London is a city of profound historical and cultural significance, and its world-renowned museums stand as a testament to that. Situated near the historic London Roman Wall, one of the city’s most ancient remnants, the extraordinary Museum of London is dedicated to unravelling the rich history of London. When it comes to taking an insightful trip to know the city’s past, there’s no place that rivals the Museum of London. Book a centrally located 5-star hotel in London to get on a culturally enriching journey with the Museum of London at your doorstep.
About the Museum of London
The Museum of London draws in over a million tourists every year and is a beloved spot amongst the locals too. The iconic museum takes you as far back as prehistoric eras to the recent events of the 2020 pandemic in London’s history.
Originally established as the Guildhall Museum in 1826, the institution had a stronger focus on archaeology in its initial days. However, as time progressed, the museum underwent a significant expansion, incorporating a spectacular array of artefacts that you’ll see here today.
Highlights of the Museum
Exploring the Museum of London is an immersive journey with interactive timelines, a treasure trove of unique artefacts, kid-friendly activities, and captivating short films. Complement this sensory adventure with exquisite dining options at Chiswell Street Dining Rooms, located nearby, after a day of exploration at these galleries and exhibitions at the museum.
Here are a few of the many permanent galleries you must see at the Museum of London:
- London Before London tells the story of the Lower Thames Valley from its earliest human inhabitants and the arrival of the Romans. Learn about the lives of hunter-gatherers, farmers, and traders who lived in the area for thousands of years.
- Medieval London will take you on a journey through London’s history, highlighting the reign of Queen Elizabeth I and the city’s development during the
- Expanding city lets you explore the city’s Georgian and Victorian architecture and learn about its role as a global capital.
- The City Gallery focuses on London’s outstanding modern-day architecture including the Shard and the
Be sure to keep an out for the magnificent temporary exhibitions that are held here throughout the year (including contemporary British photography, the history of London cinema, Sherlock Holmes, and the Roman Baths).
Here are some of the most popular artefacts at the Museum of London that you won’t want to miss:
- The Lord Mayor’s state coach is a gold-plated carriage that has been used by the Lord Mayor of London since 1757. It is a lavishly decorated vehicle, with intricate carvings and paintings.
- The aurochs’ skull is the remains of an extinct wild ox that once roamed Europe. The skull was found in Ilford, England, and is dated to between 245 and 186 BC.
- The 15th-century altar paintings are a set of three marvellous paintings that are believed to have come from the Westminster Abbey chapel.
How to Get Here?
For those travelling via the Underground, the closest stations to the Museum of London are Barbican and St. Paul’s, both just a five-minute walk away from here. You can also access the Museum of London through several bus routes, including four, eight, 25, 56, 100, 172, 242, and 521. After your visit to the museum, don’t forget to check out the exquisite Crescent restaurant & lounge, close by for a delightful dining experience.
Plan Your Visit
You can conveniently explore the Museum of London in about an hour, so plan accordingly. If you don’t want to carry around your belongings during the visit, there are lockers available. You’ll need to buy a token at the reception to use them and remember, you can’t use flash photography inside the museum.
From ancient relics to modern wonders, London has it all. So, start planning your trip to London, now and don’t forget to treat yourself to some well-deserved relaxation with a spa at Montcalm, just around the corner.