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Museums long ago ceased to be stuffy rooms full of glass cases containing bits of old pottery and fossilised bones. Today even most conventional museums include changing displays but over recent years there has been a growth in industrial and "living" museums. Here you can learn about local heritage, get a feel for how people lived and worked, the hardships they endured...

Galleries listed include not just civic galleries displaying publicly owned artworks, but also privately owned galleries with items for sale.

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blank tabTHE HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
Horse Guards, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2AX
Located in original eighteenth century stables in London's Whitehall, the Household Cavalry Museum offers a 'behind-the-scenes' look into the ceremonial and operational role of the Household Cavalry. Visitors can watch troopers attending to their horses (via a glazed screen) and learn more about the personal stories of the people who make up the Household Cavalry through displays, rare objects and for the first time, an interactive multimedia guide. For younger visitors there's a dressing up area where they can try on parts of the uniform and helmets. New this year is a dramatic set piece display featuring the capture of the Eagle and Standard of the French 105th Regiment at the Battle of Waterloo by the Royals. There is also a scene showing troopers discovering an IED on patrol in Afghanistan and a display showing up to date kit each trooper takes into battle and highlights the dangers they face. These new exhibits add a new dimension to the attraction and visitors can now get a real sense of what the Household Cavalry Regiment is all about and its theatres of operation since the Second World War. A short film with actual live footage from recent operations vividly contrasts the Regiment's unique dual roles.
Establishment Disabled FacilitiesTel: 020 7930 3070
E-mail: museum@householdcavalry.co.uk
Book online or find more info - THE HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY MUSEUM

blank tabTHE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTSMuseums & Galleries
Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BD
The Royal Academy of Arts, founded in 1768, is the oldest fine arts institution in Britain.

Situated in the heart of the West End on Piccadilly, it is universally renowned for hosting some of the capital's finest temporary and touring exhibitions. Its annual Summer Exhibition, running since the institution first opened displays select works from established and up and coming artists.

More details about forthcoming exhibitions can be found by visiting our dedicated website.
Tel: 020 7300 8000
Book online or find more info - THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS

University College London, Malet Place, London, WC1E 6BT
The Petrie Museum houses an estimated 80,000 objects, making it one of the greatest collections of Egyptian and Sudanese archaeology in the world. The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology illustrates life in the Nile Valley from prehistory through the time of the pharaohs, the Ptolemaic, Roman and Coptic periods to the Islamic period. Costume is another strength of the collection. In addition to the 'oldest dress' there is a unique beadnet dress of a dancer from the Pyramid Age, about 2400 BC, two long sleeved robes of the same date; a suit of armour from the palace of Memphis (awaiting reconstruction), as well as socks and sandals from the Roman period. More than these highlights, though, the collection is uniquely important because so much of it comes from documented excavations. The large typological series of objects provide a unique insight into how people have lived and died in the Nile Valley for over five thousand years.
Tel: 020 7679 2884

The Churchill Museum

Churchill - Photo  ceridwen
Churchill -
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This small but delightful shrine to Churchill makes the British bulldog come alive.

The recently opened museum is actually part of the Cabinet War Rooms, a suite of subterranean rooms which served as Churchill's wartime headquarters during World War II.

A ticket to the War Rooms buys you admission to the museum as well. More...

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HMS Belfast

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HMS Belfast -
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HMS Belfast is part of the Imperial War Museum, and permanently stationed in the Thames close to London Bridge. Her guns are pointed at Scratchwood Services on the M1 Motorway though why, nobody seems to know!

It is Europe's only surviving big-gun armoured warship, and has played key roles in several crucial battles. More...

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The Imperial War Museum

Imperial War Museum - Photo  Chris Gunns
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For travellers interested in military history, a visit to London should include the famous Imperial War Museum.

Located in a quiet neighbourhood south of the Thames, it is in easy walking distance from Waterloo International Railway Station or the Elephant & Castle Tube stop.

The museum contains England's largest display of military artefacts, ranging in period from the First World War to the present day. More...

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London's Most Eccentric Residence: Sir John Soane's Museum

Sir John Soane's Museum Photo  R Soanes
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If you have a weakness for English eccentricity, this most eccentric of London's museums is for you.

The house of the famous architect and collector Sir John Soane is a bizarre yet beguiling hotchpotch of priceless paintings, curiosities, sculptures, marbles and even an Egyptian sarcophagus.

