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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 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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Curating The Celts: LectureCurating The Celts: LectureExhibition Curator Julia Farley discusses the Celts: Art And Identity exhibition.3rd August 2015Monday 3rd August 2015 Where:
British Museum,   Great Russell Street      WC1B 3DG
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Curating The Celts: Lecture

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DatesMonday 3rd August 2015 - 6.30pm-8pm
 

Exhibition Curator Julia Farley discusses the Celts: Art And Identity exhibition.

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An Introduction To The Enlightenment Gallery: TalkAn Introduction To The Enlightenment Gallery: TalkCurator Janet Larkin talks about the gallery's artefacts.4th August 2015Tuesday 4th August 2015 Where:
British Museum,   Great Russell Street      WC1B 3DG
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An Introduction To The Enlightenment Gallery: Talk

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DatesTuesday 4th August 2015 - 1.15pm-2pm | Pricing Free
 

Curator Janet Larkin talks about the gallery's artefacts.

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Dosh: The Language Of Money: TalkDosh: The Language Of Money: TalkCurator Ben Alsop discusses different currencies.5th August 2015Wednesday 5th August 2015 Where:
British Museum,   Great Russell Street      WC1B 3DG
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Dosh: The Language Of Money: Talk

Free Event On Soon
DatesWednesday 5th August 2015 - 1.15pm-2pm | Pricing Free
 

Curator Ben Alsop discusses different currencies.

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Little Feet: Go On Holiday (Under 5s)Little Feet: Go On Holiday (Under 5s)Enjoy stories, rhymes and creative play.6th August 2015Thursday 6th August 2015 Where:
British Museum,   Great Russell Street      WC1B 3DG
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Little Feet: Go On Holiday (Under 5s)

Free Event On Soon
DatesThursday 6th August 2015 - 10.30am-12noon | Pricing Free
 

Enjoy stories, rhymes and creative play.

Microscopic Analysis Of Middle Bronze Age Wooden Tomb Furniture From Jericho: TalkMicroscopic Analysis Of Middle Bronze Age Wooden Tomb Furniture From Jericho: TalkScientist Caroline Cartwright discusses the artefacts.6th August 2015Thursday 6th August 2015 Where:
British Museum,   Great Russell Street      WC1B 3DG
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Microscopic Analysis Of Middle Bronze Age Wooden Tomb Furniture From Jericho: Talk

Free Event On Soon
DatesThursday 6th August 2015 - 1.15pm-2pm | Pricing Free
 

Scientist Caroline Cartwright discusses the artefacts.

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The Iconic Sudanese Lyre In African Art History: TalkThe Iconic Sudanese Lyre In African Art History: TalkSpeaker Elsbeth Court discusses the instrument.7th August 2015Friday 7th August 2015 Where:
British Museum,   Great Russell Street      WC1B 3DG
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The Iconic Sudanese Lyre In African Art History: Talk

Free Event On Soon
DatesFriday 7th August 2015 - 1.15pm-2pm | Pricing Free
 

Speaker Elsbeth Court discusses the instrument.

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The Way Of TeaThe Way Of TeaTea-making demonstrations accompanied by a brief talk on the history of tea drinking and gathering in Japan.7th August 2015Friday 7th August 2015 Where:
British Museum,   Great Russell Street      WC1B 3DG
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The Way Of Tea

Free Event On Soon
DatesFriday 7th August 2015 at 2pm-3pm and 3pm-4pm | Pricing Free
 

Tea-making demonstrations accompanied by a brief talk on the history of tea drinking and gathering in Japan.

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Lions And Sphinxes In Ancient Egypt: TalkLions And Sphinxes In Ancient Egypt: TalkIndependent speaker George Hart discusses the creatures' symbolism.8th August 2015Saturday 8th August 2015 Where:
British Museum,   Great Russell Street      WC1B 3DG
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Lions And Sphinxes In Ancient Egypt: Talk

Free Event On Soon
DatesSaturday 8th August 2015 - 1.15pm-2pm | Pricing Free
 

Independent speaker George Hart discusses the creatures' symbolism.

