Arsenal Stadium Tours & Museum
Football fans can enjoy a self-guided audio tour for a peek inside the players’ changing rooms and tunnel, or a Legends Tour led by ex-Arsenal players. Both include a visit to the museum for an overview of the club’s 125-year history. Self-guided tours Mon-Sat 9.30am-6pm; Sun 10am-4pm; Legends Tour from 11am (check for dates). Museum open Mon-Sat 10.30am-6.30pm; Sun 10.30am-4.30pm; check for closures. Self-guided adult £20; child £10. Legends adult from £40; child from £20.75. Museum only adult £10; child £7. www.arsenal.com/tours. Emirates Stadium, Hornsey Rd, N5 1BU. T: 020-7619 5000. Off map. Station: Arsenal.
Bank of England Museum
Explore the story of the Bank of England from its 1694 foundation to the present day, and find lots of fun activities for kids. The newly refurbished Banknote Gallery features historic notes. Closed 2-13 Jan. 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.
Benjamin Franklin House
This charming 18th-century townhouse was the last home of American hero Franklin. Architectural tours Mon noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3.15pm and 4.15pm; historical shows Wed-Sun noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3.15pm and 4.15pm. Tue advance booking required. Shows adult £ 7; under 16s free. Mon guided tours: adult £3.50; under 16s free. www.benjaminfranklin house.org. 36 Craven St, WC2N 5NF. T: 020-7925 1405. E8. Station: Charing Cross.
The British Museum
Unrivalled collection of antiquities, plus the Queen Elizabeth II Great Court. Huge number of permanent displays and treasures from the Roman Empire, Ancient Egypt and Medieval Europe.
To 29 Jan: Shadow Puppet Theatre from Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. Beautiful free display exploring shadow theatre. To 26 Feb: South Africa: The Art of a Nation. Major exhibition featuring some of the earliest examples of human creativity plus cutting-edge contemporary works. Sat-Thu 10am-5.30pm; Fri 10am-8.30pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. www.britishmuseum.org. Great Russell St, WC1B 3DG. T: 020-7323 8299. D7/8. Station: Tottenham Court Road/Russell Square.
The Cartoon Museum
Dedicated to British cartoons over the ages (p. 32).
From 25 Jan: Future Shock! 40 Years of 2000 A.D. Features original artwork by Brian Bollard, Carlos Ezquerra, Dave Gibbons, Kevin O’Neill and more.
To 22 Jan: Pictures from Punch. See cartoons from across the history of the magazine. Mon-Sat 10.30am-5.30pm; Sun noon-5.30pm. Adult £ 7; child free. www.cartoonmuseum.org. 35 Little Russell St, WC1A 2HH. T: 020-7580 8155. D8. Station: Holborn.
Charles Dickens Museum
This former home of Victorian novelist Charles Dickens is where he wrote many of his classic novels, including Oliver Twist. Dickensian walks on selected Wed & Sun 11.30am. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. Adult £9; child £4. www.dickensmuseum.com. 48 Doughty St, WC1N 2LX. T: 020-7405 2127. C8. Station: Russell Square.
Chelsea FC Stadium Museum & Tours. PASS PARTNER
Interactive tour of Chelsea FC. Tours daily, every 30 minutes 10am-3pm; check for closures and monthly ‘Legends’ tours with past stars of the game (tickets £70). Museum open daily 9.30am-5pm. Adult £22 (museum only £11); child £15 (£9). www.chelseafc. com/tours. Stamford Bridge, SW6 1HS. T: 0871-984 1955. Off map. Station: Fulham Broadway.
Churchill War Rooms
Fortified basement where Winston Churchill worked during World War II. Explore the underground bunker and discover what life was like for the prime minister in the Cabinet War Rooms during the war. Daily 9.30am- 6pm. Adult £17.25; child £8.60; under fives free. www.iwm.org.uk. Clive Steps, King Charles St, SW1A 2AQ. T: 0207930 6961. F7. Station: Westminster.
Clink Prison Museum
This former prison dating back to 1144 houses an exhibition about London’s penal past and instruments of torture. It’s said to be haunted by the ghosts of former occupants. Mon-Fri 10am- 6pm; Sat-Sun 10am-7.30pm. Adult £ 7.50; child £5.50. www.clink.co.uk. 1 Clink St, SE1 9DG. T: 020-7403 0900. E10. Station: London Bridge.
