PLACES TO VISIT
£ = admission charge EH = English Heritage & NT = National Trust (free entry to members)
|National Trust Properties|
BEVIS MARKS SYNAGOGUE £ Bevis Marks. Tel 020 7626 1274.
Limited opening. Aldgate & London Wall walks
WHITECHAPEL BELL FOUNDRY 32-4 Whitechapel Road E1 1DY. Tel 020 7247 2599.
Small display & shop open during working hours. Foundry tours available Saturday mornings (charge - booking essential). Aldgate and Whitechapel walks
WHITECHAPEL GALLERY 80-2 Whitechapel High Street E1 7QX. Tel 020 7522 7888.
Changing programme of exhibitions (some chargeable) with associated events. Late night openings Thursdays with live music, poetry, films and free exhibition admission. Shop & cafe. Aldgate and Whitechapel walks
CHILDREN'S ZOO £ North Carriage Drive, Battersea Park SW. Tel 020 7924 5826
Monkeys, lemurs, meercats & otters plus farm animals. Play area, shop & cafe. Open daily (except Christmas) 10-5:30 or dusk. Battersea walk
MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD Cambridge Heath Road E2 9PA. Tel 020 8983 5201
A branch of the V&A, it has permanent and changing displays of toys, games and other aspects of childhood. Shop & cafe. Open 10-5:45 daily. Bethnal Green walk
THE BRITISH LIBRARY 96 Euston Road NW1 2DB. Tel 020 7412 7332
Permanent and changing exhibitions. Programme of events. Tours available. Shop and cafes. Bloomsbury walk
BRITISH MUSEUM Great Russell Street WC1B 3DG. Tel 020 7636 1555
The setting of this world famous collection has been much improved with the opening of the Great Court and the Reading Room. Programme of tours and special events. Shops and cafes. Galleries open daily 10-5:30 (8:30pm Thu & Fri). Great Court open 9-6 (11pm Thu - Sat). Friends organisation. Bloomsbury & Holborn walks
BRUNEI GALLERY Thornhaugh Street WC1
Shows historical and contemporary work of and from Asia & Africa. Includes a Japanese Roof Garden. Bloomsbury walk
CHAPEL OF ST CHRISTOPHER Great Ormond Street Hospital WC1N 3JH. Tel 020 7405 9200
Byzantine style chapel by EM Barry of 1875. It was moved and restored when the old building was demolished in the 1980s. It is always open for prayer and contemplation. Donations welcomed. Bloomsbury walk
DICKENS HOUSE £ 48 Doughty Street WC1N 2LF. Tel 020 7405 2127
The only remaining London home of the author has displays on his life and works. Shop, cafe & garden open to all. Bloomsbury walk
FOUNDLING MUSEUM £ 40 Brunswick Square WC1 1AZ. Tel 020 7841 3600
The story of the Foundling Hospital, its founder Thomas Coram and its supporters artist William Hogarth and composer George Frederic Handel. Open Tue - Sat 10-5 & Sun 11-5. Cafe open to all. Bloomsbury walk
NEW LONDON ARCHITECTURE 26 Store Street WC1E 7BT.
Large model and information on display. Programme of changing exhibitions and events. Shop & cafe. Bloomsbury walk
PETRIE MUSEUM OF EGYPTIAN ARCHAEOLOGY Gower Street WC1E 6BT. Tel 020 7679 2884
Collection illustrating life in the Nile Valley. Shop. Bloomsbury walk
POLLOCKS TOY MUSEUM £ 1 Scala Street WC1P 1LT. Tel 020 7636 3452.
A maze of rooms and winding staircases with toys from around the world. Shop specialising in toy theatres. Bloomsbury walk
UCL ART COLLECTIONS Gower Street WC1E 6BT. Tel 020 7679 2540.
