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Discover London’s museums

Discover London’s museums

Perhaps a trip to London in February might not sound too appetising, but English buildings are far better equipped for cold weather than my Costa Blanca villa, which currently feels like a deep freeze.  There are also some incredibly cheap flights available to London at this time of year and, what’s more, London museums are extremely warm and toasty. I challenge you to keep your coat on!

Of course, the weather outside is bound to be chilly, but there is a magnificent underground system, so if it’s raining you can use this method of transport.

London has hundreds of incredible museums to satisfy all interests and amazingly, many are free, so it won’t cost you a penny to see all that they have to offer. These include the world-famous British Museum, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum with its iconic dinosaur in the hall (which is, incidentally, about to be ousted by a blue whale).

The British Museum exhibits the works of man from prehistoric to modern times, from around the world. Among its highlights are the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures and mummies in the Ancient Egypt collection. Some exhibitions require tickets so check first if there is something specific you want to see. You can spend days wandering around inside marvelling at the treasures inside.

If the weather is little nicer, then why not venture out and visit to the Royal Museums Greenwich and combine your excursion with a stroll around the town and park. There’s the National Maritime Museum, the world’s largest, and the historic Queen’s House. You might also get a thrill from standing astride the Prime Meridian at Royal Observatory Greenwich and exploring the Cutty Sark.

My personal favourite, as a dedicated follower of fashion and design, is the Victoria and Albert Museum. As well as ceramics, furniture, glass and paintings you’ll find wonderful collections of historical and contemporary fashion. The museum is currently displaying a collection of wedding dressed from 1775 to 2014, which features creations by key fashion designers such as Norman Hartnell, Charles James, John Galliano, Christian Lacroix, Vivienne Westwood and Vera Wang. What a heavenly way to spend a winter’s day, gazing at silk, satin and lace.

For a great overview of London museums see www.visitlondon.com.

 Juliet Allaway

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