the essential guide to free London museums

Museums are not always on my lists of must-sees when I go someplace new. Those lists usually contain national monuments, cultural landmarks, local cafes, and anywhere with a beautiful view {especially if the view is of something natural, i.e. a mountain summit, a waterfall, or a hidden beach}. But, in a city like London that is both expensive and also chalked full of history, I always find myself spending endless evenings and weekends wandering through the many FREE museums the city has to offer. 

The British Museum // 

The British Museum is perfect for those who are fascinated by the Anglo-Saxon culture. It reminded me of days living in England taking Host Nation with Miss Gulf. It's full of artefacts, royal jewels, and major works of art. Most famously, however, it's home to a piece of the Rosetta Stone! 

Victoria & Albert Museum //

I'm not into art museums, as we all know, but there is something extra special about the Victoria and Albert Museum. Probably, it's the fact that I'm obsessed with the royal couple's love story and their legacy {I mean, Queen Victoria laid out King Albert's clothes every morning even after he died!}. The museum's courtyard is filled with hydrangeas and a reflective pond. I like the peace and quiet the space offers and its location in one of my favourite little parts of London-- South Kensington. 

Tate Modern //

This museum is the right stop for any modern art lovers strolling along the Southbank. There is also a free viewing deck with a view worth checking out if you visit on a clear day.  

Natural History Museum //

The Natural History Museum's line was outrageous, though it moved quickly and was just for the bag check {similar to the British Museum}. Inside there existed a few great exhibits featuring nature and wildlife photography. This is the museum to stop by if you're looking for natural science info. 

British Library //

Some will say this doesn't count as a museum, but those who have visited the historical archives will agree with me when I say it should definitely count on a technicality. Books so old they have to be preserved in air-tight chambers qualify as hisotrical documents to me guys! 

Hogarth's House //

Far in the West London area lies Chiswick. And if you're already out that way, Hogarth's House is well worth a stop. It's only the tiny former home of the famous satirist and political artist, but looking at his controversial editorial cartoons made me giggle. He was truly ahead of his time. 

National Gallery //

This one's for the photography lovers. Seriously. Go check it out if you love this medium and are in the central London area. 

There are so many that I never made it to that I'm sure are fantastic, but it only gives me a reason to visit the city again, right?