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Afternoon Tea at the British Museum

1. Afternoon Tea at the British Museum

Take part in a quintessentially English traditional and enjoy afternoon tea at the Great Court Restaurant under the breathtaking glass roof of the British Museum. Choose from a selection of organic loose leaf teas and delicate flowering teas, such as Rising Flower or Jasmine Fairies. Feast from a selection of traditional delicacies, starting with finger sandwiches before tucking into handmade pastries, cakes and scones with clotted cream and jam.  Make your afternoon tea experience extra special and add a glass of sparkling Prosecco. Relax in an oasis of calm in the center of Bloomsbury and become part of a great tradition.

London: Private British Museum Tour

2. London: Private British Museum Tour

In the company of a live guide, explore the highlights of the British Museum, one of the largest museums of its kind in the world. Avoid wasting time stuck in long lines with skip-the-line entrance and make the most of your time in the museum to see treasures such as the Rosetta Stone. After your tour, spend the rest of the day exploring the rest of the museum at your own pace. During your tour, see the museum's most sought-after pieces and learn more about their importance in the modern art scene and as historical collection pieces. From the well-preserved Egyptian Mummies to the mysterious Lewis Chessman, admire collections from around the world and understand what makes these artifacts so unique.

London Private Family & Children British Museum Tour

3. London Private Family & Children British Museum Tour

Visiting the British Museum with a special children’s guide is a fantastic way to give kids a taste of this important museum. Visited by up to six million visitors per year, it is one of the largest and busiest, museums in the world and an important landmark in London. In addition to the vast collection, the museum’s special exhibition, displays and events are all designed to advance understanding of the collection and cultures they represent. Your tour guide will focus on tow to three exhibits to keep the kids from becoming overwhelmed and losing interest. Experiencing your visit of the British Museum as a family will be a fascinating and memorable moment. You will also be able to take advantage of the museum’s range of family-friendly activities throughout autumn and winter.

London: British Museum Guided Tour with Ticket

4. London: British Museum Guided Tour with Ticket

Discover the history behind some of the British Museum’s most famous artifacts with a guide. Come out from your visit with a greater appreciation of the museum’s treasures. Meet your guide by the red telephone box next to the main entrance to the British Museum on Russell street. Follow your guide who'll retrace the history behind the relics found in the vast exhibits. See the Rosetta Stone and why it is crucial to the understanding of Ancient Egypt. Learn how Tutankamun died, his legacy today, and discover the book of the dead. See the great statue of Ramesses 11, a sacred metal cat, a giant scarab beetle, and gold-covered mummies. Explore an impressive collection of Greek antiquities and Roman statues. Admire a gladiator's helmet, brilliant roman glass, and a bust of the greatest emperor of rome. Find out the mysteries of the Sutton Hoo burial and get a glimpse into the Anglo Saxon world. See parts of one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Have free time after the tour so you can visit other parts of the museum.

London: British Museum Guided Tour

5. London: British Museum Guided Tour

Discover some of the highlights of the British Museum with a licensed guide, and get a flavor of one of the world’s oldest and finest museums. Because there is so much to see, you could spend a week at the British Museum and still not discover it all. Experience the best of the British Museum’s collections, starting with a view of the breathtaking ceiling. Admire the spectacular glass roof of the Great Court, a work of art in its own right. Then, see the world-famous “Rosetta Stone,” the key to deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphics. Admire the controversial Parthenon Sculptures, taken from the Parthenon in Athens by Lord Elgin, the former British ambassador to the Ottoman Empire. Go to the Ancient Egypt galleries to see the large collection of Egyptian mummies, and discover the Anglo-Saxon “Sutton Hoo” burial relics, as well as the “Winged Bulls” from Khorsabad.

The British Museum in London Guided Tour

6. The British Museum in London Guided Tour

The British Museum's extensive collection spans 6,000 years of human history, featuring items from every corner of the world. The guides take a serious but enjoyable approach towards the museum’s galleries, discussing primitive tribes and forgotten empires through a carefully curated selection of exhibits. Discover Samurai armor and centuries-old Assyrian lion hunt reliefs. Learn about the Mummy of Katebet, the Lewis Chessmen, and the Rosetta Stone – the actual rock, not the language learning software. Leave the tour with an understanding of what humans have achieved throughout history and be proud to call yourself a part of this incredible species. Highlights generally include: (if artwork is not on loan or being restored etc) The Rosetta Stone, Assyrian Lion Hunt reliefs, Parthenon Sculpture, Lewis Chessmen, Oxus Treasure, Royal Game of Ur, Mummy of Katebet, Samurai Armour.

