A must-see attraction for guests staying in one of our Bloomsbury Hotels. Renowned for being one of the world’s most inspiring historical museums, exhibits in the British Museum date back thousands of years. With mummies, pottery, jewellery and sculptures (and interactive exhibits for the more techie visitors), this is a museum for all ages.
Currently renowned for its glass roof and Grecian façade, the British Museum was first established in Bloomsbury in 1753. It was the first museum of its kind – not belonging to the Church or the Monarchy and open to the public.
Over the next 250 years, the Museum’s collection grew and the Bloomsbury site developed. The 43 Grecian columns that we recognise today were completed in 1857 and the Great Court opened in the year 2000.
Some of the famous permanent collections include:
The British Museum has free entry to its permanent collections, but booking is required for special exhibitions and tours. We recommend booking early to secure your spot. Audio guides are also available. The museum is visited by approximately 7 million people per year.
Looking to see some European Masterpieces on your trip to London? Head to Trafalgar Square and marvel at the National Gallery (both inside and out!). You’ll see household names such as Da Vinci and Van Gogh but also more modern artists like Bridget Riley. Don’t forget to check out the sunflowers!
Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN, 20 minutes walking distance from our Gower Street Hotels.
The Crown Group Top Five paintings to see in the permanent collection of The National Gallery are:
The National Gallery continuously hold special exhibitions. The current exhibition list can be found here:
This neoclassical building dates back to the Gregorian era and is one of London’s most beautiful landmarks. Originally belonging to the Duke of Somerset and designed by Sir William Chambers in 1776, it is now home to numerous exhibitions, art shows and special events.
Strand, London, WC2R 1LA, 22 minutes walking distance from our Gower Street Hotels.
Crown Groups’ favourite annual events at Somerset House include:
For the first two, tickets sell out very quickly so remember to book ahead!
London Transport Museum:
Showcasing transport systems from the last 200 years, the London Transport Museum is home to horse and carriage systems, the London tram system and the first London Tube! With over 450,000 artefacts, this is not one to be missed.
Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7BB, 19 minutes walking distance from our Gower Street Hotels.
The Crown Group top exhibits are:
A favourite with parents and young children (who didn’t love trains as a child!), do keep an eye out for little ones running around.
The Wellcome Collection aims to challenge how we all think and feel about health. With a free museum, a regular programme of events and a free library they hope to improve health by enabling the big conversations about it.
183 Euston Rd, London NW1 2BE, 10 minutes walking distance from our Gower Street Hotels.
The main permanent exhibition, ‘Being Human’, explores what it means to be human in the 21st century. Split into Genetics, Mind and Bodies, Infection and Environmental Breakdown, there are some very unusual pieces including a refugee astronaut and a flooded fast food outlet.
The library has one of the best health, medicine and medical history with over 1,000 different titles, featuring fiction, memoirs, graphic novels, magazines and even pop-up books. Filled with sofas and beanbags, it’s a comfortable place where you can easily lose the hours!
The library is closed over bank holiday weekends and between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day.
National Portrait Gallery:
With one of the most extensive collections of portraits in the world, the National Portrait Gallery Collection holds over 215,000 portraits. The artwork and photography in this gallery spans time – with 150,000 of pieces from the 16th Century onwards. Some of the more famous pieces in the collection include William Shakespeare, Queen Elizabeth I, Jane Austen, the Bronte Sisters and Queen Elizabeth II.