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Home to some of the world’s finest galleries and museums, London is a paradise for lovers of art and history. There’s so much to enjoy – but where do you begin? At Annika Hall Guides. With our unique tailor made tours, we bring you the pick of the city’s finest cultural highlights, helping you to discover and explore their treasures for yourself.

UNLOCKING LONDON’S GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS

Combining world renowned permanent collections with ever-changing exhibitions and chic restaurants, London’s museums and galleries are a smart, modern and vibrant part of the city’s culture. Annika Hall Guides tours are the best way to enjoy them. Read More...

Our tours are for everyone. If you’re new to London or just visiting, we’ll really open up the city and provide one of the highlights of your holiday. If you live nearby, why not book a tour as a family treat, or to keep your house guests entertained? If you’re interested in a particular aspect of art or history, you can explore it in depth with one of our tours. If you’re looking for a memorable evening’s entertainment, you can book a guided tour with friends followed by a drink or meal in the museum restaurant. If you’re searching for a fabulous birthday gift for someone that already has everything, a tour makes a present with a difference. And if you’re planning a trip to foreign lands such as Egypt, India or Turkey, you might want to brush up on your local culture with a tour of the British Museum or V&A.

In short, there are lots of reasons to experience our tours. We’ll help you discover the wealth of beautiful treasures and fascinating must-see collections on offer in London’s museums and galleries.

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Upcoming Tours

24 Apr Tate Modern

The Tate Modern project kick-started the regeneration of this wasteland area where in the past they put all the industries that were unpleasant and smelly. The power station was totally transformed by Swiss architects Herzog de Meuron and now also includes a new wing.

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The background to the collection is that in the late 1980s Tate realised that Millbank was too small and decided to split collection in two – British and International 20C art. Thus Tate Modern now displays the latter and contemporary art.

The Tate Modern highlights tour the aim is to put the collection in an international art historical context and include some the most famous pieces such as Mark Rothko’s Seagram Murals and Salvador Dali’s Lobster Telephone.  We will finish the tour on the 10th floor and admire the incredible views of London, here seen from a new angle.

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Tate Modern

26 Apr Greenwich

Half an hour’s boat journey from central London and closely associated with Greenwich Mean Time and the Royal Observatory, Greenwich is a perfect outing with plenty of museums and palaces to visit.

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We visit the World Heritage Site where Henry VIII’s favourite palace once stood and that now has three architectural gems – Inigo Jones’s iconic Queen’s House, Sir Christopher Wren’s Old Royal Naval College, with it’s recently restored ceiling in the Painted Hall, and the exquisite, neo-classical Chapel by James “Athenian” Stuart.

When the first Astronomer Royal – James Flamsteed – got annoyed with the ravens at The Tower, Charles II offered him a new location on top of a hill in Greenwich. This is now the world-famous location of Longitude Zero, the Meridian Line.

In contrast to the pink coats of Chelsea Pensioners, in Greenwich the pensioners wore bright blue jackets. These had to be worn inside-out if they were deemed to have misbehaved!

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Greenwich

16 May V&A Exquisite Jewels

The famous gallery at the V&A is probably the best place in the world for fabulous jewellery.

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We will see beautiful pieces such as the ‘Armada Jewel’ possibly a gift from Elizabeth I, Cartier’s ‘Tutti-Frutti’ bandeau bought by Lady Mountbatten and learn about some illustrious owners like the Marchioness of Londonderry seen/depicted in a painting outside the gallery literally bedecked in gem stones, some of which are on display.

Maybe followed by an expresso in the V&A Members’ Room designed by Carmody Groarke and with a view of Amanda Levete Architects Exhibition Road entrance, entirely covered in porcelain tiles.

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V&A Exquisite Jewels

31 May V&A 20C Scandinavian Design

Scandinavian design has long been described as the most important design movement since World War II. We will look at 20th century Scandinavian design icons such as Alvar Aalto’s Savoy vase, Stig Lindberg’s ceramics, the Verner Panton chair, Poul Henningsen’s Artichoke Lamp and Arne Jacobsen’s ‘Series 7′ chair made famous by Christine Keeler.

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V&A 20C Scandinavian Design

6 Jun Albertopolis - Prince Albert's vision

Prince Albert had a grand vision for the area of South Kensington. The idea was that it would be a centre for culture and education. The 1851 Great Exhibition was held in a gigantic, purpose-built, glass palace erected in Hyde Park kick-started the project. It was a huge success

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and raised enough money for the foundations of Victoria & Albert Museum, then followed Natural History Museum, Royal Albert Hall and many other monuments. Sadly Prince Albert died very young, but he will be forever remembered with the beautiful memorial commissioned by Queen Victoria. In 2019 the bicentenary of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, both born in 1819, is celebrated. We will commemorate their birthdays with a walk  starting in the Victoria & Albert Museum and ending in Hyde Park.

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Albertopolis - Prince Albert's vision