A weekend itinerary for culture fans, from art and theatre, to dance and history, across the city’s major museums, galleries and theatres.
Morning: South Kensington
Avoid the crowds and start the day at the Science Museum in South Kensington – find out why it is the most Googled museum in the world. Home to an incredible collection of scientific artifacts and stunning exhibitions, this museum is located right next to two other incredible institutions: the Natural History Museum and The Victoria & Albert Museum. Explore the new Design Museum, moving to London’s Museum quarter in Kensington from November 2016.
Lunch: Victoria & Albert Museum
Have lunch in the beautiful café, designed by Arts & Crafts masters, or enjoy the sun in the stunning garden.
Afternoon: Major galleries
Next, jump on the Piccadilly Line or take a bus and head over to Piccadilly Circus. From there, you are within easy reach of major galleries such as the Royal Academy of Arts, National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery.
Dinner: Covent Garden
Join the theatregoers and enjoy a pre-theatre dinner in the Covent Garden Piazza. At Tuttons you will find a British seasonal menu, with the option of booking one of its beautiful private dining rooms. For a more informal fare, the Café in the Crypt at the beautiful Georgian church of St-Martin-in-the-Fields is an excellent option.
Evening: West End
Make sure you include a West End show in your visit. Book your tickets in advance for musicals like Wicked, opera and ballet productions at the Royal Opera House, modern dance at Sadler’s Wells or see the English National Ballet at London Coliseum.
Take a boat trip to Greenwich and visit one of the sites at the Royal Museums Greenwich. From the Cutty Sark, the world’s only surviving tea clipper, to the Royal Observatory and the National Maritime Museum, there’s plenty to visit. Don’t miss the Greenwich Meridian line and the beautiful view from the hill at Greenwich Park.
Lunch: Greenwich Market
In the heart of Greenwich you’ll find delicious and affordable lunch options, from Greenwich Market to Royal Teas.
Once you have enjoyed your lunch, get back on the boat into Central London.
Afternoon: Shakespeare's Globe and St Paul's Cathedral
There are plenty of options to choose from if you decide to stay in Bankside. You’ll find traditional pubs along the river, as well as many restaurants. For an original setting, pop over to the RS Hispaniola, a restaurant ship offering Mediterranean food on the Thames.
Evening: Tate Modern
Many of London’s galleries open until late on Fridays and Saturdays. Take this opportunity to visit the gallery and enjoy special events, live music and much more. The opening of the new Switch House building at the Tate Modern has doubled the gallery’s size; pay a visit to the expanded collection.
Morning: City of London
Discover London’s peerless heritage and explore centuries of stunning living history with a visit to the Museum of London. Or pop over to the Guildhall Art Gallery, which displays a wide range of exhibits throughout the year.
Head over to Fitzrovia for lunch, where Percy & Founders serves all-day dining and drinking. Taste simple modern British and European food or sample a traditional Sunday roast on the weekend.
Afternoon: British Museum
After lunch, walk to the British Museum, located just a few minutes away in the heart of Bloomsbury. Possibly one of the most popular museums in the world, the British Museum tells the story of the world’s cultures through its permanent collection and inspiring temporary exhibitions.
Connect with London's literature in this area made famous by the writers known as the Bloomsbury set, of which Virginia Bloom was part of.
A few minutes’ walk away from the British Museum, Scoff & Banter Bloomsbury restaurant in Great Russell Street is a good option for those looking to taste British food with a contemporary twist.
Alternatively, there are many restaurants near the British Museum where you will find everything from traditional English to more exotic cuisine.