The Georgian townhouse in which they are displayed is as quirky as its contents -- a labyrinth of glittering mirrors, hidden passages, concealed skylights, and secret niches.

The house also enjoys wonderful views across the greenery of Lincoln's fields -- one of London's prettiest town squares and a popular setting for duels in Soane's time. More...

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Fan Museum

They've been around for thousands of years, but no-one knows precisely when, where, why or by whom they were first made All manner of materials have been used in their construction down the ages, including ivory, tortoiseshell, mother-of-pearl, silk, lace, cotton, skin, vellum and paper. They are fans -- and the world's biggest and most comprehensive collection is at The Fan Museum in historic Greenwich, southeast London. More...

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London Planetarium

Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LR
Web: www.london-planetarium.co.uk

The London Planetarium is situated next-door to Madame Tussauds and is part of the same complex. Visitors to the planetarium are able to view many accurately detailed models of the planets and the solar system. The Planetarium has the most advanced star projector in Europe. Established for over forty years, the London Planetarium is now the most accurate in the country and is used extensively for external lectures.
Nearest Tube Station: Baker Street

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Royal Observatory

Greenwich Park, Greenwich, London, SE10
Tel: 020 8312 6565     Web: www.rog.nmm.ac.uk

Founded by King Charles II in 1675 and was built for the specific purpose of finding longitude- the exact position west or east- for maritime travel. The Royal Observatory at Greenwich is the source of the Prime Meridian- longitude 0 0' 0''. The rest of the world formerly adopted this Prime Meridian in 1884. In 1955 a Caesium beam clock at Greenwich became the most accurate and preferred timepiece in the world. Visitors can view the apparatus and equipment used by the astronomers. The Observatory often hosts special events and exhibitions and is a fascinating place.

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The National Gallery

Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN
Tel: 020 7747 2885     Web: www.nationalgallery.org.uk

The National Gallery, London houses one of the greatest collections of Western European painting in the world. These pictures belong to the public and entrance to see them is free. In April 1824 the House of Commons agreed to pay 57,000 for the picture collection of the banker John Julius Angerstein. The 38 pictures were intended to form the core of a new national collection, for the enjoyment and education of all. Public criticism of the inadequate accommodation for the growing national collection, led to the decision to construct a purpose-built gallery. A site in Trafalgar Square was chosen, as the cross-roads of London, where the collection would be accessible to the rich people travelling from West London in their carriages, and on foot to the poor of the East End. Opening hours, Daily 10am-6pm, Wednesday 10am-9pm, (Closing commences 5 mins before time stated).

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London Art Gallery Chelsea

The Courtyard, 6 Burnsall Street, King's Road, London, SW3 3ST
Web: www.flyingcoloursgallery.com

Buy and view top British Art online at Flying Colours Gallery, names include Ethel Walker, Anthony Scullion, Angela Reilly, John Cunningham, Shona Barr, Stephen Mangan.

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Bruce Castle Museum

Lordship Lane, London. N17 8NU
Tel: 020 8808 8772     Web: www.haringey.gov.uk

Bruce Castle is a Grade I listed 16th Century manor house in 20 acres of parkland. William Compton - a member of Henry VIIIs court, built the oldest surviving parts of the building. Since then the building has been modified several times by new owners including the Coleraine family. One of the wives of the 2nd Lord Coleraine is said to haunt the building. Bruce Castle Park was the first public park in Tottenham. There is a Tree Trail to follow through the park, and the park is part of the Better Haringey Walking Trail.

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Polish Institute & Sikorski Museum

11 Leopold Road, London. W5 3PB
Tel: 020 8992 6057     Web: www.sikorskimuseum.co.uk

With the termination of hostilities in 1945 and the recognition by the Allies of the Soviet imposed Communist Government in Poland, it became obvious that the overwhelming majority of Polish ex-servicemen and civilian nationals would not choose to return to their Soviet dominated homeland. As a result, a large community of Poles remained in exile. One of the more pressing needs of this dispossessed and exiled society was the preservation of all that bore witness to their struggle: of the values and aspirations fought for, of the new and better Poland they had hoped to build once the German invader had been defeated. What this meant in practical terms was the preservation of historical records, documents, regimental standards, uniforms, insignia, notable works of art and literature and, last but not least, innumerable personal effects which had once belonged to statesmen, diplomats, academics, military leaders and ordinary men and women. It was for this purpose - to consolidate and conserve a precious heritage - that the premises at 20 Princes Gate were acquired.

