WHAT'S ON IN KENSINGTON? JANUARY MUSEUM GUIDE
With Christmas now seeming like a distant memory, and 2017 having definitely arrived, it can be easy to tuck yourself away at home and wait for the coldest time of year to be finished. However, there are many reasons to use this time of year to plan a sneaky getaway for you and your loved ones.
London is the ideal destination for a January city break, with it playing host to a wide variety of indoor attractions, as well as having many reasons to get a breath of fresh air and explore what this beautiful capital has to offer.
Just a few steps outside our hotel are three world-class museums that showcase a wide and varied programme of exhibitions. With this diversity available, you are sure to find something that grabs the attention of you and your loved ones - no matter who you're travelling with.
National History Museum
Perhaps one of London's most famous museums, this beautiful building is an attraction in its own right, but step inside and you'll find plenty of reasons to stay the entire day. Throughout January, there are exhibitions showcasing some of the best of the natural world and are set to engage the whole family.
The start of 2017 marks the start of a major transformation for the Natural History Museum, with its trademark diplodocus skeleton making way for that of a blue whale later this year. To allow for these big-scale changes to take place, the Hintze Hall will be closed until the new skeleton is safely in place this summer. However, there's plenty for you and your family to explore.
Get up close to some of the best photographs ever taken in this year's Wildlife Photographer of the Year display. Tickets start at just £6.50 for children and £10.50 for adults, with concessions and family tickets also available. There's also the last chance to see the Bauer Brothers art exhibition, which showcases some of the best artwork of the natural world.
Victoria and Albert Museum
If you are looking for a more sophisticated day out, the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) is the ideal destination, with a number of exhibitions exploring fashion and culture throughout history.
For years, ceramics have adorned some of the most beautiful National Trust houses now they are part of the latest exhibition at the V&A. Pieces from 13 different estates have been lent to the museum to help tell a story of how this delicate craft has changed over time, and how it reflects cultural shifts from across the world.
There's also a special exhibition looking at the impact of the 1960s on music, fashion and public attitudes, which showcases work and pieces from some of the most prominent figures of the era.
With a variety of interactive features designed to engage children of all ages, it's a fantastic way to discover more about all areas of science. This month, you can get up close to the spacecraft flown by Tim Peake - the Soyuz TMA-19M, while guests can also see a variety of 3D films in the museum's incredible IMAX theatre.
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