Your Guide to What’s on this Month at London’s most Famous Museums

Natural History Museum

There’s no denying that London has a wide range of museums, many of which are famous for being some of the best in the world. One of the great things about London museums is that almost all of them are free. This means that you can enjoy world class exhibits and fascinating history without having to dip into your budget. However, with so many museums to choose from, it can be difficult to know what to see first. To help you get started, check out our guide to what’s on this month.

Crime Scene Live

November 2018 – June 2019, The Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

If you’re staying at The Devonshire London, you’ll be pleased to know that you are ideally situated for many museum visits. This includes The Natural History Museum, which is perfectly located within walking distance of afternoon tea near Paddington. The Natural History Museum always has a wide range of things on display but if you want something a bit more interactive, consider checking out Crime Scene Live. Here, you can immerse yourself in a crime scene and work to crack the case.

Fashioned from Nature

Now – January 27th 2019, The Victoria and Albert Museum

Albert Museum

From The Devonshire London, you can easily check out The Victoria and Albert Museum. The Victoria and Albert Museum always has truly immersive exhibits and it’s a wonderful place to head following an afternoon tea near Paddington.

The Fashioned from Nature exhibition running from now until January looks at the relationship between fashion and nature in the UK, from the 1600s to the present day. There hasn’t been an exhibit quite like this before, which is why it’s already proving popular with anyone who’s interested in fashion. The Victoria and Albert Museum is known for its fashion curations and if you’ve enjoyed any of their previous displays, you’ll know that this is one not to be missed.

Space Descent VR with Tim Peake

Daily, The Science Museum

The Science Museum continues to be one of the most popular museums in London. With interactive experiences and a lot of information on offer, the Science Museum is great for all ages. This month, you can take a look at space with Tim Peake as your guide. The entirely virtual reality experience takes you to the stars, giving you a 360 degree view of the earth and an idea of what it’s like to be an astronaut. If you’re someone who’s interested in space, you’re sure to enjoy Space Descent VR with Tim Peake.

As you can see, there’s definitely no shortage of things to see at London’s famous museums, wherever your interests may lie. With exhibits always changing and new items being put on display, it’s even worth planning a return trip to see the latest additions or, to visit a museum that you haven’t yet made time for on previous stays in the city.

Your Guide to Where to Go Antiquing in Paddington

Antique Shopping

When it comes to antiques, there are few better places to find a vast range of pieces from all conceivable eras than London. The capital has large and small antique shops dotted about everywhere, with hidden treasures just waiting for discovery.

To narrow down the focus a bit – and make it easy for you find the best antique shops in and around Paddington – we’ve put together this piece showing you where to go for the best antiquing experiences. They’re all easy to get to from The Devonshire London, and you won’t have far to go if you end up finding and buying more pieces than you intended to when you set out.

The Hirst Collection

Sporting a dashing red and black façade, Hirst Antiques is a wonderful place to visit if you want to nab some antique jewellery.

About a 15-minute journey from The Devonshire London, Hirst Antiques has a wide range of classic jewellery pieces covering the 20th century and even further back. It’s the place to go if you’re seeking an authentic Victorian cameo or a sleek, classically designed timepiece. You’ll also find a cornucopia of vintage rings, pendants, earrings and more, so you may have to restrain yourself to avoid breaking the bank.

Aside from jewellery, Hirst Antiques also stocks a range of art object, statues, sculptures and even antique, brass beds.

Alfie’s Antique Market

Alfie’s Antique Market is the kind of place where you can easily spend a good few hours – or more – thanks to the sheer size of the place. Covering multiple floors and thousands of square feet of space, this really is a fully-fledged antique market. Except it’s indoors, so you don’t have to worry about the fickle London weather.

Because it’s so large, there isn’t anything that you can’t find here. From vintage, silver tea sets to Middle Eastern art and antiques, Alfie’s Antique Market has it all. Be sure you make the time to fully appreciate the place, as it’s worth setting aside a morning or afternoon to make a full exploration of every nook and cranny in the place – you never know what you’ll find. After you’ve exhausted yourself looking for that special piece, you’re only a stone’s throw from the best Paddington afternoon tea.

Grays Antique Centre

Home to multiple antique dealers, Grays Market is a treasure-trove of early and mid-20th century pieces, as well as offering antiques from the Victorian and Edwardian periods. But you’ll find pieces from many different eras here, and that’s what makes Grays Antiques worth seeking out.

It’s only a short journey from The Devonshire London, and there are also vintage – and we mean vintage – clothes on offer at Grays, if you want something chic and stylish from a different age of fashion. Beautiful jewellery, statues, art deco pieces, classic Victoriana, it’s all here, and it’s the kind of place that rewards those who take the time to explore fully. Make the journey to Grays Antiques, and it’s one excursion you definitely won’t regret.

