Museums, Harrods, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens

Day At The Museums, Harrods, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens
Plan route:

  1. Victoria and Albert Museum (1 – 2 hours)
  2. Natural History Museum (2 – 3 hours)
  3. Science Museum (2 – 3 hours)
  4. Option A: Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens (1 hour 30 mins each) (Optional depending on time)
  5. Option B: Harrods
  6. Option C:

Breakfast options:

  • Food purchased the night before
  • Macdonalds
  • Sushi from Wasabi
  • Doorstep
    From Hotel to Victoria and Albert Museum:
  • Total travel time is about 19 mins.
  • From Hotel walk about 7 mins, 0.3 miles to Hammersmith Station
  • Take the Piccadilly Cockfosters from Hammersmith to South Kensington Station
  • Total travel time is about 8 mins (4 stops)
  • 1st Stop – Barons Court Station; 2nd Stop – Earl’s Court, 3rd Stop – Gloucester Road, 4th Stop – South Kensington
  • Alight at South Kensington Station
  • From South Kensington Station Walk about 4 min , 0.2 miles to Victoria and Albert Museum.

Victoria and Albert Museum

  • Estimated time to spend: 1 to 2 hours or less.

Lunch options:
Option A: At any of the cafes or
Option B: Bring our own food to be eaten at dedicated picnic areas in the Museum: the Picnic Terrace on Level -1, and outside Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery on Level 3.
Natural History Museum

  • Estimated time to spend: 2 to 3 hours or more

Must See:

  • “Dippy” a 32 meter long replica of a Diplodocus Carnegii skeleton
  • In the Large Mammals Hall you can see the skeleton and model of a blue whale which is 25 meters long.
  • Another giant is Archie, an 8 meter long giant squid caught off the Falkland Islands in 2004.
  • The Treasures in the Cadogan Gallery is a collection of 22 of the most unusual exhibits in the museum like the fossils of dinosaur teeth; the Emperor Penguin Egg which was brought back from the Antarctic by Captain Scott; a first edition of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species and the intricately carved 17th century Hans Sloan’s Pautilus Shell.

To See:
Earth Galleries: Rocks and minerals

  • Look out for the genuine pieces of moon rock and fossils – which our ancestors believed to be the weapons of Zeus
  • Models of volcanoes erupting and tectonic simulators let you experience the sensations first-hand, and there’s also a mock-up of a Japanese supermarket during the 1995 Kobe earthquake, so you can feel the ground shivering and shaking as the power is unleashed.

Earth’s Treasury, where you can see real sapphires, diamonds, rocks and minerals… plus some lowly grains of sand
Science Museum

  • Estimated time to spend: 2 to 3 hours or more

Depending on time, we have 2 options:
Option 1 – Visit Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens
Option 2 – Shopping at Harrods
Option 1: Walk to Royal Albert Hall
Option 2: Take Bus 360 from South Kensington Museums (Stop K) to Royal Albert Hall (Stop RC). 3 mins non stop

Walk AROUND the Royal Albert Hall to the back, where you will see a wonderful statue of Prince Albert himself.
Royal Albert Hall – Take pix of The figure of Albert and The inscription that runs around the top of the Hall.
It’s free to simply walk around the entirety of the outside.

Albert Memorial – photo op

Kensington Palace (Paid), Kensington Gardens (Free) – look for the partially hidden statue of Peter Pan which is here as a reminder to the Boy who never grew up
Serpentine Galleries, Princess Diana Memorial Fountain
The Serpentine

Speaker’s Corner
Marble Arch
Go for Dinner nearby, if still not tired may do some shopping in Oxford Street.
To Buy from Harrods:

  • Harrods English Butterscotch Biscuits (Cookies) Price: £7.95
  • Harrods Coffee in an Exclusive Tin Price: £10.95

If time permits we may visit Harrods – the world’s most famous department store. You’ll find it a short walk down the Brompton Road (allow for 1 hour shopping time, or more if you use the restaurant).

May also visit nearby shops – Top Shop, Zara, Sainsbury’s Local
Dinner will be at nearby places.

  1. Leto
  2. McDonalds, Brompton Road
  3. Pizza Express
  4. Hawksmoor Knightsbridge
    2 Courses £25.00, 3 Courses £28.00 (Available for reservations made Monday – Thursday 12-6.30pm and Friday – Saturday 12.00-6.30pm, 10pm – 10.30pm)
    To try – sticky toffee pudding, dessert with chocolate and salted caramel

From Harrods to Hotel:

  • Total travel time is about 22 mins.
  • From Hotel walk about 5 mins, 0.2 miles to Knightsbridge Station
    Take the Piccadilly Heathrow Terminal 4 from Knightsbridge Station to Hammersmith Station
  • Total travel time is about 11 mins (5 stops)

From Hammersmith Station Walk about 6 min , 0.3 miles to Hotel.
After a satisfying steak dinner and shopping, slowly walk back to hotel to rest and recharge for next day activities.