London Literary Walking Tour (Bloomsbury)

7. London Literary Walking Tour (Bloomsbury)

This private walking tour takes you on an interesting 2.5 hour walk around the Bloomsbury district of London. What Montmartre in Paris is to the world of art then so is Bloomsbury to the world of literature. Bloomsbury was the center of the English-speaking literary world in the 19th and 20th centuries and to a degree still is.  The beautiful squares and quiet neighborhoods created a special community where writers from around the world would come to live and write in a creative atmosphere. On this tour you will visit the homes of a number of world-renowned writers, see the largely unchanged neighborhoods that they lived in and which helped form some of the greatest works of literature of all time. Just some of the places you will visit include the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Charles Darwin and the Suffragette Millicent Garrett Fawcett. You'll see the building that inspired George Orwell and his Ministry of Truth in 1984. Learn about the tragic life of Virginia Woolf, a prominent member of the Bloomsbury Group and the location of where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle invented the famous sleuth Sherlock Holmes and why he never liked his famous detective. Such luminaries as Gertrude Stein, Aleister Crowley, Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde and WB Yeats round off the tour, not forgetting J M Barrie whose wonderful story of Peter Pan continues to help a world-famous children’s hospital in London to this day.

London: Custom Private Tour by Car

8. London: Custom Private Tour by Car

Take a London private tour to explore the capital city's top sights. Be picked up straight from your hotel or the airport in a spacious car or minivan. Your driver will personalize the tour for you and build the route around your preferences. Choose to have your tour in either English, Spanish or Portuguese. Entirely customizable, the tour will cover a variety of sightseeing spots. Drive around the center of London in comfort and get a feel for the old town and historical neighborhoods such as Mayfair, Kensington, Westminister and Fitzrovia. Whether it's visiting famous landmarks or going on a shopping spree, the choice is up to you. Pick and choose the London attractions that you would like to see, including: • Green Park • The Globe Theatre • Trafalgar Square • Piccadilly Circus • British Museum • Regent Street • Tower of London • London Bridge and Mayfair • Hyde Park • Royal Albert Hall • Harrods • Buckingham Palace • 10 Downing Street • London Eye • Natural History Museum

London: Secret Societies & Occult Walking Tour

9. London: Secret Societies & Occult Walking Tour

Meet your guide at St James’s Palace, one of the oldest royal palaces in London. From here, your guide will take you to one of the first places in London devoted to the study of magical arts. Afterwards, see where the 19th century secret society named the Suicide Circle was based. Walk along Pall Mall to the oldest occult bookshop in London. Discover stories about the Hermetic order of the Golden Dawn and its members. Continue to the Charring Cross Hotel, where the French occultist Eliphas Levi allegedly performed an act of necromancy. Follow your guide to Cleopatra's Needle on Victoria Embankment, a stone obelisk surrounded by dark legends. Learn how it was brought to London and why some Londoners are still obsessed with Egyptian mythology. Continue to the Freemasons quarter, passing the building where the Ordo Templi Orientis secret society is based. The most influential member was English author and occultist Aleister Crowley. Walk past another occult society before arriving at the British Museum. Learn how pagans and members of secret societies pay tributes to idols in the museum. Discover the history of the occult on this walking tour of London.

London Self-Guided Mystery Tour - Who Pushed Molly May?

10. London Self-Guided Mystery Tour - Who Pushed Molly May?

Turn the buzzing streets of London's West End into an exciting outdoor escape room, with The Mystery of Who Pushed Molly May. Solve the clues, eliminate the suspects, and unmask the mysterious villain behind Theatreland's most famous showbiz mystery. As the story goes, on 1st July 1920 Molly May’s big opening night ended in disaster when she broke her leg falling down the theatre stairs in front of waiting fans and paparazzi, insisting that she had been pushed. Who was the mysterious actress who lurked behind this terrible deed? Was she the victim of a jealous co-star? Or did she simply stumble?. Discover the West End's most iconic sights and atmospheric pubs as you unravel the historic mystery and discover the true identity of the actress behind the crime.

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What people are saying about British Museum

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 703 reviews

Tony our guide was fantastic and we would recommend him. He is knowledgeable, entertaining, organised and professional. The British Museum itself is a beautiful building and the exhibits were impressive and beautifully displayed. A great experience to enjoy and learn.

High tea was great, the dishes were lovely and the food was excellent. The only recommendation would be to have white tablecloth on the table to make it more fancy. .

Had a blast! It was my first time trying hot tea and the little sandwiches that came with it were really good. The museum was terrific and we were seated quickly

Great way to see some key pieces, very informative guide, lovely information about aspects of some of the items we would otherwise overlooked

This was my very first afternoon tea experience and i love it.