Amongst the 80 million odd items housed in the famous Natural History Museum in South Kensington, you’ll find fascinating specimens collected by Charles Darwin, exhibitions of intriguing artworks, and a number of events and activities that all make for a great day out. In this journal post we introduce our favourite things to do in and around the museum.
Discover the world’s best nature photography with the new Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021 Winning Images Exhibition. Marvel at images from all over the world: there are action shots, glimpses of life under water and images that give you a new perspective. Powerful photographs tell the story of a beautiful but endangered planet. They will leave you feeling both inspired and astounded at the wonderful world we live in and the care that we must take of it. The images are exhibited on 100 exquisite light panels, and it runs until 5th June 2022.
Fantastic Beasts™ the Wonder of Nature is a great exhibition for the kids and any fans of the Wizarding World. Discover how the wonders of the natural world have inspired years of myths, legends and magical creatures. The museum’s collection intertwines with the extraordinary creatures displayed through digital installations in this exhibition, including elements from the Fantastic Beasts™ film series. The exhibition is open until 3rd January 2022.
The NHM Ice Rink
After 16 magical years, 2021 will be the last of the Natural History Museum’s Ice Rink. The location is stunning, set against the backdrop of the Waterhouse building, surrounded by fairy lights; it is a must visit this winter. The ice rink will not return as the Museum will transform the gardens into a hub for urban wildlife as part of the Urban Nature Project, a campaign to encourage people to help nature in a city environment. Ice Skating is great fun for group trips with friends, family or colleagues and you can stay right round the corner at No.2 Queensberry Place by Stayo with a group booking. Buy tickets from the box office or book online.
Local Coffee Stop
Why not grab a warm cup of organic coffee on your way to the museum from Le Pain Quotidien on Exhibition Road. This rustic, community based and Belgian inspired bakery serves handmade bread, a tasty menu of light lunches as well as delicious coffee.
Visit the Natural History Museum Shop
Find the perfect Christmas gift or shop for wall prints of your favourite exhibition. There are some fantastic books and quite an array of Dinosaur gifts.
Fine Dining after your visit
After exploring and admiring the collections in the museum take a stroll down Exhibition Road to find Ognisko Restaurant. In the evening they serve sophisticated Polish Cuisine next door to the museum in a beautiful South Kensington townhouse. Enjoy an extensive, alternative menu and Ognisko’s exotic drinks will introduce you to some exciting new flavours. On a clear evening, wrap up on the terrace and enjoy overlooking the gardens. Alternatively, the restaurant’s interior exudes charm and elegance making you feel like royalty.
Party in Style
On selected dates the Natural History Museum hosts a silent disco, a unique night out in an iconic venue. Party into the night in the main entrance hall under the majestic shadow of Hope the blue whale. Equipped with a headset, you can listen to three DJs playing the best pop, rock and party classics on separate wireless channels. There is a full bar serving a range of drinks to quench your thirst while you bust out some of your best moves.