Victoria & Albert Museum[FREE]

Opening Hours:  Sat-Thu 10:00am – 5:45 pm, Fri 10:00am – 10:00pm

Address:  Cromwell Rd., South Kensington, London

Tel:  020 7942-2000

The V&A Museum holds the world’s largest collection of decorative arts and design objects! Some of the over 4.5million pieces include music instruments or statues, relating to fashion or history, as well as a rotating collection of fantastic exhibitions. Our personal favourite, the “Britain” gallery with artefacts relating to the history of Britain includes an entire Jacobean room that has been rebuilt inside the Museum.

Science Museum [FREE]

Opening Hours:  10:00am – 6:00pm

Address:  Exhibition Rd., South Kensington, London

Tel:  0870 870-4868

A family favourite, this museum offers a lot of hands-on exhibitions, creating an awesome interactive experience. From the world’s oldest steam locomotive, the first jet engine, and even an IMAX theatre showing science and nature documentaries, there is a lot to see here.

Natural History Museum [FREE]

Opening Hours:  10:00am – 5:50pm

Address:  Cromwell Rd., SW7, Southwest London

Tel:  020/7942-5000

The Natural History Museum is filled with fascinating pieces collected from all over the world: extinct animals, and even better a T-Rex dinosaur that moves while you stand in the shadow of the skeleton, a cutting of one of the largest trees in the world, and collections of spiders and butterflies. You can take a walk through the solar system or take a close look at the gemstone collection that rivals the Queen’s!

Royal Albert Hall

One of the most famous concert venues in Europe, the Royal Albert Hall opened to the public in 1871, and quickly became one of the most high-profile musical venues in the country, hosting more than 350 events every year. The Hall is named after its’ founder, Prince Albert (husband to Queen Victoria) who never lived to see the completion of the Hall, having died in 1861. Today the Hall holds various events including concerts, Cirque du Soleil performances, film premieres and the BRIT awards. It is possible to tour the Hall with a paid-for-guided-tour but it’s free to simply walk around the entirety of the outside.

The inscription that runs around the top of the Hall is a dedication that reads: This hall was erected for the advancement of the arts and sciences and works of industry of all nations in fulfilment with the intention of Albert Prince Consort. The site was purchased with the proceeds of the Great Exhibition of the year MDCCCLI. The first stone of the Hall was laid by Her Majesty Queen Victoria on the twentieth day of May MDCCCLXVII and it was opened by Her Majesty the Twenty Ninth of March in the year MDCCCLXXI. Thine O Lord is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty. For all that is in the heaven and in the earth is Thine. The wise and their works are in the hand of God. Glory by to God on high and on earth peace. …whew!

Walk AROUND the Royal Albert Hall to the back, where you will see a wonderful statue of Prince Albert himself. With the statue and the Hall behind you, go down the steps. Turn left onto PRINCE CONSORT RODE. Walk until you come onto EXHIBITION ROAD and turn RIGHT. This road will take you straight to the SCIENCE MUSEUM, THE V&A MUSEUM and THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM.

Albert Memorial

Commissioned by Queen Victoria as a tribute to her late husband, Prince Albert, the Albert Memorial was opened in 1872 by the Queen herself. The Memorial is 176 ft tall (54 m) and was built at a cost of £120,000 – which is the same as over £10 million today! It took ten years to complete the structure, which depicts a seated golden Prince Albert, under a canopy and surrounded by statues that represent the areas of the globe (Asia, Africa, America and Europe) as well as arts and sciences (agriculture, commerce, engineering, and manufacture). To provide a base for the gigantic statue, the gardens here were dug up and filled in with a series of stone and brick arches to support the Memorial, which was then covered up and relayed with grass, leaving no trace of the huge work that was undertaken here.

The figure of Albert is facing your next stop.

Kensington Palace (Paid)

Opening Hours:  Nov-Feb 10:00am – 4:00pm, March-Oct 10:00am – 6:00pm
Address: The Broad Walk, Kensington Gardens, Kensington, London
Tel:  0844/482-7799

Admission: £19
Tube: Queensway, High Street Kensington


The side of the Palace facing the pond features a marble statue of Queen Victoria (actually carved by one of her daughters) who was born here on the 29th of May 1819. The Palace was built by King William III and his wife Queen Mary II in the 1680’s and much of the work seen today was completed by noted architect Sir Christopher Wren (who also designed St. Paul’s Cathedral).

