The are so many museums in London and we’re so lucky that most of them are free. However lots of them are huge and we know it can be really tiring wandering around them on a date and sapping your energy. Fear not though, there are some much smaller museums which are brilliant for dates and are intriguing and a bit different – here are three of our favourites.
An intriguing and unexpected treasure of a museum, the Sir John Soane’s Museum offers something truly unique which you won’t find anywhere else in London. Sitting in Lincoln’s Inn Fields near to Holborn Station, Sir John Soane designed this house as not only somewhere to live, but also made sure it was the perfect setting for his extensive collection of antiquities and works of art. The museum is a beautifully tranquil place to wander round and you’ll see unique treasures from all around the world.
It’s free to get in at all times but the LDG recommends that you save your date for the first Tuesday evening of the month where the museum is lit only by candlelight. This is understandably a very popular event and only the first 200 people are allowed in so arrive well before 6pm when the museum opens.
The Sherlock Holmes museum is a quirky little find, paying homage to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous characters, Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. The house is protected by the government due to its famous address and the 1st floor study which overlooks Baker Street is still faithfully maintained as it would’ve looked in Victorian times. The tiny rooms are jam packed full of interesting and historical items and you really do feel the Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson’s presence.
A much bigger (though still relatively small) London museum, the Wellcome Collection’s exhibits are wonderfully different and interesting. It was founded by Sir Henry Wellcome, a pioneering 19th-century pharmacist and entrepreneur. Over his career he collected a vast array of tools and implements relating to the medical trade. Keep an eye on the temporary exhibitions which are always brilliant. They also play host to free talks which are usually very fun and interesting, recent lectures include a bat walk and a talk on laughter which included a laughter yoga therapist, a Michelin star chef and professors from Oxford/Cambridge.
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