There is a multitude of ways by which to learn about the city of London its history and culture etc. While some can be through guided tours of the main attractions, taking a boat ride on the Thames or simply setting off on your own self-guided tour of the city. Each person that visits the city has their own way of going about learning about the city.
Perhaps the most engaging ways to learn about London is by visiting its various arts and cultural institutions. Most of the prominent museums and art galleries in the city are sponsored by the government and generally free to visit. If you want to learn about the city’s history and society through the centuries visiting these spots would definitely be beneficial. Whether you are on a whistle-stop visit or on an extended tour, the galleries and museums give a unique glimpse into various aspects of London.
Since most of the institutions are situated in and around central London, staying at the Park Grand London Kensington hotel would be perfect. Not only would you have easy access to the best museums and galleries nearby, there always is Kensington Palace Gardens to head to beat the crowds and noise.
In fact, if you are lucky you might even snag any of the special offers at London hotels, which would be a nice way to save on hotel costs.
British Museum: Among the most visited and famous museums in the city, the British Museum is also among the oldest in the city. It was formed with the personal collection of Sir Hans Sloane and since its inception, the museum has collected over 8 million relics and objects from all corners of the globe. It covers every known civilisation from all the continents and eras. Established in 1753, it is one of the most important museums in the world.
The Natural History Museum: Another museum of immense significance is the Natural History Museum. Its exhibits feature zoological and geographical relics and specimens. It also features some very rare exhibits that were collected by naturalist Charles Darwin on his various excursions to all parts of the earth. It was established in 1883 and the displays cover diverse themes like prehistoric creatures, human biology and ancient beginnings of life on earth among plenty more.
The Tate Modern: Located at a scenic spot near Blackfriars along the Southbank area is the Tate Modern. It is housed in a disused and repurposed Bankside Power Station and showcases a diverse variety of contemporary art from all over the world. It includes works by greats like Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso and displays works from the 19th Century.
Tate Britain: As the name suggests, the Tate Britain focuses exclusively on artworks by British artists and is also free to tour. The collection at the museum begins from the 15th century. It houses masterpieces from greats like J.W. Turner, Francis Bacon and Hockney among other famous artists. For those with a keen interest in British art, a visit to Tate Britain would be an enriching experience.