London Unveiled

great places to visit off the beaten path.

World Rugby Museum, Twickenham, London ~ the largest rugby museum in the world.

On the 2nd October 2013, the World Rugby Museum in Twickenham officially reopened after a substantial makeover.  In addition, the tunnel and England changing room were refurbished and have enhanced … Continue reading

November 23, 2013 · 7 Comments

The Cartoon Museum – London

As someone who grew up reading the Dandy and Beano, along with a love for Tintin books and the Giles annuals I have always enjoyed the world of cartoons and … Continue reading

November 2, 2013 · 12 Comments

Grant Museum of Zoology ~ one of London’s fascinating small museums.

The Grant Museum of Zoology is the only remaining University zoological museum in London. It was originally founded in 1828 by Robert Grant to help him in his role as … Continue reading

October 10, 2013 · 10 Comments

The Knights of the Order of Saint John & their London Museum

Most of us are familiar with stories of Crusaders and Knights from the 11th and 12th Centuries, with the city of Valletta (the capital of Malta), and with the St. … Continue reading

September 3, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Rose Theatre ~ where Henry IV, pt I & Dr. Faustus were first performed.

The Rose is considered by many to be London’s most historic theatre if only for the reason that it was the first purpose built theatre ever to stage a Shakespearean … Continue reading

August 27, 2013 · 6 Comments

The Household Cavalry Museum ~ a hidden gem.

While almost all visitors to London and local residents alike have walked past Horse Guards and admired the staid demeanor of the cavalry soldiers on horseback, I am surprised how … Continue reading

August 2, 2013 · 10 Comments

Three Mills Island & House Mill: the world’s largest tidal mill.

Located just south of the Olympic Park is Three Mills Island – home to the largest tidal mill in the world and also home to London’s largest film studio.  The … Continue reading

May 8, 2013 · 19 Comments

Ragged School Museum ~ a free education for London’s Victorian poor.

As recently as the late 1800s a free education was not an option for many children.  While a few free schools were founded in the early 1800s, it was not … Continue reading

April 27, 2013 · 5 Comments

“War Horse: Fact & Fiction” at the National Army Musuem

Many individuals have seen “War Horse” either as the wonderful theatrical production or the film by Spielberg.  Both create tremendous empathy for the horses that have served in combat.  The … Continue reading

March 6, 2013 · 3 Comments

London Motor Museum ~ an eclectic collection including the Batmobile!

Only 15 minutes from Paddington Station, this overlooked museum is essentially the private collection of Elo – an individual who not only loves cars, but builds/modifies them for celebrities (especially … Continue reading

February 21, 2013 · 5 Comments

Valence House ~ a rare surviving partially moated house in London

Only 10 miles east of the City, Valence House Museum is a rare surviving manor house in Dagenham, significantly restored in 2008, partially surrounded by a moat, and within parkland. … Continue reading

February 18, 2013 · 3 Comments

Kew Bridge Steam Museum ~ part of the European Route of Industrial Heritage

We make take our access to water for granted but it has to come from somewhere.  For many years the west of London had its water supply pumped from the … Continue reading

January 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

UCL Art Museum

The University College London (UCL) Art Museum is located at their main Bloomsbury campus and offers changing exhibits throughout the year (the new exhibit titled ‘Plastered’ opens on 21-Jan-2013 which … Continue reading

December 31, 2012 · Leave a comment

British Dental Association Museum

London really does have a museum for everything, and if you take the time to visit this more obscure one you will certainly leave rewarded with some great insights into the … Continue reading

December 8, 2012 · 2 Comments

Eastbury Manor House ~ c.1570

If you’ve never been to Eastbury Manor, there are only 2 weeks to go before it closes for a few months (on 19-Dec-12).  Prior to then there are two events … Continue reading

December 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

Arsenal Museum & Stadium Tour

One of London’s most important popular cultural items is certainly football.  While many visitors and locals alike aspire to watch a Premier League game in London, many never get a … Continue reading

October 31, 2012 · 2 Comments

The Faraday Museum at the Royal Institution

In 1799 The Royal Institution (Ri) was founded by a group of prominent scientists, initially with the goal of bettering the lives of the poor.  Its mission focused on the advancement … Continue reading

October 29, 2012 · 2 Comments

The Museum of Instruments at the Royal College of Music

Within a short walk of the Natural History Museum is this little gem that lets you escape the crowds and experience a fascinating collection of musical history.  Located between the … Continue reading

October 9, 2012 · Leave a comment

Twining’s Tea Museum and shop – the oldest shop in Westminster

While surprising to many who view England and Tea as synonomous, coffee was all the rage in London in the 17th and early 18th Centuries.  But in 1706 Thomas Twining … Continue reading

October 4, 2012 · 2 Comments

Valentine’s Mansion, Gardens and Park

Within a short tube or rail ride from central London, you can escape to a country home in magnificent gardens and parkland.  With a wide range of activities, and none … Continue reading

September 26, 2012 · Leave a comment
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