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Arsenal Stadium Tours & Museum
Self-guided audio tours inside the players’ changing rooms and tunnel, or a Legends Tour led by ex-Arsenal players. Both include a visit to the museum. Please check for opening days and times. Self-guided: adult £20; child £10; Legends: adult from £40; child from £20.75. Museum only: adult £8; child £5. www.arsenal. com/tours. Emirates Stadium, N5 1BU. T: 020-7619 5000. Off map. Station: Arsenal.
Bank of England Museum
Story of the bank from its foundation in 1694 to today, with books, silver, paintings, coins and Roman gold bars. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm; closed bank holidays. Admission free. www.bankofengland. co.uk/museum. Threadneedle St, EC2R 8AH. T: 020-7601 5545. D10. Station: Bank.
British Museum, The
Unrivalled collection of antiquities from around the world with exhibits such as mummies.
From 10 Sep: The Asahi Shimbun Display Manga Now: Three Generations. See works by three celebrated Japanese manga (cartoon) artists.
From 10 Sep: Drawing in Silver and Gold: Leonardo to Jasper Johns. How the artistic medium of metalpoint inspired generations of artists. SatThu 10am-5.30pm; Fri 10am- 8.30pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. www.british museum.org. Gt. Russell St, WC1B 3DG. T: 0207323 8299. D7/8. Station: Russell Square.
Charles Dickens Museum
Former home of the popular Victorian novelist Charles Dickens, where he resided between 1837 and 1839, which displays his personal possessions. Mon-Sun 10am-5pm. Adult £8; child £4. www.dickens museum.com. 48 Doughty St, WC1N 2LX. T: 0207405 2127. C8. Station: Russell Square.
Chelsea FC Stadium Museum & Tours
Guided tours of the dressing room, players’ tunnel and press room, plus the museum. Get your photo taken with the Premier League trophy. Legends Tours on selected dates. Daily, please check for times and match-day closures. Tour and museum: adult £20; child £13. Museum only: adult £11; child £9. www.chelseafc.com/tours. Stamford Bridge, SW6 1HS. T: 0871-984 1955. Off map. Station: Fulham Broadway.
Churchill War Rooms
Permanent display Undercover: Life in Churchill’s Bunker reveals what wartime life was like in the Cabinet War Rooms. Daily 9.30am- 6pm. Adult £18; child £9. www.iwm.org.uk. Clive Steps, King Charles St, SW1A 2AQ. T: 020-7930 6961. F7. Station: Westminster.
World-leading museum on design. Daily 10am5.45pm. Adult £13; child £6.50. www.design museum.org. 28 Shad Thames, Butler’s Wharf, SE1 2YD. T: 020-7403 6933. E11. Station: Tower Hill.
Dr. Johnson’s House
18th-century house where Dr Samuel Johnson compiled his first English dictionary. Mon-Sat 11am-5.30pm. Adult £4.50; child £1.50. www.dr johnsonshouse.org. 17 Gough Sq, EC4A 3DE. T: 020-7353 3745. Station: Temple.
English interiors from 1600 to the present day. Tue-Sun & bank holidays, 10am-5pm. Admission free, charges for special exhibitions. www.geffryemuseum.org.uk. 136 Kingsland Rd, E2 8EA. T: 020-7739 9893. Off map. Station: Hoxton.
Guards Museum, The
History, stories and heritage of the five regiments of the Foot Guards which watch over the Royal Palaces. Daily 10am- 4pm. Adult £6; child free. www.theguardsmuseum.com. Wellington Barracks, Birdcage Walk, SW1E 6HQ. T: 020-7414 3271. D5. Station: St. James’s Park/ Westminster.
Documenting Jewish history and culture in the UK from the Norman conquest of 1066 to today, including the powerful Holocaust Gallery. Sun-Thur 10am-5pm; Fri 10am-2pm. Closed Sat and Jewish festivals. Adult £ 7.50; child £3.50. www.jewishmuseum.org.uk. Raymond Burton House, 129-131 Albert St, NW1 7NB. T: 020-7284 7384. Off map. Station: Camden Town.
London Transport Museum
Exploring the city’s transport network with wonderful displays of historic buses, trains and artwork from the archives. Mon-Thur & Sat-Sun 10am- 6pm; Fri 11am- 6pm. Adult £16; child free. www.ltmuseum.co.uk. Covent Gdn Piazza, WC2E 7BB. T: 020-7379 6344. E8.
Station: Covent Garden.
Museum of London
The world’s largest urban history museum, including the impressive Galleries of Modern London, tells the story of the UK’s capital city from prehistoric times to the present day. Daily 10am- 6pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. www.museumoflondon. org.uk. 150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN. T: 020-7001 9844. D10. Station: Barbican.
