Top Ten for Culture in Central London
Mar 08, 2017
London’s fascinating history and heritage make it an incredible place to explore and soak up some culture. With 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites, 170 museums and 4 National Museums, plus over 17,000 music events a year, you will never be bored in London. Why not give google a rest and let us share with you our top selections, all a short walk or tube ride from your Amba Hotel, so you can focus on relaxing and making the most of your stay.
1. The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A)
Recommended Event - Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains, opening Saturday 13th May 2017. The first international retrospective of one of the world’s most influential bands.
Founded in 1852 this museum of art and design is a world of architectural beauty in itself. Housing an inexhaustible collection of treasures and featuring fascinating changing exhibitions throughout the year, it is one of our favourite museums.
Take the number 74 bus from Marble Arch or the circle and District line from Embankment station next to Charing Cross.
2. The Tower of London
Don’t miss: Royal Beasts - discover and learn about all the exotic animals that used to be kept at the Tower in what was once the Royal Menagerie.
A UNESCO World Heritage site and top of the bucket list for London, our famous history is encapsulated inside the walls of this great fortress, A palace, a prison and now a house for the Crown Jewels it is a great place for all the family to explore.
Take the Jubilee Line from Bond Street to London Bridge from Marble Arch or the Central and District Line to Tower Hill from Embankment.
3. Somerset House
Top Tip: Experience the Old Palace Tour every Tuesday 12.45 & 14.15
This monumental Georgian building has so much to offer. Whether its ice-skating in Winter or marveling at the grand courtyard and all the exhibitions in the Summertime, this is a beautiful historic building with a fascinating history.
A short walk East along the Strand from Charing Cross.
4. Wilton’s Music Hall
Why not try a Swing Patrol a taster class for all levels and experiences which they run throughout the year.
The oldest surviving music hall and a historical treasure where you can still see performances, get a guided tour or just pop into the characterful bar to take in this quaint historic relic in a relaxed fashion.
Slightly off the beaten track but if you are heading to The Tower of London it's really close by!
5. The National Gallery
Look out for Famous painting Sunflowers by Vincent van Gogh
We love this gallery because, not only does it overlook the iconic Trafalgar Square, but you can also enjoy a free guided tour with an expert guide. This tour gives you an hour long introduction to the museum, which is home to over 2,000 paintings!
Just a stone’s throw from Charing Cross or hop onto the number 23 bus from Marble Arch station.
6. The Globe Theatre
Top pick: Romeo and Juliet will be running from Saturday 22 April - Sunday 9th July this year.
London is a city for theatre and theatre land surrounds you in central London but for a special and authentic theatrical experience, you can’t beat Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. As the weather begins to warm up, the open air theatre is soon to resume and is highly recommended.
Why not head to the Southbank near Waterloo and amble along the famous Thames path taking in the sights on your way there.
7. The Royal Parks
Highlight: Speaks corner - an important place for public speaking and expression since Victorian times.
At Amba Marble Arch, the great royal parks of central London are practically your front garden and there is so much to explore, including activities on the water, music events in summer and of course Buckingham Palace.
As the days get longer and the sun higher in the sky, London’s residents and visitors all flock to these wonderful parks.
Hyde Park is just a short walk across Oxford Street from Amba Hotel Marble Arch.
8. See London from above
Admission to the Sky Garden is free and the bar stays open until 1am
To get an even better view of the city, take to the skies and the vertiginous heights of our tallest buildings. The Shard is currently the most popular and the highest but to enjoy the Shard in the picture and a garden at heady heights, the Sky Garden is another great alternative to gaze out on the hustle and bustle from on high.
From Marble Arch take the central line to Bank or from Embankment the District and Circle east to Monument. A short walk to Sky Garden or head across the water for the Shard - you can’t miss it!
9. Take an Afternoon Tea
Not to be missed: Both Amba Hotels serve traditional Afternoon Tea.
The quintessentially British way to take tea (or Prosecco) and indulge in dainty cakes, scones and pastries. Ideal for a special occasion, a romantic celebration or just to relax and treat yourself.
Both Amba Hotels serve a delicious afternoon tea. Bok yours now at Amba-Hotel.com
10. The Southbank Centre
Don't miss Falling Shawls, a floating textile installation open from 13th Jan - 31st December 2017 this year
The southbank is a hotspot of activity. From the London Eye, the Aquarium and other tourists attractions, to the food markets and street performers, with Big Ben looming large across the water. In the centre of the action is the Southbank Centre and Royal Festival Hall - a hub of musical talent, cultural learning and intellectual stimulation.
Walk across the river from Amba Hotel Charing Cross to catch a event or just soak up the atmosphere.