Even before WWI ended, in 1917 the Imperial War Museum was being established by the British government as a way to ensure the war was not forgotten and to chronicle the war “to end all wars”. The museum moved to its current home in 1936, on the site of the notorious Bedlam Hospital/Asylum that was […]
The Painted Hall is often described as the ‘finest dining hall in Europe’. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmoor, it was originally intended as an eating space for the naval veterans who lived here at the Royal Hospital for Seamen. Its exuberant wall and ceiling decorations are by Sir James Thornhill and pay […]
The Museum of London Docklands recently released a new series of images that show the history of London’s bridges then & now. It’s a fascinating look back at London’s history contrasted to today. They’ve released the images ahead of a new exhibition launching tomorrow called ‘Bridge’ which will explore the history of London’s bridges. From their […]
The folks over at Cheapflights.co.uk have made a useful infographic highlighting 25 free museums in London. Many of our favorites are on this list. Very useful for trip planning. Check it out: Source. Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!
August marks the centenary of the beginning of World War I, which is the great war often forgotten about in the shadow of World War II. It was still a cataclysmic event that touched every aspect of British life (and arguably caused WWII as well). To honor the over 800,000 lives lost, Historic Royal Palaces will […]
The London Film Museum (which used to be called the Moveum) in Covent Garden has closed for a few months while they prepare for an exciting new exhibition – Bond in Motion, which will feature the largest collection of James Bond vehicles ever assembled. According to the BBC: Cars used in the James Bond films […]
One of the highlights of our last trip to London was the opportunity I had to explore the Houses of Parliament on a guided tour (more on that coming soon). So, it was with great excitement that I received the news that in addition to the group guided tours, they will now start offering self-guided […]
Tate Britain is to hold an exhibition of classic 20th-century photographs of London, all taken by photographers from overseas. Another London: International Photographers 1930–1980 will feature work from some of the world’s best-known photographers including Henri Cartier-Bresson and Eve Arnold. Visitors will be able to look at bygone London and its communities as seen by […]
The Household Cavalry Museum adds to the capital’s ever-increasing Olympic excitement with an Olympic themed exhibition celebrating the achievements of members of the Household Cavalry Regiment who have competed in the Olympic Games since 1908. The exhibition is open from 29 March until mid-June, when the museum will close to allow Horse Guard’s Parade to […]
The Imperial War Museum in London is planning to overhaul its entire exhibition space in Southwark to coincide with the centenary of the First World War. Their plans are so big that they will need to actually close the museum for the first 6 months of 2013 if they’re given planning permission to move forward […]
The Cutty Sark – an old Tea Clipper that has long been on display in Greenwich – has set it’s reopening date. The famous ship has been closed for almost 5 years now as crews worked to save the ship from disintegrating. Restoration work was delayed by a fire that damaged the ship further (and […]
The V&A’s major autumn exhibition is Hollywood Costume, bringing together more than 100 iconic costumes designed for famous and unforgettable characters from Hollywood movies of the last 100 years. The exhibition will display cinema costumes that have never before left the private and archival collections in California. Most of these clothes have never been publicly […]
The London Transport Museum has many beautiful vintage London Underground posters and Annie Mole at the Going Underground Blog recently discovered this one. Check it out: Hat tip to Going Underground for the discovery. You can buy the poster here.
A major new exhibition at London’s Wellcome Collection will look at one of the most complex entities in the universe – the human brain. Brains: the Mind as Matter will explore what humans have done to brains in the cause of medical intervention, scientific enquiry, cultural meaning and technological change. Visitors to this free exhibition […]
British artist Damien Hirst is to be given his first major solo exhibition in the UK. More than 70 of his works will be on show from April at Tate Modern in London. The works will include his 2007 For the Love of God which visitors will be able to see for free. The life-size platinum cast […]
The Design Museum in London is to hold the first comprehensive UK exhibition of the work of shoe designer Christian Louboutin. Louboutin’s shoes are well known for their trademark glossy red soles. Since the launch of his label in 1991, the French designer has stayed true to his original aim ‘to make shoes that are […]
Tate Britain in London is to hold the first exhibition to explore Pablo Picasso’s lifelong connections with the UK. Picasso and Modern British Art will look at the artist’s evolving critical reputation in Britain and how British artists responded to his work. More than 150 works from major public and private collections around the world […]
Hidden Heroes – The Genius of Everyday Things is a new exhibition opening in London’s Science Museum in November. The exhibition celebrates the everyday items that we take for granted because their design and purpose are so well matched. Visitors will be able to see original sketches and drawings by the inventors of 36 items. […]
The Royal Academy of Arts in London will hold the first major exhibition of new landscape works by David Hockney in January next year. David Hockney: A Bigger Picture will include large paintings created specially for the Royal Academy’s galleries and inspired by the East Yorkshire landscape in the north of England. There will also […]
Moby happens to be one of my favorite musicians and I loved this video posted on the Visit London blog where he shows us his favorite works of art in the Tate Modern in London (one of my favorite museums as well). Source.
A dozen London museums have won Green Tourism awards for making their buildings more sustainable and bringing the environmental lessons of the past to life. The museums were supported to take part in the Green Tourism Business Scheme by Renaissance London, a partnership set up to foster diverse, vibrant and sustainable regional museums in the […]