Designed by Alfred Waterhouse and opened in 1881, the Natural History Museum is one of Britain's most striking examples of Romanesque architecture, considered a work of art in its own right. Victorian explorers brought back exotic animals and plants from all over the British Empire and a building was created that would be 'a cathedral to nature' - big enough to display whales, elephants and dinosaurs. Always a fascinating outing for the whole family.
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The world's leading museum of art and design, the Victoria & Albert Museum is located in Cromwell Road, adjacent to the Natural History Museum. It has a permanent collection of over 2.3 million objects covering architecture, furniture, fashion, textiles, photography, sculpture, painting, jewellery, glass, ceramics, book arts, Asian art, theatre and performance. Plus, there's always a blockbuster exhibition or two to enjoy.
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Opened in 2000, the wonderful Princess Diana Memorial Playground for children is located in Hyde Park, next to what was her Kensington Palace home. A huge wooden pirate ship is the centrepiece, and there are also teepees, a beach, play sculptures, trees and plants.
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Portobello Market is just one of so many flea markets in London. Visit it on a Saturday morning and head for the flyover section for the best fashion finds. If antiques are more your thing, Alfie’s Antique Market in Lisson Grove is simply glorious. Amble through the aisles and we defy you not to find something to treasure. Our concierge can point you in just the right direction.
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The Design Museum, a fascinating destination, is home to a diverse collection that includes bicycles, home furnishings and fashion, telling the story behind their creation and opening our eyes to the importance of design. The museum also offers a series of fun family-orientated ‘Design & Make’ workshops and activity days.
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