Secret Museums

Tucked away in south London, the Cinema Museum is home to a fascinating collection of artefacts that charts the history of cinema from the 1890s to the present day. Visitors can view everything from advertising and architecture to photographs and projectors. The only way to see the collection is by guided tour, so be sure to book in advance.
2 Dugard Way, SE11 4TH
Elephant & Castle Tube Station

The world’s only museum dedicated entirely to the ancient art and craft of the fan, this museum in Greenwich is home to a staggeringly large collection of more than 4,000 predominantly antique fans from all corners of the globe, some dating back to the 11th century. While you’re there, why not enhance your visit and enjoy a spot of afternoon tea in the Orangery, outfi tted in 18th century architecture. Or if you want to be a little more hands on, try taking part in one of the museum’s regular fan-making workshops.
12 Crooms Hill, SE10 8ER
DLR – Cutty Sark 

Florence Nightingale was a celebrated British social reformer and the founder of modern nursing, who rose to prominence during the Crimean War of 1853, when she tended to wounded soldiers. Discover more about the woman dubbed ‘the Lady with the Lamp’ (a reference to her habit of making rounds at night) at this museum in the grounds of St. Thomas’ Hospital. From her pet owl Athena, to the famous Turkish lantern used during the War, this eclectic collection spans her life, and the formidable nursing legacy she left behind.
2 Lambeth Palace Road, SE1 7EW
Waterloo Tube Station

Nestled among a maze of courts and alleys off Fleet Street, you’ll fi nd a small historic town house once belonging to Dr Samuel Johnson, who compiled the fi rst comprehensive English dictionary. The house showcases an array of 18th and 19thcentury portrait prints and oil paintings of Johnson and his contemporaries, as well as a collection of 40 manuscripts, many of which are in Johnson’s hand. Visitors can have fun trying on Georgian costumes, or
relax in the library.
17 Gough Square, EC4A 3DE
Chancery Lane Tube Station 

Sure to be an interesting experience for both the young and the young at heart, this haven of historical toys is both quaint and quirky. The museum dates from 1956, meaning visitors will find old-fashioned board games, a variety of dolls, miniature theatres and many more interesting toys crammed into every nook and cranny. Don’t forget to peruse the toy shop on the ground floor.
1 Scala Street, W1T 2HL.
Goodge Street Tube Station

Featuring over 12,000 original items, including toys, magazines, technology, souvenirs, fashion and design, this museum takes visitors on a journey that reveals the history of consumer culture, from Victorian times to the present day.
2 Colville Mews, Lonsdale Road, W11 2AR
Notting Hill Gate Tube Station

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