By now, it is no secret that London is one of my favourite places in the world and I know that I’m not the only one who thinks like this. London is such a vast and diverse city that it has something to offer for everyone. However, it is very easy to get caught up with the usual tourist attractions and completely overlook London’s beautiful hidden gems.
This year in September, I’ll travel to London again and this time I wanted to avoid the tourist attractions, so when Charlotte from apeaceoflondon.com contacted us, I was trilled.
Charlotte is a free-lance blogger on a mission to find chilled-out, cultured and unusual corners of London. Since she lived for a few years in London, she is able to give you insider tips. Whether you’re looking for nice and quiet cafés, quiet second hand bookshops or other hidden corners, Charlotte can help you out.
Now, we all know London’s famous museums such as the Natural History Museum or the British Museum. There are, however, numerous other amazing museums most might’ve never heard about, so Charlotte created a fantastic post with her 21 favourite, unique and free museums in London where you won’t meet the masses. What I really love about her post, in addition to the selection, is the fact that she also provides the opening hours and the nearest Tube station which makes travel planning so much easier!
If you’re curious to read her post ’21 free museums in London (without the crowds)’, go and check out her post over on apeaceoflondon.com!
Here are, however, my top 3 picks from her list that I’ll try to explore later this year:
1.Grant Museum of Zoology
This small but perfectly formed (and free) museum in UCL’s buildings houses everything from a penguin skeleton to half a cat and a corner of insects; all from London Zoo, The Hunterian Museum and Imperial College London.- apeaceoflondon.com
2. Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich
Its Painted Hall — designed by Sir Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmoor — has been described as ‘the Sistine Chapel of the UK,’ so there’s at least one reason to visit this south-west London landmark if you haven’t already. On show in the visitor centre are Tudor objects excavated from the old Greenwich Palace, the secret of Greenwich’s own nuclear reactor, and the history of the site as a a refuge for old and injured sailors. – apeaceoflondon.com
3. The Hunterian Museum
The third natural history museum on the list and probably the lesser-known. This small but full-to-the-brim museum contains thousands of jarred specimens and skeletons: everything from the 7ft 7ins ‘Irish Giant’, human brains and a plaster cast of Isaac Newton’s death mask. – apeaceoflondon.com
When growing up, I’ve always wanted to be either an archeologist or paleontologist, until I realized that these jobs are not as exciting as Indiana Jones made me believe. Still, I’m still very interested in any exhibition remotely related to these fields. So thats why these 3 museums immediately caught my eyes. Charlotte’s list contains, of course, a great variety of museums. In order to find out what these other museums are, make sure to explore her post!
What museum on Charlotte’s list interests you? Have you visited any of those 21 museums already? Leave a comment down below and head over to apeaceoflondon.com for more hidden jems!