In the 1990’s, Kensington Palace became home to Diana, Princess of Wales and her sons on her divorce from Prince Charles and it was here that Diana was living when she was killed in Paris on the 31st of August 1997. Many people will recognise the golden front gates of the Palace as the location for millions of flowers and tributes (reaching over 5ft deep) that were placed here shortly after her death.

On a happier note, it is here at Kensington Palace that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate, live with their son, George (and soon-to-be baby number 2, as of writing). The palace is open to the public, but the quarters of the royal-couple are completely off-limits.

Once you have explored the grounds – or indeed the palace itself – position yourself with your back to the marble statue of Queen Victoria. Turn RIGHT and walk down the path you are standing on (THE BROAD WALK) until you get to the edge of the park. Turn LEFT and walk until you reach the ALBERT MEMORIAL and ROYAL ALBERT HALL.

Kensington Gardens (Free)
Visit Duration: 1 hour, 30 mins

Opening Hours:  6:00am – -dusk
Address:  Kensington, London

Tube: High Street Kensington, Lancaster Gate, Queensway, South Kensington Web:

Phone Number: 030 0061-2000

1.2 KM, 15 minutes walking from Hyde Park

The lovely Kensington Gardens which border with the Hyde Park well deserves a spot in any trip itinerary to London. Like the Hyde Park, the Kensington Gardens was also a royal garden and was later opened for the public. The Garden is somewhat more quiet than Hyde Park and less crowded. This piece of greenery is a perfect location for a stroll or picnic under the shades of the lovely trees.

Kensington Gardens’ most noteworthy view is the Kensington Palace which was the birthplace of the Queen Victoria and was the former residence of the Late Princess Diana.

While in the park, look for the partially hidden statue of Peter Pan which is here as a reminder to the Boy who never grew up. It was also the garden which was where the shooting of the film “Finding Neverland” featuring Johnny Depp as the famous J.M. Barrie had taken place. The park has been the location for many other films such as  Bridget Jones Diary, Edge of Reason, Wimbledon and many others.

Apart from being a film favorite location, Kensington Gardens is a nature lover’s perfect park. You will find swans swimming in the lakes and the beautiful Italian fountain garden in the midst of the garden. Kensington Garden is considered to be more formal than the Hyde Park as it is only open during the day. This garden is an excellent place for joggers, morning walkers and cyclists. On a fine day, you will even find many sunbathing or enjoying a picnic.

Serpentine Galleries Here are two contemporary art galleries, located a short walk from one another. Both museums are free and have a constantly-changing schedule of various pieces and exhibitions, both inside and outside their buildings. The original Serpentine Gallery was established in 1970 and has held works by people like Andy Warhol, Gustav Metzger, Jeff Koons, Man Ray, etc.  Read our post on free London museums and galleries.

The second gallery was opened in 2013 and is located inside a former gunpowder store from 1805.

Continue walking through the park in a north western direction. You will soon come to the Round Bond, and just beyond this pond is KENSINGTON PALACE.

The Serpentine

Created by Queen Caroline of Ansbach, wife to King George II in 1730, this beautiful recreational lake has a surface area of 16.2 hectares and marks the boundary between Hyde Park and Kensington Garden. The Serpentine today is visited by the public who come here to feed birds, take pleasure boats along the water, or even swim in the summer months. During the London Olympics, the Serpentine was the venue for the men and women’s triathlon and marathon swimming events. Think about grabbing a drink at the cafe here and enjoy your walk along the water!

Keep heading west along the water until you get to CARRIAGE DRIVE, which will allow you to cross the water. Turn LEFT onto the bridge, then make a RIGHT when you see the SERPENTINE GALLERIES.

Speaker’s Corner

This north-easy point of Hyde Park has been a popular place for public speaking since the 1800’s. Any member of the public can speak here, however, police can intervene if the speech is said to be “unlawful” or “profane.” Today, most speakers here are preaching on religious and political matters, both topics having actually caused riots to break out here in decades gone past. Notable Speaker’s Corner orators include Vladmir Lenin, George Orwell, and Karl Marx, just to name a few.

Follow one of the paths through Hyde Park – keeping an eye on posted maps as you go to keep you in a southwest direction. Soon you will come to THE SERPENTINE.

Marble Arch

Built in 1827 by esteemed architect Sir John Nash (who also laid out Regent’s Street), the Marble Arch was originally supposed to be an entrance to Buckingham Palace, and it was first placed outside the Palace when it was constructed – where the famous balcony at the East Front of the Palace is today. In 1851, Buckingham Palace was expanded and the arch was moved to its current location. Traditionally, only members of the Royal Family and the Royal Horse Artillery are allowed to pass under the Arch!

