When you're bored of London you're bored of life. London is one of the world's great cities but people often worry though that London can be an quite an expensive city to visit. However, with the value of Pound currently so low, it really is an excellent time for overseas visitors to take advantage of the favorable exchange rate.
London also has so many free activities for visitors (and locals!) of all ages. We are doing a series of blog posts listing some of the fabulous free activities London has to offer. In this post we are listing our top ten free museums in London.
London's museums (for free!)
London is blessed with some of the world's best museums. However, unlike many cities, most of London's museums are free! Here are our top ten free museums:
1. British Museum:
One of the world's oldest museums, the British Museum has a vast collection including anccient Egyptian mummies, the Rosetta Stone and many (many!) more. The British Museum also boast the wonderful Queen Elizabeth II Great Court with it's wonderful glass ceiling. britishmuseum.org
2. Natural History Museum:
Famous for the Diplodocus in the entrance hall (although now replaced with an equally impressive blue whale skeleton). The Natural History Museum is set in a beautiful Alfred Waterhouse building houses a collection that contains some 70 million plant, animal, fossil, rock and mineral specimens. nhm.ac.uk
3. Science Museum:
The Science Museum is impressive covering seven floors. Highlights include the Apollo 10 command module and a flight simulator. sciencemuseum.org.uk
4. Museum of London:
A fantastic museum to find out about the history of London. Explore the life of the city from prehistoric times to Victorian London and up to the present day. museumoflondon.org.uk
5. V&A Museum:
The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, is the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design, housing a permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects. vam.ac.uk
6. V&A Museum of Childhood:
Part of the Victoria & Albert Museum, The V&A Museum of Childhood is home to one of the world’s finest collections of children’s toys, doll’s houses, games and costumes. A great day out for both young and old! vam.ac.uk/moc/
7. Imperial War Museum:
This thought provoking museum tells the stories of people’s experiences of modern war from WW1 to conflicts today. iwm.org.uk
8. Design Museum:
The Design Museum in Kensington, London, is the world's leading design museum and covers product, industrial, graphic, fashion and architectural design. designmuseum.org
9. National Maritime Museum:
The National Maritime Museum is situated in beautiful Greenwich Park and is part of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site. It's the world's largest maritime museum and includes 10 free galleries. rmg.co.uk/national-maritime-museum
10. Horniman Museum:
If you've ever been to the Horniman Museum you'll never forget seeing the over-stuffed walrus! A fantastic family friendly museum in South London, with huges collections of anthropology, natural history and musical instruments. horniman.ac.uk
Free London accommodation
One of the biggest budget busters when visiting London can be the cost of accommodation. However, rather than booking a hotel or holiday rental, arrange a home swap in London and you will dramatically cut the cost of your London holiday.
By arranging a home swap you enjoy free holiday accommodation but also enjoy the space and comfort of staying in a real London home.
Home Base Holidays is a London based home swap holidays website and has a large number of tempting home swap holiday offers.
- Find your home swap accommodation in London