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London Museums and Galleries Not to Miss

Published on June 14, 2018 by Rebecca Hinshelwood
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We believe that high quality accommodation makes a trip unforgettable. Whether your visit is for three nights or three months, the comfort, service and privacy that a serviced apartment brings will enable you to feel at home from the moment you arrive. However, we also know that you don’t want to spend all of your time within the apartment, no matter how sumptuous it is or how pleasant the view! 

For those with a thirst for culture, the West of London is a hive of activity. You don’t have to travel far from your central London serviced apartment to find the perfect cultural offering for you and your party. We want your visit to this great city to be engaging and revitalising, but we know that arts are subjective. So whatever floats your visual art boat, you’ll find it here: 

The Whole Family Loves…

The iconic cultural destinations of Kensington are the Science Museum and Natural History Museum. These cavernous spaces offer interactive activities for children (and adults!) of any age and are a must for any visiting family.

Perhaps you want to explore some culture that’s a bit more unusual, though. Throughout 2018, the Institution of Civil Engineers in Belgravia is celebrating their 200th anniversary with their Invisible Superheroes exhibition.

The Specialist Loves…

For art lovers in the know and for those seeking something new and exciting, look north of Mayfair to Marylebone. This part of West London is home to a selection of smaller galleries. The Lisson Galleries, The Gallery of Everything and The Showroom all sit within a few streets of one another. Between them, you will find the great and good of Britain’s burgeoning art scene.

The Classicist Loves…

Nestled amongst the greenery and finery of Westminster and St James’s, the seasoned art lover’s visit to London wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Tate Britain and the Royal Academy of Arts. The Tate is famously home to the Turner collection and curated exhibitions offer work from Bacon to Picasso. In this way every visit to London will offer you spectacular art. The Royal Academy is notoriously refined in its collections.  A product of this is the legendary Summer Collection which celebrates its 250th year in 2018.

The Historian Loves…

A short dash through the bustling commotion of Trafalgar Square will take you to the haven of the National Gallery. Here, the permanent collection and curated exhibitions bring the cream of historical art to London. The adjoining National Portrait Gallery is typically more dynamic. A visit will take you on a tour of historical faces from the Tudors to the NME. 

Or head north of Hyde Park to take in The Wallace Collection where you can enjoy not just historic art but furniture and architecture. 

The Royalist Loves…

For fans of the Crown, no visit to London would be complete without swinging by Buckingham Palace. While you’re there, enjoy royal collections of art and furniture at The Queen’s Gallery off Green Park. Or explore historic artefacts from the royal regiments of Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots, Irish and Welsh at The Guards Museum off St James’s park.

The Modernist Loves…

Always reliably breathtaking, a visit to the Saatchi Gallery on the King’s Road will never disappoint for those seeking art in the realms of the spectacular. Similarly, the Serpentine Galleries within Hyde Park transforms art into experience. With regular events, it is a great destination for long Summer nights. 

The Designer Loves…

An eclectic collection of all things design sits at the V&A in Kensington. With collections of jewellery, fashion, furniture and architecture amongst other forms, the V&A really is unmissable for any visitor with a design interest.

Perhaps you want to explore a specific interest, though? The Design Museum at Holland Park offers an introduction to contemporary design. Temporary exhibitions expand on specialisms of anything from craft to graphics. Or head northwards to Notting Hill to take in the Museum of Brands for a design based tour of modern life. 

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