Leave the Marble Arch Roundabout and into the park. Cross over CUMBERLAND GATE and come to the corner of HYDE PARK. As soon as you enter, you will be standing at SPEAKERS CORNER.

Here are some photographs taken in London.

Night at the Museum

Breakfast options:

  • Food purchased the night before
  • Macdonalds
  • Sushi from Wasabi

Plan route:

  • Little Venice
  • British Museum – Fridays the museum is open until 8.30pm. Plan to stay: 2-3 hours
  • Sir John Soane museum
  • Saint George Bloomsbury (Church)

Option 1:
From Hotel to Little Venice:

  • Total travel time is about 24 mins.
  • From Hotel take bus to Hammersmith Station, stop Hammersmith (Stop W)
  • From Hotel walk about 5 mins, 0.2 miles to Hammersmith Station (not Broadway)
  • Take the Hammersmith & City Barking to Paddington Station
  • Total travel time is about 12 mins (8 stops)
  • 5th Stop: Ladbroke Grove Station, 6th Stop: Westbourne Park, 7th Stop: Royal Oak
  • Alight at Paddington Station and walk 2 mins to Paddington Station
  • Take the Bakerloo Queen’s Park to Warwick Avenue Station
  • Total travel time is about 1 min (nonstop)
  • Alight at Warwick Avenue Station and walk 2 mins, 0.2 miles to Little Venice
  • Exit Station and walk following the traffic on Warwick Avenue
  • Turn Right on Warwick Avenue and walk following the traffic.
  • Turn Left on Warwick Avenue and walk against the traffic till Warwick Place
  • Continue walking on Warwick Place till Bloomfield Road, then turn Left
  • Follow the road, then turn right on Westbourne Terrace Road.

Option 2:
From Hotel to Little Venice:

  • Total travel time is about 27 mins.
  • From Hotel take bus to Hammersmith Station, stop Hammersmith (Stop W)
  • From Hotel walk about 5 mins, 0.2 miles to Hammersmith Station (not Broadway)
  • Take the Circle King’s Cross to Royal Oak Station
  • Total travel time is about 10 mins (7 stops)
  • 4th Stop: Latimer Road Station, 5th Stop: Ladbroke Grove Station, 6th Stop: Westbourne Park

Alight at Royal Oak Station and walk 12 mins, 0.6 miles to Little Venice

  • Exit Station and walk against the traffic on Lord Hills Bridge/B411 toward Harrow Rd/A404
  • Turn left onto Harrow Rd/A404 onto Bourne Terrace
  • Continue straight onto Bourne Terrace
  • Turn left onto Chichester Rd
  • Turn right onto Delamere Terrace
  • Turn left at Westbourne Terrace Rd

(A) Little Venice: Walk southeast along Warwick Avenue towards Little Venice. The canal intersects with Warwick Avenue and so you should see the canal running below the road on your left and right. Start by turning right and walking on the sidewalk until you come to the stairs leading down to the towpath. Walk down to the towpath and around this circular bit of Little Venice to see some of the most famous boats in the area. There are many businesses that operate out of canal boats such as the Floating Boater Cafe, Waterside Cafe, or the Puppet Theatre Barge!

(B) Rembrandt Gardens: Adjacent to Little Venice are the Rembrandt Gardens. 5000 tulips and 500 hyacinths were donated to the formerly named Warwick Gardens to mark the 700th birthday of the City of Amsterdam. The name of the ornamental gardens was then changed to celebrate the gift.If you fancy a quick walk around, head back up to the sidewalk to have a look before continuing down along the towpath.

(C) The heart of Little Venice: The stretch of canal located on the other side of Warwick Street is the most famous bit of Little Venice. As each boat is someone’s home, they vary immensely in terms of colour and style.

(D) Cafe LaVille: Continue east along the canal towards Regent’s Park. If you’re in need of a drink or snack, pop into this small cafe which has beautiful views of the canal as it is located directly above the water.

