What to do in the British Museum


One may be able to spend hours, days or even a lifetime discovering the wonders of the world that British Museum holds. But at some point during your visit, you’re probably gonna want to step away from this top London attraction and get a breath of fresh air!

But never fear, ’cause the trip through culture doesn’t stop at the museum’s exit. There’s plenty to check out and do within walking distance of it. The British Museum is located in the Central London area of Bloomsbury where Karl Marx invented some of his most his revolutionary concepts, where Virginia Woolf wrote her novels, and where Charles Darwin came up with his theory of natural selection. There must be something in the air around here.

Depending on when you book a flight to London, what you first notice being in the air might be the fresh smell of flowers as Bloomsbury is renowned for its many gardens. Russell Square in particular is a popular public outdoor space, and being close to its eponymous Tube station, the square, a brilliant spot to also get your bearings, grab a bite to eat or even book a hotel for the entire time you’re in town.

Or, it may be the tempting aroma of fish and chips frying at nearby Fryer’s Delight on Theobald’s Road. A traditional, old school “chippy,” it’s a great place to try one of England’s most famous meals and to soak a bit of local nostalgia. And if you happen to be a fan of Formica, well then, all the better. Fish and chips not your thing? Along the streets of Theobald’s Road, Red Lion Street, and Lamb’s Conduit you’ll find something for just about everyone. Japanese, Indian, vegan, Italian, Korean – a fantastic range of quality eateries await the most discerning of palates. And should you fancy a pint, you’ll be pleased to hear there are plenty of traditional pubs in the area.

If you’re planning a trip to the British Museum in the very near future, here are the special exhibitions on at the moment – British artist Grayson Perry’s Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman and Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics and Devotion in Medieval Europe. The museum is located at Great Russell Street, WC1B 3DG and is open daily from 10 a.m. until 5.30 p.m. (until 8.30 p.m. on Fridays). The massive collection on permanent display (including the Parthenon, the Rosetta Stone and lots, lots more) may be viewed by the public free of charge any day of the week.


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