Tate Britain is the home of British art with a fantastic array of exhibits that date from the year 1500 to the present day. There’s also a varied programme of talks, courses and daily activities and the collection includes nearly 70,000 artworks by over 3,000 artists, with paintings by Picasso, Lichtenstein, Warhol and Matisse.
If up-to-the-minute art is more to your taste, the Institute of Contemporary Arts displays work by modern artists from around the world and holds talks and film screenings.
The Florence Nightingale Museum gives a fascinating insight into the life and work of Ms Nightingale, who led the nurses caring for soldiers during the Crimean War and became known as the ‘Lady with the Lamp’. She was also a visionary health reformer and a brilliant campaigner.
There are also the brilliant Churchill War Rooms on King Charles Street, the War Cabinet Room where Churchill and his ministers and military command met during the war. It’s literally a bunker, an underground maze – and an amazing piece of living history.