The origins of the British Museum lie in the will of the physician, naturalist and collector, Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753). He bequeathed it to King George II for the nation in return for payment of £20,000 to his heirs.
The King had little interest but Parliament, led by the Speaker, Arthur Onslow, was persuaded to accept the gift. An Act of Parliament establishing the British Museum received the royal assent on 7 June 1753.
The Museum was first housed in a seventeenth-century mansion, Montagu House, in Bloomsbury on the site of today's building. On 15 January 1759 the British Museum opened to the public.
The Museum celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2003 with the resoration of the King's Library, the Museum's oldest room.
We were first there in August of 1999.
There are numerous hotels in the London area.
There are several Guided Tour Agencies offering standard city, and historical tours of London and the surrounding area.
After arranging your flight we would suggest getting your hotel and then letting them arrange tours of the area for you. If you call the hotels Concierge Services ahead of your arrival, all of this can be pre-arranged for you.
We do this all the time. It is safe and it works!!! We have never experienced a problem doing it this way!
Hint: Many London hotels do not have air conditioned rooms. It is hot and humid in August. Make sure your room is air conditioned when you book it.
We have links to Priceline.com on our page so that you can arrange your flight and hotel in the London area.
Special Note - To Arrange Tours:
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We have placed links to viator.com on this page you can find many special tours in England, or France.
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|5-Day Best of Britain Tour: Edinburgh, Stonehenge, York, Bath, and Cardiff from London - $1,097.88|
Get acquainted with a collection of must-visit British cities on an action-packed 5-day tour from London! Including overnight stays in York, Edinburgh, Liverpool and Cardiff, the tour also visits to Stratford-upon-Avon, Chester, Bath and Stonehenge ' England's famous UNESCO-listed stone circle. Combine walking tours with visits to top attractions such as the birthplace of William Shakespeare, and enjoy ample free time to explore independently, too.
|5-Day Heart of England Tour from London: North Wales, Stratford-upon-Avon, Buxton and York - $770.79|
Escape busy London on a 5-day small-group tour to North Wales and the heart of England! Visit Stratford-upon-Avon to trace the footsteps of William Shakespeare; relax and enjoy the wilderness of Snowdonia National Park; visit the small town of Buxton and beautiful Chatsworth House in the Peak District; and explore the historical cities of York and Cambridge. Four nights of 3-star guesthouse or hotel accommodation is included, comprising two nights in Shrewsbury and two nights in York.Numbers are limited to 16 people on this small-group tour, ensuring personalized attention from a guide.
|Independent Day Trip to London from Paris including Thames River Cruise - $293.78|
Just a few hours on the Eurostar train is all that it takes to get to London from Paris! On this exciting day trip, see the top sights of the British capital on an open-top bus tour before relaxing on a leisurely cruise down the River Thames. Have your camera ready to snap photos of the Palace of Westminster (home to the Houses of Parliament), Big Ben, the London Eye and the Tower of London. See if the queen is home at Buckingham Palace, and learn about the sights you're seeing from an onboard knowledgeable English-speaking guide or multilingual audio guide. You may also join a free guided walking tour, if you wish.
|Helicopter Flight in London - $302.86|
Fly through the skies of London on a 20-minute helicopter flight, and take in aerial views of the capital's best-known sights! Follow the Thames River through the city as the pilot talks about the sights, and gaze down on Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, The Shard, Houses of Parliament and more. The helicopter seats a maximum of five plus the pilot, and takes off from and touches down in Battersea, central London.
|Private Tour: Helicopter Flight in London - $253.65|
Charter a private 20-minute helicopter flight over London and enjoy bird's-eye views of landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, The Shard, Houses of Parliament and more! Glide above the Thames River as the pilot points out sites of interest and have your camera ready to capture some of the city's finest panoramas. The helicopter seats a maximum of six people plus the pilot, making the experience perfect for couples, and small groups of families and friends.
|British Museum Tour in London - $31.80|
See human history and culture brought to life on a 2.5-hour tour of the British Museum in London! With millions of artifacts spread over 70 galleries, the enthralling museum is vast and a visit to it without a guide can be overwhelming. So, follow a knowledgeable local guide around the exhibitions to discover its highlights while hearing historical facts and anecdotes. See mummies from Ancient Egypt, Anglo-Saxon treasures from England and the impressive Parthenon Frieze from the Acropolis of Athens, alongside other captivating relics.Numbers are limited to 20 people on this small-group tour, ensuring personalized attention from a guide.
|Small-Group Day Trip to Stonehenge, Bath and Windsor from London - $180.20|
This small-group tour from London is your chance to travel through British history, from Romans to royals, in one day! Visit the mysterious prehistoric site of Stonehenge, discover the Roman and Georgian influences of Bath and see the oldest occupied castle in the world in Windsor. This full-day trip allows you to experience the very best of England's heritage.
|Small-Group Stonehenge, Bath and Salisbury Day Trip from London - $165.06|
Visit Bath, Salisbury and Stonehenge on a small-group day trip that includes British history, elegant architecture and prehistoric intrigue. After a walking tour of the UNESCO-listed Roman Baths, head to Salisbury Cathedral to examine an original copy of the Magna Carta. Then, spend the afternoon at the world-famous Stonehenge. Here, enjoy a private introduction with a local guide before visiting the stones.