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The Royal Armouries

HM Tower of London, Tower Hill, London, EC3N 4AB
Tel: 020 7480 6358      Web: www.royalarmouries.org

There have always been arms and armour at the Tower. William the conqueror's castle, begun in 1066, must have contained a garrison of soldiers, and weapons are first documented in the reign of King John (11991216). Alongside the working arsenal, a museum began to take shape in the Tudor period. Our displays contain many of the examples of royal arms and armour in the Royal Armouries collection, including armours of Henry VIII, Charles I, Charles II and James II. They also reconstruct many of the historical displays of arms and armour for which the Tower is famous, including the Grand Storehouse which was destroyed by fire in 1841. The Royal Armouries Museum itself was designed from the inside out. The redisplay of the collections in a thematic structure and the identity, size and basic story lines of the new galleries were all created as part of Strategy 2000. The design for the new building took those spaces, together with the study collections, conservation workshops and library as the basis of its overall layout. The ceiling heights of the new building were designed to accommodate the longest staff weapons in the collections, displayed vertically, and the principal lift to move the largest object. In addition to the five galleries which house 5,000 objects in the permanent displays, the museum includes the Hall of Steel, a giant staircase whose walls are decorated with trophy displays composed of 2,500 objects reminiscent of the historical trophy displays erected by the Tower Armouries from the 17th century.

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Victoria & Albert Museum

Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL
Tel: 020 7942 2000     Web: www.vam.ac.uk

The V&A in South Kensington is part of a family of museums consisting of The Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green and The Theatre Museum in Covent Garden. All V&A Museums are free entry, Some exhibitions and events carry a separate charge. The V&A Caf offers hot dishes, salads, sandwiches, pastries and cakes, as well as hot and cold drinks, wine and beer. All food is prepared cooked and on the premises using fresh food, bought daily. Concessions are available for senior citizens, full-time students and ES40 holders. Tickets are free for V&A Members and Patrons, under 12s, disabled people and up to two carers, ICOM / Museums Association card holders, school, college, university and community groups. Art Fund and D&AD members half price including concessions, excluding family tickets.

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The Science Museum

Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD
Tel: 020 7942 4570     Web: www.sciencemuseum.org.uk

The Science Museum as an institution has been in existence for about a century and a half. It has its origins in the Great Exhibition of 1851. The history of the Science Museum over the last 150 years has been one of continual change. The exhibition galleries are never static for long, as they have to reflect and comment on the increasing pace of change in science, technology, industry and medicine. Even if this sometimes means the removal of some well-loved objects to store, we can be certain that some of their modern replacements will become cherished in turn. Whatever the future holds, the Science Museum will be in the forefront to illustrate, explain and interpret it for all our users, whoever and wherever they are.

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Keats House Museum

10 Keats Grove, London, NW3 2RR
Tel: 020 7435 2062      E-mail: keatshouse@cityoflondon.gov.uk    
Web: www.cityoflondon.gov.uk

This is the house where John Keats lived from 1818 to 1820, and is the setting which inspired some of Keatss most memorable poetry. Here, Keats wrote ' Ode to a Nightingale', and fell in love with Fanny Brawne, the girl next door. It was from this house that he travelled to Rome, where he died of tuberculosis aged just 25. The Keats House Collections consist of books, manuscripts, letters, prints, paintings and artefacts relating to the life of the poet John Keats (1795-1821), his circle and the English Romantic movement. Set in the leafy suburbs of Hampstead, and only a moments walk from Hampstead Heath, the house and gardens are open to the public all year round. The museum runs regular poetry and literary events, and offers a range of educational facilities.

