The British Musem

How to get there and back – train & underground; £14.50 (with railcard)
How long it takes – You should spend a couple of hours there
How much I paid – ca. £20 (with food)
Where to stay – N/A
Where to eat – not necessary; but find suggestions below or bring your own
What to do and see – various treasures of the world; look online to see what’s on

The British Museum

The British Museum will feature prominently in just about every travel guide and rightly so. Not only is it the foremost museum in the world harbouring more treasure than you could see in a day, it is also an incredibly beautiful building. From the impressive classical pillars to modern open and light spaces: fans of art, history and architecture will love the British Museum. Housing more than 7 million objects and classifying around 5,000 as “Highlights” there is more to see than you would imagine.

The Top 10 of the British Museum

Seeing the British Museum in a short space of time is almost impossible. Considering that it is free… that doesn’t matter. Come back several times! But if you want to make sure you see the most important pieces, here is a suggestion for the 10 most impressive and famous artefacts. (Of course it has to be noted that ranking priceless artefacts against each other is not only an almost impossible endeavour, but also not accurate, but I find it helpful.)

No. 1 – Rosetta Stone (Room 4)

No. 2 – Lewis Chessmen (Room 40)

No. 3 – Sandstone frieze (Room 65)

No. 4 – Standard of Ur (Room 56)

No. 5 – Lindow Man (Room 50)

No. 6 – Lely’s Venus

No. 7 – Colossal bust of Ramesses II (Room 4)

No. 8 – Hoa Hakananai’a (Easter Island Statue)

No. 9 – Assyrian Lion Hunt

No. 10 – Double-Headed Serpent


Top 10 of  British History

No. 1 – The Rillaton gold cup

No. 2 – The Mold Gold cape

No. 3 – The Snettisham Hoard

No. 4 – The Vindolanda tablets

No. 5 – The Mildenhall treasure

No. 6 – The Hoxne Hoard

No. 7 –  The Sutton Hoo ship-burial (Room 2)

No. 8 – The Cuerdale Hoard (Room 2)

No. 9 – The Lewis Chessmen (Room 40)

No. 10 – The Fishpool hoard (Room 40)

The BBC 4 Series: The History of the World in 100 objects

This famous series as presented by the BBC4 radio can be used to explore the British Museum if you have some more time. It is a 100 part series made by the director f the British Museum, Neil Macgregor, allowing you to explore the world history from 2 million years ago to the present. I’d suggest printing the list with the room numbers since it will be hard to do in order otherwise. It is very informative. For more information see here.  

Places to eat close by

Normally I just like to bring a sandwhich. I love filling a baguette with green pesto, tomato and mozarella. But if you are more the restaurant type, here are some suggestions. First eating within the British Museum is not a bad idea. The atmosphere is very unique and the food – either a snack or something more substantial from the restaurant – is good.
You can also leave the museum to find a restaurant. There are many places around, but my favourite is:

Naru (Korean) ££££

This Korean place is not too much a walk away. Go to Covent Garden to enjoy some of my favourite food. All of the classics can be found here including my favourites: bulgogi and bibimbap. 230 Shaftesbury Avenue WC2H 8EG; Tube station: Tottenham Court Road


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