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London is absolutely packed with world class museums and galleries. I can provide you with highlights tours of many of these that will enhance your visit and give you an experience to remember. There are so many great museums and galleries in London and I can provide highlights tours at many others. They include, The Victoria and Albert Museum, The Science Museum, The Natural History Museum, The Wallace Collection, The Tate Britain, The Tate Modern, The John Soane Museum, The Museum of London (a really excellent museum telling the story of London from prehistoric times to the present), The Guildhall Museum and Art Gallery, The Imperial War Museum and HMS Belfast. Please contact me for further details.

 Here are a few ideas that might inspire you.

The British Museum (Half day)

Britain’s most popular tourist attraction, with over 6 million visitors last year, is one of the planet’s greatest treasure houses. Our highlights tour will take in objects from around the world and include the great civilisations of Ancient Egypt, Assyria and Ancient Greece to name but three. The Rosetta Stone ranks as the object that everyone wants to see. And you will, but I’ll bring it to life and explain why it’s so important and why it’s so famous. We’ll move on to look at some of the wonderful treasures that have been unearthed in Britain. The fabulous solid silver Roman Mildenhall Treasure, the strange and exotic artefacts from the Saxon ship burial at Sutton Hoo and the enigmatic Lewis Chessmen. The Museum is an extraordinary artefact in its own right with the amazing Great Court glass ceiling constructed from over 3000 uniquely shaped panes of glass. There are great places to shop and get refreshment too if the cultural stuff gets a bit too much. 

The National Gallery

The National Gallery located in Trafalgar Square is quite simply one of the world's great art galleries. It contains mainly Western European art dating from 1250 to 1900. It’s the kind of place you walk into and in every room you will see a painting that you will know. Many of the great renaissance masters are represented here. Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Caravagio, Botticelli, Uccello, Van Eyck, Hans Holbein and Titian all have wonderful works on display. And there are some tremendous British works here too. “Britain’s favourite painting”  The Fighting Temeraire  by JMW Turner and The Haywain by John Constable hang in close proximity to each other. If that wasn’t enough the impressionists are here too. Monet, Manet, Seurat, Pisarro and Cezanne are all spectacularly present and correct. And I haven’t even mentioned that Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunflowers are here too. Let me show you the best of the best and help to interpret some of the themes and ideas that these great artists were driven by. 

National Portrait Gallery

Are you new to London? Does British History confuse the heck out of you? Do you want to understand it better? O and do you want to see some great portraits of Royalty, rock stars, actors and writers? This my friends is the tour for you! The free to enter National Portrait Gallery is a great way to sort out your King Henrys from  your King Edwards. We can untangle Henry VIII’s complicated love life and point out those who died a natural death and those who ended up on the scaffold. Many of those portrayed here have close links to London and we can pick up their stories as we go. There are great innovators and thinkers here. Great military men, Wellington and Nelson for example hang near to their political and Royal masters. And there are plenty of contemporary paintings of celebrities here too. It’s like Madame Tussauds  but without the wax and … did I mention this,  it’s absolutely free to enter! 

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