The British capital is one of the evergreen cities in Europe. Besides being most visited, it is also a leading financial centre and largest metropolitan city in Europe, that is filled with places for shopping, art, history and entertainment.
Some of the world’s best museums and galleries that permit free entry are located in the English capital. Few of the best known and most frequented museums and galleries are listed below.
The National Maritime Museum, also called the Royal Observatory, Greenwich is an indicator of the rich naval history of Britain. Its ten galleries are home to a vast collection of artworks, maps, charts and other objects.
Location: Greenwich, London
An art museum located in Millbank, Tate Britain is among the oldest galleries that showcases work of international and contemporary art dating as early as 15th to late 20th centuries. Thematic tours are organised and regular 15 minute talks on painters and paintings are regularly staged. Tate Modern is an international modern art museum, that is also one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary art. Situated in the Bankside area of the borough of Southwark, it also houses a cafe overlooking the Thames River with some amazing views.
Location: Millibank, London
World’s largest museum of decorative arts and design, the Victoria and Albert museum includes a permanent collection comprising about 4.5 million objects across its 145 galleries, that include finest surviving treasures dating from the Medieval Renaissance period. Spread over an area of 12.5 acres, the works also showcase works of art from the cultures of Europe, North America, and North Africa. This museum has undergone major renovation and restoration since 2001, including the addition of newer galleries, gardens, shops and visitor facilities.
Location: Royal Borough of Chelsea and Kensington
Serpentine galleries are two well known galleries in Kensington Gardens, Central London. The name Serpentine is derived from their location across the Serpentine lake. Both the galleries lie at five minutes’ walk from each other and are connected by bridge over the lake. Serpentine Pavilion is a world renowned and unique architecture programme held in the galleries during the summer months.
Location: Kensington Gardens
The parks in the English capital are generous amounts of green space that are ideal spots for relaxing, city breaks, picnics and refreshing winter walks. They offer host of activities including sports events, open air screenings, live music concerts and playgrounds for children. Some of the well known parks are the Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Victoria Park and Richmond Park.