If you are interested in all things tech and science then London is a smart choice for an innovation and research themed city break. As you’d expect from the nation’s capital and hub for scientific research, there are lots of different attractions in London for science buffs and tech geeks to explore. Many are suitable for children as well as adults. At The Shaftesbury Hotel Collection you’re never too far from the best of the city’s science activities and attractions.
Whether you are interested in science yourself or are hoping to provide your children with something educational during your family break in London, you’re about to be spoilt for choice! Here’s our round up of the best science themed attractions in London to add to your list – if you have the time, it’s well worth squeezing in at least one or two in order to get a great feel for the city’s contribution to tech and scientific advances!
No trip to London would be complete without visiting the Science Museum. It is one of the most popular attractions in the city for all ages, and is just as enjoyable for adults as it is for kids. There are several fun interactive games and exhibitions to check out, as well as a number of hands-on experiences to dive into. The Science Museum combines the fun side of science with something more educational, so you’re sure to leave having had a good time and with interesting facts and figures you didn’t know before. It’s a great rainy day option.
The Royal Observatory
The Royal Observatory lies on the Prime Meridian of the World, the home of Greenwich Mean Time and the dividing line between the Eastern and Western hemispheres. The Royal Observatory is also home to London’s only planetarium and some fascinating astronomy exhibitions. This is a global landmark for many reasons and, even if you have just an hour to spare, well worth making the trip.
Florence Nightingale Museum
The Florence Nightingale Museum showcases the life and achievements of Florence Nightingale, exploring why we remember her today and the impact she has had on modern life. It’s packed full of displays and items that relate to modern nursing, Nightingale’s life and Victorian London.
The Old Operating Theatre
Located at the top of an old church, The Old Operating Theatre is the only 19th Century operating theatre in England. Visitors can explore the history of medicine, find out how surgery was done in the past and watch demonstrations of past surgical techniques. This is not one for the squeamish!
The Faraday Museum
The Faraday Museum is a great science attraction to check out if you are interested in psychics. It explores some of the world’s greatest minds, the history of The Royal Institution and explains some of science’s most ground-breaking finds.
Stay at any of The Shaftesbury Hotel Collection locations to be within easy travelling distance of these fascinating science-themed attractions, as well as the many other museums, exhibitions and sights that London has to offer.