Recently relocated to High Street Kensington, this is one of the world’s leading museums of design and architecture, and an international showcase for the many design skills that Britain excels in. To 23 Apr: Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World. The new museum’s opening exhibition consists of a series of major new commissions by some of the most innovative practitioners in design and architecture. Daily 10am-5.45pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. www.designmuseum.org. 224-238 Kensington High St, W8 6AG. T: 020-3862 5900. Off map. Station: High Street Kensington.
The Fan Museum
Unusual museum dedicated to the art of the fan with examples from the 12th century up to the present day. Tue-Sat 11am-5pm; Sun noon-5pm (closed 1-24 Jan). Adult £4; child £3; under sevens free. www.the fanmuseum.org.uk. 12 Crooms Hill, SE10 8ER. T: 0208305 1441. Off map. Station: Cutty Sark.
Fashion and Textile Museum
Contemporary fashion, textiles and jewellery.
To 15 Jan: 1920s Jazz Age: Fashion & Photographs. Glittering display of haute couture and ready-to-wear fashion from 1919 to 1929.
From 28 Jan: Josef Frank: Patterns-FurniturePainting. First ever UK exhibition of the Austrianborn architect. Tue-Sat 11am- 6pm; Thur until 8pm; Sun 11am-5pm. Adult £9; child free. www.ftm london.org. 83 Bermondsey St, SE1 3XF. T: 0207407 8664. F11. Station: London Bridge.
Florence Nightingale Museum
Museum about the work of this pioneering 19th-century British nurse and health reformer, widely known as ‘The Lady with the Lamp’. It also tells the story of Jamaican-born nurse Mary Seacole. To 30 Apr: The Age of the Beard: Putting on a Brave Face in Victorian Britain. Photographic exhibition and season of special events dedicated to the great British beard. Daily 10am-5pm. Adult £7.50; child £3.80. www.florence-nightingale.co.uk. 2 Lambeth Palace Rd, SE1 7EW. T: 020-7620 0374. F8. Station: Waterloo/ Westminster.
The Foundling Museum
Britain’s original home for abandoned children, founded in 1739 by Thomas Coram, William Hogarth and George Frideric Handel.
To 8 Jan: Feeding the 400. Explore the little-examined aspect of life at the Foundling Hospital: food. Tue-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 11am-5pm. Adult £8.25; child free. www.foundlingmuseum. org.uk. 40 Brunswick Square, WC1N 1AZ. T: 0207841 3600. C8. Station: Russell Square.
Historic 18th-century almshouses with rooms recreating English interiors from 1600 to the present day. 4, 7, 10, 18 & 24 Jan: Restored Almshouse Tours. Get a rare glimpse into the lives of London’s poor and elderly in former times (hourly 11am-3pm).
To 8 Jan: Christmas Past: 400 Years of Seasonal Traditions in English Homes. Annual exhibition sees the museum’s period rooms transformed with authentic decorations, lighting, music and greenery. To Mar: Teenage Bedrooms: ‘Like a House Inside of a House’. See inside the homes of 26 London teenagers and explore the meaning and significance of contemporary teenage bedrooms. 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.
The Guards Museum
Learn about the history, stories and regimental heritage of the five regiments of the Foot Guards: Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards, which today watch over the royal palaces. A great insight into the Changing the Guard ceremony. 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.
Horniman Museum & Gardens
Collection based upon that of the adventuring Victorian tea trader Frederick John Horniman.
To 8 Jan: Fauna Brazil. Photos by João Marcos Rosa showcasing the wildlife of Brazil.
To 15 Jan: European Wildlife Photographer of the Year. See more than 80 exceptional images showcasing the beauty and diversity of Earth, including a newborn seal’s first glimpse of the world. Daily 10.30am-5.30pm. Admission free; charges for aquarium and special exhibitions. www.horniman.ac.uk. 100 London Rd, SE23 3PQ. T: 020- 8699 1872. Off map. Station: Forest Hill.
House of Illustration
The UK’s only public gallery dedicated solely to illustration was founded by Sir Quentin Blake.
