What to do

Recommended at all times: Walk the city, and visit free museums


Victoria & Albert Museum
Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL
Opening times: Daily: 10.00 – 17.45 Friday: 10.00 – 22.00
The V&A houses one of the world’s greatest collections of decorative arts, in such varied fields as ceramics, sculpture, portrait miniatures and photography. Among the highlights are the Britain 1500-1900 galleries, which are arranged chronologically to trace the history of British design from the reign of Henry VIII to that of Queen Victoria.

British Museum
Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG
open daily 10:00 – 17:30 and Fridays until 20.30
One of the world’s oldest museums, the British Museum is vast and its collections, only a fraction of which can be on public display at any time, comprise millions of objects. First-time visitors generally head for the mummies, the Rosetta Stone, Lindow Man, the Lewis Chessmen and the Sutton Hoo Ship Burial.

National Gallery
http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/visiting/ten-reasons-to-visit Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN Opening hours: Daily 10am–6pm, Friday 10am–9pm With over 2,300 painting in the collection Fun for all age groups Talks, tours, and online guides