Price: Starting from USD $61.33 per person
Duration: 3 - 3.5 hours

The British Museum built in 1845-1857 on the site of the delightful but small Montague House is the first stop on this Private Walking Tour of London. It is one of the largest Museums in the world and compares only to the Louvre in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum in New York. The museum, only lately enhanced by the magnificent Great Court which is the largest covered square of Europe, is a must for the London visitor.

The steel and glass roof soaring to the sky, created by Sir Norman Foster, is a fitting symbol of the Museum's main aim which is "The advancement of learning by the provision of materials and facilities for research by the encouragement of the study of literature, history, archaeology and art". The British Museum houses a large Greek and Roman sculpture collection, Egyptian treasures and the recently opened oriental galleries.

Not far from the British Museum is the Sir John Soane's Museum, perhaps the most intimate and eccentric London house. This was the house and studio of one of the most individual and interesting British architects, Sir John Soane (1753-1837) who built the vaults and halls of the Bank of England and the Law Courts around Westminster Hall.

The House at 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields was his house and in the backyard is the Museum to display his extensive collection of paintings, sculptures, antiquities, architectural fragments and more. Hogarth's Rake's Progress and many Canalettos and Turners together with Piranesi and Clerissau's drawings are in two picture galleries, right and left of the courtyard.

Please note, Sir John Soanes Museum is closed Sundays and Mondays so on these days, more time will be spent in the British Museum.
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