The Top 5 Cultural Things To Do In London

Posted: Feb 20 2014

To help you settle into London when you start your new teaching job, we picked some of the best places to visit in the city.

1. Tate Britain & Tate Modern – across the river from each other, do both Tate galleries in a day. Visit the Tate Britain on the north side of the river, and then pop over to the Tate Modern on the South bank. Whilst you are on the South bank, visit the Arts Centre and go for lunch in one of the many restaurants overlooking the Thames.

2. Horniman Museum – An anthropological museum set in 16 acres of landscaped gardens, the Horniman Museum is natural history at its most bizarre. Dominated by an overstuffed walrus and other anatomical specimens, this museum is cited in many Londoners’ favourite-things list. Once you are done wandering round this fabulously eccentric museum, enjoy a picnic in the grounds.

3. Visit a secret gallery – Whilst London’s major art galleries have a fantastic collection of work from celebrated artists, look around town and you’ll find work from up-and-coming artists. The Tank Gallery out the back of South London’s Ladywell Tavern Pub, the Crypt Gallery underneath St. Pancras Church and the Old Police Station in Deptford, have all got some unusual galleries for you to visit.

4. London's Sculptures – A great way to enjoy the city and soak up some culture, visit London’s public sculptures. There are hundreds of sculptures dotted around the city, including the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, Michael Ayrton’s bronze Minotaur on the Barbican Highwalks, David Wynne's 'Boy with a Dolphin' and the giant plug socket in Ganton Street in Soho.

5. Pollock's Toy Museum – Get nostalgic and uncover China dolls, mechanical toys miniature theatres and lead soldiers from all over the world. A warren of creaky and atmospheric rooms, the Pollock’s Toy Museum has teddy bears, dolls’ houses and puppets from times gone by.

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