Art and acting
Make like Phileas Fogg and start your adventure in the heart of historic London
. First up, head for some masterpiece-filled museums, starting with the nearby V&A
, whose big hitters run from Canova’s Three Graces to Tipoo’s mechanical tiger, via McQueen gowns, Raphael’s cartoons and bling once owned by Beyoncé. The National Gallery
is another essential stop, whether you’re admiring Cézanne’s bathers or Constable’s cloud-scudded skies. Before you bid farewell to London, sample its theatre scene. Catch Hollywood A-listers keeping it real on the West End stage, or see who’s currently treading the boards at the National Theatre
. A performance at Shakespeare’s Globe
, meanwhile, is not to be missed (you can book seats in the galleries, if standing doesn’t appeal).