Old Master prints & drawings plus work from the Slade School of Art. Programme of changing exhibitions. Bloomsbury walk
CARLYLE'S HOUSE £ NT 24 Cheyne Row SW3. Tel 020 7352 7087
The home of the writer & historian with displays of personal items. Seasonal opening Wed - Sun. Chelsea walk
CHELSEA PHYSIC GARDEN £ 66 Royal Hospital Road SW3 4HS. Tel 020 7352 5646
This old established garden is open to the public afternoons Tues - Fri plus Suns & Bank Hols April to October. Cafe. Chelsea walk
NATIONAL ARMY MUSEUM Royal Hospital Road SW3 4HT. Tel 020 7730 0717
Learn how Britain's soldiers have lived and fought from the Middle Ages to the present day. Open daily 10 - 5:30. Special event weekends and programme of talks. Kids Zone and Activity Backpacks. Shop & cafe. Chelsea walk. Chelsea site closed until 2016 but exhibitions & events at other locations
ROYAL HOSPITAL CHELSEA Royal Hospital Road SW3 4SR. Tel 020 7730 0161
This building by Christopher Wren still serves as an almshouse. The chapel, hall, museum and gardens are open to the public Mon - Sat 10-12 & 2-4. Donations welcome. Chelsea walk
SAATCHI GALLERY Duke of York's Headquarters SW3. Tel 020 7823 2363.
Modern art collections. Open daily 10-6. Chelsea walk
THE GUILDHALL Gresham Street EC2. Tel 020 7606 3030
This historic building is open to the public when not in use. Across the City walk
GUILDHALL ART GALLERY Guildhall Yard EC2P 2EJ. Tel 020 7332 1632
A wonderful art collection housed in a purpose-built building with some changing exhibitions. Includes the remains of the Roman Amphitheatre. Picnic area but no cafe. Shop. Across the City walk
OXO TOWER WHARF Barge House Street SE1 9PH. Tel 020 7401 2255
The redevelopment retained the landmark tower and now houses exhibitions, shops and cafes. There is a spendid viewing gallery on the 8th floor. Across the City walk
ST BARTHOLOMEW'S HOSPITAL MUSEUM West Smithfield EC1A 7BE. Tel 020 7601 8152
Displays and a video on the long history of this famous institution. Donation appreciated. Open Tue- Fri 10-4 (closed public holidays). Clerkenwell walk
CHARTERHOUSE £ Charterhouse Square EC1. Tel 020 7251 5002
This historic building still serves as an almshouse. Guided tours available April to October on Wednesdays at 2:15pm (booking required). Clerkenwell walk
MUSEUM OF THE ORDER OF ST JOHN St John's Lane EC1M 4DA. Tel 020 7324 4005
The museum is housed in St John's Gate and the collections explore all aspects of the Order's history from its origins in 11thc Jerusalem to the modern eye hospital. Also access to the Priory Church of St John complex. Open Mon - Sat 10-5. Guided tours on Tue, Fri & Sat at 11am & 2:30pm. Donation requested. Costumed performances. Clerkenwell walk
WESLEY'S HOUSE & CHAPEL 49 City Road EC1Y 1AU Tel 020 7253 2262
The Georgian home of John Wesley and the Wesleyan Chapel designed by George Dance in 1778 with a Museum of Methodism in the crypt. Admission free but donations welcomed. Clerkenwell walk
FREEMASON'S HALL 60 Great Queen Street WC2. Tel 020 7395 9258
The museum and library is open Mon - Fri 10-5. Additionally guided tours are available round the building at certain times. Covent Garden walk
LONDON FILM MUSEUM 45 Wellington Street WC2E 7BD. Tel 020 3617 3010.
Housed in the former Flower Market building with permanent and changing exhibitions. Charge for i-tour hire. Open Mon - Sat 10-6 & Sunday 11-6. Cafe. Covent Garden walk
LONDON TRANSPORT MUSEUM £ Covent Garden Piazza WC2E 7BB. Tel 020 7379 6344
Housed in the former Flower Market building this covers all aspects of London's transport history. See also [research]. Cafe and shop open to all. Covent Garden walk
NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY St Martin's Place WC2H OHE. Tel 020 7312 2463
Permanent and changing exhibitions (some chargable). Audio guide available (charge). Programme of lectures and events (mostly free) including Friday evening music. Evening opening until 9pm on Thursdays & Fridays. Restaurant, cafe and shops. Covent Garden walk
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE Bow Street WC2. Tel 020 7304 4000
Since its refurbishment several areas are now open to the general public 10am-3:30pm Monday - Saturday. Pick up or ask for a 'Daytime Visitors Guide'. Backstage tours are available (charge). Covent Garden walk
CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT Old Bailey EC4. Tel 020 7248 3277
The courts are open to the public Mon-Fri 10-1 & 2-4 or 5. There are restrictions on things you cannot take in and under 14s are not allowed. Crime & Punishment (north) walk
CLINK PRISON MUSEUM £ 1 Clink Street SE1. Tel 020 7378 1558
Housed in a warehouse which stands on the site of the Bishop of Winchester's prison. Crime & Punishment (south) walk.
