Worthwhile smaller London museums

London, Enfield Town

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The Wallace Collection

Recommendation posted 8 months ago

A very high quality Art museum just off Oxford Street. Free to enter and perhaps less daunting and less crowded than some of the bigger galleries which you will know about anyway ! Quite an oasis of calm.

+442075639500

Hertford House, Manchester Square, Marylebone, London, United Kingdom

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Sir John Soane's Museum

Recommendation posted 8 months ago

Architect, Sir John Soane was one of those somewhat crazy Victorian collectors and his museum, originally his house is packed full of amazing stuff. Take your time going round. The rooms are small and each has a room guide. You could rush through but if you hang around, chat to the guides and show interest,they will show you high quality hidden treasures eg Hogarth’s Rakes Progress. Free to enter

+442074052107

13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, United Kingdom

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The Foundling Museum

Recommendation posted 8 months ago

The Foundling Museum showcases the work of the Foundling Hospital, the first English children’s charity ( for abandoned children ) set up in the 18th century by sea captain Thomas Coram. It attracted a lot of support and has very interesting connections with Handel. Be assured this is a life affirming place to go to, not the grim tale of abandonment and abuse you might fear.

+442078413600

40 Brunswick Square, Bloomsbury, London, United Kingdom

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Charles Dickens Museum

Recommendation posted 8 months ago

Dickens lived here as a young family man and up and coming author. Great to see how far he had come from such a precarious childhood. Lots of interesting stuff for both literary and social history buffs.

+442074052127

48-49 Doughty Street, London, United Kingdom

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The Postal Museum

Recommendation posted a month ago

Small but very well presented and interesting museum about the British Postal Service, the Royal Mail. Although there are some stamps, note that this is NOT a philatelic museum. Some lovely exhibits and a fair amount of interactive ones. You can also ride on an underground train which used to facilitate postal deliveries around London. They really need to reopen it, not just as a tourist attraction as it was efficient and environmentally friendly.

+443000300700

15-20 Phoenix Place, London, United Kingdom

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Geffrye Museum (Stop WB)

Recommendation posted a month ago

Interesting and unusual museum focussing on home life between 1600 and the present day, through a series of rooms, appropriately decorated and furnished. Oddly it is especially appealing when it gets to the 20th century.

London E2 8AL, UK

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The Fan Museum

Recommendation posted a month ago

Fan -tastic. I had no desire to visit this museum but was favourably surprised when I was persuaded to go. History of fans! Fun displays Pleasant cafe and small garden too

+442083051441

12 Crooms Hill, Greenwich, London SE10 8ER, UK

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Leighton House Museum

Recommendation posted a month ago

Home of Frederic Lord Leighton, 19 th century artist. Splendid rooms and decoration especially the Arab Hall which contains over a thousand Syrian tiles. Stunning!

+442076023316

12 Holland Park Road, Kensington, London, United Kingdom

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William Morris Gallery

Recommendation posted a month ago

Learn about the life and work of William Morris ( artist, craftsman, designer and socialist ) in his childhood home in Walthamstow on outskirts of London. Free entry

+442084964390

Lloyd Park, Forest Road, Walthamstow, London, United Kingdom

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