London's Museums and Galleries

Exploring the Best of the City's Art and Culture

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Pub Date 6 Jul 2021 | Archive Date 15 Jun 2021

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A curated guide to the best of London’s museums and galleries.

From the obscure to the resplendent, Eleanor Ross acquaints you with the very best museums and galleries the city has to offer. Including world-famous art to quirky collections, London is host to a vast assortment of enlightening spaces just waiting to be explored.  

This compact and portable little book introduces locals and tourists alike to the capital’s cultural hot spots.
A curated guide to the best of London’s museums and galleries.

From the obscure to the resplendent, Eleanor Ross acquaints you with the very best museums and galleries the city has to offer...

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London is full of museums and galleries and this book makes a wonderful job of compiling and introducing some of the most interesting ones! I definitely want to go back to London and use this book as a guide for my next visit.

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As somone who daydreams about traveling to London someday, this book help scratch that itch for now. I can't wait to someday see in person what is photographed so well in this book.

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Think you know London? Seen everything there is to see? You really haven't! Buy this book and explore something different! Eclectic collection of galleries and museums across London. This is a book for anyone looking for a different experience when visiting London. It has glorious photos to tempt you visit so many different places. I knew (and have visited) most of the big famous museums, but was still inspired from this book to go back for another look. However, what I really liked was the smaller, less-known, places which I had never heard of! I have made my list and will be ticking them off each time I visit London over the coming months. The information given on each museum is fairly brief, but gives a good taste of what to expect and you can always visit the museum websites for further information. Visitor or resident: I think this is a book for everyone spending time in London!

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Recently I read about a photography museum and was a little surprised about it. But a British Dental Museum. Imagine a toothbrush club. Cartoon Museum, Cavalry Museum. How a magician made Suez Canal disappear. Magic in the Moonlight is a movie which reveals the secret about a magician, "Song Dong: Same Bed Different Dreams" closes tomorrow at #PaceGallery in London! Head to our YouTube page to take an artist-led tour through the exhibition: https://t.co/ogotHVEaQt — Pace Gallery (@PaceGallery) November 4, 2019 Oh wow.. to imagine where Keats wrote La belle dame sans merci. A brief history of post-office cats Transportation museum, Canal Museum, Ice Museum. Reading the book, you get a sense of the place the museum is located in, its time, London's history, special things about the museum and its collection. A great way to customise your trip to London by finding out which museums to visit or look at the map in the abck and find out which museums are in the vicinity of the areas you are visiting. if traveling is not an option, consider any online exhibitions or actiivties by the museum. I attended an online event where a curator explained a painting with all the history. It was wonderful.

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I honestly thought that after four vacations to London and living there for a semester I would have been to all the museums and galleries of interest to me, but alas, I have to go back now. This book covers museums and galleries across London of various topics, sizes, and price ranges. The sections are divided by geographic area, but people should be warned that several of the locations featured are quite far out of London proper and could be very difficult to reach. The descriptions provide a good summary of each collection including information like which artists who have been featured in the spaces or what they are known for. As noted I did find a few that I had never heard of that are now on my must visit list on my next trip to London. In addition to the descriptions the book provides general practical information including different museum passes available and details about late nights at certain museums. This book would be useful for any museum lover as a good companion to another more general travel book. Thank you to NetGalley and Frances Lincoln for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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This book is a wonderful guide to the richness that is to be found in London’s museums and galleries. It is organized by geographical area, so handy for planning a day’s outings. The well-known is definitely here-The British Museum. The Courtauld, The National Gallery, and the Barbican, to name a few. There are other less well known locations as for example, dental, toy and transport museums, the Churchill War Rooms and so many more. Each succinct entry is full of ideas for things to see. Throughout the text is accompanied by many photos. I highly recommend this guide for anyone traveling to Britain. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title. All opinions are my own.

