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British MuseumIf you wanted to thoroughly explore the British Museum, it would take months, if not years. Over seven millions objects from all over the world are housed in this impressive museum of human history and culture (many of the artefacts are stored underneath the museum due to lack of space). Founded in 1753, displays ranging from prehistoric to modern times were primarily based on the collections of physician and scientist, Sir Hans Sloane. Notable objects include the Parthenon Sculptures (also sometimes called the Elgin Marbles), the Rosetta Stone, the Sutton Hoo and Mildenhall treasures, and the Portland Vase. The hieroglyphics and classical sculptures are instantly recognisable and world famous. The museum's collection of ancient Egyptian mummies is world famous and The Michael Cohen Gallery in this section includes a special tomb-chapel room dedicated to the life Negamun, a wealthy Egyptian who died around 1350 BC. This Egyptian gallery was one of four to open in 2008-09 including spaces dedicated to Clocks and Watches, Medieval Europe, and the Percival David Collection of Chinese Art, part of the Sir Joseph Hotung Centre for Ceramic Studies. The crowning glory of the museum its central hub, the glass domed Great Court designed by Lord Norman Foster - the largest covered public square in Europe.

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I Object: Ian Hislop's search for dissentI Object: Ian Hislop's search for dissentI Object: Ian Hislop's search for dissentJournalist, historian and Have I Got News For You regular Ian Hislop has been on a mission to find stories of dissent, subversion and satire hidden within the vast collections of the British Museum for I Object, the museum's new autumn exhibition. Exploring how people have used objects to subvert official ideology and to mock the powerful throughou2018-09-19T00:00:00+01002019-01-20T00:00:00+0000 Where:
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DATES6th September 2018 to 20th January 2019
Journalist, historian and Have I Got News For You regular Ian Hislop has been on a mission to find stories of dissent, subversion and satire hidden within the vast collections of the British Museum for I Object, the museum's new autumn exhibition. Exploring how people have used objects to subvert official ideology and to mock the powerful throughou...†More about this event
Rhiannon - Epic SundaysRhiannon - Epic SundaysLiterary & Education, Lecture.2018-10-07T14:30:00+01002018-10-07T00:00:00+0100 Where:
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I Am Ashurbanipal King Of The World, King Of AssyriaI Am Ashurbanipal King Of The World, King Of AssyriaThis exhibition tells the story of Ashurbanipal through the British Museum's unparallelled collection of Assyrian treasures and rare loans.2018-11-08T10:00:00+00002019-02-24T00:00:00+0000 Where:
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I Am Ashurbanipal King Of The World, King Of Assyria

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Grange White Hall Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel † from £50† 37% off
2-5 Montague Street, WC1B | 2 minutes from British Museum
The Grange White Hall Hotel is uniquely located in a quieter part of London's busy West End area, overlooking the world famous British Museum. With its ... More
Grange Blooms Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel † from £50† 37% off
7 Montague Street, WC1B | 2 minutes from British Museum
An impressive looking 18th century townhouse, the Grange Blooms Hotel is located in the heart of London's trendy Bloomsbury area, adjacent to the British Museum. Just ... More
Radisson Blu Edwardian Kenilworth Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel † from £74† 38% off
97 Great Russell Street, WC1B | 2 minutes from British Museum
Conforming to the Radisson Blu Edwardian brand of mixing designer décor with designer locations, the Kenilworth has everything you'd expect from this established chain. 50 metres ... More
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Alternative Museums nearest British Museum

Nearest to British Museum
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Cartoon Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
35 Little Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 2 minutes from British Museum
Combining art with humour, this addition to London's museum-cum-gallery scene is refreshingly vibrant. From political cartoons of Thatcher, Brown, Bush and Blair to rare originals on ... More
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Wiener Library
London > Attractions > Museums
29 Russell Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1B | 4 minutes from British Museum
The Wiener Library is the world's oldest library dedicated to the study of the Holocaust, its causes and legacies. The library also hosts a regular programme ... More
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Sir John Soane's Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, Holborn, London WC2A | 8 minutes from British Museum
An appealingly higgledy-piggledy treasure trove of artefacts, the extraordinary Sir John Soane's Museum elegantly located on Lincoln's Inn Fields is well worth an exploratory rummage. Lurking ... More
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Sights and Attractions near British Museum

