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5 London Museums to Stir Your Senses

June 01, 2022

When getting some culture on your chosen vacation destination is on your agenda, museums can fill that need. Not only do they provide an excellent way to spend some time, but they also provoke thought, heighten imagination and are particularly wonderful if you have your children along.

Through its 2,000-year history, London has become one of the world’s most extraordinary cities. That is reason alone for travelers to add it to their “must-visit” cities’ list. The United Kingdom’s capital is full of life, culture, and history. When you are in the city for the Wimbledon Games – June 27 to July 10 – you might want to take some time to explore the extraordinary museums London has to offer.

These five museums may be of particular interest to you while you are in Foggy Old London Town:

The Natural History Museum

This museum is a major attraction in London with more than five million visitors annually. The museum is the guardian of more than 80 million objects spanning billions of years. The dinosaur exhibit is one of the most popular. Walk beneath the largest animal on earth and explore dozens of other exhibits representing 4.5 billion years of natural history. You could spend an entire day at this marvelous place and only see a fraction of what is offered. If you love history and the natural world, this museum is a must-include on your itinerary.

What to see: Dippy, London’s favorite dinosaur is back at the Natural History Museum for a short visit. Dippy was the first Diplodocus to go on display anywhere in the world when it was gifted to the museum in 1905. It quickly became a star, capturing hearts and imaginations. He then left in 2017 on a whirlwind tour of the UK. He is back and on display once again until January 2023.

The skeleton of a Blue whale at the Natural History Museum.

The Tate Modern

Contemporary art aficionados can see more than 100 years of art, from the birth of modernism in the early 1900s, to the most prolific works of today, at the Tate Modern. This is a permanent exhibit at the museum with a route that includes paintings, sculptures, installations and video works from worldwide artists. Artists include notables like Henri Matisse, Dia al-Azzawi and the Guerrilla Girls. There are also guest programs such as The Making of Rodin. Tate Modern houses the United Kingdom's national collection of international modern and contemporary art, and forms part of the Tate group together with Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives.

What to see: Experience Cornelia Parker’s mesmerizing large-scale installations until October 16, 2022. You can also hear her speak about the exhibition on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Visitors looking at Pablo Picasso’s painting Bust of Woman at the Tate Modern.

Opulent London Penthouse

When you are in London for Wimbledon, staying at one of London’s luxury homes is a must. Penthouse William is in the prestigious neighborhood of St. James. This exceptional residence features five luxurious bedrooms which can accommodate up to 10 guests. Coveted urban views incorporate some of the Western world's most prestigious landmarks and cultural sites. Buckingham Palace, The Shard, The London Eye, Green Park, The Palace of Westminster, and Big Ben. It comes with a cinema room, massage room, library and gym, to name a few of the astounding amenities.

Gorgeous Penthouse William offers stellar views of London.

The Victoria and Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum, known affectionately by Londoners as the V&A, is the world’s leading museum of art and design with a permanent collection of more than two million objects spanning over 5,000 years. Queen Victoria actually laid the building’s foundation stone in 1899. Much of the United Kingdom’s collection is housed here including some of the foremost resources for the study of architecture, fashion, furniture, textiles, photography, painting, sculpture, jewelry, and more.

What to see: Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear. A comprehensive and often surprising overview of what 'menswear' actually means now and how far it's come. On until November 6, 2022.

Panels of stained and painted glass exhibited at Sacred Silver and Stained Glass room at the Whiteley Gallery in Victoria and Albert Museum.

The Science Museum

You don’t have to be a physics or chemistry guru to have an incredibly great time at the Science Museum. Founded in 1857, all seven floors of the building house hands-on exhibits, mad-looking inventions from throughout history and shiny machines. Highlights include a 16th century artificial arm and a cross-section of a real-life Boeing 747 jumbo jet. A bit of pop culture: The Science Museum is where Queen Elizabeth sent her first tweet on Twitter, signed Elizabeth R.

What to see: Our Future Planet. This exhibition explores the technologies being developed to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The exhibit showcases the cutting-edge technology and nature-based solutions being developed to trap carbon dioxide released by human activity, notably the burning of fossil fuels. Find out more about the challenges involved in different solutions, and join the debate about what measures are needed to adopt to combat climate change until September 30, 2022.

There is plenty to see and do at the Science Museum.

The British Museum

This museum was the first ever to open for the public in 1759. Ever since, the British Museum’s displays have been unparalleled. Here, you will find 50,000 artifacts on display ranging from the Rosetta Stone to the Parthenon sculptures. The museum’s entire collection comprises eight million artifacts.

What to see: Feminine Power: The divine to the demonic. The first exhibition of its kind, Feminine Power takes a cross-cultural look at the profound influence of female spiritual beings within global religion and faith. Explore the significant role goddesses, demons, witches, spirits and saints have played – and continue to play – in shaping our understanding of the world. For insights, the exhibition looks to divine and demonic figures feared and revered for more than 5,000 years. From wisdom, passion and desire, to war, justice and mercy, the diverse expression of female spiritual powers around the world prompts people to reflect on how femininity and gender identity is perceived today. On until September 22, 2022.

Lely's Venus, Aphrodite surprised as she bathes. A Roman copy from the 2nd century BC after the original Hellenistic statue.

LVH will customize your trip to London to include the most exciting and sought-after cultural experiences and with all those things that will make your heart beat just a little faster. We invite you to reach out to one of our client relations professionals who will get the planning underway for your luxury vacation to the UK for some great tennis action and a foray into the amazing world of London’s museums.

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