Cheap days out in London are hard to come by, you can nip out for a coffee and have spent £20 before you say ‘Mocha Latte’. That’s one of the reason I love visiting The Natural History Museum. With free entry and enough exhibitions to fill an entire day (with a lunch break) it’s the perfect way to enjoy a day in London without parting with too much of your hard-earned cash.The museum is easy to spot (as it somewhat resembles Hogwarts) and even has its own exit at South Kensington Station,
In the beautiful entrance hall you are greeted by Dippy the Diplodocus, the iconic life-sized cast of a dinosaur that has presided over the Museum since 1905. It is worth getting a snap with Dippy as he is ‘facing retirement‘ in 2017, and being replaced by the skeleton of the blue whale. It is hard to tear yourself away as the architecture is so stunning and there’s plenty to see in the hall alone.
One of the more recent arrivals at the museum is Sophie the Stegosaurus, the world’s most complete of her kind with 85% of her bones being the real deal. The large collection of dinosaurs are not the only attraction, there’s a vast collection of fossils and taxidermy in the blue, and green zones.
The Red Zone (which teaches us all about the past present and future of the Earth). You enter through the sculpture of the Earth made of iron, zinc and copper, you can examine a piece of the moon and have a go on the earthquake simulator in the Volcanos and Earthquakes gallery.
The coffee shops and restaurants can be a little pricey, especially if you’re feeding a family. Luckily the museum is a stones throw away from one of my favourite (and very reasonably price) eateries; Muriel’s Kitchen. Located in beautiful South Kensington means there are plenty of other attraction in walking distance, and beautiful street to meander round packed with gorgeous shops and cafes.