Last updated December 5th, 2022
The Guildhall Art Gallery opened in 1999 and displays 250 works of art alongside smaller temporary exhibitions that explore different themes. Admission fees apply and concessions are available.
Note: Owing to temporary closures the times below may not accurately reflect current opening hours.
The ‘Old Lady of Threadneedle Street’ is the national bank of the United Kingdom. The national gold reserves are kept in its vaults. The Bank of England was incorporated by Royal charter in 1694 as in order to finance the war against Louis XIV of France, and was brought under government control only in 1946. The majestic building which it occupies was designed by Sir John Soane, and was built between 1788 and 1833, although it was completely rebuilt between 1924 and 1939. Admission is free.
Barbican Art Gallery offers a wide variety of exhibitions all year round, several of which are free to enter. They also host music and theatre performances. Please check for details regarding admission fees for entry into some exhibitions.
The Clink Prison Museum is built on the site of the first clink prison. The prison began as a dungeon for disobedient clerics under the Bishop of Winchester’s palace. The exhibition features a handful of prison life tableaux, and dwells on the torture and grim conditions within. Admission fees apply and concessions are also available.
The Golden Hinde – originally circumnavigated by Sir Francis Drake and meticulously reconstructed – is a real sailing galleon which has sailed over 140,000 miles. It is an educational museum which enables visitors to see what life was really like aboard an Elizabethan galleon. The ship is open to the public on certain days each week and is used extensively by schools. It is also available for private parties and functions including weddings and receptions.
The Mother Church of Methodism is an undiscovered jewel of London. Built in 1778, it is John Wesley’s final chapel and home. His tomb is in the graveyard behind the chapel. The museum is closed on Mondays throughout December and January. Admission fees apply and concessions are available.
The Tate Modern Shop has over 10,000 titles focussed on art and and the history of art. There is also a range of postcards, posters, prints and stationery products.