Exhibitions, theatre and cheap eats

Exhibitions

London has lots of free museums

  • National History, Science and Victoria and Albert Museums are in South Kensington
  • Tate Britain (Pimlico), Tate Modern (South Bank) – you can get the ‘Tate-to-Tate’ boat
  • National Portrait Museum, National Gallery are both in/near Trafalgar Square
  • Imperial War Museum (Lambeth North)
  • Dennis Servers House* (Liverpool Street)
  • The Old Operating Theatre* (London Bridge)
  • Sir John Soane's Museum (Holborn)
  • British Library (Euston)
  • British Museum (Holborn)
  • Vinopolis* (London Bridge)
  • Royal Observatory* (Greenwich)

Most of them have exhibitions which charge for entry. You can get membership for the Tate museums which will let you in to these exhibitions for free and gives you access to the members-only cafes and bar at the Tate Modern and Tate Britain.

The Tate Modern usually has something going on in the Turbine Hall – the next one will start on October 11th.

Theatre and film

The West End is where all the best known theatres are. The best place to buy tickets is online at lastminute.com or boxoffice.co.uk.

Apart from the musicals and plays, you can also see theatre at the Globe, the Scoop and Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre during the summer. The Scoop also shows free films.

There are also some good ‘fringe’ theatres,such as Battersea Arts Centre at Clapham Junction.

Don't miss the opportunity to visit the historic Royal Opera House.

The New Wimbledon Theatre (Wimbledon) and the Old Vic (Waterloo) normally have pantomimes in December.

London's best-kept secret is Secret Cinema. We can't tell you anything about it - you will have to experience it for yourself.

Cheap eats

London has any kind of cuisine you can think of. Some of the best areas/restaurants to try are:

  • Chinatown (near Leicester Square)
  • Soho (just south of Oxford Street)
  • Brick Lane (near Liverpool Street)
  • Busaba Eathai (various locations)
  • Wahaca (various locations)
  • Bonnington Square Cafe (Vauxhall)
  • The Ragged Canteen (Vauxhall)
  • Franco Manca (Brixton)
  • Also try the food markets – Borough Market
  • And the bars – Gordon’s Wine Bar (Embankment)

Discount Vouchers for the chain restaurants can be found online at www.vouchercodes.co.uk/.

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