Museum of London Docklands
History of the Thames, from Roman settlement to Docklands’ regeneration. Daily 10am- 6pm. Admission free, charges for special exhibitions. www.museumoflondon.org.uk/docklands/. No. 1 Warehouse, West India Quay, Canary Wharf, E14 4AL. T: 020-7001 9844. Off map. Station: Canary Wharf. DLR: West India Quay.
National Maritime Museum
Spread over several sites, including the Maritime Galleries, and the £35m Sammy Ofer Wing, which includes the new permanent collection Voyagers: Britons and the Sea, and the interactive Compass Lounge with special exhibitions. Mon-Sun 10am-5pm. Admission free; charges for events and exhibitions. www.rmg.co.uk. Romney Rd, Greenwich, SE10 9NF. T: 020-8858 4422. Off map. Station: Greenwich/Cutty Sark.
Natural History Museum
Museum with dinosaur skeletons, fossils, and many more amazing exhibits. To 13 Sep: Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea. Meet inhabitants of coral reefs.
To 13 Sep: Sensational Butterflies. Fluttering Beauties. Daily 10am-5.50pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. www.nhm. ac.uk. Cromwell Rd, SW7 5BD. T: 020-7942 5000. Station: South Kensington.
Huge museum dedicated to science and technology with permanent and changing exhibitions. From 18 Sep: Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age (p. 37). Daily 10am- 6pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. www.science museum.org.uk. Exhibition Rd, SW7 2DD. T: 0870-870 4868. F4. Station: South Kensington.
Sir John Soane’s Museum
Soane’s former Regency home houses Hogarth paintings and antiquities. Tue-Sat 10am-5pm; candlelit opening 1 Sep, 6pm-9pm. Admission free. www.soane.org. 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3BP. T: 020-7405 2107. D8. Station: Holborn.
The home of Twinings since 1706, with a taste of its 300-year history at the company’s in-store museum. Mon-Fri 9.30am-7.30pm; Sat 10am5pm; Sun 10.30am- 4.30pm. Admission free. www.twinings.co.uk. 216 Strand, WC2R 1AP. T: 020-7353 3511. D9. Station: Temple.
V&A Museum of Childhood
National collection of childhood objects dating back to the 16th century. Daily 10am-5.45pm. Admission free. www.museumofchildhood.org. uk. Cambridge Heath Rd, E2 9PA. T: 020-8983 5200. Off map. Station: Bethnal Green.
Victoria and Albert Museum
Superb collection of global decorative arts spanning 3,000 years. To 31 Jan 2016: Shoes: Pleasure and Pain. Extreme footwear exhibition.
To 27 Sep: What is Luxury? Unusual objects created by highly skilled artists and designers. Daily 10am-5.45pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. www.vam. ac.uk. Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL. T: 020-7942 2000. F4/5. Station: South Kensington.
The former Wallace family home displays their beautiful collection of Rococo art and furnishings. Daily 10am-5pm. Admission free. www.wallace collection.org. Hertford House, Manchester Sq, W1U 3BN. T: 020-7563 9500. D6. Station: Bond St.
More than 1,500 artefacts relating to the body.
To 20 Sep: The Institute of Sexology: Undress Your Mind. Erotica, film and photography. Suitable for ages 14+. Tue-Wed & Fri-Sat 10am6pm; Thur 10am-10pm; Sun 11am- 6pm. Admission free. www.wellcomecollection.org. 183 Euston Rd, NW1 2BE. T: 020-7611 2222. C7. Station: Euston.
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum & Tours
Thousands of exhibits, trophies and interactive consoles telling the story of the tournament, plus an impressive collection of kit and artefacts from key players such as Serena Williams. Daily 10am-5pm. Museum and tour: adult £24; child £15. Museum only: adult £13; child £8. www.wimbledon. com/museum. All England Lawn Tennis Club, Church Rd, SW19 5AE. T: 020-8946 6131. Off map. Station: Southfields/ Tooting Bdway, then bus 493.
Barbican Art Gallery
Multi-arts venue. To 29 Nov: The Barbican Exhibition: Building a Landmark. Explore the estate’s construction from the mid-1950s to 1982 (foyer). Mon-Sat 9am-11pm; Sun noon-11pm. www. barbican.org.uk. Barbican Centre, Silk St, EC2Y 8DS. T: 020-7638 4141. D10. Station: Barbican.
Courtauld Gallery, The
Highly respected European art collection. To 20 Sep: Unfinished. Exhibition of paintings including complete works by artists from the Renaissance to early 20th century. Daily 10am- 6pm. Adult £8.50; child free. www.courtauld.ac.uk. Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 0RN. T: 020-7848 2526. E8. Station: Embankment.
