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London Arts and Culture

London Arts and Culture


London offers an almost bewildering range of museums and galleries. While several of Britain's most esteemed museums are clustered round South Kensington, delve further and you'll find fascinating and obscure collections hidden in all corners, nooks, and neighbourhoods of the city.

Enjoy a long lunch break exploring Tate Britain (Millbank, Pimlico Tube, SW1; +44-20-7887-8888) and its outstanding permanent collection of British masters from the 16th century to the present, an overwhelming Turner collection, and a selection of 20th-century painting and sculpture heavy on cubism and surrealism. The Victoria and Albert Museum (Cromwell Rd., SW7; +44-20-7942-2000) has a changing display of the some of the world's most outstanding achievements in applied and decorative arts and architecture. On a free afternoon, head west to Kensington Palace and the royal dress collection, which includes coronation gowns and wedding dresses. Guided tours are given every hour.

On the Thames you'll find the giant new Tate Modern (Bankside, SE1; +44-20-7887-8888), a converted power plant now housing one of Europe's largest modern art museums. Continue along the South Bank Walk past Tower Bridge as far as Butler's Wharf, where the elegant restaurants, wonderfully refurbished old warehouses, and superb modern Design Museum (28 Shad Thames, SE1; +44-87-0833-9955) bring the saunter to a stylish end.

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