The  Best Museums in London

The Design Museum, Kensington

Founded by Sir Terence Conran in 1989 and relocated to Kensington in 2016, The Design Museum hosts cutting-edge contemporary exhibitions, from fashion and graphics to architecture and product and industrial design

British Museum, Bloomsbury

The domed glass-and-steel ceiling at the British Museum—the world’s first national museum opened to the public—lets light into the atrium-like Great Court below, bouncing off the blinding-white, sweeping staircases and marble walls.

Tate Modern, Bankside

The immense Turbine Hall is dominated by a changing display of site-specific installations: millions of handcrafted porcelain sunflower seeds filled the space in 2010-11, while Olafur Eliasson took over with The Weather Project in 2003 and a blinding sun installation.

Tate Britain, Pimlico

Tate Modern’s older sister focuses on British art and holds pieces from heavyweights, including Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon and William Hogarth, within its imposing Pimlico building archives.

London Mithraeum, City of London

Now, more than two millennia after it was built, the mysteries of the past have been brought vividly to life through the power of modern technology in an immersive, multi-sensory museum space.