A melting pot of history, culture, family attractions and solo days out, London boasts more galleries and museums than you could ever hope to visit on a single trip. In fact, the city is home to so many museums that there is literally one for every type of history you could imagine – from the history of Britain and its place in the world, to the history of children’s toys, the history of science in the city, and the history of specific authors and known personalities who once called London home.
In this blog, we’re sharing 9 of the best museums in London that you should visit – taking you on a whistlestop tour of the most memorable experiences near The Barbican Rooms London. And just like the title of this article suggests, we bet you haven’t heard of at least 3 of them… but let us know in the comments!
One of the best known museums in London, the V&A combines permanent exhibitions with interesting exclusive and limited time showcases which, in the past, have included women’s fashion exhibitions, West End costumes, and underwear through the ages.
A central museum located a short walk from the hotels near Barbican Centre London, the science museum is great for families with children – encouraging them to get involved with experiments and science-related games.
Charles Dickens Museum
Brought to life in the townhouse where Dickens himself lived, this museum is small and understated but showcases more than 100,000 Dickensian artefacts of interest – including letters and original manuscripts.
Sherlock Holmes Museum
Another museum which is situated in the very building where stories were born – although this time the entire structure of the museum is entirely fictional. With its home on Baker Street, the Sherlock Holmes museum breathes life into the much-loved characters, and is a popular spot with tourists from all over the world.
London Transport Museum
Sharing its address with Covent Garden, the London Transport Museum is great for families and vehicle enthusiasts alike – celebrating the very best of London transport from the horse drawn carts through to the most modern buses and trains.
Sir John Soanes Museum
This interior-centric museum is as much a gallery as it is a museum – filled to the brim with ornate frames and pictures from the past. Ideally located for any central hotel package in London, this is an intricate and often underrated museum to visit.
Considered a menagerie of art and historical artefacts, this museum was once privately owned but was left by its owner Sit Richard Wallace for the nation to enjoy for years to come.
Tower of London
A museum which combines immersive experiences with guided tours and plenty of historical placards to read, the Tower of London is one of the city’s top attractions for a reason. See the Crown Jewels in this authentic architectural wonder, which is located just minutes from The Chiswell Street dining rooms and other modern London hotspots.
This is a museum which bridges the most modern experiences in London with the past – celebrating the technical innovations that are sparking new trends across the design world, while heralding what came before. A great place to end your tour of London’s best and often underrated museums.