Nearest Tube Station: Belsize Park / Hampstead (Northern Line)

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National Maritime Museum

Romney Road, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NF
Tel: 020 8858 4422      E-mail: bookings@nmm.ac.uk
Web: www.nmm.ac.uk

Admission Free! The National Maritime Museum (NMM) was formally established by Act of Parliament in 1934 and opened to the public by King George VI on 27 April 1937. It includes the 17th Century Queen's House and, from the 1950s, the Royal Observatory, Greenwich. The collections comprise about 2.48 million items, many on loan to museums elsewhere in Britain. The public galleries at Greenwich display a thematically arranged selection and the remainder are accessible for public interest and research in various ways. The Museum is also unique in the architectural importance of its main buildings, the Queen's House in particular being the keystone of the historic park-and-palace landscape of 'Maritime Greenwich'. The Regatta Caf at the National Maritime Museum offers an excellent range of hot and cold meals, sandwiches and a selection of hot and cold beverages.

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The Pump House Steam & Transport Museum

10 South Access Road, Walthamstow, London, E17 8AX
Tel: 020 8521 1766      E-mail: lindsay.collier@leavaleyexperience.co.uk
Web: www.leavalleyexperience.co.uk

In the 1970s the concept of an industrial museum recognising Waltham Forests industrial transport achievements was conceived, and in 1994 the trust set about making the dream of many into a reality. Since then we have been developing the concept of our project into something that we believe to be unique and certainly different than any other museum in the world today. There are a number of railway and other signs of local significance on display along with various buses and scale models.

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The Sherlock Holmes Museum

221B Baker Street, London, NW1 6XE
Tel: 020 7935 8866      Web: www.sherlock-holmes.co.uk

Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson lived at 221b Baker Street between 1881-1904, according to the stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The famous 1st floor study overlooking Baker Street is still faithfully maintained as it was kept in Victorian Times. Step back in time, and when you visit London, remember to visit the world's most famous address! The Sherlock Holmes Museum heritage gift shop at 221b Baker Street, offers collectibles, novelties, limited edition books, clothing and much more.

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Pollock's Toy Museum

1 Scala Street, London, W1T 2HL
Tel: 020 7636 6452     E-mail: info@pollockstoymuseum.com
Web: www.pollockstoymuseum.com

Pollock's Toy Museum takes its name from Benjamin Pollock, the last of the Victorian Toy Theatre printers and it occupies two houses joined together in the heart of Fitzrovia, one 18th century, one 19th; the rooms are small and connected by narrow winding staircases. The whole place exudes atmosphere and evocations of those special times of childhood. Every corner is filled with visual delights and no matter which direction you look new surprises are there to behold. Nearly every kind of toy imaginable turns up here from all over the world and from all different time periods. Its a fascinating exhibition of toy theatres, teddy bears, wax and china dolls, board games, optical toys, folk toys, nursery furniture, mechanical toys and dolls houses.

Nearest Tube Stations: Goodge Street, Warren Street, Euston Square, Tottenham Court Road.

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Crystal Palace Museum

84 Anerley Road, London, SE19 2AH
Tel: 020 8676 0700    Fax: 0870 133 7920
E-mail: crystalpalacefoundation@hotmail.com
Web: www.crystalpalacefoundation.org.uk

It was in July 1979 that a group of enthusiasts came together to form the Crystal Palace Foundation dedicated to preserving the history of the Crystal Palace. One of their aims was to create a museum on the site and this was achieved in 1990 when the Crystal Palace Museum was opened on Anerley Hill, staffed solely by Crystal Palace Foundation volunteers. The Crystal Palace Museum is open Sundays and some Bank Holidays 11:00am - 5:00pm. NO disabled access arrangements are in place.

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Handel House Museum

25 Brook Street, London, W1K 4HB
Tel: 020 7495 1685     Web: www.handelhouse.org

The Handel House Museum was home to the baroque composer George Frederic Handel from 1723 until his death in 1759. It was here that he composed some of the greatest music in history, including Messiah, Zadok the Priest and Fireworks Music. The museum celebrates Handel's life and works, displaying portraits of Handel and his contemporaries in finely restored Georgian interiors and bringing live music back to his house. Handel House Museum has a new Composer-in-Residence Mark Bowden.

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Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum

Church Road, Wimbledon, London, SW19 5DQ
Tel: 020 8946 6131     Web: www.wimbledon.org

On the 12th April 2006, H.R.H. the Duke of Kent declared the brand new Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum open to the public. The state of the art museum features exhibits and artefacts never seen before, as well as audio guides in eight different languages.

