Britain’s rich military history is nowhere better displayed than through London’s many military themed museums, attractions and events. Whatever you want to see or do, there’s an activity to suit. London is a city proud of its military history and this is in evidence throughout the capital.
If you’re a history buff and love military history in particular, you’re in for a real treat and will be spoilt for choice when it comes to immersing yourself in your hobby.
The Guards Museum
An ever-popular museum containing a vast wealth of information about the five regiments of Foot Guards (Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots, Irish and Welsh), The Guards Museum combines exhibits with a variety of walks and talks to suit all audiences. You can get to the Guards Museum from a number of Tube stations, making it an easy job to get from any of our hotels near the West End.
The Imperial War Museum
The London branch of the Imperial War Museum (one of five nationwide) weaves the intricate tale of modern warfare from the events of WW1 to the present day. Admission is entirely complimentary and exhibits explore the changing face of war over the last century, covering topics such as surveillance, the Middle East crisis, and the search for peace.
Changing of the Guards
The Changing of the Guard is a must-see event for military fans staying in London. A ceremony in which the Old Guard hand over protective duties at Buckingham Palace to the New Guard, a great viewing space often means arriving early – so best to plan ahead when travelling from one of the hotels near the West End!
The Churchill War Rooms
One of the best attractions of the Imperial War Museum, Churchill’s War Rooms provide a visit to the secret bunker and museum containing fascinating artefacts from Winston Churchill’s life.
National Maritime Museum
A gateway to intrepid, seafaring adventure, the National Maritime Museum explores the UK’s adventurous nautical history, including the battles and discoveries which helped make the country what it is.
Royal Air Force Museum
This free-to-enter London museum is one of the best military museums in the UK, and Britain’s only museum dedicated solely to aviation. With an extensive aircraft collection and many exciting exhibitions, uniforms, medals and photographs, the Royal Air Force Museum also has superior research and education facilities. With a focus not only on technology but the people central to the UK’s aviation history, the museum seamlessly blends tradition and innovation.