Last updated April 28th, 2021
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.
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John Soane was a famous architect, his most famous building being the Bank of England. The museum is home to art and antiquities. The museum itself was actually his home and is arranged just as he left it, with an ingenious ground plan and an informal treasure hunt atmosphere. His main exhibits are the Egyptian sarcophagus of Seti I, medieval casts and gargoyles. Admission is free.
London Transport Museum charts the evolution of Londons transport from its beginnings in 1829 with the very first Shillibeer’s Horse Omnibus. The history of the underground is also featured, and the the museum also includes the oldest tram system with many examples of electric trams. A great day out for the young and old alike. Admission fees apply and concessions are available. Private and corportae events for up to 400 people can be hosted at the museum.
October Gallery exhibit a wide range of contemporary art from around the world including sculptures, paintings and multimedia. Some of the pieces featured are also for sale.
Quaker Gallery doubles up as an art gallery and a venue for Quaker meetings.
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 National Gallery is home to around 2000 pictures from Western European painters dating as far back as the early 13th century including Turner, Van Gogh and Picasso. Admission to the museum is free.