London has loads of free museums and sights, great for people traveling on a budget.
Russell Square Area
- The British Museum – Has to be one of the best museums in the world. Home to an incredible Egyptian collection the Rosetta Stone and the Parthenon Marbles among tonnes of other super famous and fascinating stuff. Called the British Museum but almost nothing here is British – Only a 5 minute walk form the Royal National Hotel and Contiki Basement.
- Covent Garden is a little further to walk with loads of shops, restaurants, cafes and bars. Its a good walk along the shopping streets Oxford Street and Regent Street down to Picadilly Circus.
- Tate Modern Art Gallery – Loads of stuff including Monet, Picasso and super modern art. Very famous and well established modern artists as well as stuff that has you scratching you head and asking ‘is that art?’. Very cool.
- Imperial War Museum – Outstanding collection of weapons from mainly from the First and Second World Wars, Howitzers, planes, tanks, guns, a piece of the “Berlin Wall”::/contikipedia/articles/berlin-wall and an excellent holocuast display on the top flooer. A little bit of a walk from Southbank but close enough to Waterloo Station.
Southbank is also home to the London Dungeon, The London Eye, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and St Pauls Cathedral is across the river.
Trafalgar Square Area
- National Gallery – Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, etc, in the best Renascence collection outside of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Not to mention is Picasso’s, Dali’s, Carravagio’s – you name it, its probably here. An amazing gallery.
- National Portrait Gallery – Right next door to the National Gallery.
Also in the Trafalgar Square area is Leichester Square, Covent Garden, The West End and Picadilly Circus. It’s also a nice stroll down The Mall, past St James Park, to Buckingham Palace. Big Ben and the houses of Parlament are also close enough to walk.
- The Victoria and Albert Museum (the V&A) – Almost unarguably the greatest collection of art in design (functional art) in the world with over 3000 years worth of artefacts from some of the worlds greatest cultures.
- National Science Museum – Almost anything and everything to do with science and technology with loads of interactive displays.
- Natural History Museum – Loads of displays about animals and nature
Kensington is also famous for Hyde Park, Kensington Palace and Gardens, classy shopping on Kensington High Street and Harrods that are all worth checking out while you’re in the area.