British Museum Tour
The British Museum is one of the great museums of World Civilisations, with a comprehensive section on early British History.
A typical tour might include the Rosetta Stone, the Assyrian Lion Hunts, the great statue of Rameses II, Egyptian mummies, the Parthenon Sculptures, some of the earliest examples of writing, a 5000 year old board game from Ur, a statue from the Easter Island, the Vindolanda Letters, the Lewis Chessmen, and the Sutton Hoo Ship Burial.
National Gallery Tour
See some of the highlights of European painting, including works by all major artists – Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Velazquez, Gainsborough, Turner, Monet, Renoir and Degas.
Among my favourites are the Wilton Dyptich, Van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait, Boticelli’s Venus & Mars, Turner’s Fighting Temeraire, and Seurat’s Bathers at Asnières.
Tate Britain Tour
Tate Britain is home to our national collection of British Art. Displays change from time to time, but you can expect to see works that tell the story of art in Britain from c1500 onwards, including an unrivalled collection of works by JMW Turner.
Among my favourites are Whistler’s Old Battersea Bridge, Walter Sickert’s Minnie Cunningham at The Old Bedford, CRW Nevinson’s La Mitrailleuse, Gaudier-Brzeska’s Red Stone Dancer, Henry Moore’s drawings of people sheltering in the Underground from bombing during World War II, and Francis Bacon’s Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion.
Tate Modern Tour
Housed in an impressive building that was once an electricity-generating power station, Tate Modern is home to our national collections of modern and contemporary art. The displays change from time to time, but you can expect to see works representing all the great art movements of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Among my favourites are Picasso, the Cubists, the Fauves, the Futurists, Max Ernst, Mark Rothko, Joseph Beuys, & Barkley Hendricks.
Victoria & Albert Museum Tour
The Victoria & Albert Museum is a treasure trove of international art and design. Almost anything that has been designed – from paintings and sculpture to teapots, furniture, jewellery, photography, glass, ceramics, and a fabulous fashion collection.
My favourite exhibits include fashion by Vivienne Westwood, ceramics by Edmund de Waal, glass by Chihuly, the 12th century carved whalebone depicting the Adoration of the Magi, Arts & Crafts furniture, and the wrought ironwork by James Horrobin.
National Portrait Gallery Tour
The National Portrait Gallery tells the story of the United Kingdom through portraits of its most famous citizens. Everyone you can think of is there, from King Henry VIII and his six wives to Paul McCartney and Judi Dench.