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Museums and Galleries of London

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The Victoria and Albert Museum

The V & A Museum is known as the Cathedral for the Decorative Arts. As soon as you enter this magnificent gallery, you will understand the reason why.  Get to know this museum through a highlights tour or a more specialised tour of the Jewellery Gallery, the British Galleries, the Fashion Court or the new Medieval and Renaissance Galleries, amongst others. www.vam.ac.uk

The British Museum

The British Museum is is known as the Museum of the World for the World.  Our walk through this cutting edge museum will take you to the stone that unlocked the secrets of Hieroglyphics, to the ancient Kingdom of Greece, to Assyria and to Egypt.  You will hear about treasure finds in Britain and how we use these finds to learn about the past. www.britishmuseum.org

The National Gallery

The National Gallery showcases the nation’s collection of art from 15th to 20th century and our tour will aim to highlight the best these centuries have to offer in terms of art and artists. www.nationalgallery.org.uk

Tate Modern

Our tour of the Tate Modern starts at the entrance of this disused power station, known as the Cathedral of Modern Art.  This amazing space exhibits the nation’s collection of modern and international art from the 20th century.  Our tour will highlight and explain some of the collection going through many of the “isms” of art.  You will also hear the latest on the building programme of Tate Modern. www.tate.org.uk/modern

Tate Britain

Tate Britain displays  British art from 1500 to the current day, so join this tour for the best of British!  Come and explore the collection, from works by the father of British painting, William Hogarth, to those by the 18th century portraitists Reynolds and Gainsborough, from the Pre –Raphaelites to the Romantics, from the artists of the 20th century to the very latest in British contemporary art. www.tate.org.uk/britain

National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery houses one of the best collections of personalities and faces in British history.  Our highlight tour explores the collection of paintings of those who shaped our history from kings and queens, to sportspersons, musicians and celebrities! www.npg.org.uk

Museum of London

Come and learn about the history of London, from pre-historic times to the current day at the Museum of London.  Our tour of this very user friendly museum takes you on a journey through the capital’s past. www.museumoflondon.org.uk

Courtauld Gallery

The Courtauld Gallery showcases art from the early Renaissance period to the 20th century and has one of the leading collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art.  This is a small intimate gallery set in the magnificent Somerset House in the Strand.  Our tour highlights the best of the collection from masters of the Renaissance period, such as Rubens and Van Dyke, to the Impressionists,  Degas and Monet, to 20th century paintings by the Bloomsbury Group. www.courtauld.ac.uk

Wallace Collection

Set in a splendid London town house in Manchester Square, this private collection assembled by 5 generations of the Wallace family is one of the finest collections of 18th century decorative arts in the world.  Our tour takes us on a magical journey through the collection of porcelain, furniture and paintings. www.wallacecollection.org