What’s On: The Museum Exhibitions to Visit this Month

Museum Exhibitions

Thanks to the Victorian zeal – some would call it an obsession – for classifying and collecting treasures from around the world, London has many of the biggest and best museums found anywhere in the world. From natural history to the ancient world to modern art, the capital has what you want if you love exploring museums.

And what this means is an always-evolving roster of exhibitions that cover everything from classical art to the latest contemporary pieces. Whatever your tastes are when it comes to what you like in a museum, London undoubtedly has what you want. And you can find them all with no hassle from the Devonshire Hotel London.

With this in mind, we’re going to look over a few exhibitions this month that you won’t want to miss.

Prince & Patron

Created to mark the 70th birthday of Prince Charles, Prince & Patron features works of art and historical artefacts specifically chosen by Charles to reflect his lifelong passion of collecting eclectic pieces.

Buckingham Palace

Running until the end of September, the exhibition is on at Buckingham Palace’s State Rooms, so it offers a great view inside the world-famous palace as well as insight into the amazing, varied collection of Prince Charles. Keep an eye out for Napoleon’s cloak, which is a favourite of the Prince and a priceless historical artefact.

Prince & Patron is a wonderful exhibition and you get to see inside the famous Buckingham Palace at the same time, which isn’t a bad deal.

Magic Realism: Art in Weimar Germany 1919-33

Running at the Tate Modern, this exhibition covers the stunning array of art which emerged from Germany between the two world wars. And it’s only a short hop from many London hotel deals, so you don’t have far to go.

The pieces on show reveal a playful, outlandish outlook, morphing into something darker and starker as the decades roll on towards the inevitable start of World War Two. The collection on display features well-known early 20th-century German artists such as Otto Dix, Albert Birkle and Jeanne Mammen, showing how each took a unique approach to, at first, the new freedoms of the post-Great War period and then the rising political extremism of the 1930’s.

It’s a very interesting exhibition because you can see the effect of a changing world on the works featured, as they move from free-spirited enthusiasm to a more morose outlook.

First Among Equals

Featuring some stunning pieces and a great concept, First Among Equals sees women who are the first in their field – first female Beefeater, first female General Secretary of the TUC and so forth – pick out pieces that they feel symbolise or represent remarkable women of the past. And it won’t take you long to reach the Foundling Museum location from the Devonshire Hotel London.

Covering centuries of art and differing styles, the Foundling Museum has done a magnificent job creating a thought-provoking and important exhibition, highlighting the achievements and importance of women across different ages.

The Best Bus Tours to See the London Sights

bus tour london

During your visit to London, there’s just so much to see and experience. Trying to cram in as much sightseeing as you possibly can tends to be a little hard on your legs and feet, so what better way to visit some of our capital city’s most famous landmarks than on a bus tour?

From visiting the crown jewels, getting a glimpse at the Queen’s London residence or experiencing the city skyline with a flight on the London Eye, bus tours really are a great way of making the most of your time in the capital.

There are several reputable bus tour companies operating around the city, with several ticket offices located just a few minute’s walk from the Devonshire Hotel Paddington.

Each tour company has its own routes and itinerary, so it’s entirely up to you which operator you choose to chauffeur you around on one of the live or recorded audio tours.

Each bus tour has several stops located around the city, so it’s merely a case of buying a ticket and hopping on and off at the stops that interest you the most.

Here’s some of the best bus tours for seeing the London sights.

Golden Tours

Located on 145 Praed Street in Paddington, Golden Tours offers a wide range of sightseeing tours plus day trips and is virtually on the doorstep of the Devonshire Hotel Paddington so you won’t need to go far to organise your sightseeing activities.

Look out for the blue double-decker open-topped buses that drive through London until 6 pm each day.

The Original London Sightseeing Tour

The great thing about The Original London Sightseeing Tour is that you can purchase tickets on the bus itself, so all you need to do is find your nearest stop and wait for the next bus to arrive before paying the driver.

London Sightseeing Tour

This company has a large fleet of open-topped buses, so you won’t have to wait long for the next tour to arrive. If the weather is a little gloomy, you can always take shelter in one of the many restaurants near Paddington and grab a bite to eat as the tours run daily from 9 am to 6 pm.

Big Bus London

The Big Bus London offers some great money saving offers and discounts for those who want to book in advance and save on their sightseeing tours of London.

 London bus

These discounts soon add up if you’re bringing the family to London for the weekend. To save more money on your break, check out our London hotel deals to get a great price on your accommodation too!

Which sightseeing bus tour company you chose on your next visit to London really is down to what you want to see and personal preference, but be sure to pack your camera during your next visit to the capital so you can take some snaps of our famous landmarks from the comfort of an open top bus.