Prepare to get lost – the British Museum is vast and will take more than one visit to truly see it all. As well as the rotating exhibitions, the permanent collection is pretty damn special. Head to The Rosetta Stone for an insight into hieroglyphs. Admission to the permanent collections is free (a donation is requested), but you will need tickets to some exhibitions.
Similarly, the National History Museum, like many of its exhibition pieces, is a bit of a beast. My favourite bit? Walking underneath Hope, the blue whale skeleton. There is no admission price but there is a suggested £5 donation fee.
The National Gallery in Trafalgar Square has some of the most iconic pieces of art in the world hidden behind its doors. Glide between rooms filled with pieces by Georges Seurat, Vincent van Gogh, and Rembrandt. While some exhibitions are ticketed, admission to the gallery is free.
The Victoria & Albert is the perfect place for people with a flair for fashion or interiors. From rotating retrospectives on iconic designers, to exhibitions that focus on designs and beautiful things from a certain era, this museum will inspire anyone to get creative. Admission is free to the museum, but some exhibitions are ticketed. I would recommend booking ahead if you have an exhibition you really want to see.
The Tate Modern is an imposing building that sits on the banks of the Thames. As well as art from the 1500s, you can experience modern and contemporary art here. Organise to meet your friends inside the Turbine Hall before meandering around the gallery. Admission is free with some ticketed exhibitions.
Opened in 1897, the Tate Britain has a huge collection of British art. The gallery is the home to the largest collection of Joseph Mallord William Turner's works. Again, admission is free with some ticketed special exhibitions.
The Hayward Gallery at the Southbank Centre is a cool space which runs special exhibitions which are usually pretty interactive. Entrance to exhibitions is charged and I would recommend booking beforehand to guarantee entry.
Modern history buff? The Imperial War Museum will teach you everything you need or want to know about the First World War onwards. Plus, admission is free!
The Wellcome Collection opposite Euston station is a gallery dedicated to challenging how we think and feel about the connection between science, medicine, life and art. The Wellcome Collection is free.
Special shoutout to The Mail Rail at the Postal Museum which I've had on my to-do list for years and still haven't done! You can save £1 by buying your tickets online which vary from £9 for children and £16 for adults.