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Well, I fail to see how I could mark this down, for it does just what it sets out to do. Yes, you might want a firmer structure on things here – all the pompous Mayfair art galleries nobody's heard of featuring 'artists' nobody's heard of together, then military, then science and medicine, etc, or all the free ones going up to the "how much?!" museums at the end. Of course, there is a counter-argument to all that, in that some collections are so unclassifiably large they wouldn't fit any one proper category, and there's more than one free museum with a hellish ticket price to a specific show. So yes, this loose geographical organisation is perhaps the best to go for. We get proper gazetteer-styled data for each museum and gallery, at least one decent representative picture, and a good paragraph discussing what we're letting ourselves in for upon entry. Of course, when I was at the cut and thrust of what we more and more loosely call 'culture', we had "Time Out" magazine to tell us all the details about such things. In a world where the last useful issue of that is sitting in a museum somewhere, this look at our capital's capital collections is what offers the most inspiration since. This clearly has many of the same photographs as its cousin, Free London (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3960146041) - and the same almost bizarre omission.

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As a sometime Londoner cast adrift in the north of England - and cut off from the capital thanks to a certain pandemic - this was like balm to the soul. Detailing many of the museums and galleries already familiar to me and some that aren't, it transported me back to afternoons when London rain fell and traffic roared outside while I lost myself in great works of art or ancient stones or fabulous jewels or dry bones. And transported me forward, to a time when I may do these things again. It's a beautiful book, wide in scope, covering places you may have dreamt of visiting and some you certainly will do after reading. Use it to plan, to remember, or to escape - it does all these things, and beautifully so. Just lovely. My thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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This is a fabulous book which has given me so many great ideas for summer days out in London. There are some familiar venues and others which are new to me, and each listing is accompanied by handy tips on planning a visit. An excellent book to find places to explore for all tastes and interests! With thanks to NetGalley, Quarto Publishing Group - White Lion and Eleanor Ross for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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A very pretty museum and gallery guide for London. I've been to London six times, usually spending a week on each visit. I love museums and art but of the many places mentioned I've visited only 16. This book highlights the diverse amount of museums and galleries in the London area. It is broken up geographically and includes maps at the end to give you an idea of the locations. A big plus is the beautiful photography. Each location receives a color photo, a paragraph description, tube stop and an address, hours and scaled fee amount. The book chooses not to judge or rate the museums or give a suggested amount of time. For example I've spent multiple days in the British Museum and National Gallery but less than an hour at the Museum of London. Sir John Soane's Museum is a small treasure but the book doesn't let you know you must have reservations because of its size. In short this would be a great read for someone interested in museums and galleries in London but I'd recommend a more traditional tourist guidebook. as a companion. This has given me some new ideas for places to visit on my next return to the beautiful city of London. Thank you NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group-White Lion for a temporary ARC ebook in exchange for an honest review.

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London's Museums and Galleries is a comprehensive guide to museums and galleries in all parts of London, featuring museums of all types. The photographs are wonderful and this would be a lovely coffee table book to flick through. There's not too much specific information, meaning that it won't quickly go out of date. There is no focus on any specific museums or galleries - the book gives as much space and description to the big institutions such as The National Gallery, the Tate Modern and the Museum of Natural History as it does to small, independent contemporary art galleries. If you're looking for suggested highlights for a short trip to London, a travel guide book might be more useful, but this book is perfect if you want to find hidden treasures, or have plenty of time to visit lots of different places. I'm moving to London in the next few months and this book will be a great resource for me. It's especially great how clearly the pricing is labelled (and how many of them are free!) and the descriptions of each museum give a snappy but useful overview to pique your interest and help you decide where to visit - though unfortunately for me, it just makes me want to visit all of them!

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This is a great little guide to museums all over London (not just the “touristy” parts), . Each museum has its own page with a quick write up and some color pictures. It ranges from the famous (Tate, V&A, etc) to the obscure (who knew about the Dental Museum or the Vagina Museum?) and everything in between. I definitely learned about new places I want to go when we can travel abroad again! Thank you to publisher for providing copy in exchange for review. I highly recommend this book!

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London's Museums and Galleries is an exceptional guide for all London lovers! I love all the information and the beautiful photographs. I believe this would make an excellent gift who just moved to London or visiting this beautiful city. As a Londoner, I discovered a lot from this book, good work!