WESTMINSTER ABBEY CHAPTER HOUSE & PYX CHAMBER £ EH Tel 020 7222 5897
A fine octagonal building originally used by the monks for daily meetings. The Pyx Chamber served as a treasury. Open daily 10-4. Dickens Westminster walk
WESTMINSTER ABBEY COLLEGE GARDEN
A peaceful 'secret' garden open to the public Tues - Thurs; Apl-Sept 10-6, Oct-Mch 10-4. Dickens Westminster walk
QUEEN'S CHAPEL OF THE SAVOY Savoy Hill WC1
In 1937 George VI conferred this building, parts of which date to 1512, to the Royal Victorian Order. New buildings were added in 1958 and improvements made in 2003. The fine interior can be viewed Monday - Thursday 9-4 and services on Sundays at 11am are open to the public. Embankment walk
SOUTH BANK CENTRE South Bank SE1 8XX
Comprises the Royal Festival and Queen Elizabeth concert halls, the Hayward Gallery and the Saison Poetry Library. The complex is open 10am to 10pm daily with exhibitions, music, shops and eating places. Embankment walk
MOVIEUM £ County Hall SE1 7PB. Tel 020 7202 7040
A celebration of the British film Industry. Open 10am to 5pm daily with exhibitions, music, shops and eating places. Embankment walk
SOMERSET HOUSE The Strand WC2R 1LA. Tel 020 7845 4600
Several areas are open to the public with exhibitions, shops and cafes. The complex also houses the Courtauld Gallery (admission charge). Free Guided tours are available at 12:15, 1:15 2:15 & 3:15 on the first & third Saturdays (first come basis). FAMILY TRAILS are available and there are sometimes workshops & activities. Embankment walk
CARTOON MUSEUM £ 35 Little Russell Street WC1 2HH. Tel 020 7580 8155.
Changing displays and special exhibitions. Activity Room and reference library (Wednesdays by appointment). Shop open to all. Free to under 18s. Friends organisation. Holborn walk
KENSINGTON ROOF GARDEN entrance at 99 Derry Street. Tel 020 7937 7994
A series of themed gardens; Tudor, Spanish and English Woodland. Open 9am - 5pm when not in use. Holland Park and Notting Hill Walks
LEIGHTON HOUSE £ 12 Holland Park Road W14 8LZ. Tel 020 7602 3316
The purpose-built home of the Victorian artist includes a striking Arab Hall. Open 10-5:30 Wednesday - Monday. Guided tours are included Wednesdays at 3pm. Programme of events, including exhibitions and family activities. There is a Friends organisation. Holland Park walk
LINLEY SAMBOURNE HOUSE £ 18 Stafford Terrace W8 7BH. Tel 020 7602 3316 ext 305
The home of the former Punch cartoonist is a well-preserved late Victorian town house. Open Wednesdays & weekends. Morning tours (booking advised) then open access 2-5:30pm. Weekday visits by groups including schools by arrangement. Holland Park walk
GEFFRYE MUSEUM 136 Kingsland Road E2. Tel 020 7739 9893
A series of period rooms set out in the attractive former Ironmonger's Almshouses plus special exhibitions. Also period and herb gardens open in the summer. Programme of activities for all ages and Friends organisation. Audio tour available (small charge). Recreated almshouse rooms (limited opening Wednesdays & Saturdays by tour - charge). Open Tues - Sat 10-5, Suns & Bank Hol Mons 12-5. Shop & cafe. Hoxton walk
HUNTERIAN MUSEUM 35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields WC2A 3PE. Tel 020 7869 6560
Discover the art and science of surgery. Programme of events. Guided tours every Wednesday at 1pm (booking recommended). Open Tues - Sat 10-5. Closed public holidays. Inns of Court & Holborn walks
SIR JOHN SOANE'S MUSEUM 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields WC2A 3BP. Tel 020 7405 2107
The architect's former home houses his marvellous collection from around the world. Open Tues - Sat 10-5. Tours at 11am & noon on some days (charge). Open first Tuesday of the month 6-9pm by candlelight (free but numbers limited). Inns of Court & Holborn walks
GARDEN MUSEUM £ Lambeth Palace Road SE1 7LB. Tel 020 7401 8865
Indoor and outdoor displays housed in the former St Mary-at-Lambeth church. Changing exhibitions and events programme. Shop & vegetarian cafe. Open Tuesday - Sunday 10:30-5. Kennington & Lambeth walks Closed for refurbishment until 2017
KENSINGTON PALACE £ Kensington Gardens. Tel 0870 751 5170.
