The St Athans Hotel is so central that there are many world class attractions within walking distance of the hotel that people fly from all over the world to see. So if you’re feeling lazy you can walk less than 10mins to one of these fine places, worthy of a stop off in anyone’s itinerary.

There are many more than this, but here is a selection we recommend:

 

British Museum - St Athans Hotel

The British Museum – objects bought & stolen from around the world, easily the most famous museum in London, well worth a visit. You can easily get lost and spend all day in here so set yourself an alarm otherwise you’ll see nothing else of London. Check out the Egyptian rooms & Rosetta Stone – there are free room tours most days too

Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG             www.britishmuseum.org

Opens from 10:00-17:30, Fridays late

Free entry for adults and children

  

wellcome-collection near St Athans Hotel

The Wellcome Collection – fantastic exhibitions with medical themes, which is much more interesting than it sounds. It houses the largest history of Medicine collection (some of it is on show in the British Museum). Their permanent exhibition is a real eye-opener. Check out what else is currently on show.

183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE                 www.wellcomecollection.org

Opens from 10:00-18:00, Thursdays till late

Free entry for adults and children

 

 

 

John Soane Muuseum near St Athans Hotel

Sir John Soane’s Museum – antiques & curios collected by a Victorian architect, an amazing house crammed to the brim with masterpieces and marvels, such as the sarcophagus of Egyptian King Seti I. Tours are well recommended, as most of the time you have no idea of the uniqueness of what you’re looking at.

13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3BP               www.soane.org

Opens from 10:00-17:00, Tuesday – Saturday

Free entry for adults and children

 

 

 

Grant Museum near St Athans Hotel

Grant Museum of Zoology – the coolest weird museum in the area. Now in it’s new home, this museum is guaranteed to impress you of the wonders of the natural world – expect rooms of skeletons and jars full of animal parts, which I’ve heard from good authority is great for children and teenagers.

Rockefeller Building (University College London), 21 University Street, London, WC1E 6DE

Opens from 13:00-17:00, Monday-Saturday

Free entry for adults and children

 

 

cartoon-museum near St Athans Hotel

The Cartoon Museum – British cartoon & comic art from 18th Century to present day, with continually changing exhibitions. Loads of political satirical cartoons from newspapers that are snapshots of the history of their day, as well as classics like Beano and 2000AD.

35 Little Russell Street, London, WC1A 2HH              www.cartoonmuseum.org

Opens from 10:30-17:30 Monday-Saturday and 12:00-17:30 on Sundays

Adults/ Concessions/Students pay, under 18s FREE

 

 

Foundling Museum near St Athans Hotel

The Foundling Museum – a very impressive collection of fine art paintings that you’d likely find in an internationally famous museum, all in a beautiful building whose Foundling Hospital (for literally abandoned babies) used to include this whole area.

40 Brunswick Square, London, WC1N 1AZ                www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk

Opens from 10:00-17:00 Tuesday-Saturday and 11:00-17:00 Sundays (closed Mondays)

Adults/ Concessions/ pay, Under 16s FREE

 

Charles Dickens Museum - near St Athans Hotel

Charles Dickens Museum – everything to do with London’s most famous author. It’s a chance to see how a Georgian Townhouse, like the buildings of the St Athans Hotel, would have looked like in the days they were built – all colours and details have been chosen for their period.

48 Doughty Street, London, WC1N 2LX                       www.dickensmuseum.com

Opens from 10:00-17:00

Adult/ Concession/ Children pay, Under 6s FREE

 

 

 

British_Library- near St Athans Hotel

British Library – very high quality exhibitions & talks in this internally famous destination for academics and researchers, with objects from their collections from all epochs and all continents, including illuminated manuscripts, Da Vinci drawings, old maps, book first editions and even scribbled Beatles’ songs.

96 Euston Rd, Kings Cross, London, NW1 2DB             www.bl.uk

Opens everyday

Some exhibitions & talks FREE, check website for more info

 

 

 

postal museum near St Athans Hotel

The Postal Museum – much more interesting than it sounds, and not just for postal or stamp enthusiasts – including the underground Mail Rail (pictured), which is so popular you have to book.

15-20 Phoenix Place, London, WC1X 0DA                     www.postalmuseum.org

Open everyday 10:00 – 17:00

Adult/ Concession/ Children pay/ Post workers go free

 

 

 

coram fields near St Athans Hotel

Coram’s Fields – wonderful large local children’s park where the Geyer family children used to play most days, with paddling pool, large playground and petting animals – an oasis in this busy city. A safe space for the little ones to let off steam.

93 Guildford Street, London, WC1N 1DN               www.coramsfields.org

Opens every day, all year round, from 9:00 until dusk

Free entry – however Adults must be accompanied by children

 

 

 

 

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