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A wonderful book full of great insights into the museums and galleries of London. If you've already visited these places you will learn things that you just missed, but if you haven't visited them, you'll be well prepared to enjoy these marves to their fullest. A great book that I'd recommend to anyone planning a visit to London.

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An absolutely stunning book, full of beautiful photographs of artworks found in London museums and galleries. Interior and exterior photographs of the museums and art galleries show London at it’s glorious best. This book is full of interesting facts about all of London’s key Museums and Art galleries as well as some lesser know ones. It is a book which can be enjoyed time and again and has set my heart yearning for the time when we can all go back to visiting these places in person. For the time being, this book provides a good substitute for the real thing. Highly recommended

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A big thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing/White Lion for the ARC. I am voluntarily reviewing this book. What a great book!! If you think you have seen all the museums in London-guess again! I am a museum lover and there were new ones in this book for me. Can't wait to go back and visit some old friends and make some new ones. Absolutely great, nicely done. 5 stars

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5 stars! It's been far too long since I was in London. (Decades, actually...) I've always wanted to get back there, but I'm on the other side of "the pond" so even during the best of times, it's a serious trip. And, of course, these are hardly the best of times... so I thought this book might soothe the itch a little bit, so to speak. Now I just want to go more than ever, AND I have an awesome itinerary planned. Like me, you may have been to the Victoria and Albert, the Tate, or the British Museum, but if you love oddities, The Grant Museum of Zoology is waiting for you. I can't imagine what medical horrors are hidden within The Old Operating Theatre and The British Dental Museum. Or if illustration and typography if more your style, maybe I'll see you at The House of MinaLima or The House of Illustration. There is absolutely a museum in London to suit any taste, and Eleanor Ross has curated a list of the most fascinating of them with just enough information to whet your appetite for your next trip to London. Everything you need to contact them is helpfully included. I am so grateful to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group – White Lion/Frances Lincoln for the opportunity to read and review this gorgeous guide. I will most definitely be buying a hard copy to consult whenever I get back to London. #LondonsMuseumsAndGalleries #EleanorRoss #London #TravelGuide #ThingsToDoInLondon #NetGalley #BookReviews #Bookstagram #BookReview #Books #Bookstagrammer #Bookworm #Booklover #BooksOfInstagram #BookRecommendations #ReadersOfInstagram #BookNerd #Bookish #Bibliophile #Reading #BookReviewer #Book #BookAddict #Reader #BookLovers #Bookshelf #Goodreads #Review #BookRecommendation #BookClub #Reviews #BookReader

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This is a nice tourist guide book to help plan a trip, I wish there was more details and photos for the bigger museums since we are all still locked down. Nice photos.

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Now that I’ve had the chance to pick a travel book from Netgalley – a travel book centered on museums and galleries – I’m going to tell you a secret. Do I appreciate art in each and every form? Yes. Am I very partial to fine art anyway? Yes. XD That is, if I’m left to my own devices. London’s Museums and Galleries: Exploring the Best of the City’s Art and Culture, written by Eleanor Ross, rose to the challenge and offered me a glimpse into modern and contemporary, too. Thank you, Eleanor! After finishing your book, I have to say I can see the appeal. Cover: Sleek is the first word that comes to mind. Yay! - As the title suggests, LMG is a travel guide featuring London-based museums and art galleries. If you’re expecting a boring directory of places to check out, maybe clumped together in the central part of the town, think again. This book offers a comprehensive list of what to visit when you’re donning your tourist hat, from big museums like the British to more secluded places like The Viktor Wynd or Deptford. Divided in sections – that’s handy! – and with a map at the end, it covers the whole city. - Nice photographs, with informative and interesting blurbs to go with them. Each description has a pop vibe that stands out, and art tidbits are paired with practical info, such as websites or entry fees. On a personal note, I feel so attacked by the fact that many museums offer free admission. And by ‘attacked’, I mean ‘green with envy’. - Even the buildings themselves are showcased, which is a refreshing take. I like Brutalism and carpeted staircases, I like marble columns and contemporary lighting fixtures. Architecture (and interior design!) is art, too, and I appreciate it when it’s pointed out. Special mention: - Garden Museum. It’s about the history of gardening! - HMS Belfast. It’s a ship moored on the center of the Thames. - Royal Observatory. It’s located in Greenwich, you can see a depiction of the Prime Meridian. - Wimbledon Windmill Museum. Self-explanatory, the windmill is really cute. - Design Museum. How I wish I could be there ❤ - Estorick Collection of Modern Art. The Modigliani! - The Cello Factory. No, really, cellos. - Museum of the Home. It’s about the change and evolution of the concept of home. Nay! - Some pictures are captioned, some aren’t, and that didn’t impress me much. I want to know the names of paintings or exhibitions, aw 😀 TL;DR 4 stars on GR. Well done, Eleanor!

