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The British Museum
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What started out as a 'cabinet of curiosities' is now home to nearly eight million artefacts, collected from around the world.

Originally established to house the collections bequeathed by well-to-do Brits who explored the world at the peak of the British Empire, the British Museum has grown through the years to become a monument to humanity itself. It contains as many as eight million artefacts brought from every continent. There’s so much to explore here, it’s impossible to fit everything in in a single day – but it still has plenty to offer visitors with only a couple of hours to spare.

Every year, around six million visitors walk up the grand steps and through the 44 neoclassical columns that lead into the museum’s Great Court. Ever since it was established back in the 1750s, the British Museum has remained the UK’s most popular museum. The museum’s exhibits are arranged geographically. You can see legendary relics like the Easter Island statue and the Elgin Marbles. The famous Rosetta Stone is also housed here, as is the Head of Ramesses. The Reading Room, once the main reading room of the British library, where Karl Marx worked on the famous ‘Communist Manifesto’ is a fascinating place to visit.

As well as its famed exhibits, don’t miss some of the quieter spots that celebrate civilizations across the world. The museum regularly hosts object-handling sessions, for which you don’t even need to book a place; just drop in at the right time and you’ll find staff on hand, ready to answer your questions.

If you don’t have much time to spare, join one of the free 30- to 40-minute daily eyeOpener tours, which are available throughout the day. If you have children with you, there are plenty of events held specifically with younger visitors in mind. Around the museum, you’ll also find plenty of cafés and picnic spots in which to grab a bite to eat.

Located near Bloomsbury Gardens and Russell Square Gardens, the British Museum is easy to reach by Underground if you alight at Tottenham Court Road, Holborn or Russell Square. The museum is open all year round, apart from December 24th, 25th and 26th, and New Year’s Day.

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The Savoy
5 out of 5
Strand, London, England
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is SG$790 per night from 23 Feb to 24 Feb
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Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps away from The Strand and Lyceum Theatre. Covent Garden Market and Aldwych Theatre are also within 5 ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (995 reviews)

"When I checked in , I was given a small room looking at the wall that didn’t please me and wanted to move to a new room. The staff was very friendly and gave me much better room"…"

Reviewed on 13 Mar,2020

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Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
4 out of 5
200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
Free cancellation
The price is SG$216 per night from 23 Feb to 24 Feb
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Southbank Centre Book Market and Florence Nightingale Museum. St. Thomas' Hospital ...

4.3/5Excellent! (4,676 reviews)

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Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
St Giles London - A St Giles Hotel
St Giles London - A St Giles Hotel
3 out of 5
Bedford Avenue, London, England
Free cancellation
The price is SG$82 per night from 23 Feb to 24 Feb
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Oxford Street and The British Museum. Russell Square and Palace Theatre London are also ...

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Reviewed on 22 Oct,2020

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The Savoy
The Savoy
5 out of 5
Strand, London, England
The price is SG$790 per night from 23 Feb to 24 Feb
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Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
4 out of 5
200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
The price is SG$216 per night from 23 Feb to 24 Feb
Excludes taxes & fees
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St Giles London - A St Giles Hotel
St Giles London - A St Giles Hotel
3 out of 5
Bedford Avenue, London, England
The price is SG$82 per night from 23 Feb to 24 Feb
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Rosewood London
Rosewood London
5 out of 5
252 High Holborn, London, England
The price is SG$641 per night from 7 Feb to 8 Feb
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Morgan Hotel
Morgan Hotel
3.5 out of 5
24 Bloomsbury Street, London, England
The price is SG$108 per night from 24 Jan to 25 Jan
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Thistle Holborn
Thistle Holborn
4 out of 5
Bloomsbury Way, London, England
The price is SG$203 per night from 23 Feb to 24 Feb
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Mercure London Bloomsbury
Mercure London Bloomsbury
4 out of 5
130-134 Southampton Row, London, England
The price is SG$91 per night from 24 Jan to 25 Jan
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The Montague On The Gardens
The Montague On The Gardens
4 out of 5
15 Montague Street, London, England
The price is SG$288 per night from 24 Jan to 25 Jan
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Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel, London
4 out of 5
9-13 Bloomsbury Street, London, England
The price is SG$271 per night from 23 Feb to 24 Feb
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