Our next London adventure takes us to the beautiful area of Hyde Park and Kensington which is not only famous for it’s scenery and serenity but it also hosts some of the best museums in the UK.
The Serpentine Gallery has been described by many as one of the nicest galleries for modern and contemporary art. There is a special installation in the entrance that is dedicated to the Serpentine’s former patron – Princess Diana. It’s free of admission and it’s ideal for the lovers of innovative art.
It is also not far away from the Serpentine lake, which is perfect for boating or horse riding at its shore.
Kensington Palace has been a residence of the British Royal Family since the 17th century. The palace is now open to the public and not only has a beautiful building to look at but also has beautiful gardens (see picture below). Its rooms showcase some of the greatest architecture of painter William Kent and the Cupola room is where Princess Victoria was christened. It also hosts numerous exhibitions and events.
Harrods is one of the most popular high-end department stores in London. UK’s second biggest shop hosts over 330 departments and will impress you with its spectacular displays and beautiful architecture.
The National History Museum offers a great collection of life and earth science specimens. It has over 70 million items, some of which have a great historical and scientific value. The most popular ones are the magnificent dinosaur skeletons. This museum is definitely a must-see and perfect for the family but be prepared to spend at least half a day there.
The Victoria and Albert Museum is the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design. Its collection is as big as 4.5 million objects. Some of the items it hosts date from 5,000 years ago and come from all over the world. It is also particularly famous for its East Asian collections. Some of the oldest and most popular artworks are here, so make sure you make a trip to the V&A.
The Science Museum is great for a family day out as it has various galleries and a number of events going on. The East Hall explores the role of technology in post-war Britain and the other galleries have exhibitions with space and air-craft. It also hosts a ‘Science Night’ that is filled with fun science-based activities for children.
The Royal Albert Hall has performances from leading artists from all around the world and a lot of popular music events. Book well in advance to avoid disappointment.