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Loved this book visiting museums the photography.I’ve been to London a few times enjoyed visiting museums each time and now I have a new list to go see.This would make a lovely gift for anyone visiting London or visiting from their armchair.#netgalley#quartobooks

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London's Museums and Galleries is a cross between a guidebook and a photo book. It contains many beautiful images of the museums and galleries featured so it is a pleasure just to sit and flick through it. The book is divided up geographically and there is also a handy map at the back to help you plan your visit. The author provides a couple of paragraphs of information on each museum or gallery and it is just enough to give you an idea of whether it is somewhere that you might want to visit. The book does list opening times and the nearest tube station, but I would certainly recommend going online for more practical information to help you plan your visit. One of the things I most enjoyed about this book is that it includes both the big museums/galleries and some more obscure ones.

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"No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford." — Samuel Johnson I never tire of London. I fell in love with the city after spending three months studying there in uni, and I've visited a few times since. I always discover something new, and each trip is like visiting an old friend - a very fashionable and vibrant friend who always has a trick up their sleeve. With this little guide, I could discover even more of those tricks. While I've visited a good number of the big-ticket items as well as some of the more off-the-beaten-path listings (the Viktor Wynd Museum, Sir John Soane's house) there were even more galleries and museums that I didn't know existed. This is a fairly comprehensive guide to what London has to offer, organized neatly by geography and with a helpful map at the back so you can see which spots fit into your itinerary. It's meant to be a brief overview of the gallery/museum - location, genre, and cost, plus a quick blurb on what's on - so you can discover the rest of the gems for yourself. I found it very well laid-out and would recommend it to culture vultures touring London for both the first time and the fifth.

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Thank you NetGalley and the Publishers for giving me a free advanced digital copy of this book. I have always loved London, but haven't been to visit as much over the last few years due to struggling with anxiety. However, I requested this book as I hoped it would make me get excited about London again and want to plan a trip. I've always loved London's Museums but didn't realise there were quite so many! This book gives a short description on so many of London's Museums and Galleries, many of which I've never even heard of. Did the book make me want to plan that trip? Yes! I've listed down the places I want to visit with their details thanks to Eleanor Ross. A delightful book, giving you enough of a detailed description of each place, without delving too deep and becoming boring. Lovely pictures throughout as well. Thank you Eleanor and once again to the Publishers - you've got me planning a London trip a lot sooner than I thought I could, and that's a huge achievement, so thank you.

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London's Museums and Galleries by Eleanor Ross is a nice guide for both visitors to London as well as residents since it includes some smaller but very interesting places as well as all of the bigger venues. The obvious target readers are either future tourists to London or those who prefer armchair travels (especially with the advent of a larger online presence for most museums and galleries). I include residents as another group that will enjoy this because when one lives in or near a city one often misses a lot of the things that there are to do. I have gone back to cities (NYC and Chicago come immediately to mind) in which I had lived and discovered wonderful places I wish I had known about while living there. The photographs are nice, so this could be a coffee table book, but the emphasis is on presenting a little about each place and letting potential visitors know what to expect, so the pictures don't dominate the book the way they often do in traditional coffee table books. This is still a very nice looking book but is also a very useful book, which is its primary function. Reviewed from a copy made available by the publisher via NetGalley.

