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Best under-the-radar places to explore in Westminster with the family

Published: 24 September 2021

We all know London Zoo and the Houses of Parliament, but what about some lesser-visited treasures within the City of Westminster? With these under the radar gems, there’s something for all the family to enjoy.

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An exhibition at Tate Britain in a large hall, everything is illuminated in red. Art work is displayed on TV screens.

Tate Britain

Sometimes forgotten about because of it’s edgier sister Tate Modern, this museum houses large collections of J M W Turner, Mark Rothko and Henry Moore, to name a few. Entry is free for everyone, with a charge for some exhibitions. This autumn, contemporary artist Heather Phillipson engulfs Tate Britain’s grand central galleries with colour, sound and motion with a conceptual exhibition titled ‘Blowtorching the Bitten Peach’.

Find out what's on at Tate Britain.

Image: © Tate photography (Oliver Cowling)

 

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The window above the door of 221B Baker Street, the famed residence of Sherlock Holmes

The Sherlock Holmes Museum

Sherlock enthusiasts young and old will love this privately run museum dedicated to the famous fictional detective. It’s found on Baker Street, the literary character’s famous address, and is a stunning recreation of the gas-lit world of London’s iconic detective and his Victorian surroundings.

More information about The Sherlock Holmes Museum.

 

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The view of the inside of swingers crazy golf with various obstacles, like a lighthouse and watermill.

Swingers Crazy Golf West End

New age mini golf for grown ups, this all-singing all-dancing extravaganza near Oxford Circus combines crazy golf, street food, cocktails and great service into an incredibly fun experience for friends and families on a rainy day. There are a whopping five cocktail bars within the space, and a two storey clubhouse for private events too.

Book for Swingers Crazy Golf.

 

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A photo taken by Simon Roberts of a bleak, grey day on a beach - the colours of the sky, sand and the sea all blend into one.

The Photographers’ Gallery

Founded in 1971, The Photographers' Gallery is one of the UK’s most significant places for the exploration of photography in all its forms; a must for any budding photographer. Open 6 days a week, you’ll find a diverse and critically acclaimed programme of exhibitions, events, talks, workshops and courses - many with a ‘pay what you can’ ticketing system.

Book your visit to The Photographers' Gallery.

Image: ©Simon Roberts

 

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A statue of a horses head on the grass in Mount Street Gardens

Mount Street Gardens

A leafy public garden found off Mount Street in the west of Mayfair, this majestic courtyard is a lovely spot for a picnic lunch or a stroll on a sunny day. Created in 1889 on the former burial ground of St George’s, Hanover Square, the park backs onto the Church of the Immaculate Conception – a real Gothic icon from the Victorian era. Look out for Nic Fiddian-Green’s giant bronze horse head sculpture, and for a huge incongruous palm tree.

Image: © Urban 75