London Journals

Musings on London's Museums

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A travel journal to London by duskmaiden

London Transport Museum Photo, London, England More Photos
Quote: part of the joy of discovering London is its range of wonderful musuems from tiny to national and on a wide range of subjects. Tour with me round some of the best.

Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising

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Attraction | "The Opie Collection is pure garbage"

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The Opie Collection in the Notting Hill area of West London is a rubbish museum. It literally is a rubbish museum as its other title is the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising and consists mostly of old bottles tins and cans from the Victorian era onwards. Its one of those weird and wonderful museums you stumble across and wonder who could possibly think this up? Is the founder a fruitcake or a genius. Its also one of those museums that could be completely boring with its degree of specialism or utterly absorbing and fascinating in a perverse way.Robert Opie the founder of the Opie Collection is one of Britain's most avid His collection was initially housed in Glouceste...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 4, 2010

Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising
2 Coalville Mews, Lonsdale Road
Notting Hill, London, England W11 2AR
44 (0)20 7908 08

Victoria and Albert Museum

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Attraction | "V and A Vast and Amazing"

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The Victorian age was probably the golden age of museum building. One of the greatest of these is the Victoria and Albert Museum, which is the national museum for the decorative and applied arts.The museum is located in South Kensington (southwest London) on Cromwell Road and Exhibition Road near the Royal Albert Hall, Science Museum and Natural History Museum. It is easy to find. You just get the Piccadilly, Circle or District line to South Kensington tube station. There is a subway that connects the station with the museums and the entrance to the V and A is clearly marked. There was no chance of getting lost. The same can not be said for navigating the museum. This is because the museum is h...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 10, 2009

Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road
London, England SW7 2RL
+44 (20) 7942 2000

London Transport Museum

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Attraction | "Transport Yourself Back in Time"

London Transport Museum Photo, London, England
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Transport is in my blood. My father was a bus driver and is obsessed by most things that have wheels and moves. I've caught the bug and become a bit of a London Underground junkie being fascinated by the history and development of this much maligned transport system. I have become such a geek I took a one day course on the Art and Architecture of London Transport. This was held in the subject for this review, the newly reopened London Transport Museum in Covent Garden.Housed in the old Victorian flower market the museum has had a 22.5 million face lift and relaunch. The museum is a fascinating account of how London transport developed from horse drawn trams to the DLR. I visited on a very busy a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 10, 2009

London Transport Museum
39 Wellington Street
London, England WC2E 7BB
+44 (207) 565 7299

Foundling Museum

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Attraction | "Have you Found the Foundling Museum?"

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In London it is all too easy to tread a familiar path and go to the same old sites. It's a shame because London is chock a block of little hidden gems if you take the time to find them. Literally round the corner from the British Museum there is another museum, which in its own way is just as fascinating and just as important as its larger, better known, neighbour. This lovely museum is the Foundling Museum. This museum is an important part of London's social history and artistic heritage. It was set up to commemorate London's first orphanage the Foundling Hospital, which doubled up in its usage as London's first public art gallery. The museum tells the story of the institution, the 270000 children th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 5, 2009

Foundling Museum
40 Brunswick Square - Bloomsbury
London WC1N 1AZ
+44 20 7841 3600

Museum of London Docklands

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Attraction | "Docking at the Musuems in the Docklands"

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The regeneration of London's Docklands has been a huge success. Derelict warehouses have been converted into swanky bars and restaurant, shipping companies have been superseded by financial institutions housed in shimmering ultra modern sky scrapers and traditional worker's houses have been replaced by Legoland waterfront apartments. Its a fascinating area but I find it a bit soulless and toy town especially with the DLR gliding along like a model rail. During a recent visits to docklands I decided to visits the Museum in the Docklands to explore the area's past, present and future. The Museum in Docklands is a branch of one of my favourite museums in London, the Museum of London. I love the Mus...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 27, 2009

Museum of London Docklands
No. 1 Warehouse, West India Quay Hertsmere Road
London, England E14 4AL
+44 0870 444 3855

Geffrye Museum

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Attraction | "Houissng Through the Ages at the Geffrye"

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Surrounded by the urban sprawl of Shoreditch in the East End of London the Geffrye Museum of Domestic Interiors seems incongruous with its surroundings. It's a collection of period rooms housed in some delightful Georgian Almshouses that surround a pleasant lawn. It really is a little unexpected oasis and worth a look if you would like to head off London's beaten track.The handsome Almshouses were bequeathed by Robert Geffrye to the Ironmakers Company in 1714 and were used to house the old and the poor of the trade. By the 20th century Shoreditch became more urbanised and the occupants were moved out to buildings further from the inner city. The Geffrey Museum was opened in 1914 to exhibit a col...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 27, 2009

Geffrye Museum
Kingsland Road
London, England E2 8EA
+44 20 7739 9893