To 15 Jan: Ardizzone: A Retrospective. Works by Edward Ardizzone, one of the most significant illustrators of the 20th century. To 26 Feb: The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots. See Quentin Blake’s original drawings for Beatrix Potter’s newly rediscovered story. Adult £7.50; child £4. Tue-Sun 10am-6pm. www.houseofillustration.org.uk. 2 Granary Square, N1C 4BH. T: 020-3696 2020. Off map. Station: King’s Cross St Pancras.
Household Cavalry Museum
Explore the work of the Queen’s mounted guard, with touchscreen guides and a working stables. Changing the Queen’s Life Guard daily on Horse Guards Parade at 11am; Sun 10am; plus inspection at 4pm. Daily 10am- 6pm. Adult £ 7; child £5. www.householdcavalrymuseum.co.uk. Horse Guards, Whitehall, SW1A 2AX. T: 020-7930 3070. E7/8. Station: Westminster/Embankment.
Imperial War Museum
Huge displays of conflicts, particularly those that involve Britain and the Commonwealth.
To 8 Jan: Real to Reel: A Century of War Movies. Go behind the scenes of some of the most iconic war films ever made including The Dam Busters, Apocalypse Now, Saving Private Ryan and Casablanca, and discover the personal stories and surviving wartime artefacts associated with the box-office hits. To 12 Mar: Visions of War Above and Below. Imaginative responses to conflict, from surreal depictions of aircraft as creatures, to abstract views of bombing raids and detailed drawings of life in submarines. To 28 Aug: Edmund Clark: War of Terror. Explore the measures taken by states to protect their citizens and how those methods of control affect the world. Daily 10am- 6pm. Admission free; charges for some special exhibitions. www.iwm.org.uk. Lambeth Rd, SE1 6HZ. T: 020-7416 5000. E5. Station: Lambeth North/ Waterloo.
Documenting Jewish history and culture in the UK from 1066 to today, including a lifelike representation of the Jewish East End immigrant quarter. The Holocaust Gallery provides a harrowing collection of photographs and accounts. To 12 Feb: Scots Jews: Identity, Belonging and the Future. Explore Scotland’s diverse Jewish community through the lens of photographer Judah Passow. To 26 Feb: Shaping Ceramics: From Lucie Rie to Edmund de Waal. Discover how Jewish expat ceramicists transformed the face of British studio ceramics. Sat-Thur 10am-5pm; Fri 10am-2pm. Adult £ 7.50; child £3.50. www.jewishmuseum.org.uk. Raymond Burton House, 129-131 Albert St, NW1 7NB. T: 0207284 7384. Off map. Station: Camden Town.
The restored former home of Frederic, Lord Leighton is a museum of his life and work (p. 32). Permanent collections include fine paintings, drawings and sculptures. Don’t miss the two-storey Arab Hall built as a showcase for Leighton’s collection of more than 1,000 tiles from the Middle East. To 2 Apr: Flaming June: The Making of an Icon. Leighton’s masterpiece returns to the ‘House Beautiful’ where it was painted and is reunited with the other four paintings from the artist’s last submission to the Royal Academy in 1895. Wed-Mon 10am-5.30pm. Adult £12; child free. www.rbkc.gov.uk. 12 Holland Park, W14 8LZ. T: 0207602 3316. Off map. Station: Kensington Olympia.
London Film Museum
Bond in Motion is the official exhibition of James Bond vehicles that feature in the renowned film series. It is the largest display of its kind ever staged in London. It also features the Cars of Spectre, the first UK exhibition of items from the latest film release. Mon-Fri & Sun 10am- 6pm; Sat 10am-7pm. Adult £14.50; child £9.50. www.london filmmuseum.com. 45 Wellington St, WC2E 7BN. T: 020-7202 7042. E8. Station: Covent Garden.
London Transport Museum
Explore London’s transport system. Highlights include iconic red buses, the world’s first Underground steam train and a padded cell – a train carriage dating back to the 1890s. Permanent gallery London by Design reveals how London has become a world leader in transport design. Ongoing exhibit Designology explores how design is encountered in our everyday journeys and how this has evolved over the past century. To 18 Feb: Weaving Futures. Examine the role of textiles in modern transport now and in the future. MonThur & Sat-Sun 10am- 6pm; Fri 11am- 6pm. Adult £17; child free. www.ltmuseum.co.uk. Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 7BB. T: 020-7379 6344. E8. Station: Covent Garden.