The best museums, galleries, attractions near British Museum
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Victoria House
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Bloomsbury Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1B | 4 minutes from British Museum
This Grade II listed building, a stunning neoclassical landmark constructed in the 1920s, was extensively remodelled in 2003 to provide 300,000 square feet of prime office, ... More
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Architectural Association School Of Architecture
London > Attractions > House and Garden
36 Bedford Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1B | 4 minutes from British Museum
The Architectural Association School of Architecture, the UK's oldest school of architecture, was originally set up in 1847 and moved to Bedford Square in 1917. Set ... More
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The Building Centre
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
26 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E | 4 minutes from British Museum
Open to the public as well as construction professionals, The Building Centre houses a permanent exhibition of a 1:1500 scale model of Central London. Current major ... More
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Events near British Museum

Near British Museum
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Motown The Musical
London > Events > Theatre †Dates: 11th February 2016 to 20th April 2019
British Museum, 210 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H | 4 minutes from British Museum
Telling the story of Berry Gordy, who went from being a featherweight boxer to Motown music mogul, Motown The Musical transfers from Broadway to the West ...More
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Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical
London > Events > Theatre †Dates: 2nd April 2018 to 5th January 2019
British Museum, 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, W1T | 4 minutes from British Museum
It wowed audiences and won the Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards and now Jim Steinman's Bat Out Of ...More
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School of Rock
London > Events > Theatre †Dates: 24th October 2016 to 13th January 2019
British Museum, Drury Lane, WC2B | 6 minutes from British Museum
Students at a prestigious prep school "stick it to the man" with encouragement from their substitute teacher - wannabe rock star Dewey Finn - in the ...More
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Near British Museum
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Shaftesbury Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
210 Shaftesbury Avenue, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 4 minutes from British Museum
A large and appealingly shabby Edwardian theatre which has produced almost a century of successful popular theatre and musicals. The most notorious of these was probably ... More
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Dominion Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
268-269 Tottenham Court Road, Bloomsbury, London W1T | 4 minutes from British Museum
Huge theatre which plays host to big, rocking musicals, the Dominion Theatre, though built in 1928, underwent a £6 million restoration in 2017. Originally used as ... More
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Horse Hospital
London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
30 Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 5 minutes from British Museum
As the name suggests, The Horse Hospital wasn't always the modern arts venue it is today. Once home to sick and injured horses - many references ... More
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Shopping near British Museum

The best shops and markets near British Museum
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London Review Bookshop
London > Shopping > Books
14 Bury Place, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 2 minutes from British Museum
Opened in May 2003, with Alan Bennett cutting the ribbon, the London Review Bookshop is a welcome addition to the city's dwindling ranks of independent bookshops. ... More
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The Classic Camera- The Leica Shop
London > Shopping > Specialists
2 Pied Bull Yard, off Bury Place, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 2 minutes from British Museum
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James Smith & Sons
London > Shopping > Specialists
53 New Oxford Street, Covent Garden, London WC1A | 3 minutes from British Museum
James Smith & Sons is an historic Victorian family business specialising in umbrellas, walking sticks and canes. Commonly known as "the Umbrella Shop", this immaculately presented ... More
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The Great Court Restaurant
London > Restaurants > International restaurants
The British Museum, Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1B | Same location as British Museum
International cuisine ... More
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Court Cafe at the British Museum
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1B | Same location as British Museum
The Great Court at the British Museum is a fabulous place to drain a mug of coffee while admiring the renovations of architect Sir Norman Foster.... More
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Court Restaurant
London > Restaurants > International restaurants
British Museum, Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury, London WC1B | Same location as British Museum
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Education near British Museum

