The British Museum

The perfect base for exploring the British Museum

The Montague on the Gardens is almost in the British Museum. Step out of Reception onto Montague Street, turn to your left and walk 200 yards to the junction.  Turn right onto Great Russell Street, take about 30 paces and there’s the museum on your right. Housed in one of Britain's architectural landmarks, the collection is one of the finest in existence, spanning two million years of human history.  And access is free, so it’s not surprising there are about 6 million visitors a year.

The permanent collection, numbering some 8 million works, is amongst the largest and most comprehensive in existence and originates from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its earliest beginnings to the present.  Clearly, you are not going to get around them all (ever!).  So what are the highlights? Everyone will produce their own list, and our Concierge has picked 10 of his favourites.  However, for a bigger overview of what to see, we recommend the book A history of the world in 100 objects. Written by Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, it accompanies a series of 100 15 minute BBC radio broadcasts which you can view as videos.  You can also read about each one on the museum’s own website.  The museum also hosts a series of spectacular and unique exhibitions – so even if you’ve visited before there’s always something new and exciting to enjoy.

Just walking around the museum takes some stamina (the displays cover an area equivalent to nine football pitches!) and you’ll expend a huge amount of mental energy in every room.  That’s why it makes so much sense to stay with us.  You can get there nice and early, without a tiring tube or bus journey, and before the crowds arrive.  This allows you to take things at a more leisurely pace and means you can even pop back to the hotel for a quiet lunch (much more relaxing than the museum’s busy restaurant and cafes).  Then let us revive you with one of our legendary afternoon teas - either served outdoors at the Garden Grill or in our light and sunny conservatories. 

To make the whole experience even more appealing we’ve also created a special museum packages which includes accommodation, tickets to the current major exhibition, and your breakfast and afternoon tea.