Monday, 16 July 2012

Spotlight on Exhibition Road and London's best museums

London's Exhibition Road, in South Kensington, may well be very quiet this summer as everyone flocks to East London to see some sports. All the better for intrepid culturally-inclined Boutique London Lets visitors, on a day off from watching the Olympics, to visit this famous museum and art gallery hub in West London.

There's an Exhibition Road pop up festival beginning on the 28th July to celebrate the Olympics and the Cultural Olympiad so there will still be plenty of life in the area. Expect to see science-inspired installations from a melted down meteorite to bee sculptures.

Then there's the striking institutions lining these beautiful streets, ready for you all year round – try the Science Museum and Natural History Museum for kid-friendly interactivity, digital space exhibitons and fun stretching back to the dinosaurs. Or the V&A for beautiful fashion and design exhibitions, sculptures and a great gift shop.

For contemporary art, there's the Serpentine Gallery, a short stroll away in the middle of Hyde Park, and for music the Royal Albert Hall is less than five minutes down the road, next to the Royal College of Art.

All that walking around Exhibition Road's museums should keep you fit and healthy too, so you don't feel too lazy when it's time to gawk at the world-class athletes again.

Image credit: Science Museum, Flickr

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