I am a museum junkie. If you have one, I will come running.
While London can be very crowded and overwhelming, its own Imperial War Museum is my favourite London attraction.
Situated on Lambeth Road, it’s a small jaunt away from the crowded streets of Big Ben or The Eye. The museum itself is a quick walk from the underground’s Lambeth North station on the Bakerloo line. Similarly, Elephant & Castle Station is nearby as well, with both Bakerloo and Northern lines. Safe to say, it’s easy to get there.
The museum building was originally the Bethlem Royal Hospital which was built in 1814. The grounds and impressive guns out front are reason enough to check this place out. Another reason London museums are fantastic? Free admission.
While there are other branches of War Museums throughout the country, this particular one covers modern wars, from WWI to current conflicts. The places is absolutely jammed with artifacts ranging from airplanes, tanks, muskets and mines to maps, propaganda and a reconstructed trench. The museums spans over numerous floors with a paid exhibition taking over one area.
Lunch and snacks are available as well if you don’t want to search the nearby neighbourhoods for some treats. As expected, it’s not the cheapest thing in the world.
One of the most impacting areas would be the Holocaust exhibition, both permanent and free but not recommended for small children. Here you can follow the timeline and political situations that allowed Hitler’s rise to power and the horrific persecution and murder of Jews throughout Europe. The exhibit is overflowing with personal stories and accounts of how lives were changed during this time. It’s a must-see if you’re in the city.
Overall, I could spend about an entire day wandering this museum so if you’re anything like me, make sure to allow for plenty of time to truly get a feel of this place. And don’t forget comfortable shoes!