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Virtual Reality WeekendVirtual Reality WeekendExperience virtual historical landscapes.8th August 2015Sunday 9th August 2015 Where:
British Museum,   Great Russell Street      WC1B 3DG
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Virtual Reality Weekend

Free Event On Soon
DatesSaturday 8th and Sunday 9th August 2015 - 11am-4pm | Pricing Free
 

Experience virtual historical landscapes.

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Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb ScreeningNight At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb ScreeningEnjoy an exclusive screening of the film featuring Ben Stiller.10th August 2015Monday 17th August 2015 Where:
British Museum,   Great Russell Street      WC1B 3DG
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Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb Screening

On Soon
DatesMonday 10th and Monday 17th August 2015 - 2pm-4pm
 

Enjoy an exclusive screening of the film featuring Ben Stiller.

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Opening and closing times for British Museum

Today (Monday) British Museum closes at 17.30

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    Grange White Hall Hotel London

    from £69  31% off
    2-5 Montague Street, London, WC1B  5BP  2 minutes away from British Museum

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    Grange Blooms Hotel London London

    Grange Blooms Hotel London

    from £69  37% off
    7 Montague Street, London, WC1B  5BP  2 minutes away 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

    Radisson Blu Edwardian Kenilworth Hotel

    from £56  39% off
    97 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B  3LB  2 minutes away 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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    The Cartoon Museum London
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    The Cartoon Museum

    35 Little Russell Street, Bloomsbury, WC1A  2HH  2 minutes away 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

     
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    The Wiener Library

    29 Russell Square, Bloomsbury, WC1B  5DP  4 minutes away 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

     
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    Sir John Soane's Museum

    13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, Holborn, WC2A  3BP  8 minutes away 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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    Victoria House

    Bloomsbury Square, Bloomsbury, WC1B  4DA  4 minutes away 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

     
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    Architectural Association School Of Architecture

    36 Bedford Square, Bloomsbury, WC1B  3ES  4 minutes away 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

    26 Store Street, Bloomsbury, WC1E  7BT  4 minutes away 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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    War Horse

    Dates: 28th March 2009 to 13th February 2016
    New London Theatre, Drury Lane, Covent Garden, WC2B  5PW  6 minutes away from British Museum

    This moving adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's World War I epic War Horse gets a West End transfer to the New London Theatre after two critically acclaimed ...More

     
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    The Play That Goes Wrong

    Dates: 5th September 2014 to 5th September 2015
    Duchess Theatre, Catherine Street, London, WC2B  5LA  11 minutes away from British Museum

    Presented by the award-winning, international comedy company Mischief Theatre, The Play That Goes Wrong follows the inept and accident prone Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society ...More

     
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    The Painkiller

    Dates: 5th March to 30th April 2016
    Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H  0HH  12 minutes away from British Museum

    Sean Foley directs this adaptation of Francis Veber's classic play, The Painkiller, as part of Kenneth Branagh's five-play season at the Garrick Theatre. The production sees ...More

     
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    Shaftesbury Theatre

    210 Shaftesbury Avenue, Covent Garden, WC2H  8DP  4 minutes away 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

    268 Tottenham Court Road, Bloomsbury, W1T  7AQ  4 minutes away from British Museum

    Huge, but now slightly shabby, theatre which plays host to big, rocking musicals. The Dominion has a huge stage and hundreds of seats - on a ...More

     
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    The Horse Hospital

    30 Colonnade, Bloomsbury, WC1N  1HX  5 minutes away 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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    London Review Bookshop

    14 Bury Place, Bloomsbury, WC1A  2JL  2 minutes away 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

    2 Pied Bull Yard, off Bury Place, Bloomsbury, WC1A  2JR  2 minutes away from British Museum

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    Gekoski

    Pied Bull Yard, 15 Bloomsbury Square, Bloomsbury, WC1A  2LP  3 minutes away from British Museum

    Based in Bloomsbury, beside the British Museum, it's not surprising R. A. Gekoski Booksellers has a particular interest in the Bloomsbury Group. Established in 1982, it's ...More

     
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    The Great Court Restaurant

    The British Museum, Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, WC1B  3DG  Same location as British Museum

    International cuisine ...More

     
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    Court Cafe at the British Museum

    Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, WC1B  3DG  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

     
    British Museum, Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury, WC1B  3DG  Same location as British Museum

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    English [Out There!]