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This book is a splendid guide for those looking to visit London and its many museums and galleries. Included are both those that are free to visit and those that require a ticket or payment; there is something for every budget and a selection of varied places are featured in which a few surely will take your fancy. The full colour photographs are also wonderful and are scattered throughout. Highly recommended for those looking for a comprehensive guide to the best art galleries and museums to check out while in The Big Smoke.

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I really liked this book. Anywhere that is going to save me time and money by doing the work for me is a book worth having around and this book is entirely that. I know that not all of the museums in this book may be free but you certainly get added value here by so many of the museums being free and easily accessible, which is great because that gives you time to decide which ones you want to visit that you have to pay for. This focuses on showcasing some of the best bits in the musuems discussed and the pictures are very appealing and made my travel bug itch like mad. The layout in this book is simple but I thought it was really effective. The pictures are bright and aid the information well, the best and most helpful bit is just under the museum details where it gives opening times, and a price but by far the best bit is where it tells you what the nearest tube station which I think is super handy and I found it very impressive, this can help travellers who are in a specific area on one set day plan without making multiple journeys. I am really down with that. Things I didn't like which are minor were the fonts for the glossary and introduction  I found these really difficult to read. Though in this section I did like the information about pre booking,  esp with Covid its handy but in general for London I do think this is pretty important to maximise your time in London if you're visiting or even local. The late section is pretty good and well appreciated as it makes things more accessible and of ease. I found my self really drawn to some of the more unknown musuems, such as The Cartoon Museum, The Foundling Museum. Though i was surprised to see the House of MinaLima in there, this is definitely somewhere thats been on my list for a while. This has so many good museums in that I just have to visit, its such an absolute treasure and will have pride of place on the "London travel" shelf. This is a definite must for any traveller, local or otherwise.I've certainly got a lot more travelling to do. With thanks to Netgalley, the publishers and the owners for this spectacular opportunity to read this free ARC in return for my honest review.

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Good for travellers who like to go to as many museums as possible since the muswums are broken into different areas of London. So you can do one area at a time if you want. Good information to see if you do want to certain ones or not.

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Having lived in London for almost 10 years now this book STILL managed to tell me about locations I’ve never visited before, and as a result I’ve added many must see places to my list. The pictures were beautifully shot and, for the familiar locations, filled me with a sense of nostalgia for visits long past. I found the information clear, concise and most of all informative for prospective visitors to the museums and galleries. This book is perfect for anyone wanting to explore all of London, or even try seeing the sights at home through the pictures and descriptions.

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An interesting collection of galleries and, museums in London. This covers mainly art galleries but also some museums. The range is quite eclectic consisting of both well known such as the Victoria and Albert museum and lesser known like the Vagina Museum. It is a colourful guide and contains information about stations needed for access and a map at the back. It also shows pictures of each museum, a rough guide to prices and a rough description of what they hold. Personally the guide would have been improved with an idea of accessibility to each museum but there are links to the website for each gallery and museum.

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London is my favourite city, so I have seen some of its museums and galleries, but there are several that I haven't seen. This book with its stunning pictures and details of these institutions is an excellent guide for any tourist in London. There are so many that there really is a museum or gallery for everyone! History-lovers will be in seventh heaven at Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge or the Tower of London, for example. This book also provides fascinating snippets of history. For example, did you know that cats were employed for one shilling a week in Victorian post offices to get rid of mice? You can find out more at the Post Office Museum! Napoleon's toothbrush and a used guillotine blade from the French Revolution can be seen at the Wellcome Musuem. Read A Tale of Two Cities by Dickens to get you in the mood! I can't wait to get back to London to see some of these museums and galleries. It looks as though it is going to be a while yet before travel (almost anywhere) is on the cards, though, unfortunately. I received this free ebook from NetGalley in return for an honest review. EDITION Other Format ISBN 9780711257528 PRICE $14.99 (USD)

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This book is a great complement to a regular travel guide. Apart from the list of all the museums and galleries you' can visit in London, there's at least one if not more lovely photographs and a brief description of each of the featured places. If you're planning your next London trip this book is highly recommended.

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My expectations for this weren’t high. I thought that there wouldn’t be new recommendations in this for me. I was wrong. Would recommend.

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