With over 300 museums and galleries to choose from, London is a museum lover’s paradise.
Not only is London home to some of the best museums in the world, it also has some of the most obscure and unique museums you won’t find anywhere else on the planet. From historic and scientific, to artsy and educational…regardless of what your interests are, you’re bound to find a museum in London that peaks your fancy.
If you only have a limited amount of time in London but want to see as many museums as humanly possible, here are some of the neighbourhoods in London which are home to the most museums:
Westminster is an obvious one, as some of the most well-known museums in London are located here. The award-winning Churchill War Rooms take visitors back in time to London during the WWII era, while the Household Cavalry Museum and Guards Museum educate visitors on London’s military history. If you want to venture away from the usual London museums, be sure to check out the Garden Museum (located on Lambeth Palace Road), as well as Benjamin Franklin’s House on Craven Street, the world’s only remaining Franklin home.Places to visit in Westminster: Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms, Household Cavalry Museum, Guards Museum, Garden Museum, Benjamin Franklin’s House
The V&A museum is perhaps one of the most famous museums in London (as it showcases over 4.5 million objects), but museums in Kensington don’t just stop there. The Natural History Museum contains around 80 million zoology, paleontology, mineralogy, botany and entomology items, and the Science Museum has exciting technology exhibits any member of the family would enjoy.Places to visit in Kensington: The Victoria and Albert Museum, The Natural History Museum, The Science Museum
If you plan on walking around Whitechapel then a visit to the new Jack The Ripper Museum and the Tower of London are a must; but there’s other museums in Whitechapel worth exploring as well. The Royal London Hospital Museum covers everything from the Jack the Ripper murders to the history of Royal London, and Dennis Severs’ House on Folgate Street provides a glimpse of what life would have been like for Huguenot silk weavers living in London during the 18th to 20th centuries.Places to visit in Whitechapel: Jack The Ripper Museum, Tower of London, Royal London Hospital Museum, Museum of Immigration and Settlement, Dennis Severs’ House, Whitechapel Bell Foundry
If you’re a fashion geek you’ll be happy to hear that Southwark is home to both the Fashion and Textile Museum (focusing on everything from Swedish fashion to Chanel and post-war British textiles), as well as the Design Museum (also covering fashion and architectural design). The Old Operating Theatre Museum covers surgical history in London, while the London Fire Brigade Museum has a fantastic exhibition on The Great Fire of London.Places to visit in Southwark: Clink Prison Museum, Old Operating Theatre Museum, HMS Belfast, Fashion and Textile Museum, London Fire Brigade Museum, Design Museum
The Tate Modern and Tate Britain museums draw in over 6 million visitors annually, but The Imperial War Museum is also another South Bank museum favourite, as it has excellent exhibitions on The Holocaust and the British special forces. Engineering fanatics will get a kick out of the Kirkaldy Testing Museum (which covers the life and work of the famous Scottish engineer David Kirkaldy), and children will especially enjoy the Florence Nightingale Museum, which houses a ton of interactive exhibitions on the history of nursing in London.Places to visit in South Bank: Tate Modern, Florence Nightingale Museum, Kirkaldy Testing Museum, Imperial War Museum
From classic cars and movies, to animals, freemasonry and even the tea trade, when it comes to museums in London, Covent Garden has it all. The Savoy Museum on The Strand is home to one of the largest hotel archives in the world, and the Hunterian Museum houses one of the oldest collection of anatomical and zoological specimens in the UK. Architecture fans will appreciate Sir John Soane’s Museum (located in Lincoln’s Inn Fields), and sipping on a “cuppa” at the Twinings Tea Museum’s sampling counter is a must. The nearby British Museum (located in Bloomsbury) is one of the world’s oldest museums, and attracts more than 6 million visitors every year.Places to visit in Covent Garden: London Film Museum, Twinings Tea Museum, Hunterian Museum, Museum and Library of Freemasonry, London Transport Museum, Savoy Museum, Sir John Soane’s Museum
The Sherlock Holmes Museum is the most visited museums in Marylebone, and shouldn’t be missed by any visitor to London. The Wallace Collection, on the other hand, houses many art, furniture and porcelain collections, while the Royal Academy of Music Museum contains exhibitions on pianos, string instruments, famous conductors, and even music that was heard in the First World War battlefields. If you’re a sports fanatic, the Marylebone Cricket Club Museum is only a short walk away as well.Places to visit in Marylebone: British Dental Association Museum, Wallace Collection, Royal Academy of Music Museum, The Sherlock Holmes Museum, Royal College of Physicians Museum, Marylebone Cricket Club Museum