Being a Semi-Tourist in London

Natural History Museum - London

Being a Semi-Tourist in London

London, England

Living 30 mins away from Central London, you would have thought we have done all of the touristy stuff, but no! I think when you live somewhere you end up taking venues or landmarks for granted as they have always been on your doorstep. So we decided to get our tourist on and get to the museums.

Natural History Museum - London

South Kensington is home to two of the best museums in the country, the National History Museum and the Science Museum. They are conveniently right next to each other, and totally free! The buildings are also very impressive so are worth a visit even if you aren’t particularly interested in what inside.

We went on a Sunday afternoon, there was a queue but it moved pretty fast, so were only waiting for around 10 mins. Both are open 10am till 6pm, 7 days a week. Make sure you grab a map as both museums are so big you can easily end up spending too much time in one section and forgetting about the rest!

 

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There are so many different sections in each museum, with the Natural History Museum ranging from dinosaurs and the big bang to the first aeroplane ever made, there really is something for everyone. You can walk around and see ancient fossils, clothes that were worn in the Victorian times, and how the volcanoes sculpted our planets surface so many years ago. There’s loads of interactive things to do which are amazing for kids, or adults who are easily distracted!

The Science Museum is home to one of the largest cinema screens in Europe (26x20m), which shows loads of short films each week and some in 3D! We watched an amazing documentary about the ‘Hidden Universe’ about how the galaxies how stars are made, I am so into learning about that stuff. The film was £9 but we thought it was worth it as getting into both museums doesn’t cost at all. Watching a documentary like that in 3D did actually make all the difference on such a wide screen, I would love to watch a deep sea documentary there!

For After?

If you are familiar with the tube etc, it is so easy to then go on to somewhere like Covent Garden for dinner, it’s such a cool place. We are steak lovers so veggies scroll past now! Flat Iron is one of our faves (second to Steak and Co.). It only serves steak so don’t go if you fancy anything else, not even a starter! You are served with a cup of popcorn while you choose how you want your steak cooked, and what sides you’re going to have. On paying the bill you also get presented with coupons which you can exchange at the exit for a salted caramel ice cream cone! (Mark had both!!!) What more could you want? The overall experience and ambiance is cool and it’s also super cheap. With the steak only being £10 and with sides at £2.50 you can’t really go wrong.

I think people sometimes forget you can actually have a cool day out in London and hardly spend anything, just do some research about fun things to do in London for free!.

Here are a few websites:

http://www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/budget-london/101-free-things-to-do-in-london

http://www.timeout.com/london/things-to-do/free-london

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2012/jul/23/50-free-things-to-do-london

Header photo courtesy of NHM

Content photo courtesy of Wikiland

Emily Holm

Emily Holm

11 Comments

  • Hang Around The World

    We are going to London early next year and we can’t wait so long… We have added your article in our bookmarks, we like it 🙂

    6th November 2016 at 2:56 pm
    • Emily Holm
      Emily Holm

      We are glad it can be of some use!

      6th November 2016 at 5:12 pm
  • Dreammerin

    I love pictures!! They are very nice! The architecture is so beautiful! Thanks for posting!

    6th November 2016 at 7:42 pm
  • Ree love30

    I did both national history and science museum a few years back! Loved it as it brings back since many childhood memories. Ree Love30

    6th November 2016 at 8:59 pm
  • Blair Villanueva

    I keep on thinking what is the tube… then I realized you meant a train (or for us MTR). Is taking a tube saves more bucks for transportation?

    7th November 2016 at 8:24 am
    • Emily Holm
      Emily Holm

      Haha oh no sorry! The tube is the underground train, which everyone uses to get to all the different places in London, it is pretty cheap and would definitely recommend rather than using a taxi!

      7th November 2016 at 5:11 pm
  • Jimmy and Tina

    I was sold at free! I am amazed that such beautiful museums and science museum would be free. The science museum in St. Paul, MN cost an arm and a leg and the some of the museums in York also come with fees! Great Find will have to check it out if I ever make it down south 🙂

    7th November 2016 at 11:08 am
  • Indrani

    Museums are great place to know more about the places we visit. I particularly love the history museums of a city. I made it a point o visit them in Athens. Noting down the list you mentioned here.

    7th November 2016 at 2:43 pm
  • laveenasengar

    Museums are a great way to know the history of any place. Such a beautiful architectural design. Love it.

    7th November 2016 at 6:19 pm
    • Emily Holm
      Emily Holm

      We agree! There is no better way to learn about your surroundings.

      9th November 2016 at 11:32 am
  • mommykach

    I think it’s nice that you were able to take the time to visit your local museums. It’s like seeing your locale in a whole different perspective. Museums are great particularly science museums since they provide a unique interactive experience.

    14th November 2016 at 3:47 pm
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