London Journals

London Museums Big & Small

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A travel journal to London by vialdana

Quote: Living in London as a child and now living about an hours drive away, over the years I've visited many of the museums here, and this is where I've gathered together my thoughts on some of them.

Pollock's Toy Museum

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Attraction | "Toys, Toys, and more Toys..."

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Pollock’s Toy Museum in London is built inside two houses that have been knocked through into each other. One is 18th Century and the other is 19th Century and all the rooms are connected together by lots of winding staircases and little corridors and archways. I remember this place from when I was a child. I think my first visit there was with my grand parents when I was about 8, and I can just remember being completely wowed by all these toys to look at. Especially as back then some of the toys weren't in cases and were touchable. I remember talking to my grand parents about their toys and looking to see if we could find any that were like ones they had, and when we did, thinking how different the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 18, 2011

Pollock's Toy Museum
1 Scala Street
London, England W1T 2HL
+44 20 7636 3452

Natural History Museum

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Attraction | "Natural History at it's Best"

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I lived in London for a time as a kid, and I remember being taken here as a child on a few occasions, however I don't think I really appreciated this museum for all it holds until I went back as an adult and really took in properly everything that they have there, and all the work that's gone into the place.Travelling to this museum is nice and straightforward if you’re able to do so by bus or on the London underground. There are quite a few buses which come here, and the nearest tube station is South Kensington. If like me you come in by car, this is a bit of a pain to do and you need to note that you WILL be within the congestion zone. Car parking is limited, but there is disabled par...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 25, 2011

Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
London, England SW7 5BD
+44 20 7942 5000

Victoria and Albert Museum

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Attraction | "A Queen Amongst Museums"

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Growing up in London, all the major museums were places that we saw on a number of occasions, but of all of them, this is my personal favourite, and the museum that I’ve enjoyed re-visiting as an Adult the most.Located on Brompton Road in London next door to the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum is all about design, fashion and decoration. It holds collections of ceramics, jewellery, clothing and silverware, and as well as the things that are there all the time, there are also specialist exhibitions that are available for short times only.The museum itself is free to enter, but some of the exhibitions which are brought in from elsewh...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 26, 2011

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

London Transport Museum

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Attraction | "On the buses... "

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I was quite dubious about visiting the London Transport Museum last summer because from what I remembered from previous visits many years ago it wasn’t going to be terribly accessible for me using my wheelchair and if I used my walking stick I was worried about whether there would be places to rest along the way.I have to say, I was quite pleasantly surprised by the trip. It seems that in 2007 the museum had a bit of a facelift (£22million worth!), so they’ve improved things quite a lot since my trips there as a kid, and the whole museum is now really very accessible for wheelchairs which is great.The museum is about the development of transport in London over the years, and i...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 7, 2011

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

Florence Nightingale Museum

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Attraction | "The Lady With The Lamp"

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The Florence Nightingale MuseumFlorence Nightingale holds a peculiar sort of fascination for me, and it’s not because of what she’s generally remembered for – as the ‘Lady with the lamp’ but because she became ill later in life with what is now believed to be CFS/ME (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) which is very similar to the Fibromialgia Syndrome which I have, and her birthday is celebrated as national ME day because of this. When I was involved in my local support group I learnt a bit about her in order to write a piece for our local newsletter, and so when I recently got the opportunity to visit the museum I was thrilled with the idea as you can probably imagine....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 8, 2011

Florence Nightingale Museum
2 Lambeth Palace Road
London, England SE1 7EW
+44 20 7620 0374

Sherlock Holmes Museum

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Attraction | "Elementary My Dear Watson..."

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I’m quite a fan of museums that are about specific peoples lives, and this is kind of an odd place, but worth a visit if you’re a Sherlock Holmes fan. It’s located right where you’d expect it to be in 221b Baker Street which if you know your Conan-Doyle, you’ll know is where Holmes was supposed to have resided. Now, I know Sherlock Holmes was pure fiction, but the way this museum is set up is as if he was real and this was his residence – it’s just as it’s described in the books!Open from 9:30am-6pm it costs £6 for adults and £4 for kids and concessions. This is not a museum suitable for anyone in a wheelchair as there are no lifts, just stairs between each of the floors. I did manage ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 8, 2011

Sherlock Holmes Museum
221b Baker Street
London, England NW1 5RT
+44 20 7935 8866

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vialdana

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