State apartments, Queen Victoria exhibit and Diana dresses. Open daily except Christmas 10-6 (summer) 10-5 (winter). Kensington Gardens walk
ROYAL ALBERT HALL £ Prince Consort Road SW7 2AP Tel 020 7838 3105
Guided tours (45 mins) are available including the auditorium and royal areas (not backstage) Friday - Tuesday. Kensington Gardens walk
SERPENTINE GALLERY Kensington Gardens W2 3XA. Tel 020 7402 6075
Changing programme of modern and contemporary art in a 1934 tea pavilion. Open daily 10-6. Kensington Gardens walk
HARRODS FOOD HALL Hans Road SW3
Foods of every description in a wonderful Art Nouveau setting. Knightsbridge walk
APSLEY HOUSE £ EH Hyde Park Corner W1V 9FA. Tel 020 7499 5676.
The home of the first Duke of Wellington and his descendants with magnificent collections and momentoes. Guided tours and study room. Knightsbridge walk
WELLINGTON ARCH £ EH Hyde Park Corner
Three floors of exhibits and viewing platforms. Knightsbridge walk
COUNTY HALL £ (some) South Bank SE1 7PB.
Includes the London Aquarium (see below) and changing exhibitions. Lambeth & Embankment walks
FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE MUSEUM £ 2 Lambeth Palace Road SE1 7EW. Tel 020 7620 0374.
The life and work of an influential woman. Includes interactives and audio tours for children. Guided tours at 2pm & 3pm. Some changing exhibitions, talks and family events. There is a Friends organisation. Open daily 10- 5 but closed Good Friday & Christmas. Shop. Lambeth & Embankment walks
LONDON EYE £ Jubilee Gardens SE1. Tel 0870 500 0600.
Glass capsules on the 450' high wheel rotate slowly to give splendid views. Tickets are bookable but you chance the weather or turn up on a clear day. Open daily but closed for maintenance in January. Lambeth & Embankment walks
IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM Lambeth Road SE1 6HZ. Tel 020 7416 5320.
Permanent displays on all aspects of warfare. Some special exhibitions held (charge). Programme of events and Friends organisation. Shops & cafe. Open daily 10-6. Lambeth walk.
LONDON AQUARIUM £ County Hall SE1 Tel 020 7967 8000.
Large tanks housing more than 30000 fish including sharks. Open daily 10-6. Lambeth walk
MUSEUM OF THE ROYAL PHARMACEUTICAL SOCIETY 66-68 East Smithfield, E1W 1AW. Tel 020 7572 2210.
Limited areas of the building are open to the public Mon - Fri 9-5. Small charge for guided tour of other display areas (booking required). Closed until relocation at East Smithfield
ST GEORGE'S CATHEDRAL St George's Road SE1. Tel 020 7928 5256.
The building designed by AWN Pugin in 1840-8 was never fully completed. It was burnt in a bombing raid of 1941 and rebuilt from 1953. The stained glass windows have vivid colours. Lunchtime music on Fridays. Lambeth walk
THE BARBICAN CENTRE Silk Street EC2
Barbican Hall, 2 theatres, cinema and galleries. Also library, shops, cafes and exhibitions.
Open Mon - Sat 9am-11pm, Sun 12-11pm. London Wall walk
THE MUSEUM OF LONDON London Wall EC2 5HN. Tel 020 7001 9844.