Bijou gallery specialising in modern Italian art. Wed-Sat 11am- 6pm; Sun noon-5pm. Adult £5; child free. www.estorickcollection.com. 39a Canonbury Sq, N1 2AN. T: 020-7704 9522. Off map. Station: Highbury & Islington.
Guildhall Art Gallery
Paintings collected by the City of London including the 17th century, plus the Roman Amphitheatre. Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun noon- 4pm. Admission free. www.cityoflondon.gov.uk. Guildhall Yard, off Gresham St, EC2V 5AE. T: 020-7332 3700. D10. Station: St. Paul’s/Bank.
ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts)
Galleries, book shop, bar and cinemas. Tue-Wed & Fri-Sun 11am- 6pm; Thur 11am-9pm. Admission free. www.ica.org.uk. The Mall, SW1Y 5AH. T: 020-7930 3647. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
One of the world’s great galleries, with permament exhibitions by masters from Monet to Da Vinci.
To 6 Sep: Soundscapes. Musicians and sound artists bring paintings to life through compositions. Sat-Thur 10am- 6pm; Fri 10am-9pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. www.nationalgallery.org.uk. Trafalgar Sq, WC2N 5DN. T: 020-7747 2885. E7. Station: Charing Cross.
National Portrait Gallery
The 150-year-old gallery displays the British people in paintings, drawings and photographs. To 18 Oct: Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon. Photographic exhibition depicting the famous actress. Sat-Wed 10am- 6pm; Thur & Fri 10am-9pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. www.npg.org.uk. St. Martin’s Pl, WC2H 0HE. T: 0207312 2463. E7. Station: Leicester Square.
London’s largest gallery devoted to photography. Admission free. www.thephotographersgallery. org.uk. 16-18 Ramillies St, W1F 7LW. T: 020-7087 9300. D7. Station: Oxford Circus.
Queen’s Gallery, The
More than 500 years of treasures from the Royal Collection. To 11 Oct: Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden. The changing character of the garden. Daily 10am-5.30pm. Adult £10; child £5.20. www. royalcollection.org.uk. Buckingham Palace, SW1A 1AA. T: 020-7766 7300. F7. Station: Green Park.
Royal Academy of Arts
18th-century apartments housing the RA Collection works in all media and exhibits.
To 27 Sep: Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust. Retrospective features famous shadow boxes. Sat-Thur 10am- 6pm; Fri 10am-10pm. Admission free, charges for special exhibitions. www.royalacademy.org.uk. 6 Burlington Gdns, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD. T: 020-7300 8000. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus/Green Park.
Groundbreaking contemporary art in a stunningly renovated Georgian building. Daily 10am- 6pm. Admission free. www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk. Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Rd, SW3 4RY. T: 020-7811 3070. G5. Station: Sloane Square.
A respected arts space displaying modern and contemporary work. To 18 Oct: Serpentine Pavilion. Colourful multi-purpose structure. Tue-Sun 10am6pm. Admission free. www.serpentinegalleries. org. Kensington Gdns, W2 3XA. T: 020-7402 6075. E4. Station: South Kensington.
Serpentine Sackler Gallery
An arts space with changing contemporary exhibitions. Tue-Sun 10am- 6pm. Admission free. www.serpentinegallery.org. West Carriage Drive, Kensington Gdns, W2 2AR. T: 020-7402 6075. E4. Station: South Kensington.
The nation’s leading collection of British art. To 25 Oct: Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World. Retrospective of the artist’s work. Daily 10am- 6pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. www.tate.org.uk. Millbank, SW1P 4RG. T: 020-7887 8888. G8. Station: Pimlico.
Modern art in a former power station.
From 17 Sep: The World Goes Pop. A global perspective (p. 36). Sun-Thur 10am- 6pm; Fri & Sat 10am-10pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. www.tate.org.uk. Bankside, SE1 9TG. T: 020-7887 8888. E9. Station: Southwark.
Influential East End gallery, showcasing a range of contemporary art. Tue-Sun 11am- 6pm; Thur 11am-9pm. Admission free. www.whitechapel.org. 77-82 Whitechapel High St, E1 7QX. T: 020-7522 7888. Off map. Station: Aldgate East.
Whether it’s Jude Law or Laurence Olivier, every actor wants to put their stamp on Hamlet. Benedict Cumberbatch (above) is starring in the play at the Barbican Centre. Tickets are sold out, but 30 are available to queue for each day.
The Fox family is an acting dynasty, so it’s fitting that James Fox is starring with his son Jack Fox in Dear Lupin (to 19 Sep) at the Apollo Theatre. His film and TV appearances include A Passage to India and Patriot Games.
After playing the clipped and fussy Hercule Poirot for 25 years, it’s understandable that David Suchet might have been looking for a bit of a change. The Shakespearean actor’s portrayal of Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest (to 7 Nov) at the Vaudeville Theatre is a stroke of casting genius.
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