Arsenal Stadium Tours & Museum
Football fans can enjoy a self-guided audio tour for a sneak peek inside the players’ changing rooms and tunnel and the Physio Room, or a Legends Tour led by ex-Arsenal players. 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 match-related 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 children. To 28 Apr: Big Bang 30th Anniversary. Original documents from 1986 when electronic trading was introduced. 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.
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, Medieval Europe and India. Regular talks, evening events and performances.
New From 9 Mar: The American Dream: Pop to the Present. Important exhibition tracing 60 years of a superpower (p. 32). Sat-Thur 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 comic art from the 18th century to today. To 23 Apr: Future Shock! 40 Years of 2000 AD Features original artworks by Brian Bollard, Carlos Ezquerra and Dave Gibbons. 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
Former home of novelist Dickens, where he wrote classics including Oliver Twist. Dickensian Walks on selected Weds & Suns 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
Interactive tour of Chelsea FC. Tours daily, every 30 minutes 10am-3pm; check for closures and monthly tours with past stars of the game (from £ 70). Museum open daily 9.30am-5pm. Adult £21 (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 Sir Winston Churchill worked during World War II. 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: 020-7930 6961. F7. Station: Westminster.
The Foundling Museum
Britain’s original home for abandoned children, founded in 1739 by Thomas Coram, William Hogarth and George Frideric Handel. To 30 Apr: Child’s Play. Major new project by artist Mark Neville exploring childhood play. 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.
A museum recreating English interiors across the ages. Tue-Sun & bank holidays 10am-5pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. www.geffrye-museum.org.uk. 136 Kingsland Rd, E2 8EA. T: 020-7739 9893. Off map. Station: Hoxton.
The Guards Museum
The history and heritage of the five regiments of the Foot Guards. 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 29 Oct: The Robot Zoo. Animals are recreated in robot form. 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.
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; inspection at 4pm. Daily 10am-5pm. 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.
New From 23 Mar: People Power: Fighting for Peace. The evolution of anti-war protests (p. 36).
Last Chance 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. 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 representation of the Jewish East End immigrant quarter.
New From 16 Mar: Amy Winehouse Street Art Trail and Installation. See Amy-themed street art throughout Camden by artists such as Captain Kris, Mr Cenz, Philth and Amara Por Dios.
New From 16 Mar: Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait. Discover the woman behind the music in this intimate and moving exhibition (p. 34). 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.
Leighton House Museum
The restored former home of Frederic, Lord Leighton is now a museum of his life and work. Permanent collections include fine paintings, drawings and sculptures. To 2 Apr: Flaming June: The Making of an Icon. Leighton’s exquisite masterpiece returns to the ‘House Beautiful’ where it was painted. Wed-Mon 10am-5.30pm. Adult £12; child free. www.rbkc.gov.uk. 12 Holland Park, W14 8LZ. T: 020-7602 3316. Off map. Station: Kensington Olympia.
London Film Museum
Bond in Motion is the official exhibition of James Bond vehicles from the films. Mon-Fri & Sun 10am-6pm; Sat 10am-7pm. Adult £14.50; child £9.50. www.londonfilmmuseum.com. 45 Wellington St, WC2E 7BN. T: 020-7202 7042. E8. Station: Covent Garden.
London Transport Museum
Explore London’s transport system: highlights include red buses, the world’s first Underground steam train and a train carriage dating back to the 1890s. Mon-Thur & Sat-Sun 10am-6pm; Fri 11am-6pm. Adult £17.50; child free. www.ltmuseum.co.uk. Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 7BB. T: 020-7379 6344. E8. Station: Covent Garden.
Museum of London
The world’s largest urban history museum, covering London’s history from pre-Roman times to today.
Last Chance To 26 Mar: Working the Walbrook. A display of rare metal artefacts offering a unique glimpse into the working lives of Roman Londoners. To 14 Apr: Smithfield Walk. Explore scenes of executions, plague and bodysnatching. 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. To 4 Jun: The Royal African. Telling the story of the slave trade in the 17th and 18th centuries. Daily 10am- 6pm. Admission free, charges for special exhibitions. www.museumoflondon.org.uk/ docklands. No 1 Warehouse, West India Quay, 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 and Nelson’s Trafalgar uniform. To 17 Apr: Emma Hamilton: Seduction and Celebrity. Discover the woman who captured the heart of Admiral Horatio Nelson, an extraordinary person in her own right. Mon-Sun 10am-5pm. 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
Fascinating exhibits about nature’s many wonders with collections covering botany, entomology, mineralogy, zoology and palaeontology. Make sure you see the world-famous dinosaurs, the towering T. rex and a skull of a triceratops. 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 now displays a stunning fine art collection. 26 Mar: Sunday Walking Tour: Inigo Jones and the Building of Greenwich. Take a tour around the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site and discover its history (11am & 2pm; £15). 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.
Royal Air Force Museum
National aviation museum focusing on the Royal Air Force. Daily 10am-6pm. Admission free. www.rafmuseum.org.uk. Grahame Park Way, NW9 5LL. T: 020-8205 2266. Off map. Station: Colindale.
Enjoy changing exhibitions, an IMAX 3D cinema, a gallery devoted to maths and lots more. Wounded: Conflict, Casualties and Care. Ongoing display commemorating the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. To 3 Sep: Robots. Explore the 500-year story of humanoid robots. Daily 10am- 6pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. www.sciencemuseum.org.uk. Exhibition Rd, SW7 2DD. T: 0870- 870 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, is a public museum. 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, Embankment Galleries, cafés and restaurants.
To 12 Mar: Hair by Sam McKnight. Major exhibition celebrating the master hairstylist’s 40-year career. Galleries daily 10am- 6pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. www.somersethouse.org.uk. Strand, WC2R 1LA. T: 020-7845 4600. E8. Temple.
The home of Twinings since 1706, where visitors can get a taste of its 300-year history at the company’s in-store museum. 26 Mar: Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea Masterclass. Enjoy a quintessentially British spread of treats. 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: 020-7353 3511. D9. Station: Temple.
V& A Museum of Childhood
National collection of childhood objects dating back to the 16th century. To 23 Apr: Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered. See some of the world’s most famous board games. 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
The V& A has a collection of fine and applied arts.
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 including works by Velázquez and Rubens. Daily 10am-5pm. Admission free. ww.wallacecollection.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. Tue-Wed & Fri-Sat 10am- 6pm; 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
The original trophies, art, fashions and donations from the current champions are on display. Many interactives and audio guides in 10 languages make this an enjoyable sporting visit for all.
To 20 Mar: Reinventing the Racket. Ongoing fun-packed exhibition of the museum’s most iconic and unusual rackets. Daily 10am-5pm. Museum adult £13; child £8. Museum and tour adult £24; child £15. Family offer: one free child to 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.