|Private Tour: London City Highlights - $150.17|
Enjoy a day in London with a private guide and a driver, and see the sights that interest you the most! The full-day private experience offers a flexible itinerary, meaning you choose where you visit and what you do. See top London attractions including Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London; enjoy activities such as a Thames River cruise and London Eye ride; or discover the delights of the Southbank, looking out for Harry Potter filming sites. All entrance fees, activities and meals are at your own expense.
|Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle Day Trip from London - $143.86|
Visit two of England's most royal attractions on this day trip combining Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace. You'll be one of the first to enter Windsor Castle and discover centuries of royal history, before heading to Buckingham Palace, where you will be able to explore the rooms of this working palace at your leisure, soaking in the fine paintings, porcelain and furniture.
|Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace Day Trip from London - $127.20|
Visit two royal palaces in one day on this independent day trip from London. Transport from central London and entrance tickets to Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace are included, making for a perfect full-day sightseeing trip with a royal twist! See rooms in Windsor Castle where high-profile royals have lived, and explore King Henry VIII's State Apartments at Hampton Court.
| Viator VIP: Exclusive Access to Tower of London and St Paul's Cathedral - $106.00|
Get an insider look at the Tower of London and St Paul's Cathedral on this incredible Viator VIP tour. With exclusive preopening access to the Tower of London, your tour includes the tower's historic opening ceremony and a look at the Crown Jewels with a Beefeater guard. Explore the normally inaccessible Triforium at St Paul's Cathedral, alongside other highlights such as the Whispering Gallery and the Crypt.
|Windsor Castle Admission with Transport from London - $66.63|
Explore Windsor Castle independently on a day trip from London, and hear its incredible history from an audio guide! While walking around at your own pace, visit rooms like the State Apartments and see Queen Mary's Dolls House. Learn about King Henry VIII, who once lived in the castle, and see his final resting place inside St George's Chapel before returning to London.
|London Thames River Dinner Cruise - $119.63|
Dine in style aboard a luxury sightseeing boat on a 2.5-hour Thames River dinner cruise! Choose to travel aboard the elegant 'Harmony' or 'Symphony' at one of two different evening times, and then relax to the sounds of live jazz music as your 4-course gourmet dinner is served. Gaze out at the illuminated city sights including Big Ben and the London Eye, and then finish the evening on the Thames River with after-dinner dancing.
|London City Sightseeing Tour Including Tower of London and City of London - $84.80|
See the best of London in an afternoon, with a visit to the Tower and a city tour including St. Paul's Cathedral.
|Tower of London Entrance Ticket Including Crown Jewels and Beefeater Tour - $33.31|
Enjoy fast-track entrance to the UNESCO-listed Tower of London, one of London's most popular attractions. Bypass the long lines at the main ticket office, and explore this mighty complex, established in 1066. Check out the White Tower, Traitors' Gate and Tower Green, where Anne Boleyn was beheaded in 1536; visit the awe-inspiring Crown Jewels; and see the legendary ravens. Once inside, explore independently, or take a complimentary Yeoman Warder 'Beefeater' tour or audio-guided tour (own expense). Upgrade to include admission to two other London palaces: Hampton Court and Kensington Palace.
|London in One Day Sightseeing Tour - $134.77|
See London in one day on a full-day sightseeing tour of the city, led by an expert local guide! Hear the history of top London attractions like Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and St Paul's Cathedral while traveling around the West End and City of London. After the sightseeing tour, watch the Changing of the Guard Ceremony at Buckingham Palace and tour the Tower of London with a Beefeater.
|Windsor Castle Tour from London with Lunch - $98.43|
Follow the footsteps of British royalty with a tour of Windsor Castle, just over an hour's drive from London. Your half-day trip gives you an inside look at the many areas of Windsor Castle, home to Queen Elizabeth II, including St George's Chapel and the sumptuous State Apartments. Finish back in London with a quintessential English lunch at the Tea Clipper in Knightsbridge.
|WWII Historical Walking Tour in London: Churchill War Rooms and Westminster - $63.60|
Discover Westminster's Second World War sights with a knowledgeable guide and visit the fascinating Churchill War Rooms, an underground network of bunkers that served as the government wartime offices. The 2-hour walking tour includes little-known war tales and tidbits of London history as well as facts about the much-loved maverick leader Sir Winston Churchill. Learn of his life and legacy on an audio tour of the Churchill War Rooms' museum and cabinet rooms. The tour also takes in top London sights such as Big Ben and Westminster Abbey.
|Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour - $27.25|
See the sights of London aboard an open-top, double-decker Big Bus as you admire 360-degree views of top attractions and listen to captivating commentary. Use your 1-, 2- or 3-day ticket on two different routes, one with an onboard guide and the other with audio narration, and hop on or off at any more than 40 stops around town. Take the Night Tour and discover London's most iconic attractions after dusk. Three walking tours, a River Thames cruise and a Reward Voucher booklet are also included.