Entry to the National Gallery on Trafalgar Square, home to the priceless work of the Old Masters, is free. There's no charge to visit Tate Modern, housed in an old power station and offering mind-bending 20th Century art. In West London, the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum - where dinosaur skeletons are among the exhibits - and the planet's finest art and design collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum are within walking distance of each other. Stop by for a few minutes or a few hours: you'll only pay to visit the special exhibitions.
At the magnificent British Museum, many visitors choose a guided tour in order to enjoy the pick of what's on display. Among the paid-for essentials is Madame Tussauds, with its world famous waxworks, so popular that we advise early booking. You can combine a Westminster walking tour with a visit to the Churchill War Rooms to gain a unique view of the Second World War. In the East End the Jack The Ripper Museum tells of the horror of the city's most notorious serial killer. London's museums have it all. Their doors are open, waiting for you.