Lunch will be at Paddington station burger king or macDonald’s
Take to oxford underground – tottenham, lunch at flat iron

British Museum

  • To see The Rosetta Stone, Mummy of Katebet, the Lewis Chessmen
    Daily eye-opener tours
    30-40 minute tours
    Throughout the day
    Meet at the relevant gallery

Please note: the Collecting the World tour meets outside Room 1

  • 11.00 Collecting the World, Room 2
  • 11.15 Roman Britain, Room 49
  • 11.30 Ancient Greece, Room 17
  • 11.45 Ancient Iraq, Room 56
  • 12.00 Africa, Room 24
  • 12.30 The Enlightenment Gallery, Room 1
  • 12.45 Mexico, Room 27
  • 14.15 World of Money, Room 68
  • 14.30 Ancient Egypt, Room 64
  • 14.45 Medieval Europe, Room 41
  • 15.15 Ancient Rome, Room 70
  • 15.45 Assyrian Reliefs, Room 6

Lunchtime gallery talks
45 minute talks with guest speaker or curator
Tuesdays–Fridays, 13.15
Spotlight tours
Friday evening spotlight tours
20 minute tours focussing on highlights
Every Friday evening

  • 17.00 & 17.30 The Parthenon
  • 18.30 & 19.00 The Enlightenment
  • 17.00 & 17.30 Rosetta Stone
  • 18.30 & 19.00 Death in ancient Egypt

After dinner, slowly walk back to hotel to rest and recharge for next day activities.


British Museum, Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG


Selected galleries are open late Thu & Fri | Closed 1 January, Good Friday, 24, 25, 26 December


FREE | Charges apply to major temporary exhibitions.

Sir John Soane’s Museum

Address:  13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3BP

Opening times:  Wednesdays to Sundays, 10.00am – 17.00pm, Last entry at 16.30pm

Admission is free

Welcome to the historic house, museum and library of distinguished 19th century architect Sir John Soane. At Soane’s request, the house has been left untouched since his death – almost 180 years ago.

Prepare for your visit with our amazing digital fly-through of the house ‘Explore Soane

Some of the photographs taken in London.

Warner Bros Studios Tour London The Making of Harry Potter

A wonderful place to visit and enjoy an entire day of seeing the behind the scene of Harry Potter special effects.

Breakfast options:

  • Food purchased the night before
  • Macdonalds
  • Sushi from Wasabi
  • Doorstep

After breakfast, we shall begin our 1 day adventure to Warner Bros. Studios Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter in Leavesden, southeastern England.

Take anytime from 12.30pm to 3pm tour
Estimated time to spend: 4 hours
Estimated travel time: 1.30 hours
Must leave hotel before 10.30am. Need to be in bus by 10.30am.
Last Tour 6.45pm
Closes at: 10pm

  • Experience your favorite Harry Potter scenes and characters as you explore independently
  • Walk through Diagon Alley, the Great Hall and other sets used in the films
  • See the original Hogwarts Express steam engine and pose for photos at Platform 9 ¾
  • Discover the actual props, costumes and special effects that made the movies so magical

From Hotel
walk to Iffley Road to take bus
27 to Kensington Station (Stop K) Chalk Farm,
6 stops away , 14 mins.
3rd stop: Latymer Court (Stop G),
4th stop: Brook Green (Stop H),
5th stop: North End Road (Stop J),
6th stop: Kensington Station (Stop K)
Walk 4 mins to Kensington (Olympia)

From Kensington (Olympia) take the Southern Milton Keynes Central, 30 min(4 stops) to Watford Junction. 1st stop: Shepherd’s Bush, 2nd stop: embley Central, 3rd stop: Harrow & Wealdstone, 4th stop: Watford Junction

Walk about 1 min , 276 ft to Watford Junction Railway Station
Walk to Watford Junction Railway Station (Stop 4) to take the coach (311 – Service run by Mullanys Coaches) to Harry Potter Studio. 15 mins travel time.
Need to pay cash.


Need to arrive 20 minutes earlier than booked time.

Collection of tickets are from the ticket windows or automated kiosks outside the main entrance!

The entrance is strictly via timed entry as per your ticket. They are really strict on it so do be punctual!

After dinner, slowly walk back to hotel to rest and recharge for next day activities.

The Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter allows you to walk around independently to see real sets used in the Harry Potter movies, including the Great Hall and Dumbledore’s office. Check out the storefronts of Flourish and Blotts, Ollivanders wand shop, Gringotts Wizarding Bank, Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes and Eeylops Owl Emporium as you explore Diagon Alley, pretending that Harry, Hermoine and Ron are right by your side.

Learn about the special effects and makeup that brought spells and beloved characters like Dobby to the screen, and see costumes and props used by the actors. Don’t-miss photo ops abound, so don’t forget to charge your camera!

Your experience ends at Platform 9 ¾ , where you can pose with a luggage cart as it disappears into the wall and enjoy an up-close view of the original Hogwarts Express train, whose 78-year-old engine billows steam. Then make the drive back to London to conclude your tour of the magic of moviemaking.

Some photographs taken at Studio.

I have taken more than 1000 photographs at the studio, it is too much to display here. You must go and visit to enjoy what I have seen there.