Three Romantic Things for Couples to Do in London

couple in london

Paris might have its historical props when it comes to its reputation as a city of romance, but London isn’t any slouch when it comes to special experiences for loved-up couples either.

The image of London might be one of hurly-burly and constant activity, but there are plenty of things to do and places to go that strip away the commotion and give you the time to enjoy each other’s company in peace. So, with this in mind, we’ve come up with three romantic ideas that you can get to with ease from The Devonshire London.

Regent’s Park Open-Air Theatre

London has more theatres that almost any city in the world, from the grandest, old playhouses to modern spaces aimed at contemporary talent.

Regent’s Park

But there’s not much that’s more romantic than taking in a play as evening slides into the night, and that’s just what you can experience at Regent’s Park Open-Air Theatre. Framed by natural elements – trees push right up onto the staging area – Regent’s Park is the perfect place if you love theatre and want to experience great productions in the outdoors. And it’s not far from accommodation near Paddington Station, which makes it even better. Just make sure you bring a coat or jacket, because the British weather is famed for its changeability and it’s no respecter of good theatre either!

Westminster at Dusk

Westminster rightfully has its place in history as the home of parliamentary democracy, but it’s also one of the best sights in London to take in as the sun is setting. It might be a world-famous sight, but the riverside setting also makes Westminster the perfect location to watch the day come to an end.

Westminster at Dusk

The neo-gothic architecture of the Palace of Westminster takes on an even more glorious, awe-inspiring experience during the golden hours of dusk, making it a perfect place to take up station and simply admire the view. It’s the type of place you look back on in years to come and recall fondly, remembering the views across the gentle Thames as the sun disappeared over the horizon. If that’s not romantic, we don’t know what is. And, if you’re peckish after your excursion, you don’t have far to go to The Devonshire Restaurant.

Nomad Cinema

Cuddling up at the cinema with someone you care about is always a treat, but it’s even better when you can do it outside in a unique location – and that’s just what Nomad Cinema offers. If you’ve ever wanted to watch a horror film in a cemetery and cuddle up close, this is the experience for you.

The idea of Nomad Cinema is to stage showings of classic and modern films – September will see Pan’s Labyrinth, The Shining and The Shape of Water on show at various locations – in places like rooftops, hidden spaces and cemeteries. It’s a great chance to wrap up, see a great film and enjoy a romantic night at the movies with a twist.

Three Great Art Galleries Near the Devonshire London

Art Galleries

London really is a mecca for the art lover, with plenty of galleries showcasing the best work from master artists of the past as well as up and coming painters, sculpture artists and many other genres of artwork. It’s all here to peruse and enjoy during your visit to London.

You don’t have to go far from your accommodation at The Devonshire London to find great art galleries either; here are our top three art galleries right on your doorstep.

Démodé Art Gallery

The Démodé Art Gallery really is a hidden gem featuring an eclectic mix of contemporary paintings and sculptures. The shabby chic interior lends itself well to the premium artwork it displays and is a far cry from the bright white, clinical walls you’d perhaps find at some of London’s larger galleries.

The building itself is well worth a visit, so head down to the Démodé Art Gallery after 10:30 am to experience this eccentric space for yourself.

Lisson Gallery

The Lisson Gallery sits in an excellent location for anyone staying in one of our hotels near London Paddington and occupies a corner where Paddington meets Marylebone, making it easy to reach on foot.

With a second space in New York, the Lisson galleries play host to some of the world’s most influential contemporary artists, so there’s always something new to see.

Opening from 10 am to 6 pm daily, the Lisson has two large exhibition spaces with some of the most exciting and thought-provoking pieces in London.

Serpentine Sackler Gallery

For a contemporary art gallery with a difference, head to Kensington gardens which is a lovely stroll through well-maintained parklands from The Devonshire London. Here, you’ll find a restored munitions factory that now serves as the home for unusual artwork in a great architectural setting.

Opened in 2013, the building itself is a work of art thanks to its 1803 main building and far more recent extension that houses a modern event and meeting space.

Expect to spend at least two hours browsing the wonderful exhibits and collections of the Serpentine Sackler Gallery before grabbing a coffee and slice of cake at the popular café that adjoins the building.

The Showroom

Located north of several of our hotels near London Paddington lives The Showroom, a not-for-profit art gallery where you’ll find exhibitions from the best emerging artists from around the UK and further afield.

Some of the exhibitions at The Showroom present a range of socially and politically engaged work from artists looking to break into the thriving London art scene. If you’re lucky enough, you might even catch a few live poetry readings while you enjoy the exhibits.

London has so much to offer the art enthusiast or budding artist, and there really isn’t a corner of this wonderful city where you won’t encounter something to pique your interest.  Head off the beaten tourist track and uncover some of the up and coming new talents just waiting to discover at these fantastic art galleries.