The first port of call to find out about London's history. Programme of events. Mailing list (Tel 020 7814 5504). Friends organisation (Tel 020 7814 5507). Shop and cafe. Open daily 10-6. London Wall walk
POSTMAN'S PARK King Edward Street/Aldersgate Street EC1
Former burial ground made into a park but chiefly noted for its tiled tribute to local heroes [View slideshow]. Guide available for purchase in St Botolph's Church or the Museum of London shop. London Wall walk
HANDEL'S HOUSE MUSEUM £ 25 Brook Street W1K 4HB. Tel 020 7495 1685
The composer's home has been restored and together with No 23 tells the story of the houses and Handel's life and work. There is a programme of events including musical performances and activities for families. Mayfair walk
THE WALLACE COLLECTION Manchester Square W1M 6BN. Tel 020 7563 9500
These priceless family collections have been made available to the public. Programme of activities for all ages. Shop and cafe. Mayfair walk
MUSEUM OF BRANDS PACKAGING & ADVERTISING £ 111-7 Lancaster Road W11 1QT. Tel 020 7243 9611.
A journey from the Victorian era to the present day from the Robert Opie collection. Cafe & shop. Notting Hill walks
ALEXANDER FLEMING LABORATORY MUSEUM £ Praed Street W2 1NY. Tel 020 7886 6528
The reconstructed laboratory in which penicillin was discovered plus displays and video presentation. Open Mon - Thurs 10-1 or by appointment. Paddington walk
LONDON CENTRAL MOSQUE 146 Park Road NW8. Tel 020 7724 3363
This building with its copper dome and minaret overlooking Regent's Park was designed by Sir Frederick Gibberd and completed in 1977 as part of the Islamic Cultural Centre. Open 8:30am -11pm daily. Visitors are welcome but must observe the dress code which includes headscarves for women. Regents's Park and St John's Wood walks
SHERLOCK HOLMES MUSEUM £ 239 Baker Street NW1. Tel 020 7935 8866
A museum devoted to the fictional detective in a more appropriate house than the actual 221! Shop and cafe. Regent's Park walk
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM Cromwell Road SW7 5BD. Tel 020 7938 9123
There is plenty to see and do in this beautiful building designed by Alfred Waterhouse. Some special exhibitions staged (charge). Wildlife Garden open in the summer months. Shop & cafes plus picnic areas. South Kensington walk
SCIENCE MUSEUM Exhibition Road SW7 2DD. Tel 0870 870 4868
There is plenty to see and do including the Wellcome wing. Some special exhibitions staged also Imex Cinema (charge). Shop & cafes plus picnic areras. Open daily 10-6. South Kensington walk
CLOCKMAKER'S MUSEUM at the Science Museum, South Kensington
The story of timekeeping in a display mounted by the Clockmaker's Company. South Kensington walk
VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM Cromwell Road SW7 2RL. Tel 020 7942 2000
A vast collection of objects. The new British Galleries are well set out. Free tours often available. Special exhibitions staged (charge). Programme of events for all ages. Shop and cafe. Central garden. South Kensington walk
LONDON FIRE BRIGADE MUSEUM £ 94a Southwark Bridge Rd SE1 OEG. Tel 020 7587 2849
These historic brigade premises house a comprehensive museum devoted to the fire service. Open only for guided tours which must be pre-booked. Southwark & the Borough walk
THE GOLDEN HINDE £ Cathedral Street SE1
Replica of the ship in which Drake circumnavigated the world. Events held. Southwark & the Borough walk
OLD OPERATING THEATRE & HERB GARRETT £ 9A St Thomas Street SE1. Tel 020 7188 2679
These unique former facilities of the hospital were left behind at the top of the church. Some talks and demonstrations given. Open Daily 10:30-5. Closed over Christmas/New Year. Southwark & the Borough walk
SOUTHWARK CATHEDRAL £ Montague Close SE1 9DA. Tel 020 7367 6700
Always an attractive building internally, restoration work has made it much better. Shop and cafe. Open daily. Southwark & the Borough walk
TATE MODERN Bankside SE1 9TG. Tel 020 7887 8000
Modern art displayed in the enormous former Bankside Power Station. Special exhibitions held (charge). Late opening until 10pm Friday & Saturday. Shop & cafe. Southwark & the Borough walk
BROADGATE ARENA EC2
Cafes, shops and sculptures plus lunchtime entertainment (summer) and public ice rink (winter). Spitalfields walk
DENNIS SEVERS HOUSE £ 18 Folgate Street E1. Tel 020 7247 4013
Step into the past and the lives of the Jervis family in this 10 room Georgian house. A unique experience. Sunday afternoons and some Monday lunchtimes. Twilight and group visits require booking. Spitalfields walk
RAVEN ROW 56 Artillery Lane E1 7LS. Tel: 020 7377 4300
Contemporary art centre housed in historic buildings. Galleries with changing exhibitions. Open Wed - Fri 11-6. Spitalfields walk
ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS £ Burlington House, Piccadilly W1J OBD. Tel 020 7300 8000
Programme of special exhibitions. Friends organisation offers free admission. Open daily 10-6pm (10pm Fridays). Fine Rooms with items from the collection open Tue - Fri 1-4:30pm & Sat/Sun 10-6 (free). Shop & cafe. St James's walk
ROYAL INSTITUTION 21 Albemarle Street W1S 4BS. Tel 020 7670 2900.
