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London’s Best Museums

5 of the Best

London has no shortage of world class museums. The only problem is choosing which ones to visit. Here is our recommendation of 5 of London’s best museums.

1. The British Museum (Great Russell Street): Home to some of the most important archaeological and historical treasures in the world, including the Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies. Tube: Tottenham Court Road, Holborn, Russell Square.

2. Imperial War Museum (Lambeth Road): It may not sound like a ‘fun day out’ but the Imperial War Museum is well worth a visit. Exhibitions include a sobering but fascinating focus on conflicts since WW1. Tube: Lambeth North, Elephant & Castle, Waterloo.

3. Natural History Museum (Cromwell Road): Meet Dippy, a 32m long Diplodocus, stand next to a slice of giant sequoia, look up at a blue whale, and experience an earthquake in the Red Zone. Tube: South Kensington.

4. Science Museum (Exhibition Road): From full-sized aeroplanes to microscopic wonders, the Science Museum has dozens of interactive displays and is a firm family favourite. Tube: South Kensington

5. V&A Museum (Cromwell Road): It’s the “world’s greatest museum of art and design”. With 4.5 million objects in its permanent collection, there is no chance of having ‘seen it all before’ here. Tube: South Kensington, Knightsbridge

5 of the Alternative

Don’t limit yourself to London’s ‘big’ museums only. London is home to some truly weird but fantastic alternative museums. Here is our list of 5 alternative museums in London that are worth a visit.

1. Sherlock Museum (221b Baker Street ): Thanks to a modern BBC re-working, Sherlock is enjoying a resurgence. Grab your pipe and deerstalker and make a visit to the home of Sherlock Holmes. Tube: Baker Street

2. The Old Operating Theatre (9a Saint Thomas Street): A beautifully restored 19th century operating theatre and museum. Learn surgical techniques from times past and leave a little more appreciative for modern medicine! Tube: London Bridge

3. Whitechapel Bell Foundry (34 Whitechapel Road): Make some time on a Saturday and pre-book a tour through 500 years of manufacturing history and the birthplace of London’s most famous bell, Big Ben. Tube: Aldgate East

4. HMS Belfast: Explore 9 decks of this famous warship. Interactive exhibits let you get a taste for life at sea, patrolling Arctic waters and in the heat of battle during D-Day. Tube: London Bridge

5. Museum of Brands, Packaging & Advertising (2 Colville Mews, Lonsdale Road): Take a trip down memory lane as you see the evolution of brands through the decades. Tube: Notting Hill Gate.