Top Museums And Galleries In London

A visit to London is often a bit heavy on the pockets, so it is a great relief that many of its most popular museums and galleries have free admission! Now the question is: which ones are worth your time? With what feels like a million places to go to at once, I’ll list some of my favourite free sites that I think are a must-see for everyone!

Tate Modern

I would confidently say that the Tate has become one of my favourite places to visit in London. The location certainly helps: this gallery sits directly across the Millennium bridge and St. Paul’s Cathedral. The effect is one of the most picturesque views of the city. Now for the place itself: what I love about this gallery is that you don’t have to be an art aficionado to be wowed by the pieces inside. The building and atmosphere is cool but welcoming, with many works being interactive and some even mind-bending. You definitely won’t be left bored.

British Museum

Again, I have to rave about the building, inside and out. Standing at the entrance makes you feel like you’re about to enter an ancient Greek temple. After walking inside the space, it opens up into the Great Court and the iconic glass roof that’s probably the first image  you’ll see after googling the place. The museum holds artifacts from all over the globe. My favourite sections are the Egyptian galleries, which hold the Rosetta Stone and a couple of mummies, as well as the Ancient Greece and Rome galleries, which boast the Elgin Marbles.

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Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A)

A really cool place dedicated to the decorative arts. Literally thousands of years’ worth of human creativity is showcased here. You can find everything from fabrics and furnitures to sculptures and ceramics. The jewelry collection was particularly stunning to me. I also found the V&A to be generally less crowded than the British Museum.

National Gallery

Sitting on the handsome Trafalgar Square is this gallery showcasing eminent European paintings from the 13th to the 19th century. From Michaelangelo, Raphael, Rubens, Rembrandt, Seurat, Cézanne, Van Gogh, and Monet, there is defineitely no short of masterful works here. After hearing about these great artists for so long it seems crazy to find yourself standing in front of one of their works in person.

Sunflowers by Van Gogh.

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Margarita De Guzman

Margarita is a 21 year old English Literature and Creative Writing student at the University of British Columbia in beautiful Vancouver. She has just finished a semester abroad at the University of East Anglia and in the span of 5 months, has seen Her Majesty the Queen twice. Other than trotting around the globe she can be found singing (most likely with her a cappella group), playing on the uke and guitar, trying to up her photography game, or just relaxing with a good cuppa. Peep her adventures on instagram, @ritaroundtheworld.


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