Natural History Museum
The museum is home to life and earth science specimens, comprising some 70 million items within five main collections: botany, entomology, mineralogy, palaeontology and zoology. The museum is particularly famous for its exhibition of dinosaurs’ skeletons and ornate architecture. The nearest tube station is London Underground’s South Kensington.
The museum was founded in 1857, featuring interactive exhibits and a collection of over 300,000 items, from steam engines to space rockets. The nearest tube station is London Underground’s South Kensington.
Victoria and Albert Museum
This is the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design, housing a permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects. Named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, it was founded in 1852. The nearest tube station is London Underground’s South Kensington.
The Saatchi Gallery is a gallery of contemporary art, opened by Charles Saatchi, to exhibit his collection to the public. The first gallery opened in 1985 in Boundary Road, St John’s Wood, London. From 2008, the gallery has been in new premises, in the Duke of York, near Sloane Square.
The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel (the tallest in Europe), on the banks of the River Thames. The entire structure is 135 metres tall, with a diameter of 120 metres. It was opened in March 2000. The nearest tube station is London Underground’s Westminster.
This is actually the nickname for the great bell, inside the clock tower at the north end of the Palace of Westminster. The tower itself is not Big Ben, but officially named ‘The Elizabeth Tower’. This holds the largest four-faced chiming clock in the world and the third-tallest free-standing clock tower. It celebrated its 150th anniversary on 31 May 2009. The nearest tube station is London Underground’s Westminster.
Originally known as Buckingham House, the building which forms the core of today’s palace was a large townhouse built for the Duke of Buckingham, in 1705. Buckingham Palace is the official London residence and principal workplace of the British monarch. The nearest tube station is London Underground’s Green Park.