Thinking about what to do in London? Don't forget to pencil in time for some culture and learning. London museums are some of the best in the world. Better still, the majority of them are absolutely free. Too many to take in? Have a look at our round up of the biggest and best museums in London.

The Victoria & Albert Museum

The Victoria & Albert Museum, locally known as 'the V&A', is the world leader in exhibiting art and design, showcasing a permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects. Go back in time to discover art through the ages, some of which dates back 5,000 years. Discover fashion, sculptures, photography, books, and more. All for free.
Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL
Big Bus Stop: #34: South Kensington Museums. 
Tube Station: South Kensington
Price: Free, excluding certain temporary exhibitions.

The Science Museum

The Science Museum hosts a collection of over 300,000 items, and also features a dedicated library and an IMAX 3D Cinema showing science and nature documentaries. It’s free, and offers loads of interactive exhibits and fascinating history, including the famous 'Puffing Billy' (the oldest surviving steam locomotive, dating from 1813-14).
Exhibition Rd, Kensington, London SW7 2DD
Big Bus Stop: #34: South Kensington Museums. 
Tube Station: South Kensington
Price: Free, excluding certain temporary exhibitions.

The Tate Modern

The Tate Modern displays modern and contemporary art from 1900 to the present. It’s an absolute must-see, even if you're not an art lover. The newly opened Tanks and Switch House tower open up the gallery for further exhibits, and are well worth a visit on their architectural merits alone. The ground floor of this converted power plant is a great place to chill out and people-watch, and the shop stocks a wide range of books on art and culture. In fact, it’s home to the largest collection of art books in the UK. Check out the gallery’s impressive set of works from artists like Mark Rothko, Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró. There are also special exhibitions, which you can enjoy for an additional fee. And don't miss out on a trip to the café on the 3rd floor, which has amazing views of London.
Bankside, London SE1 9TG
Big Bus Stop: #16: St. Paul's. 
Tube Stations: Blackfriars, Mansion House, Southwark or London Bridge
Price: Free, excluding certain temporary exhibitions.

The Tate Britain

Still in the mood for art? Why not take the Tate Boat along the Thames to the Tate Britain? This classical gallery was opened in 1897, and is home to iconic British art from the 16th century to the present day, including works by the Pre-Raphaelites, J. M. W. Turner, Henry Moore and William Blake. The Tate Boat runs between the Tate Modern and the Tate Britain every 40 minutes, taking you through the heart of the city. Get a spot on the outdoor deck for the best views of both sides of the river.
Millbank, Westminster, London SW1P 4RG
Big Bus Stops: #21: Lambeth Palace, or #22: Parliament Square
Tube Stations: Vauxhall or Pimlico
Price: Free, excluding certain temporary exhibitions.

The Natural History Museum

If you're looking for things to do in London with kids, then this is the perfect choice. They’ll love the dinosaurs, and the earthquake simulator. There's also a special science lab for kids aged up to 14, where they can study specimens from the animal and plant worlds.
If you're visiting on a weekend, be sure to take part in an Animal Vision show, where kids have the opportunity to handle animals such as chameleons and snakes. Find out more about family activities with the museum's Parents' Survival Guide.
Cromwell Rd, Kensington, London SW7 5BD
Big Bus Stop: #34: South Kensington Museums
Tube Station:  South Kensington
Price: Free, excluding certain temporary exhibitions. 

The British Museum

No visit to London would be complete without a trip to the British Museum. It’s home to over 8 million artifacts, including the Rosetta Stone and Parthenon Marbles. There are so many things to see in this museum that even a full day spent here will barely scratch the surface. Avoid museum fatigue by following their very own guide to the top sights to see if you're short of time. And if you find yourself fading, why not stop for a treat at the Museum's Court Restaurant - their High Tea is just the ticket when it all becomes a bit much. While you're in the area, make sure to have a wander around - Bloomsbury is a lovely area to explore, with a long history of culture and learning.
Great Russell St, London WC1B 3DG
Big Bus Stop: #45: Woburn
Tube Stations:  Russell Square, Goodge Street
Price: Free, excluding certain temporary exhibitions. 

The Wellcome Collection

Just a short walk away from the British Museum is the Wellcome Collection, the “free destination for the incurably curious”. Discover a fascinating collection exploring the connection between medicine and art. Top of the list of unusual things to do in London, the collection is also home to a café which offers generous portions of fresh, tasty food.
183 Euston Rd, Kings Cross, London NW1 2BE
Big Bus Stop: #54: Euston Station
Tube Station:  Euston Square
Price: Free, excluding certain temporary exhibitions. 

The Sherlock Holmes Museum

Discover the Sherlock Holmes Museum on London’s Baker Street. Travel back in spirit to Arthur Conan Doyle's imagined Victorian world, home to the famous fictional detective and his long-suffering Dr. Watson. Big fans will delight in the 1st floor study overlooking Baker Street - faithfully maintained as it was kept in Victorian Times for posterity, complete with 'Holmseian' relics and artifacts. Although its true address is 239 Baker, the museum got special permission from the city to display the fictional address of 221B Baker. Note that tickets must be purchased at the gift shop prior to entry and that there can be queues.
221b Baker St, Marylebone, London NW1 6XE
Big Bus Stop: #5: Baker Street
Tube Station:  Baker Street
Price: Adult £15, Child (Under 16) £10