Museum of Brands, Packaging & Advertising
Fascinating insight into how everyday lives have changed over the past 200 years through the evolution of consumer brands. Exhibits include toys, magazines, newspapers, technology, travel, fashion and design. The revamped Time Tunnel transports visitors through the dramatic rise of branding (p. 32).
To 29 Jan: The Graphics of Punk. A wide variety of graphic art that emanated from an era of anti-establishment sentiment. Tue-Sat 10am- 6pm; Sun 11am-5pm. Adult £9; child £5. www.museumofbrands.com. 111-117 Lancaster Rd, W11 1QT. T: 020-7243 9611. Off map. Station: Ladbroke Grove.
Museum of London
The world’s largest urban history museum, covering London’s history from pre-Roman times to today.
To 15 Jan: Punks. Hear the experiences and see personal items from the men and women who experienced punk in the 1970s. To 17 Apr: Fire! Fire! Discover London before, during and after the Great Fire of 1666 in an interactive exhibition marking the 350th anniversary of the disaster. 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
The intriguing history of the meandering River Thames, from its time as a Roman thoroughfare to the regeneration of the Docklands. Displays including London, Sugar & Slavery, charting the transatlantic slave trade and its links to the city. The Many East Ends gallery explores the culture of the area through the eyes of its inhabitants.
To 9 Jan: Explore the Mudlarks Gallery. Free interactive learning space for younger visitors. 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/ West India Quay.
National Maritime Museum
Spread over several sites, which were originally part of a 19th-century school for seafarers’ children. Includes the Maritime Galleries, which house Captain Cook’s ship Endeavour and Admiral Horatio Nelson’s Trafalgar uniform. To 17 Apr: Emma Hamilton: Seduction and Celebrity. Discover why the woman who captured the heart of Nelson was so extraordinary. Mon-Sun 10am5pm. Admission free; charges for events and exhibitions. www.rmg.co.uk. Romney Rd, SE10 9NF. T: 020- 8858 4422. Off map. Station: Greenwich/Cutty Sark.
Natural History Museum
Exhibits about nature’s many wonders.
To 8 Jan: Ice Rink. Book ahead for a day or night session on one of the capital’s best annual ice rinks (opening times vary but usually 11am-9pm). To 10 Sep: Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Annual exhibition illustrating the abundance and vulnerability of life on our planet. Daily 10am-5.50pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. www.nhm.ac.uk. Cromwell Rd, SW7 5BD. T: 020-7942 5000. F4. Station: South Kensington.
This 17th-century house – once home to Charles I’s queen, Henrietta Maria – now displays a stunning fine art collection, including works by Great Masters such as Gainsborough, Hogarth and van de Velde. Daily 10am-5pm; closed bank holidays. Admission free. www.rmg.co.uk/queens-house. Queen’s House, Romney Rd, SE10 9NF. T: 020- 8858 4422. Off map. Station: Cutty Sark.
Enjoy changing exhibitions, an IMAX 3D cinema and more. At the permanent gallery, Information Age, you can see rare exhibits including the BBC’s first radio transmitter 2LO. Mathematics: The Winton Gallery is a new gallery devoted to the colourful world of maths. Daily 10am- 6pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. www.science museum.org.uk. Exhibition Rd, SW7 2DD. T: 0870870 4868. F4. Station: South Kensington.
Sir John Soane’s Museum
The architect Soane’s former home, a Regency townhouse left to the nation in 1837 as a public museum, now houses a gem of a collection including Hogarth paintings, his own architectural drawings and antiquities from around the world.
To 28 Jan: Below Stairs. Four leading contemporary designers display works inside the newly-restored Regency kitchens. To 11 Mar: Robert Adam’s London. Discover a vision for London by one of Britain’s greatest architects. Museum tours daily; times vary. Tue-Sat 10am-5pm. Closed bank holidays. Admission free. www.soane.org. 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3BP. T: 020-7405 2107. D8. Station: Holborn.