Near British Museum
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English [Out There!]
London > Education > English Language Courses
10 Coptic Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 2 minutes from British Museum
English [Out There!] takes a very hands-on approach to learning English. The course places an emphasis on using what you have learned. Students are taken out ... More
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School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1H | 5 minutes from British Museum
The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) is among the best schools for the studies of foreign cultures and languages in the world. In fact, ... More
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RADA Chenies Street
London > Education > Adult Education
18-22 Chenies Street, WC1E | 5 minutes from British Museum
One of three RADA sites across London, this Chenies Street building contains rehearsal rooms, the finance department, RADA Enterprises, the RADA Marketing department, ... More
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British Museum gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
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All Star Lanes, Holborn
London > Leisure > Activities
Victoria House, Bloomsbury Place, Bloomsbury, London WC1B | 4 minutes from British Museum
This fun bowling alley and restaurant is a great place for a gang of you to spend a memorable night out trying to out-do each other. ... More
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Hospital Club
London > Leisure > Arts Centres
24 Endell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 6 minutes from British Museum
Before it was a hip private members' club designed specifically for the creative industries - complete with bar and dining rooms, cinema, TV and recording studios ... More
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Phoenix Garden
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
21 Stacey Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 6 minutes from British Museum
In the shadow of both Centrepoint and St Giles-in-the-Fields Church, hidden from most tourists and residents alike, lies this beautiful West End garden. Originally a car ... More
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Pubs near British Museum

The best pubs near London British Museum.
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The Princess Louise
London > Nightlife > Pubs
208 High Holborn, Covent Garden, London WC1V | 5 minutes from British Museum
The flagship London pub of Yorkshire's oldest brewery, Samuel Smith, the Princess Louise has been carefully restored to her original Victorian layout complete with snugs, removed ... More
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Queens Larder Restaurant & Pub
London > Nightlife > Pubs
1 Queen's Square, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 5 minutes from British Museum
... More
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Philomena's Irish Bar
London > Nightlife > Pubs
40 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 6 minutes from British Museum
Philomena's is an Irish themed bar and sports cafe on Great Queen Street, just two minutes walk from Covent Garden tube station. A great place to ... More
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British Museum clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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Flight Club Bloomsbury
London > Nightlife > Bars
55 New Oxford Street, WC1A | 3 minutes from British Museum
Flight Club set its sights on bringing darts out of dark, dingy pubs and into the 21st century and they've hit ... More
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The Coral Room
London > Nightlife > Bars
16-22 Great Russell Street, WC1B | 3 minutes from British Museum
Acclaimed designer Martin Brudnizki - responsible for the interiors at Dean Street Townhouse, Hix and Scarfes Bar - has breathed new life into The ... More
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Bloomsbury Club Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
16-22 Great Russell Street, WC1B | 3 minutes from British Museum
Taking inspiration from the 1920s and '30s - the golden era of cocktails - The Bloomsbury Club Bar is an inviting Art Deco retreat serving ... More
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Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course near British Museum.
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British Museum
London > Business > Venue Hire
Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury, London WC1B | Same location as British Museum
If you wanted to thoroughly explore the British Museum, it would take months, if not years. Over seven millions objects from all over the world are ... More
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Congress Centre
London > Business > Venue Hire
23-28 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1B | 3 minutes from British Museum
Based at Congress House, the headquarters of the Trades Union Congress, the Congress Centre offers several meeting and conference rooms for hire within an architecturally-renowned Grade ... More
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The Rathbone Hotel
London > Business > Venue Hire
30 Rathbone Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T | 7 minutes from British Museum
Centrally located in Fitzrovia, it's a short walk from The Rathbone to Oxford Street, Soho and London's theatre district. With high speed wireless broadband available in ... More

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Nocturnal Union: A View On The Surreal
Exhibitions | Until 30th November 2018 

Austin/Desmond Fine Art 2 minutes walk from British Museum

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The Beach Bar at The Montague
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Seasonal | Until 21st September 2018 

Afternoon Tea at The Montague 3 minutes walk from British Museum

Enjoy a Bahamian beach setting, complete with real sand underfoot and a beach-hut style thatched roof, at The Beach Bar ...More

