism on. It includes important masterpieces by both Picasso and Matisse and one of the world’s finest museum collections of Surrealism, including works by Dalí, Ernst, Magritte and Mirò. Its substantial holdings of American Abstract Expressionism include major works by Pollock as well as the nine Seagram Murals by Rothko. There is an in depth collection of the Russian pioneer of abstract art Naum Gabo, and an important group of sculpture and paintings by Giacometti. Tate has significant collections of Pop art, including major works by Lichtenstein and Warhol, Minimal art and Conceptual art. Tate also has particularly rich holdings of contemporary art since the 1980s.

Opening Times:

Monday: 10am – 6pm
Tuesday: 10am – 6pm
Wednesday: 10am – 6pm
Thursday: 10am – 6pm
Friday: 10am – 10pm
Saturday: 10am – 10pm
Sunday: 10am – 6pm

Last admission into exhibitions 5.15pm (Friday and Saturday 9.15pm)

Hayward Gallery

Hayward Gallery
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‘One of London’s most important spaces for displaying contemporary art, the Hayward Gallery is housed in an austere 1968 building that is both equally loved and derided by the majority of Londoners. Whichever camp you fall into, you’ll agree that it makes an excellent hanging space for the blockbuster exhibitions it puts on.’ (Lonely Planet)

The Hayward Gallery was opened by Her Majesty The Queen in 1968. It is an outstanding example of sixties brutalist architecture and is one of the few remaining buildings of this style. It was designed by a group of young architects, including Dennis Crompton, Warren Chalk and Ron Herron. The Hayward Gallery is named after the late Sir Isaac Hayward, the former leader of the London County Council.

Opening Times:

Monday: 10am – 6pm
Tuesday: 10am – 6pm
Wednesday: 10am – 6pm
Thursday: 10am – 6pm
Friday: 10am – 6pm
Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Sunday: 10am – 6pm

National Gallery

National Gallery
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The National Gallery, situated in the heart of London in Trafalgar Square, houses the national collection of Western European painting from the 13th to the 19th centuries. It is on show 361 days a year, free of charge. With over 2,300 paintings in the Collection, there are hundreds of reasons to visit the Gallery.

The Gallery aims to study and care for the collection, while encouraging the widest possible access to the pictures. From Leonardo da Vinci to Vincent van Gogh you will have the opportunity to see priceless and iconic works of art.

There are weekly concerts at the gallery; screenings, lectures, and paintings that inspired filmmakers; and family workshops to inspire your children.

The Gallery has two places two eat National Dining Rooms and National Cafe, grab a coffee, glass of wine, lunch or dinner.

The National Gallery shop has exclusive gifts, specialist books and prints of every painting.

Opening Times:

Monday: 10am – 6pm
Tuesday: 10am – 6pm
Wednesday: 10am – 6pm
Thursday: 10am – 6pm
Friday: 10am – 9pm
Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Sunday: 10am – 6pm

National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery
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Founded in 1856, the aim of the National Portrait Gallery, London is ‘to promote through the medium of portraits the appreciation and understanding of the men and women who have made and are making British history and culture, and … to promote the appreciation and understanding of portraiture in all media’.

The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. The Collection is displayed in London and in a number of locations around the United Kingdom, including several houses managed by the National Trust. The Gallery is increasingly keen to find new ways to share the Collection through the National Programmes, as well as through this website.

Like other national museums, the Gallery is supported both by government and increasingly by a large number of individuals, companies, trusts and foundations, as well as by the receipts from ticketed exhibitions, shops, catering and events.

The Gallery aims to bring history to life through its extensive display, exhibition, research, learning, outreach, publishing and digital programmes. These allow us to stimulate debate and to address questions of biography, diversity and fame which lie at the heart of issues of identity and achievement.

The National Portrait Gallery aims to be the foremost centre for the study of and research into portraiture, as well as making its work and activities of interest to as wide a range of visitors as possible.

The Gallery is close to Trafalgar Square, near Leicester Square and Charing Cross Underground stations.

Opening Times:

Monday: 10am – 6pm
Tuesday: 10am – 6pm
Wednesday: 10am – 6pm
Thursday: 10am – 9pm
Friday: 10am – 9pm
Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Sunday: 10am – 6pm

The London Eye

The London Eye
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We want your flight on The Merlin Entertainments London Eye to be as enjoyable as possible, and that includes all the information you need to plan your trip.

This section includes London Eye opening times, how to get to the London Eye, facilities here, group bookings, and any special requirements you may have such as disabled or wheelchair access. There are notes and safety and security on board the London Eye too.

Each rotation takes about 30 minutes, meaning a capsule travels at a stately 26cm per second, or 0.9km (0.6 miles) per hour – twice as fast as a tortoise sprinting; allowing passengers to step on and off without the wheel having to stop.

As well as the ticket office for buying and collecting tickets for The Merlin Entertainments London Eye, our facilities include disabled access, gift shop, and cafes.

Opening Times:

January – March: 10.00am – 8.30pm
April – June: 10.00am – 8.30pm
July – August: 10.00am – 9.30pm
September – December: 10.00am – 8.30pm