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The Jewish Museum

Raymond Burton House, 129-131 Albert Street, Camden Town, London. NW1 7NB
Tel: 020 7284 7384    Fax: 020 7284 7385
E-mail: admin@jewishmuseum.org.uk     Web: www.jewishmuseum.org.uk

Discover the story of Jewish history, culture and religion, told in an innovative and compelling way to engage with visitors of all ages and backgrounds, and help them draw parallels with their own experiences. As one of Britains oldest minority groups, the Jewish community has made a vital contribution to British life. From business to fashion, entertainment and food, many sectors have benefited from the energy and talents of the Jewish community who have come here from all over the world.

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The Natural History Museum

Cromwell Road, London. SW7 5BD
Tel: 020 7942 5000      Web: www.nhm.ac.uk

One of the worlds finest and largest museums of natural history with hundreds of exhibits, many interactive, ranging from the volcano experience to the dinosaurs exhibition. Creepy-Crawlies exhibition, blue whale, Earth's treasury, dinosaurs etc. You can join highlight and themed guided tours of the Museum, which start near the Life Galleries entrance. Free map/information leaflet on admission.

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Thames Barrier Information & Learning Centre

1 Unity Way, London, SE18 5NJ
Tel: 020 8305 4188

The Thames Barrier started life as a proposal by the Greater London Council in 1965. The GLC decided that a measure needed to be put in place to prevent the risk of flooding and in 1974 work began on the Thames Barrier. Completed in 1984 the Thames Barrier is over 1,700 feet in width with four 200-foot wide openings. The gates are usually opened once a month. The best view of the barrier is by boat - several of the Thames tours stop here and regular boat trips leave from Greenwich and Westminster Pier. The Information Centre is open to the public and is ideal for all the family. It features a working model of the Barrier and a video that shows its construction, operation and how it protects London from flooding. Colourful displays explain the wildlife and environment of the River Thames. We also have a cafe that offers spectacular views of the Barrier and there's a picnic and play area for children.

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The Spitalfields Centre

19 Princelet Street, London, E1 6QH
Tel: 020 7247 5352     Web: www.19princeletstreet.org.uk

The Spitalfields Centre charity was set up to preserve 19 Princelet Street, and to create a permanent exhibition and educational resource telling the stories of the many diverse peoples and cultures who created our society.

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Guatemalan Maya Centre

94 Wandsworth Bridge, London, SW6 2TF
Tel: 020 7371 5291     E-mail: maya@ukonline.co.uk
Web: web.ukonline.co.uk

The Centre operates as a small cultural and educational centre dedicated to the Maya of Guatemala. We run a varied programme of topical films and lectures to compliment the free exhibitions and there are more specialised facilities for students and academics: the textile collection (showing the development of Guatemalan Maya costume from the turn of the century to the present day) is one of the largest of its kind with 7000 textiles. We also house a reference library of over 2000 books and 100 videos which cover all aspects of Guatemala and the Maya. The majority of floor space is dedicated to colourful tableaux showing daily life and dress from Maya Indian villages of highland Guatemala. The textiles on exhibit are drawn from the Centre's collection and display a range of techniques including ikat, embroidery, tapestry and brocading. The exhibitions change annually. The Centre was founded in 1990 by Krystyna Deuss, author of Indian Costumes from Guatemala, who spends 5 months each year in Guatemala continuing her research into the customs of the Highland Maya. Jamie Marshall, curator of the Centre's collections, is in the process of documenting the textiles.

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London Canal Museum

12-13 New Wharf Road, London. N1 9RT
Tel: 020 7713 0836    Fax: 020 7689 6679
Web: www.canalmuseum.org.uk

At the London Canal Museum you can see inside a narrowboat cabin, learn about the history of London's canals, about the cargoes carried, the people who lived and worked on the waterways, and the horses that pulled their boats. Peer down into the unique heritage of a huge Victorian ice well used to store ice imported from Norway and brought by ship and canal boat to be stored. The museum is an attraction housed in a former ice warehouse built in about 1862-3 for Carlo Gatti, the famous ice cream maker, and features the history of the ice trade and ice cream as well as the canals. This is the only London museum of inland waterways and is situated at King's Cross, an accessible central London location.

