Top London Museums and Galleries
News & Updates / August 31, 2015
London’s powerhouse of museums and art galleries can be easily accessed when staying at Presidential Marylebone Serviced Apartments London. From the beauties of Giotto to the space age Beagle Mars Lander – London has something for everyone.
Begin with a relaxing boat trip down the Thames to the great Maritime Museum at Greenwich. Here you can find out about Britain’s maritime past as well as how time is measured, for this is truly the home of Greenwich Mean Time.
Back in the City of London, visit the Barbican to discover the secrets of London through the ages. The Museum of London contains artefacts from Roman times onwards, including many fascinating room sets. London has played a major part in world history and this is reflected in the wide range of items on display.
Not far from our Central London Serviced Apartments is the British Museum. Exploring this museum can feel overwhelming, as it is one of the largest in the world. Among the objects that should not be missed are the collection of mummies in the Egyptian galleries and the spectacular Sutton Hoo Helmet within the Anglo Saxon section. The golden objects in the clock department are often overlooked, but contain some stunning examples of craftsmanship.
Equally massive are the three great museums in South Kensington – the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum. All three museums were founded by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert over a hundred years ago to be centres of excellence within their fields – and that is precisely what they are. Researchers from all over the world come to study at these museums – children’s illustrator and author Beatrix Potter was a regular visitor when she lived in London. Decorative arts in every shape and form from stained glass to jewellery, portrait miniatures to sculptures can be found at the V&A, while the Natural History Museum is a delight for nature lovers. Experience dinosaurs, a wild life garden, tiny insects and massive mammals together with glimpses into the laboratories where scientists work each day.
Take a trip to the stars, blast off into space via 3D and 4D simulators or simply discover what it is like to fly with the Red Arrows at the Science Museum. Alternatively find out about older forms of transport with Stephenson’s Rocket or study the principles of science. This is a museum where there are lots of hands on exhibits ideal for children (and adults who want to find out more!)
Turning to the magic of art, London has some of the best art galleries in the World. A quick hop away on tube from our London Aparthotels is The National Gallery in Trafalgar Square that contains over 2,000 paintings including works by Monet, Van Gogh, Giotto and Rembrandt. The adjacent National Portrait Gallery contains portraits of kings and queens, painters, sculptors and many more who have played a major role in British history and society. Free talks and lectures about the collections are often available, especially during lunchtimes.
Nearby is the Courtauld Institute with its impressive collection of Impressionist paintings and Old Masters housed in the lovely surroundings of Somerset House. For more modern, contemporary art take a trip to the Tate Modern at Bankside or the Whitechapel Gallery in London’s East End.
Just across the river near Tower Bridge is the Design Museum. This is a world leading museum dealing with contemporary design in every format from products to industry, graphics to architectural design.
From Tower Bridge it is only a short journey by tube back to your Marylebone Serviced Apartments where aching feet can rest at last!