Secret London – Museums

Visiting London can utterly bamboozle people. There is simply so much to do and see. Where on earth do you start?

That is what I felt like four years ago when we very first moved to London. To try to make my life easier I worked up a 100 places to see list. Unfortunately the list seems to have been lost in the midst of flat/house moves.

So thought I’d pull together my top tips of places to visit with four years worth of living in London under my belt. I’m also going to speak to friends to get some of their thoughts and perhaps by the end of the week we’ll have a great Secret London List!

Over the next four days I plan to list some of the best places to visit which perhaps you wouldn’t think  of out right.

So, to the Museums!

The Museum of Gardening.

A secret garden in central London, just over Lambeth Bridge from the Palace of Westminster. Interesting exhibits, wonderful history (the tomb of the fated Captain Blythe) and possibly the best vegetarian lunch in London!

The Fan Museum, Greenwich

Allegedly the only museum dedicated to Fans in the world. An amazing place. I found it utterly enchanting, peaceful and amazingly educational. From the language of fans, to fan construction. At the time of my last visit there was an exhibition entitle War and Peace which as the website states :

This exhibition encompasses a history of the World seen through objects too long regarded as frivolous accessories to dress. As such it presents many rare, fascinating and resonant items whose design, imagery and provenance will provide visitors with important new insights into the depiction of warfare throughout the ages.

I found it startling and extremely interesting.

Tickets were sold by a very British gentleman who was utterly charming and fitted so well with the environment.

Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms

Unfortunately this is on the tourist route, but well worth it. Try and visit towards late afternoon and you will find it to be quieter. Make sure you take a quick stroll around St. James’ Park while you are there.

Dennis Severs House, 18 Folgate Street, Spitalfield

A strange eerie and frankly rather scary house. Curated by Dennis Severs as a bubble in time. You enter and almost feel like the Huganaught family of weavers who live there have just left through the back door. Half eaten food is on the table, candles flicker on the mantle. It is an experience which is hard to describe. It isn’t art, nor is it history. I also don’t think it is really for the feint hearted or the unimaginative. Open every Monday evenings and Sunday afternoons.

Firepower: The Royal Artillery Museum

Down in Woolwich on the old Royal Arsenal site. An amazing museum looking at the history of the Royal Artillery from founding in 1716 to date. As you can imagine there are some terrifying weapons but it is fascinating and hugely educational. Different from the Imperial War Museum and worth the adventure down the Thames. You can get an excellent view of the Thames Barrier from the River wall, and the cafe has good coffee and sinfully comfy sofas!


2 thoughts on “Secret London – Museums”

  1. Welcome back! Sounds like you've been very busy but it will all be worth it.

    We don't get to London that often but are planning a long weekend soonish. Your Secret London posts will come in handy so thanks.

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