    10 Coptic Street, Bloomsbury, WC1A  1NH  2 minutes away 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)

    Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, Bloomsbury, WC1H  0XG  5 minutes away 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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    The Method Studio

    Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, WC1R  4RL  7 minutes away from British Museum

    Learn to act by becoming the person you are portraying. Think yourself into the role... eat what they would eat, weigh what they would weigh, behave ...More

     
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    All Star Lanes, Bloomsbury

    Victoria House, Bloomsbury Place, Bloomsbury, WC1B  4DA  4 minutes away 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

     
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    The Hospital Club

    24 Endell Street, Covent Garden, WC2H  9HQ  6 minutes away 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

    21 Stacey Street, Covent Garden, WC2H  8DG  6 minutes away 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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    The Princess Louise

    208 High Holborn, Covent Garden, WC1V  7BW  5 minutes away 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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    1 Queen's Square, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury, WC1N  3AR  5 minutes away from British Museum

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    Philomena's Irish Bar

    40 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, WC2B  5AA  6 minutes away 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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    The London Cocktail Club - Shaftesbury Avenue

    224a Shaftesbury Avenue, Covent Garden, WC2H  8EB  3 minutes away from British Museum

    The London Cocktail Club is a members bar but - luckily for us - it's not a very exclusive one; it's free ...More

     
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    The American Bar at The Savoy

    The Savoy, Strand, Covent Garden, WC2R  0EU  4 minutes away from British Museum

    During The Savoy's £220million refit the American Bar was barely touched, ensuring it stayed true to its traditional, sleek design that is synonymous with the iconic ...More

     
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    Beaufort Bar at The Savoy

    The Savoy, Strand, Covent Garden, WC2R  0EU  4 minutes away from British Museum

    The second of two bars in The Savoy, the Beaufort Bar is a glamorous affair. The bar continues the hotel's Art Deco theme with plush black ...More

     
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    British Museum

    Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury, WC1B  3DG  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

     
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    The Congress Centre

    23-28 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, WC1B  3LS  3 minutes away 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

    30 Rathbone Street, Fitzrovia, W1T  1LB  7 minutes away 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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    Exhibitions | On 3rd August 2015

    Exhibition Curator Julia Farley discusses the Celts: Art And Identity exhibition.... More

    Memphis The Musical
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    Theatre | Until 31st October 2015
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    Shaftesbury Theatre  4 minutes walk from British Museum

    Beverley Knight and Killian Donnelly star in Joe DiPietro and David Bryan's Memphis the Musical set in the underground nightclubs ... More

    Michael Flatley's Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games
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    Dominion Theatre  4 minutes walk from British Museum

    Irish-American dancer and choreographer Michael Flatley, who has turned Irish dancing into a spine tingling show spectacular, directs this dynamic ... More

    Aliens Love Underpants (Over 3s)
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    Dominion Theatre  4 minutes walk from British Museum

    "Aliens love underpants, of every shape and size, but there are no underpants in space, so here's a ... More

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    Exhibitions | Until 26th September 2015
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    School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)  5 minutes walk from British Museum

    Missionaries and Idols in Polynesia at the Brunei Gallery within SOAS documents the London Missionary Society from 1792 to 1825, ... More

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    Concerts | Until 31st August 2015
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    The Alley Cat  5 minutes walk from British Museum

    Live performances curated by John Fossey.... More

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    Comedy | Until 5th August 2015
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    The Drill Hall  6 minutes walk from British Museum

    A four-piece rapid-fire sketch comedy group.... More

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    Theatre | Until 4th September 2015
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    The Drill Hall  6 minutes walk from British Museum

    Spectra Theatre Company's production sets the story of Henry VIII's wives in Las Vegas in 1960s.... More

    War Horse
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    Theatre | Until 13th February 2016
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    New London Theatre  6 minutes walk from British Museum

    This moving adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's World War I epic War Horse gets a West End transfer to the New ... More

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    The Borderline  6 minutes walk from British Museum

    A David Bowie-themed evening.... More

     
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