When it comes to state-of-the-art museums, cutting-edge galleries and leading stage performances from the biggest names in theatre, London is one of the world’s most inspiring and diverse cultural capitals. From timeless institutions established centuries ago to contemporary spaces showcasing the rising stars of the future, we’ve compiled a comprehensive cultured guide on what to visit in London.
Minutes from the Egerton House Hotel, the V&A, also known as Victoria & Albert Museum, is a temple of art and design quite unlike any other. Its permanent collection spans an astonishing 5,000 years’ worth of objets d’art from around the globe, while its rotating schedule of blockbuster exhibitions covers everything from haute couture to rare East Asian ceramics.
Royal Academy of Arts
Blazing a trail of British creativity for 250 years, the Royal Academy of Arts should top every art lover’s ‘what to visit in London’ list. A space that’s intended for both enthusiasts and working artists, it is Britain’s longest established art institution. The Academy’s Summer Exhibition is a highlight of the city’s cultural calendar, showcasing works by established practitioners alongside up-and-coming talent.
Situated directly opposite The Montague on the Gardens, the British Museum first opened its doors in 1753 and is home to some of the most famous historic relics on the planet. A permanent collection that includes the Rosetta Stone and sculptures from the Parthenon is joined by a thrilling line-up of temporary exhibitions. Expect to encounter fascinating artefacts, not only from British history but from different cultures around the world.
Following its relocation to more expansive premises in Kensington in late 2016, the Design Museum continues to serve as an inspiring tribute to contemporary design, be it catwalk fashion, homewares, digital graphics or industrial design. Located just a few minutes walk from The Milestone Hotel, Its temporary exhibitions are consistently challenging and thought-provoking, while its stimulating programme of talks and activities never fails to inspire.
Royal Albert Hall
Opened in 1871 by Queen Victoria and named in tribute to her late husband Prince Albert, the Royal Albert Hall has long been London’s foremost entertainment venue. As well as hosting world-class performing artists, the Hall has also played a significant role in British history. It played host to many meetings of the Suffragettes in the early 20th century, and was the site of the Einstein Meeting, chaired by the legendary scientist himself in 1933. It was also the birthplace of the Central School of Speech and Drama, which helped shape acting legends such as Judi Dench and Harold Pinter. For a glimpse of the Hall’s rarely seen side, take a fascinating Behind the Scenes tour.
Home to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra since 2004, Cadogan Hall is one of London’s most respected concert halls. Conveniently located in the centre of Belgravia, the grand space hosts a lively mix of classical, jazz, folk and world music performances. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra puts on an inspired concert programme, which includes everything from opera to festive shows.
Tick off our cultural list of what to visit in London while staying at one of Red Carnation Hotel Collection’s London properties.