4 of London’s Top Museums & What You Can’t Miss When You Visit Them

London is often lauded as one of the best cities in the world, and for good reasons. London is home to countless world-class museums covering everything from evolution and science to fashion and literature. This guide will give you a taste of the things you can expect from the country’s capital.

The British Museum

Walk through human history and culture in the British Museum. Founded in 1753, it has since accumulated over 8 million works from every corner of the world.

Since 1816 the museum has housed the Elgin Marbles. These marble sculptures were originally part of the Parthenon and were acquired by Thomas Bruce at the end of the eighteenth century. The sculptures are beautifully preserved, and are a fascinating way to discover classical Greek culture.

Perhaps the most famous exhibit in the museum is the Rosetta Stone. Written in three languages, (hieroglyphics, Egyptian and Greek) the discovery of the stone acted as the key to unlock the mysteries of hieroglyphics and allowed researchers to understand more of ancient Egyptian culture.

Nearest tube station: Tottenham Court Road

Natural History Museum

While the British Museum handles the history of human beings, the Natural History Museum tackles the giant task of everything else. Established in 1881, the museum has steadily gathered life and earth science specimens from around the globe. Today the museum contains around 70 million items.

The museum’s Tank Room houses an eight metre long colossal squid that shows exactly what you can find under the waves. The colossal squid is even more elusive than the giant squid so seeing such a perfect example is a real experience.

With so many interesting exhibits on the ground it might seem strange to ask you to look up, but if you do you will find a work of art and science. The building itself is used to tell the story of evolution, and the ceiling is decorated with painted panels detailing our evolution from plants, through animals, to humans.

Nearest tube station: South Kensington

Science Museum

For those interested more in the present than the past, try the Science Museum. Founded over 150 years ago, this museum has constantly exhibited cutting edge science and technology to the public.

If you are interested in space exploration, make sure to check out the Apollo 10 command module, and, if you are feeling brave, try piloting it for yourself in the flight simulator.

The Medical History Gallery really puts healthcare into perspective. If you want to understand the long road to modern hospitals you should definitely check this out.

Nearest tube station: South Kensington

Design Museum

The Design Museum is the youngest museum on the list only opening in 1989, but since then the museum has exhibited the best in contemporary fashion, graphics, architecture and media.

The small size of the museum means exhibits change regularly, but permanent installations include the large sculpture Head of Invention by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi. This giant fractured head is an excellent example of Paolozzi’s intricate style of sculpture and is found between the museum and the Thames.

Nearest tube station: London Bridge

So there you go, four of London, and the world’s, best museums. Whether you are looking to explore the world of early mankind or understand exactly how man set foot on the moon, London has something to keep you interested.

 

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MEETING PEOPLE IN LONDON, HOW I MADE FRIENDS ON MY TRIP TO LONDON

My first piece of write aims to provide those who are traveling to London with some helpful advice on making friends and meeting new people during their journey. From learning different slang terms to meeting people online in advance, this guide makes meeting new people a cinch.

London is by far one of the most diverse cities in the world. While I was planning my trip overseas to enjoy this beautiful city of wonder, I started thinking about how well I would fit in with the locals and if it would be easy to make friends during my trip. To my surprise, by simply taking advantage of some helpful tips and advice, I was about to make friends nearly everywhere that I went during my journey! By using my tips, you will find out how I was able to make friends on my trip to London and how you can too.

Diversity Preparation

When I first went on my trip to London, I was not sure just what I was going to be getting into. In fact, there was so much diversity within the city that I felt a little bit out of place at first. The key to meeting friends and getting to know new people is to simply not feel intimidated by your surroundings or by the people that you may run into. Simply be prepared with the diversity that you will experience upon entering the city. In fact, over 350 languages are spoken throughout London, as it saw a large immigration from India, the Middle East and the Caribbean during the 20th century. Be aware that you will meet lots of different types of peoples from all walks of life.

Social Networking

The help of the internet makes it easy to meet new people before arriving in your desired destination. Before going on my trip to London, I was able to use my social networking profile to search for London locals that shared the same interests with me. By connecting with these people online before going on my trip, I was able to get to know them a little bit before deciding if we should meet up or not. The great thing about meeting new people online in advance is that they will be able to show you around to local hot spots, giving you a real feel for local life in the city of London.

Learning the Language

While people in London typically speak English and communication is quite simple, there may be certain terms and phrases that you are just not familiar with. In order to meet new people on my trip to London, I first became familiar with the language and different terms that the locals would use. By knowing exactly what unfamiliar phrases and slang mean, it will be easier to get along with different types of people. You will also want to brace yourself for the different types of accents that you will come in contact with while meeting people in London. Many individuals may speak in different dialects, as they are not originally from London, but from various destinations around the United Kingdom.

The key to making friends wherever you may travel is to simply put yourself out there. By dining out, visiting local spots such as pubs and clubs, heading out to the museums and browsing the streets, you are sure to run into people that you may get along with.