Interactive exhibition on the themes of experimentation, people & communication. Also Faraday Laboratory. Cafe, restaurant & bar. St James's walk
SPENCER HOUSE £ 27 St James's Place SW1A 1NR. Tel 020 7499 8620
Magnificently restored by the Rothschilds this is open for tours on Sundays. St James's walk
LORDS CRICKET GROUND £ St John's Wood Road NW8 8QN. Tel 020 7289 1611
Home of the Marylebone Cricket Club. Guided tours are conducted around the premises and museum. These need to be booked as they are not always available. St John's Wood walk
JEWISH MUSEUM £ 129-131 Albert Street NW1. Tel: 020 7284 7384.
The history of Jews in Britain and London through personal stories and possessions. Programme of events and Friends organisation. Open Sun - Wed 10-5, Thurs 10-9, Fri 10-2. Closed Saturdays & Jewish festivals. Shop and Kosher cafe open to all. St Pancras walk
THE JERWOOD SPACE 171 Union Street SE1 OLN. Tel 020 7654 0171
Gallery and cafe in an old school building with new additions. Theatre walk
NATIONAL THEATRE South Bank SE1 9PX. Tel 020 7452 3400
The building is open Mon - Sat 10am to 11pm also some Sundays 12-6. There are exhibitions, music, bookshop, bars and cafes as well as its 3 theatres. Backstage tours available (charge). Theatre walk
SHAKESPEARE'S GLOBE £ New Globe Walk SE1. Tel 020 7902 1500
A recreation of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre is the centrepiece of this development with performances May to September and events throughout the year. There is also an excellent exhibition which includes a guided tour of the theatre (when not in use) or the remains of the nearby Rose. Shop and cafes. Theatre walk
ST BRIDE LIBRARY Bride Lane EC4Y 8EQ. Tel 020 7353 3331
Collections on typography and the printing industry. Also changing displays/exhibitions. Open Tue 12-5:30, Wed 12-9 & Thu 12-5. Theatre walk
GUARDS MUSEUM & CHAPEL £ Birdcage Walk SW1E 6HQ. Tel 020 7414 3428.
Information and artefacts relating to the five regiments of foot guards. The chapel was largely rebuilt after wartime bomb damage. Victoria Street walk
THE QUEEN'S GALLERY £ Buckingham Palace Road SW1. Tel 020 7766 7301.
Displays of works of art acquired by kings & queens over 500 years. Open daily but check before visiting. Tickets can be validated for a year's admission. Victoria Street walk
THE ROYAL MEWS £ Buckingham Palace Road SW1. Tel 020 7766 7302.
Coaches & carriages and usually horses. Open most days but check before visiting. Tickets can be validated for a year's admission. Victoria Street walk
SUPREME COURT BUILDING Parliament Square SW1P 3BD
Constructed in 1906-13 as the Middlesex Guildhall it was converted to a Crown Court in the 1980s. It has been refurbished as a home for the Supreme Court (from 2009). The building with its 3 courts is open to the public weekdays 10-4:30. There are no sittings on Fridays. Exhibition and cafe. Victoria Street walk
SW1 GALLERY Cardinal Place SW1. Tel 020 7963 4024.
Changing exhibitions. On the upper level with grassed seating area. Open Mon - Fri 12-6 & Saturday 12-4. Victoria Street walk
WESTMINSTER RC CATHEDRAL Victoria Street SW1P 1QW. Tel 020 7798 9055
Beautifully decorated interior with marble and mosiac. There is a lift to the top of the 273' tower with excellent views (charge). Victoria Street walk
CUMING MUSEUM Old Town Hall, 151 Walworth Road SE17 1RY. Tel: 020 7525 2332.
