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Bank Holiday Weekend — Free London Attractions You Haven’t Visited Yet


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Are you looking for something to do over the London Bank Holiday?  Of course, you can go to museums that are completely free of charge and great places to take children on the weekend or during the holidays.   The Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, the V&A Museum, the British Museum, the Imperial War Museum and the London Transport Museum are a few of the most frequented in the city.    Galleries such as the National Gallery, the Tate Modern, and the National Portrait Gallery are also among the most visited attractions in the capital.    However, during the last two May bank holidays, the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) had around 30,000 visitors, while the Natural History Museum is expecting up to 50,000 this bank holiday weekend.


Bank of England Museum, City of London- This museum exhibits the Bank of England’s 300 year history, including displays of banknotes, coins, furniture, and statues. You can even hold one of its gold bars.   Opening times: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, nearest tube stations: Bank, Moorgate.

National Army Museum, Chelsea- The NAM narrates the history of the British Army from 1066 to present. The museum includes a new special exhibition called “Unseen Enemy”, based on explosive devices and focusing on the British Army’s experience in Afghanistan.   Open: Daily 10am-5.30pm, nearest tube station: Sloane Square.

Sir John Soane’s Museum, Holborn – The museum, home of Sir John Soane until his death in 1837, is filled with the architect’s personal collection of paintings and objects. The current exhibition – Northern Vision: Master Drawings from the Tchoban Foundation runs until September 28, 2013.  Opening times: Tues-Sat 10am-5pm, nearest tube station: Holborn

Saatchi Gallery, Sloane square – Opened by Charles Saatchi in 1985 as a place to exhibit his collection to the public, the Saatchi collection of contemporary art aims to showcase artists of today and the future. An exhibition entitled New Order: British Art Today is open until September 29.   Opening times: Daily 10am-6pm, nearest tube stations: Sloane Square, Victoria.

The Wallace Collection, Manchester Square – Located in Hertford House on Manchester Square, The Wallace Collection features a world-famous range of fine and decorative arts from the 15th to 19th centuries – with unsurpassed displays of French 18th century paintings, furniture and porcelain, as well as a fine collection of armoury. Opening times: Daily 10am-5pm, nearest tube stations: Bond Street, Baker Street.

Guildhall Art Gallery and London’s Roman Amphitheatre, Guildhall – The Gallery displays around 250 pieces of art – from paintings to drawings and sculptures, in addition to a variety of exhibitions. London’s only Roman amphitheatre is also located in Guildhall Yard. – Opening times: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12pm-4pm, nearest tube stations: Bank, Moorgate

The Library and Museum of Freemasonry, Holborn-    The Museum contains a large collection of objects with Masonic decoration including pottery, silver, furniture and jewels, with items belonging to famous Freemasons Winston Churchill and Edward VII also on display.  Opening times: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, nearest tube stations: Holborn, Covent Garden.


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