 
Motown The Musical
Motown The Musical
Theatre | Until 20th April 2019 

Shaftesbury Theatre 4 minutes walk from British Museum

Telling the story of Berry Gordy, who went from being a featherweight boxer to Motown music mogul, Motown The Musical ...More

 
Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical
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Theatre | Until 5th January 2019 

Dominion Theatre 4 minutes walk from British Museum

It wowed audiences and won the Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards and ...More

 
The Feminist Book Society: We can be heroes... can't we'
Exhibitions | On 19th September 2018 

Waterstone's - Tottenham Court Road 5 minutes walk from British Museum

We can be heroes - can't we?Join Feminist Book Society co-founders Eleanor Dryden and Katy Loftus will be discussing this ...More

School of Rock
School of Rock
Theatre | Until 13th January 2019 

New London Theatre 6 minutes walk from British Museum

Students at a prestigious prep school "stick it to the man" with encouragement from their substitute teacher - wannabe rock ...More

 
Motorcity
Motorcity
Clubbing and Nightlife | Until 14th December 2018 

The Borderline 6 minutes walk from British Museum

Looking for a place to dance after dinner can be surprisingly hard in the heart of Soho. Step forward Motorcity ...More

 
Forgotten Women: The Writers, with Zing Tsjeng, Kit de Waal, A. K. Blakemore and Marta Bausells
Exhibitions | On 19th September 2018 

Waterstone's - Gower Street 7 minutes walk from British Museum

We're hosting author of Forgotten Women: The Writers and UK Broadly editor, Zing Tsjeng as part of a two-part event ...More

Chicago
Chicago
Theatre | Until 6th October 2018 

Phoenix Theatre 7 minutes walk from British Museum

Last staged in the West End back in 2012 - when it concluded a 15-year run - hit musical Chicago ...More

 
Aristocrats
Aristocrats
Theatre | Until 22nd September 2018 

The Donmar Warehouse 7 minutes walk from British Museum

Part of Josie Rourke's penultimate season as artistic director, the Donmar Warehouse stages Brian Friel's Aristocrats. Directed by Lyndsey Turner, ...More

 

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Hackney Empire

The comic actor from Indianapolis brings his stand-up comedy routine to the Hackney Empire stage. Comedian and actor Mike Epps, famed for appearances in Next Friday and Friday After Next, and chosen to play legendary ...More

Coming Clean
Theatre | From 9th January 

Trafalgar Studios

Adam Spreadbury-Maher, artistic director of the King's Head Theatre, directs the West End transfer of the Islington theatre's 35th anniversary staging of Kevin Elyot's provocative drama. Coming Clean, the debut work from the author of ...More

I'm A Phoenix, Bitch
Theatre | From 3rd October 

Battersea Arts Centre (BAC)

Bryony Kimmings, the searingly honest performance artist who has talked about mental illness, cancer and STIs in her Edinburgh Fringe shows is returning to the London stage with her first solo show in nearly a ...More

White Teeth
Theatre | From 26th October 

Kiln Theatre (formerly Tricycle Theatre)

For its second production since taking over from the Tricycle, Kiln Theatre presents the world premiere of Stephen Sharkey's stage adaptation of Zadie Smith's breakthrough novel. This stage version of Zadie Smith's debut work, White ...More

Wise Children
Theatre | From 8th October 

Old Vic Theatre

Emma Rice launches her new theatre company by directing and adapting Angela Carter's evocative final novel, Wise Children, which charts the trials and tribulations of septuagenarian chorus girls Nora and Dora Chance. Rice's first new ...More

Pinter At The Pinter: Landscape / A Kind Of Alaska / Monologue
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Theatre | From 25th October 

Harold Pinter Theatre

Lee Evans comes out of retirement to perform ...More

 
Handmade at Kew
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Kew Gardens (Royal Botanic Gardens)

Discover over 150 designer-makers at Handmade at Kew and shop for gifts, textiles, jewellery, ceramics, ...More

 
 
 
 
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