London Journals

London Museums

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A travel journal to London by captain kait

Victoria and Albert Museum Photo, London, England More Photos
Quote: London places priority on their museums, which are top-notch. There are all types and sizes, a majority of which are actually free.

Madame Tussauds

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Attraction | "Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum"

Madame Tussauds Photo, London, England
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Madame Tussaud's of London is a bustling, continually popular tourist attraction. After the London Eye, it is probably the most visited non-historic site. The bizarre museum showcases a collection of celebrity replicas made from wax. It is located near Regent's Park and the Baker Street Tube stop. While in London, I took lessons at the Royal Academy of Music just down the street. Each time I walked past Madame Tussaud's, there would be a line out the door for tickets. (Once inside, there is still a 20- or 30-minute wait.) Sometimes the line would wrap around the building, hardly seeming to move. These people certainly aren't lured by the prices: a ticket can cost upwards of $40 US. Whe...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on June 18, 2005

Madame Tussauds
Marylebone Road
London, England NW1 5LR
44 (870) 999 0046

Victoria and Albert Museum

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Attraction | "Victoria & Albert Museum"

Victoria and Albert Museum Photo, London, England
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At first, it is hard to put your finger on the theme of the Victoria and Albert. The British Museum has artifacts, the National Gallery has paintings, and the V&A has lots of... stuff. At times it seems to be 20 different museums all housed in the same building, and indeed, I visited on multiple occasions and seemed to experience it differently each time. Officially, it is a museum of "decorative arts," but a lot seems to fall under that category. Just look at some of the collections - Fashion and Jewellry, Asia, Ceramics, Glass, Sculpture, Architecture, Furniture, Paintings... it just goes on and on. There is an entire gallery dedicated to wrought iron. With so many areas to cover, it'...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 18, 2005

Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road
London, England SW7 2RL
+44 (20) 7942 2000

Sir John Soane's Museum

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Sir John Soane's Museum Photo, London, England
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When I first stepped inside the foyer of Sir John Soane's Museum, I had no idea what to expect. My brother had located it in our guidebook, suggesting an outing to explore this somewhat less-known museum. From the outside, this gallery simply looks like another nice but plain townhouse in a nice neighborhood. From my first step into the magnificently decorated foyer, though, I was shocked and thrilled by all I found there, perhaps simply because I had not been expecting much. First off, the house is furnished and decorated in a beautiful traditional style and lit naturally through large windows and skylights. Narrow passageways and crowded rooms form a maze of wonderful hallways and rooms ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 19, 2005

Sir John Soane's Museum
13 Lincoln's Inn Fields
London, England WC2A 3BP
+44 20 7405 2107

Tate Britain

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Tate Britain Photo, London, England
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The most famous Tate gallery is the Tate Modern, but the collection is actually made of four different galleries, two of which are in London. Unlike most major sites in London, the Tate Britain is on the south side of the Thames. It is a bit of a walk from the nearest Tube stop (Pimlico), but there are also busses that stop just outside the museum. The galleries house, as you'd expect, all art from British artists. Although the Tate Britian is not one of the most well-known or popular art galleries in London, its collection was probably my personal favorite. The first time I visited, it took me a while to find an entrance (I later found out that the front of the building faces the Thames, wh...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 19, 2005

Tate Britain
Millbank
London, England SW1P 4RG
+44 20 7887 8000

National Portrait Gallery

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Attraction | "The National Portrait Gallery"

National Portrait Gallery Photo, London, England
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The most interesting thing about the National Portrait Gallery is that it shows you the faces of hundreds of writers, artists, and nobility you've heard about but have never seen. Tucked just around the corner from the National Gallery, and an extension of it, this museum houses exclusively portraits. This may sound boring, but a trip to the NPG can be quick and combines both history and art. Often there are lengthy explanations of an individual's accomplishments and how they relate to others whose portraits are on display. As you come into the NPG, you are taken up an extra-long escalator that spits you out at the earliest portraits of the nobility. You move through room after room of regal...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 19, 2005

National Portrait Gallery
St. Martin's Place
London, England WC2H OHE
44 20 7306 0055

Tate Modern

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Tate Modern Photo, London, England
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Just across the Millennium Bridge from St. Paul's Cathedral, on the banks of the Thames, the Tate Modern is a perfect example of the proximity of old and new that is so characteristic of London. The museum is housed in an old warehouse that is not much to look at from the outside, but has been renovated inside into a space fit for a well-rounded collection of the world's best modern art. To tell the truth, I sometimes find it challenging to enjoy modern art, and I expected to be somewhat bored when I first visited the Tate. This turned out to be far from the case. You enter on the lowest level, where you can walk into a huge, open courtyard area that houses interesting rotating exhibits. For...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 15, 2005

Tate Modern
Sumner Street
London SE1 9TG
+44 20 7887 8000

HMS Belfast

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HMS Belfast Photo, London, England
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While I was walking on a pathway floating on the river, I realized that this was no ordinary museum. Moored in the Thames, it can easily be overlooked for bigger, grander landmarks like St. Paul's and Tower Bridge. When you come up close, however, this floating hunk of metal is quite impressive. The HMS Belfast is a battle cruiser from the Royal Navy that served in WWII and is now permanently open to the public to glimpse a bit of a sailor's life. I expected to see normal things - the deck, the weapons, etc. To my surprise and pleasure, we were allowed to tour what seemed to be a majority of the ship, seven or eight numbered areas in all, from the sleeping areas and kitchen to the navigation room...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 3, 2005

HMS Belfast
Morgan's Lane
London, England SE1 2JH
+44 20 7940 6300