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Gunnersbury Park Museum

Gunnersbury Park, Popes Lane, London. W3 8LQ
Tel: 020 8992 1612      E-mail: gp-museum@cip.org.uk
Web: www.museumoflondon.org.uk

This is the local history museum for the London Boroughs of Ealing and Hounslow, situated in the former 19th Century home of a branch of the Rothschild family in Gunnersbury Park. A major collection of Chinese armorial porcelain donated to the museum is housed in the archive, including plates, tea bowls and cups, saucers, teapots, serving dishes, tureens, jugs and bowls. A large punch bowl finely painted in famille rose colours originally came from a public house in Acton. Some items are currently on display, although the bulk of the collections are stored in the archive.

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Leighton House Museum and Art Gallery

12 Holland Park Road, London. W14 8LZ
Tel: 020 7602 3316      Web: www.rbkc.gov.uk

Leighton House Museum is the former studio-house of the great Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-1896). Located on the edge of London's Holland Park, the house is one of the most extraordinary buildings of the nineteenth century. The Museum provides an unforgettable insight into Leighton's private world and is a unique venue for the understanding and appreciation of Victorian art and architecture. A large and peaceful garden, restored in 1997 to conform to the original layout and planting scheme is located to the rear of the Museum and is open from April until the end of September.

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Freud Museum

20 Maresfield Gardens, Hampstead, London. NBW3 5SX
Tel: 020 7435 202    Fax: 020 7431 5452
E-mail: info@freud.org.uk      Web: www.freud.org.uk

The Freud Museum, at 20 Maresfield Gardens in Hampstead, was the home of Sigmund Freud and his family when they escaped Nazi annexation of Austria in 1938. It remained the family home until Anna Freud, the youngest daughter, died in 1982. The centrepiece of the museum is Freud's library and study, preserved just as it was during his lifetime. Undoubtedly the most famous piece of furniture in all the collection is Freud's psychoanalytic couch, on which all of Freud's patients reclined. The Freud Museum's central function is to celebrate the life and work of Sigmund and Anna Freud. There is a shop well-stocked with books on the life and work of Sigmund Freud and books on contemporary psychoanalysis. Postcards and souvenirs are also available.

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Hogarth's House

Hogarth Lane, London, W4 2QN
Tel: 020 8994 6757

Admission to Hogarth's House is free with donations towards its upkeep welcome. Open Tues-Fri 1pm - 5pm. Sat & Sun 1pm - 6pm. Closed on Mondays.
Nearest Tube Station
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The National Portrait Gallery

2 St. Martins Place, London, WC2H 0HE
Tel: 020 7306 0055     Web: www.npg.org.uk

The National Portrait Gallery was established with the criteria that the Gallery was to be about history, not about art, and about the status of the sitter, rather than the quality or character of a particular image considered as a work of art. This criterion is still used by the Gallery today when deciding which works enter the National Portrait Gallery's collection. The National Portrait Gallery's roof-top restaurant boasts spectacular views over London, and has quickly established itself as one of the capital's most sought after dining areas, set 92 feet above ground level on the third floor of the Gallery's new Ondaatje wing. The Portrait Caf has been designed by leading London architects, Dixon Jones, to create a caf space that is stylish and contemporary. Access to the Gallery for wheelchair users is via the Orange Street ramp entrance and the Gift shop entrance, on St Martin's Place.

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Museum of Fulham Palace

Bishops Avenue, London, SW6 6EA
Tel: 020 7736 3233    Fax: 020 7751 0164
E-mail: museum@fulhampalac.org      Web: www.fulhampalace.org

The Museum of Fulham Palace tells the story of this ancient site from Prehistoric times to the present day. The permanent displays will interpret our collection of paintings, archaeology and artefacts (including our famous mummified rat!) as well as the Fulham Palace model which shows the building in perfect detail at a scale of 1:50. Admission to the Palace and its grounds is free of charge.

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The Royal Artillery Museum

Old Laboratory Office, Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, London, SE18 6ST
Tel: 020 8855 7755    Fax: 020 8855 7100
E-mail: info@firepower.org.uk     Web: www.firepower.org.uk

The Royal Artillery Museum has been open to the public since 4 May 1820, a record we believe to be unrivalled by any other military museum. Visit Firepower, The Royal Artillery Museum and learn about the proud history of the Gunners. We aim to give you an insight into artillery and enable you to understand the role that Gunners and their equipment have played in our Nation's history. You will discover a mixture of artillery that has changed the nature of battle and affected the lives of many people. The science of artillery and the human endeavours of Gunners make a fascinating story and one that you will follow from catapult to rocket, and from the battlefield to Crcy to the peacekeeping missions in Bosnia. Using the unique collections of the Regiment and its library and archives, this is the first time that this story can be told properly.

