If you’re looking for culture, London’s museum quarter is the place to find it. South Kensington has a cluster of free museums to explore including The Science Museum, The Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. The Natural History Museum has become a true ‘temple of nature’ with its specimens and interactive exhibits. Whether you’re travelling with your family, alone or with your partner then lastminute.com has the ideal hotel near the Natural History Museum for you.
Step inside the cathedral-like entrance of the Natural History Museum (one of London’s most popular museums) and you’ll find a gigantic model of a Blue Whale (the world’s largest creature), a dinosaur gallery and the famous Diplodocus skeleton. There are plenty of adventures to be found within its halls. You can see a dizzying range of fish, amphibians and reptiles and discover what might turn up in the stomach of a Nile crocodile. Meanwhile, animatronic dinosaurs fill the blue zone and you can learn how amazing you are in the Human Biology Gallery, containing a man-sized model of a foetus in the womb.
Head to the Green Zone to see creepy crawlies from a safe distance and uncover the myths of much-feared scorpions and spiders. Then you can meet your predecessors Homo Erectus and Neanderthals while learning about the story of human evolution in Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story exhibition. Find hotels near the Natural History Museum and you’ll also have South Kensington’s brilliant boutiques and stylish nightlife on your doorstep.
When it’s time for some fresh air, nearby Hyde Park offers respite from the busy city. As you walk through the park, keep your eyes peeled for the Diana Memorial Fountain and Speakers’ Corner (a traditional site for public speeches). For something a bit more active, you can take a dip in the Serpentine Lido or trying boating on the lake.
If your idea of relaxation is hitting the shops, you’ll be in heaven here. From the Natural History Museum, it’s a short walk to one of London’s most famous department stores, Harrods. This elaborate store is packed with luxury fashion, accessories, home ware and beauty, and there’s an impressive food hall offering gourmet treats from around the world. Check out our superb range of hotels near the Natural History Museum on lastminute.com and make your trip to London an unforgettable one.
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