I left my heart at the Natural History Museum – travel linkup

I left my heart at the Natural History Museum – travel linkup

This month’s travel linkup is all about the place (or places) that you can’t get out of your head. We had an amazing honeymoon in Sri Lanka, an unforgettable Trek America road trip and so many city breaks I’ve lost count. But there’s one place in the world I wish I could be every day – the Natural History Museum in London.

I used to be a member when we lived in London, and it was a really sad day when I decided not to renew because we were leaving the city. Maybe once we’re a bit more settled in Leeds I’ll be able to afford to support the museum without visiting so many times.

Amazing architecture

The building itself is just beautiful. Every time I visit I notice something new about the building – from delicate etchings in the brick and hidden statues, to mosaic floors. Every time we walked out of the tube exit and saw those Romanesque arches, a little butterfly of excitement rose in my tummy. Then I could flash my membership card and skip those half term queues!

When the right light is beaming inside, the building looks like a total fairytale. I used to like standing on the balcony in Hintze Hall, looking over at the stream of families walking past Dippy and feeling so happy at the kids’ faces when they realised how amazing this place really is.

natural history museum | this city life

natural history museum | this city life

Dino Snores for adults

One of my favourite ever memories of this wonderful place is waking up at 6am to the gentle sounds of…Velociraptor shrieks. Yep. We were lucky enough to score tickets for Dino Snores a couple of years ago, so spent the night in sleeping bags beside the Dinosaurs gallery. Spaces around Dippy had filled up before we arrived, so we settled around the corner for a bit (and I mean a bit!) of peace and quiet.

It was an unforgettable experience, roaming the halls and galleries in almost darkness and experiencing how peaceful the museum is at night. There was even a harpist playing lullabies before we slept. I really wish I could bed down underneath Dippy’s tail every night.

Read more about Dino Snores for adults at the Natural History Museum.

simon and dippy | this city life

An almost wedding shoot

We loved this place so much, I asked the powers that be if we could have some wedding shots in the Treasures Gallery. I thought it would be amazing to have some casual photos of us spending a part of our wedding day in our favourite place, but it ended up being far too expensive for a license to shoot there – even for a personal collection of photos.

I was so tempted to just turn up on the day in our wedding gear and go for it, but the fact it was half term and marathon day put me off! One day we’ll go back, dress up and just go for it.

dippy hintze hall | this city life

Got a place that you just can’t stop thinking about? Tell me in the comments.

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  1. Catherine Lux
    1st September 2015 / 3:38 pm

    I absolutely adore the natural history museum! It’s definitely my favourite museum in London along with the Imperial War Museum. I was lucky enough to go to a ball at the NHM last year, it was a pretty incredible experience drunkenly dancing in black tie beneath Dippy the dinosaur!

    C x | Lux Life

    • 7th September 2015 / 11:06 am

      Wow! That sounds awesome. Did you write about it? I’d love to have a party there!

      • Catherine Lux
        7th September 2015 / 11:22 am

        It was amazing! Yeh, I wrote about it here. It was an awesome party!

  2. 1st September 2015 / 10:56 pm

    The Natural History Museum is simply incredible, isn’t it!? There isn’t a corner that isn’t fascinating (and I’m so very envious of your dinosnores!)

    • 7th September 2015 / 11:06 am

      You’re so right – literally every corner has something to discover :)

  3. Keri/Emma - Ladies what travel
    2nd September 2015 / 11:40 am

    I’m with you on this Charley absolutely adore the NHM, one of my fave places in the world. So gutted I didn’t get to do the sleep over, I really hope they do it again cos that sounds amazing! :D K

    • 7th September 2015 / 11:06 am

      They do a couple a year I think – next one’s in October. Hopefully there are tickets left!

      • Keri/Emma - Ladies what travel
        7th September 2015 / 11:44 am

        Ah I’m looking into it now, might take the step kids! :D

  4. Claire
    2nd September 2015 / 1:00 pm

    I haven’t been to the Natural History Museum in forever – so glad I saw this post as it’s going on the to-do list – thanks!

  5. 3rd September 2015 / 12:18 am

    It is a phenomenonal place!!! Everyone should go when in London!

  6. 4th September 2015 / 4:15 pm

    I haven’t been for years – have forgotten what a great place it is!

  7. Kelly Michelle
    4th September 2015 / 6:23 pm

    I still need to book that Dino Snore Charley! I need to get onto that before the year is out!

    You definitely need to chuck on your wedding dress and head back inside to take a few photos


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    • 7th September 2015 / 11:05 am

      I know right? We should definitely try again ;)
      PS. I think they just announced more Dino Snores in October – get on it!

  8. Sarah
    9th September 2015 / 5:09 am

    Oh wow! That is awesome that you got to sleep over at the Natural History museum! I wonder if the one in NYC does that too?!? The fondest memory I have at the Natural History museum (in NYC) was playing hide and seek in the minerals department. It was always dark and the floors and walls were fully carpeted, so it was perfect! That is by far my favorite museum. I will need to check the NHM in London!

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    • 11th September 2015 / 7:23 pm

      If you find yourself in London it’s definitely one of the top places to go, even just for taking photos of the building. It’s just spectacular!

  9. 11th September 2015 / 1:54 pm

    I love this place too, and I’ve only been once! We are planning a re-peat trip though hopefully soon.

    • 11th September 2015 / 7:22 pm

      Do iiiiiit! We’re in London in October so I’m thinking about making a special trip there as a treat :)