Culture

If you love museums, the arts and live performances, London is the city for you. Watch what London's Official Guest of Honour got up to during her unforgettable two week stay and explore London's world-class cultural offering below.

Museum of London

Discover London's history

Journey through the capital's fascinating past at this free museum, which explores the history of London, from prehistoric times to the present day through street scenes and original artefacts.

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Somerset House

A stunning cultural hub

Somerset House is a neo-classical building that hosts open-air concerts and films, art and design exhibitions. Its courtyard comes alive with fountains in the summer and an ice rink in winter.

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Station Charing Cross

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Natural History Museum

Visit the dinosaurs

From world-famous dinosaurs to a life-sized blue whale, this free museum in one of London's most beautiful landmark buildings is jam-packed with interactive exhibits.

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Science Museum

See science in action

From space travel to psychology, there’s something for all the family at the free-to-enter Science Museum where visitors can see, touch and experience science first-hand.

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Royal Opera House

Top opera and ballet

Home of the Royal Ballet, the Royal Opera and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, this world-famous theatre can be found in the heart of Covent Garden.

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Tate Modern

For modern art lovers

Marvel at works by Picasso, Rothko and Matisse for free at London’s national museum of modern and contemporary art, which is housed in a former Bankside power station.  

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British Library

A literary treasure trove

Feast your eyes on literary wonders such as the Magna Carta, the Gutenberg Bible and original Beatles lyrics at the British Library, which is open to all visitors.

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Alexander McQueen

A must for fashionistas

The first and largest retrospective of the late designer's work to be presented in Europe, this unmissable exhibition showcases McQueen's visionary designs with dramatic staging.

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Design Museum

Captivating modern design

With a gorgeous riverside setting, the Design Museum is one of the world's leading museums devoted to international contemporary design, from fashion to architecture and furniture to industrial design.

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Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Immerse into art and history

Best known for its big collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings, plus don't miss the largest haul of Anglo-Saxon gold ever discovered

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Tate St Ives

Tate's seaside branch

See why artists love the light of St Ives at this beachside icon showcasing contemporary art

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National Gallery

See Western European art

Be inspired by works from Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Turner, Renoir and Van Gogh at this free gallery which displays more than 2,000 Western European paintings.

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Royal Observatory

London's only planetarium

Stand astride two hemispheres at the home of Greenwich Mean Time and the world’s Prime Meridian, then touch a 4.5 billion-year-old asteroid at London’s only planetarium.

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British Museum

A treat for museum fans

Free to enter, the world-famous British Museum homes the works of man from prehistoric to modern times. Stand-out exhibits include the Rosetta Stone and the mummies of Ancient Egypt.

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Royal Academy

A fine arts powerhouse

Founded in 1768, the Royal Academy is the UK's oldest fine arts institution. The gallery is famous for its Summer Exhibition, which displays work by emerging artists.

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