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The British Museum

This colossal treasure chest houses some of the world’s most precious artefacts. Today, it is one of the largest and most comprehensive museums in the world.

For art buffs and history enthusiasts, the British Museum offers a staggering display of diverse material from all corners of the world. With a collection of over 8 million artefacts, visitors often find it difficult to view everything on offer in one day. So, whether you have a few hours or a few days to spare, this huge hub of information and history is definitely worth a visit.

The museum’s outstanding array of artefacts and precious items have been gradually accumulated over the years, beginning from wealthy British travellers at the height of the British Empire. The collection is still expanding today and includes some of the world’s greatest pieces, ranging from the Easter Island statue to the Head of Rameses. Visitors will be mesmerised as they stand before this wealth of history.

Take a step off the beaten track and discover the quieter galleries that celebrate Oceanic, Middle Eastern and Babylonian beginnings. As well as a highly factual hub of information, the British Museum recognises the importance of making History accessible. The museum offers numerous object handling sessions as well as a diverse range of activities throughout its galleries. Staff members are always on hand to provide visitors with additional information and answer any specific questions you may have.

The building’s Greek revival design, with its 44 beautifully crafted neoclassical columns is in itself a step back in time. Originally opened to the public in 1753, the museum has become one of the nation’s most visited attractions, with over 6 million visitors arriving each year. Walking through this immense building, visitors are brought to the spectacular Great Court. This is often a good opportunity to find your bearings before heading off to explore at leisure.

If you’re on a tight sightseeing, there are tours on offer throughout the day, lasting approximately 30 to 40 minutes. This is the perfect way to discover the museum in a short space of time. Open daily throughout the year (except for 24, 25 and 26 December and 1 January), the museum is easily accessible via subway. The nearest underground stations are Tottenham Court Road, Holborn and Russell Square.


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Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London AU$250
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in London City Centre, this spa hotel is steps away from Southbank Centre Book Market and Florence Nightingale Museum. St. Thomas' Hospital and Sea Life London Aquarium are also within 5 minutes. Waterloo Underground Station is only a 4-minute walk and Lambeth North Underground Station is 6 minutes.

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    SACO Fitzrovia

    SACO Fitzrovia

    21 Tottenham Street, London, England
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in London City Centre, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of The British Museum, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Piccadilly Circus. Hyde Park and London Eye are also within 2 mi (3 km). Goodge Street Underground Station is only a 2-minute walk and Warren Street Underground Station is 7 minutes.

      Morgan Hotel AU$170
      Morgan Hotel

      Morgan Hotel

      24 Bloomsbury Street, London, England
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in London City Centre, this hotel is steps away from The British Museum and Oxford Street. Russell Square and Royal Opera House are also within 10 minutes. Tottenham Court Road Underground Station is only a 5-minute walk and Holborn Underground Station is 7 minutes.

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        ME London

        ME London

        336-337 The Strand, London, England
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps away from Lyceum Theatre, The Strand and Aldwych Theatre. Covent Garden Market and Royal Opera House are also within 5 minutes. Temple Underground Station is 5 minutes by foot and Covent Garden Underground Station is 7 minutes.

          Jurys Inn London Holborn
          Jurys Inn London Holborn

          Jurys Inn London Holborn

          50-60 Southampton Row, London, England
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The British Museum and Oxford Street. St. Paul's Cathedral and London Eye are also within 2 mi (3 km). Holborn Underground Station is only a 2-minute walk and Russell Square Underground Station is 8 minutes.

            Grange White Hall Hotel AU$170
            Grange White Hall Hotel

            Grange White Hall Hotel

            2-5 Montague Street, London, England
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in London City Centre, this hotel is steps away from The British Museum and Russell Square. Oxford Street and Royal Opera House are also within 15 minutes. Russell Square Underground Station is 6 minutes by foot and Holborn Underground Station is 7 minutes.

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              St Giles London - A St Giles Hotel

              St Giles London - A St Giles Hotel

              Bedford Avenue, London, England
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Oxford Street and The British Museum. Russell Square and Palace Theatre London are also within 10 minutes. Tottenham Court Road Underground Station is only a 3-minute walk and Goodge Street Underground Station is 6 minutes.

                The Academy
                The Academy

                The Academy

                21 Gower Street, Bloomsbury, London, England
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Russell Square, Oxford Street, and The British Museum. Royal Opera House and Oxford Circus are also within 15 minutes. Goodge Street Underground Station is only a 4-minute walk and Russell Square Underground Station is 8 minutes.