Last updated November 29th, 2020
The Imperial War Museum was an old lunatic asylum once housing Charlie Chaplins mother, before the hospital itself moved to Beckenham in 1930. This superb building was turned into the Imperial War Museum. The museum now hosts many artefacts including an extensive array of guns, tanks and fighter planes from both the World Wars and also of the Gulf war. There is also a permanent Holocaust exhibition on display which chronicles the systematic attempt that was made to murder the Jews of Europe. Admission is free.
Note: Owing to temporary closures the times below may not accurately reflect current opening hours.
The Florence Nightingale Museum is situated in the North East corner of St Thomas’s Museum. It celebrates the woman who revolutionised the nursing profession by establishing the first school of nursing at this hospital in 1859. Admission fees apply and groups are welcome.
Focusing on the work of young artists, the Jerwood Gallery has established itself as one of London’s significant exhibition spaces for contemporary art. The year-round programme of one-person and thematic group exhibitions also includes the prestigious Jerwood Painting Prize. The 2,600 sq ft Jerwood Gallery comprises three interconnected spaces and an adjacent sculpture gallery. Admission to the gallery is free and the cafe is open daily.
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.
The Tate Modern displays international modern art from 1900 to the present day as well as contemporary works by Surrealists and Dadaists. Furthermore the new gallery has an auditorium and a cafe offering outstanding views across London. Admission is free.
Somerset House is the Courtauld Gallery of world famous paintings. There is a public promenade that hosts an open air cafe and restaurant. Admission is free of charge as well as the surrounding public areas of Somerset House. Perfect for educational and group visits. It has recently been extended to include the Hermitage rooms, housing five galleries decorated in the style of St Petersburg’s famous State Hermitage Museum. Admission is one pound which goes straight to the Hermitage foundation.
St Brides Church Crypt Museum is full of historical information about the old style Fleet Street. It includes the original copies of The Daily Courant and the Universal Daily Register, which later became the Times newspaper. It provides a capsule history of London and displays remnants of every building that has stood on the site, including Roman walls and floors.
Dr Johnson’s House is a museum and was the home of Samuel Johnson. He came to London from Lichfield, with just three half pennies to his name. He rose to fame when he wrote the first English dictionary. Admission fees apply and concessions are also available.
The 12 Star Gallery shows work which celebrate the creativity and cultural diversity of the European Union.
The Tate Britain is the national gallery of British and International modern art. The main British collection spanning The Renaissance age through to the present day remains at the Millbank. It holds the greatest collection of British art in the world, including works by Blake, Gilbert and George, Hirst, Hockney and Turner. The gallery is the world centre for the understanding and enjoyment of British art, and helps promote interest in British art internationally. Admission is free.