The collection of the Cuming family, Southwark's history display and changing exhibitions. Children's activities. Small shop. Open Tues - Sat 10-5. Walworth walk Currently closed
THE ROYAL LONDON HOSPITAL MUSEUM St Augustine with St Philips Church, Newark Street E1 2AA. Tel 020 7377 7608
Permanent exhibition of artefacts and archives relating to the Hospital and the history of health care in the East End. There is a section on forensic medicine and a selection of videos. Open Tue - Fri 10-4:30 (not public holidays) but please check before making a special journey. Whitechapel walk
ANAESTHESIA MUSEUM 21 Portland Place W1B 1PY. Tel 020 3312 6528.
4000 objects from 1774 to the present. Open Mon, Tue, Thurs & Fri 10-4.
BANK OF ENGLAND MUSEUM Bartholomew Lane EC2. Tel 020 7601 5491
Recreated Bank Stock Office. History of the bank to present time. Interactive and banknote displays. Changing exhibitions and events. Audio tour available (small charge). Shop. Open Monday to Friday 10am - 5pm.
CANAL MUSEUM £ 12/13 New Wharf Road N1 9RT. Tel 020 7713 0836
Housed in a former ice warehouse this tells the story of London's canals, cargoes & people. Audio tour on the website. There are changing exhibitions, evening talks, towpath walks and other events. Open 10-4:30 Tuesday - Sunday & Bank Holiday Mondays.
CHURCHILL WAR ROOMS £ King Charles Street SW1A 2AQ. Tel 020 7930 6961
The secret underground HQ used by Churchill and his staff during WWII plus Churchill Museum (part of the Imperial War Museum). Audio guide included in admission. Programme of activities for all ages & shop. Open daily 9:30-5.
COLLEGE OF ARMS Queen Victoria Street EC4. Tel 020 7248 2762.
Deals with Heraldry and the granting of arms. Their 17th century building houses offices, records and library. Open Mon - Fri 10-4.
BDA DENTAL MUSEUM 64 Wimple Street W1G 8YS. Tel 020 7563 4549
Displays tell the story of dentistry. Open Tue & Thurs 1-4 or by appointment.
DR JOHNSON'S HOUSE £ 17 Gough Square EC4A 3DE Tel 020 7353 3745
This c1700 house was home and workplace for Samuel Johnson 1748-1759 and where he compiled his Dictionary. Restored to its original condition with panelled rooms and a collection of period furniture, prints and portraits. Open Mon - Sat 11-5. Closed Bank Holidays.
HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY MUSEUM £ Horse Guards, Whitehall SW1A 2AX. Tel 020 7930 3070.
A 'behind the scenes' look at the work the goes into the ceremonial duties and operational role of the Household Cavalry regiments. Open daily except 25/26 Dec & Good Fri 10-6.
ISLINGTON MUSEUM Finsbury Library, 245 St John Street EC1V 4NB. Tel 020 7527 2837.
The history of the area using objects, spoken word, archives and photographs plus changing exhibition. Open Mon, Tue & Thur - Sat 10-5.
MALL GALLERIES £ 17 Carlton House Terrace, SW1 5BD. Tel 020 7930 6844.
Programme of exhibitions (some free) with associated events. Cafe and bookshop.
THE MONUMENT £ Monument Street EC3R 8AH.
This 160' stone column was built to commemorate the Great Fire of London. Great views but 311 steps to climb! Open daily 9:30-5.
PHOTOGRAPHERS GALLERY 16-18 Ramilies Street W1F 7LW. Tel: 0845 262 1618.
Changing exhibitions held. Bookshop & cafe. Open Tue - Sun.
ROYAL COLLEGE OF MUSIC MUSEUM Prince Consort Road, SW7 2BS. Tel: 020 7591 4842.
Instruments and portraits. Open Tue - Fri 11:30-4:30.
TATE BRITAIN Millbank SW1P 4RG. Tel 020 7887 8008.
The national collection of British Art. The Clore Galleries display the work of JMW Turner. Special exhibitions held (charge). Shop & cafe.
WELLCOME COLLECTION 183 Euston Road NW1 2BE. Tel 020 7611 2222.
Permanent displays 'Medicine Man' and 'Medicine Now' plus changing exhibtion. Free guided tours for pre-booked groups. Programme of events. Research library and members scheme. Open Tue - Sat 10-6 (10pm Thurs) & Sun 11-6. Cafe & bookshop.
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