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The A-Muse-ment Arcades: Culture on the Cheap

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A February 2009 trip to London by Liam Hetherington

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Quote: London can be a very expensive city to visit. However it is home to many of the world's greatest museums - most of which are free to visit. Stimulate your mind without exhausting your budget!
The City Photo, London, England
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London never sleeps, It just sucks The life out of meAnd the money from my pocket…- ‘Londinium’, Catatonia God knows, London is a dear place. It continually tops lists of the most expensive cities of the world. So I’ll try to give some tips on how to conserve your funds.ATTRACTIONSAs outlined above, London has some truly marvellous museums. And unlike most of their international rivals in other cities, these are in the main free to visitors. I have detailed two true international greats in the British Museum & British Library, a national great in the Imperial War Museum, and a very interesting local attraction in the Museu...Read More

British Museum

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Attraction | "The British Museum - Truly a Wonder of the World"

British Museum Photo, London, England
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One of the greatest things about London is that it houses the treasure trove that is the British Museum. It’s somewhat hidden away in Bloomsbury. It’s a five-minute walk from Goodge Street, Russell Square, Tottenham Court Rd or Holborn Tube stations. It certainly looks the part – a huge Palladian arcaded building, aping the Parthenon. It truly is a museum, a temple to the muses.Inside there are over 90 rooms, and you can easily spend an entire day here, as I did on my first visit. I am writing this after my second. This meant that I could home in on my favourite areas. Even so, skimming over the chief exhibits as I had a train to catch, I spent three-and-a-half ho...Read More

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British Museum
Great Russell Street
London, England WC1B 3DG
+44 (207) 7323 8299

British Library

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Attraction | "The British Library - English Lit"

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I’m actually a little bit ashamed that, nerd as I am, I had never before visited the British Library. Hived off from the collections of the British Museum, a new building on Euston Road between the major rail termini of Euston, Kings Cross & St Pancras stations it must be the easiest attraction in London for anyone from outside London to see. It is predominantly an academic institute, busy with students and researchers checking in bags and picking up reading cards to consult the 19 million volumes in the stacks. However there are several display spaces to exhibit some of the Library’s more precious and historic artefacts. For instance, there was a small exhibit celebrating the 200th anniver...Read More

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British Library
96 Euston Road
London, England NW1 2DB
+44 20 7412 7000

Imperial War Museum London

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Attraction | "The Imperial War Museum - Guns, Gadgets & Genocide..."

Imperial War Museum London Photo, London, England
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Despite its out of the way location – gasp! - south of the river!, the Imperial War Museum is the museum in London I have visited the most. Originally created as a testament to the Great War of 1914-18, the IWM has moved with the times, and is now a chronicler of 20th century war. It is located equidistant from Lambeth North and Elephant & Castle tube stations. You cannot miss the museum itself, situated in a grand domed and pillared grey bruilding. Rather fittingly, the museum of war is based in ‘Bedlam’ – formerly the Bethlehem Mental Hospital. You enter into the main hall. Tanks crowd the floor, a rocket stands to one side, and overhead dangle warplanes. Galleries lead...Read More

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Imperial War Museum London
Lambeth Road
London, England SE1 6HZ
+44 (20) 7416 5000

Museum of London

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Attraction | "The Museum of London - Tales of the City"

Museum of London Photo, London, England
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In the heart of the City of London, the gleaming headquarters of bankers, lawyers and accountants hide the darker history of this city. The free Museum of London seeks to answer the questions of why London even exists in its present location, and how it evolved to form the sprawling metropolis that at one time governed an the largest empire the world has ever seen. To be honest I was not aware that the Museum of London existed. The roll-call of great London museums includes the British Museum, the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum, the National Gallery, the V&A… yet somehow the Museum of London is not counted among that elite coterie. Perhaps it is because it could be seen as ...Read More

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Museum of London
150 London Wall
London, England EC2Y 5HN
+44 (207) 814 5613