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Taste new flavours, go wild outside and explore the world – all without leaving London
This summer it couldn't be easier to be a tourist in your own town. After work and all day at weekends, some of the most exciting experiences you could enjoy anywhere in the world are waiting for you.Enjoy cuisines from around the world, take to the air, see exotic animals, relax in beautiful countryside, or even board a UFO – all without leaving London. Most of them are FREE to enjoy and – even better – they’re easy to get to, with Transport for London.
One of the brilliant things about London’s free museums is that you can be transported to other worlds and see priceless works of art or remnants of ancient cultures whenever you want. Plus there are usually weekend activities for kids and free tours for adults, as well as regular late openings on Friday nights.
One of London’s blockbuster exhibitions of the summer has to be ‘Ancient lives: new discoveries’ at the British Museum – a look at eight different mummified bodies and what they tell us about life in Egypt thousands of years ago. ‘Ancient lives’ runs until November 30 (£10, £8 under-18s, free under-16s), but all through the year you can tour the free galleries of the Museum, which include a major collection of Ancient Egyptian artefacts like jewellery, ornaments and artworks.
Tottenham Court Road or Holborn tube - plan your journey now
The Victoria and Albert Museum has stunning collections of fashion and decorative art including a fabulous jewellery collection. Pieces in the William and Judith Bollinger Jewellery Gallery are like nothing you’ll see in your average jewellers! There are pendants Elizabeth I presented to her courtiers and gifts Napoleon gave to his adopted daughter, as well as items by Tiffany and Cartier. One of the most beautiful pieces is the ‘Thistles’ corsage designed by René Lailque in Paris circa 1905.
South Kensington tube - plan your journey now
- Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL
At the RAF Museum in north London visitors of all ages clamber in and around some of the most remarkable planes used by the Royal Air Force through the years. There are also lots of fascinating exhibits and children’s activities to enjoy for free. For a small fee (£3), you can try one of the museum’s amazing simulator capsules and experience what it’s like to take to the skies in a fighter jet. Book ahead and brace yourself for action.
Colindale tube - plan your journey now
- Grahame Park Way, NW9 5LL