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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.­se­ 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.bankofeng­­seum. 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.british­mu­ 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.­toon­mu­ 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.dick­ens­mu­ 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). 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. 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.foundling­mu­ 40 Brunswick Square, WC1N 1AZ. T: 0207841 3600. C8. Sta­tion: Rus­sell Square.

Gef­frye Mu­seum

A mu­seum recre­at­ing English in­te­ri­ors across the ages. Tue-Sun & bank hol­i­days 10am-5pm. Ad­mis­sion free; charges for spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tions. www.gef­frye-mu­ 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.the­guardsmu­ 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.horn­i­ 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.­hold­cav­al­ry­mu­ 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. Lam­beth Rd, SE1 6HZ. T: 020-7416 5000. E5. Sta­tion: Lam­beth North/ Water­loo.

Jewish Mu­seum

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.jew­ish­mu­ 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. 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.lon­don­film­mu­ 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.­mu­ 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.­se­u­moflon­ 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.­se­u­moflon­ 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. 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. Cromwell Rd, SW7 5BD. T: 020-7942 5000. F4. Sta­tion: South Kens­ing­ton.

Queen’s House

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. 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.raf­mu­ Gra­hame Park Way, NW9 5LL. T: 020-8205 2266. Off map. Sta­tion: Colin­dale.

Sci­ence Mu­seum

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.sci­ence­mu­ 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. 13 Lin­coln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3BP. T: 020-7405 2107. D8. Sta­tion: Hol­born.

Som­er­set House

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.som­er­set­ Strand, WC2R 1LA. T: 020-7845 4600. E8. Tem­ple.

Twin­ings Mu­seum

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.twin­ 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.­se­u­mofchild­ 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. 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.wal­lacecol­lec­ Hert­ford House, Manch­ester Square, W1U 3BN. T: 020-7563 9500. D6. Sta­tion: Bond Street.

Well­come Col­lec­tion

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.well­comecol­lec­ 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.wim­ble­­seum. 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.

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