This buzzy brutalist hub encompasses the National Theatre, Hayward Gallery, British Film Institute and Royal Festival Hall to name a few. Most organisations offer specialist programmes for young people meaning you can see world-class performances and artworks without breaking the bank. Southbank Centre offers a student discount on tickets, and BFI and National Theatre have cheaper tickets for 16-25s.
A completely unique institution, the Wellcome Collection is a free museum and library that aims to challenge how we all think and feel about health. With an innovative programme and incredible displays, Wellcome is a place made for pondering big questions around science, medicine, life and art.
Natural History Museum
Caring for 80 million specimens spanning billions of years, the Natural History Museum is a fascinating place to discover the history of life on Earth. On entry you’ll meet Hope the blue whale, a relatively new addition to the collection who makes a big impression. Core collections free to view.
The Victoria and Albert Museum
The V&A is a treasure trove of the world’s best art and design. With collections spanning popular music, jewellery, fashion, theatre, photography and much more, you’re bound to find something that takes your fancy. If you’re looking for a break from the material world, the Sackler courtyard is an excellent spot, plus the café is one of the most ornate in London. Core collections free to view.