This Thameside neo-classical 18th-century building houses the famous Courtauld Gallery.
To 15 Jan: Malick Sidibé: The Eye of Modern Mali. Exhibition of the Malian photographer.
To 15 Jan: Skate at Somerset House. By day, skate in the splendour of the courtyard, or go after dark and listen to DJs while you glide over the ice. To 12 Mar: Hair by Sam McKnight. Major exhibition celebrating the master hairstylist’s remarkable 40 year career, from the late 1970s to the present day. Galleries daily 10am- 6pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. www.somersethouse.org.uk. Strand, WC2R 1LA. T: 020-7845 4600. E8. Station: Temple.
The home of Twinings the teamakers since 1706, where visitors can get a taste of this 300-year history at the company’s in-store museum. See vintage teapots and caddies alongside nostalgic photographs of the Twining family, plus enjoy tea-tasting sessions. Mon-Fri 9.30am-7.30pm; Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 10.30am- 4.30pm. Admission free. www.twinings.co.uk. 216 Strand, WC2R 1AP. T: 0207353 3511. D9. Station: Temple.
V& A Museum of Childhood
National childhood objects over the ages.
To 8 Jan: Tales. Twelve images by photographer Sonya Hurtado explore the imaginary world of childhood. To 23 Apr: Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered. Some of the world’s best known and most loved board games. The exhibition will include family favourites such as Cluedo and Trivial Pursuit, and traditional games like chess. Daily 10am-5.45pm. Admission free. www.museumofchildhood.org.uk. Cambridge Heath Rd, E2 9PA. T: 0208983 5200. Off map. Station: Bethnal Green.
Victoria and Albert Museum
Commonly called the V& A, this museum houses a great collection of fine and applied arts. To 5 Feb: Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery. See artistic embroidery that England was famed for in the 12th to 15th centuries. To 26 Feb: You Say You Want a Revolution? Records & Rebels 1966-1970. Explore the significance and impact of the late 1960s, expressed through music, fashion, film, design and political activism. To 12 Mar: Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear. Garments and accessories for men and women together with photographs and film, advertisements and packaging reveal the changing concepts of the ideal body. Daily 10am-5.45pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. www.vam.ac.uk. Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL. T: 020-7942 2000. F4/5. Station: South Kensington.
The Wallace Collection
The former Wallace family home displays its collection of Rococo art. The Great Gallery houses some of the greatest masterpieces of painting, including works by Velázquez and Rubens. To 26 Mar: The Appliance of Science: Analysing Arms and Armour by Neutron Diffraction. Display highlighting the richness of Indian and Islamic material culture and technology. Daily 10am-5pm. Admission free. www.wallace collection.org. Hertford House, Manchester Square, W1U 3BN. T: 020-7563 9500. D6. Station: Bond Street.
Wellcome Trust’s public venue houses more than 1,500 fascinating artefacts relating to health and the body, including permanent exhibits Medicine Now and Medicine Man, the personal collection of Sir Henry Wellcome. Regular talks and tours (p. 32).
To 15 Jan: Bedlam: The Asylum and Beyond. Uncover diverse and often contradictory ideas surrounding mental illness. To 21 May: Making Nature: How We See Animals. Examine the historical origins of our ideas about other animals. Tue-Wed & Fri-Sat 10am- 6pm; Thur 10am-10pm; Sun 11am- 6pm. Admission free. www.wellcome collection.org. 183 Euston Rd, NW1 2BE. T: 020-7611 2222. C7. Station: Euston.
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum & Tours
The original trophies, art, fashions and donations from the current champions are on display. Audio-guides in 10 languages make this enjoyable for all. Look out for the ghost of John McEnroe and the new virtual-reality experience taking you to Centre Court. To 20 Mar: Reinventing the Racket. Ongoing fun-packed exhibition of the museum’s most iconic and unusual rackets, featuring the old, the new and the entirely unique. Daily 10am-5pm. Museum adult £13; child £8. Museum & Tour adult £24; child £15. Family offer: one free child for every full-price adult. www.wimbledon.com/museum. All England Lawn Tennis Club, Church Rd, SW19 5AE. T: 020- 8946 6131. Off map. Station: Southfields then bus 493 or a 12-minute walk.