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Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art

53 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PD
Tel: 020 7387 3909    Fax: 020 7383 5163
E-mail: rf20@soas.ac.uk     Web: www.pdfmuseum.org.uk

The Percival David Foundation exists to promote the study and teaching of Chinese Art and culture. Its unique collection of Chinese ceramics and its library of East Asian and Western books related to Chinese art were both presented to the University of London in 1950 by the collector and scholar Sir Percival David. There are approximately seventeen hundred items of Chinese ceramics in the Foundation, reflecting Chinese court taste and dating mainly to the period 10th-18th century. Many of these pieces are not only of exceptional beauty, but bear important inscriptions. A number of them have previously been in the possession of Chinese emperors, and inscriptions applied on the orders of the Emperor Qianlong (1736-95) appear on several of the pieces. Others, which were inscribed with dates and names at the time they were made, are historical documents of immense value. Monday to Friday 10.00 - 12.30 and 1.30 - 5.00. The Foundation is closed on Bank Holidays and at weekends. Children are welcome is they are in the charge of an adult.

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Bramah Museum of Tea & Coffee

40 Southwark, London. SE1 1UN
Tel: 020 7403 5650    Fax: 020 7403 5654
E-mail: bramah@btconnect.com     Web: www.teaandcoffeemuseum.co.uk

The Bramah Museum, only two minutes from London Bridge Station, is the world's first museum devoted entirely to the history of tea and coffee. It tells the commercial and social 400 year old history of two of the world's most important commodities since their arrival in Europe from the Far East and Africa. Open seven days a week 10am - 6pm. Except Christmas and Boxing Day.

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The Church Farmhouse Museum

Greyhound Hill, Hendon, London, NW4 4JR
Tel: 020 8203 0130     E-mail: info@churchfarmhousemuseum.co.uk
Web: www.churchfarmhousemuseum.co.uk

Church Farmhouse Museum is a handsome Grade 2 listed building dating from the mid- seventeenth century and has regular exhibitions throughout the year. Church Farmhouse now has three furnished period rooms. The kitchen, set about 1820, has a huge open fireplace containing a clockwork spit jack, a chimney crane and bread oven. A splendid refectory table and oak dresser show off over a hundred Victorian kitchen utensils, including sugar cutters and a knife cleaner. In the scullery the display of laundry equipment includes washing dollies, flat irons and a linen press. The dining room is furnished as it would have been in the 1850s, with a fine oval dining table and the Windsor chairs. This room contains oak panelling dating from the late seventeenth and nineteenth centuries, which once formed a corridor between the stairs and the bedroom of the first floor.

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Florence Nightingale Museum Trust

2 Lambeth Place Road, London, SW1 7EW
Tel: 020 7620 0374     Web: www.florence-nightingale.co.uk

Florence Nightingale was a legend in her lifetime but the Crimean War years which made her famous were just two out of a life of ninety years. The Museum has three classes of artefacts in a collection numbering less than 1000 items: artefacts owned or used by Florence Nightingale, material connected with the Crimean War (1854-56): military, hospital and nursing, objects connected with the Nightingale School and St. Thomas' Hospital (1860-1910).

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Clink Prison Museum

Soho Wharf, Clink Street, London, SE1 9DG
Tel: 020 7403 0900     Web: www.clink.co.uk

Open: Mon-Fri from 10am-6pm, Sat & Sun from 10am-9pm.

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Pumphouse Educational Museum

Lavender Pond & Nature Park, Lavender Road, Rotherhithe, London, SE16 5DZ
Tel: 020 7231 2976    Fax: 020 7231 2976
E-mail: c.marais@thepumphouse.org.uk     Web: www.thepumphouse.org.uk

The Pumphouse Educational Museum incorporates The Rotherhithe Heritage Museum and the Lavender Pond & Nature Park, and is a unique resource in the Surrey Commercial Docks area of Rotherhithe. The Pumphouse was built in 1929 to regulate the water level in the Dock System. When the Surrey Docks closed in 1970, 350 acres became derelict and 270 years of tradition came to an end. The building was refurbished in 1989 and the Heritage Museum opened in 1991. The Pumphouse Educational Museum is a unique venue on the Rotherhithe peninsula. It houses the Rotherhithe Heritage Museum and a variety of historical exhibitions and in addition offers further educational opportunities in the environmental study centre using the Lavender Pond and Nature Park, an oasis of peaceful relaxation in an urban environment.


