short let london museum

The green glories of summer in the big city may be coming to an end, but fear not.  Enjoying some of London’s outstanding indoor delights that will be found close to your short let London home is perfect this time of year, as the weather turns cooler. Here is just a handful of reasons why we can never get enough of the capital’s great museums and galleries and how they can still surprise and delight us, no matter how many times we have been before.

World famous Art & Culture – all completely free of charge

Many visitors who are staying in one of our short let London homes forget that some of the most famous and popular museums and galleries that they plan to visit, such as The National Gallery, The Natural History Museum and The British Museum, have no entrance fee.  London can be an expensive place, so it’s rather delightful to have such wonders and glories of art and culture laid out before you, without charge.  See The London’s Agent’s guide to London’s free attractions for more details.

Museums at Night

Museums at Night takes place twice a year in London and the October slot is coming up. Who can pass up the chance to view a favourite museum or gallery in a new and exciting way.  These nighttime workshops and guided tours give you the chance to view the treasures on show in a very different light – adding a spooky angle where possible, of course.  Prepare to be amazed and informed as usual, but this time it’s after dark. Any of our Kensington short let London homes have The Natural History, The Science and the Victoria & Albert Museums close by.

A museum or gallery for everyone

London boasts over 180 museums and 3 of the top ten museums of the world are to be found in the capital.  There are over 800 art galleries to explore, too. Favourites and popular choices such as the National Portrait Gallery or Tate Modern are well loved, both for their permanent collections and their special exhibitions. Investigate some of the smaller, more obscure collections on offer in London – from the quirky to the downright bizarre, such as The Museum of Brands and Packaging in Notting Hill.

The British Museum Underground Station

Never heard of this tube stop? That’s because it doesn’t exist anymore. The British Museum is the most visited museum in London, perhaps the world! It once had it’s very own underground station to accommodate the sheer number of visitors that flock to view it’s 8 million objects all year round, as they still do. Holborn Underground finally took over as one of the tube stops close to this great institution and the museum’s own station was demolished.  Each of our short let London homes has it’s own area and transport guide.

House Museums of London: How the famous lived and worked

Many famous and renowned Englishmen and foreigners who made London their home have had their houses turned into museums.  These homes are charming in their detail and are a fascinating blend of the domestic and the industrious. Learn things about such intellectual and artistic greats such as Keats, Freud and the fictional Sherlock Holmes that you never knew before, as you wander round their private homes. See The London Agent’s Guide to some of these house museums to find out which one is close to your short let London holiday let.

 

Bankside is still the exciting and edgy part of town that it was in William Shakespeare’s day.  This historic Southbank location is where the greatest English writer’s most famous plays were performed, in his own playhouse, right on the river.   Visit London with us and discover this little gem of a neighbourhood where the long gone has returned, the old was made new and art and culture continue to flourish.

ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURE GALORE!

Bankside was the entertainment district in Elizabethan times. It’s location just across the the river from The City of London meant that it was free of the City’s rules and restraints.  Those in power were threatened by the open frivolity of the area, with it’s gaming dens and brothels and tried to close the playhouses down. Fire and plague were also very real threats. Artists, performers, entrepreneurs and the general public flocked here, however, eager for fun, entertainment or to make money!  The artistic energy and cultural flair of Bankside and it’s surroundings is alive and well today in such places as The Southbank CentreThe Barbican and Tate Modern Art Gallery.

SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE 

The Globe Theatre is a survivor! It was once taken apart and re-assembled across the river.  It then burned down during a performance when a canon mis-fired and terrible plague closed it’s doors more than once.  Fast forward a few hundred years, however, and this enchanting playhouse rose like a phoenix from the ashes, to delight us once again. These days it stands safe and sound almost exactly where it did in the Bard’s day, in all it’s thatched, oak-timbered glory.  Shakespeare’s plays were written to be performed, not read – where better to see them than in the theatre that he knew and loved?

THE HISTORIC GEORGE INN

The wonderful George Inn in Southwark is a short walk away from The Globe and was the Bard’s local tavern, so they say. It is certainly the oldest pub in London and one of only two coaching inn’s that still exists in the capital.  It’s lovely gallery is intact and players used to perform in inns such as this for their supper. Charles Dickens was known to be fond of the coffee served here and he mentions The George in his writings, as does the historic diarist Samuel Pepys. There are several delightful rooms to drink either coffee or alcohol in here and a restaurant upstairs.

JUST ACROSS THE RIVER

St Paul’s Cathedral stands directly across the river from Bankside and catching sight of it’s glorious dome sparkling in the near distance is breathtaking. Shakespeare probably also enjoyed looking at it as he was rowed across every day in a wherry (hired boat) to get to his playhouse for rehearsals, (crossing the London Bridge of his day took too long.) These days we have the lovely Millennium Bridge which links Bankside and The City and crossing it is one of the nicest walks you can take when you visit London.  It offers up some of the best river views to be had and drops you off right before the steps of St Paul’s.

We highly recommend staying in one of short let apartments close to the river, when you visit London. See our guide to canal and riverwalks which is part of our free London attractions series.  After all, some of the most enchanting and historically delightful parts of town are the one’s there where the Thames rolls quietly by, carrying the past with it.