Nearest Tube Station: London Bridge

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Museum In Docklands

No. 1 Warehouse West India Quay, Canary Wharf, London, E14 4AL
Tel: 0870 444 3851    Fax: 020 7600 1058
E-mail: info@museumindocklands.org.uk     Web: www.museumindocklands.org.uk

The Museum in Docklands mission is to inspire a passion for London by communicating Londons history, archaeology and contemporary cultures to a wider world, reaching all of Londons communities through playing a role in the debate about London, facilitating and contributing to London-wide cultural and educational networks. Relax in our stylish restaurant, serving the best in British modern food, alternatively the museum in Docklands caf offers a range of freshly made cakes, home made sandwiches, salads and drinks for all the family. The museum caf is perfectly located on the ground floor and is an ideal place to stop for a morning coffee, light sandwich lunch or afternoon tea/coffee and cake. Open Mon to Sat: 10am-5.50pm Sun: 12pm-5.50pm.

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The Britain At War Experience

64-66 Tooley Street, London Bridge, London, SE1 2TF
Tel: 020 7403 3171    Fax: 020 7403 5104
E-mail: info@britainatwar.org.uk     Web: www.britainatwar.co.uk

This is a permanent exhibition open all year round except for December 24th - 26th. The Second World War was the most turbulent and eventful period in the history of the 20th century. It affected the lives of millions of people all over the world, advanced technology, and changed political boundaries and ideas of human behaviour. But what was it really like? How did it really feel to be a British citizen during the Second World War? What did people eat and wear? Winston Churchill's Britain at War Theme Museum can answer these questions and many more.

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The Vestry House Museum

Vestry Road, London, E17 9NH
Tel: 020 8496 4391     Web: www.walthamforest.gov.uk/william-morris

Vestry House Museum serves as a centre for the collection, preservation and interpretation of the past and present story of the people of Waltham Forest. This includes: provision of a local history museum service for the Borough, care and management of the Waltham Forest archives. Vestry House Museum holds a wide range of objects that are on long term exhibition. As well as these objects the museum tries to display as many of its reserve collection during temporary exhibitions.
Nearest Tube Station: Walthamstow Central

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Wimbledon Windmill Museum

Windmill Road, Wimbledon Common, London, SW19 5NR
Tel: 020 8947 2825     Web: www.wimbledonwindmillmuseum.org.uk

Wimbledon Windmill Museum is a museum of windmills housed in the windmill on Wimbledon Common. It depicts the history of windmills and milling using working models and the machinery and tools of the trade, with hands-on milling for children. Wimbledon windmill is a very unusual mill. It has a two storey octagonal brick base, which housed all the working machinery. Above this is a conical tower which housed the post supporting the cap on which the sails are mounted. The Windmill Museum contains a small shop which sells maps, books and souvenirs. The caf adjoins the car park and is run independently from the Windmill Museum. It is open every day from about 10 am to 5 pm.* It is famous for its big breakfasts which are served until lunch time.

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The Black Cultural Archives

378 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8LF
Tel: 020 7582 8516     E-mail: info@aambh.org.uk
Web: www.aambh.org.uk

Black Cultural Archives document the Afro-Caribbean history. The Archives and Museums of Black Heritage (AMBH) aims to create a space within museum culture to question, articulate and celebrate the history and culture of the African diaspora in Britain, and to counter the sense of being 'heritage-less'. The exhibitions mounted by AMBH will use the material culture of black Britons as well as the critical practice of past and contemporary writers, musicians, poets, political activists, educators and others. There is disabled access for the exhibition area and admission is free.

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The Cartoon Museum

35 Little Russell Street, London, WC1A 2HH
Tel: 020 7580 815     E-mail: info@cartoonmuseum.org
Web: www.cartoonmuseum.org

On 23rd February 2006 London's first cartoon museum opened to the public. Situated at 35 Little Russell Street, a stone's throw from The British Museum, The Cartoon Museum exhibits the very finest examples of British cartoons, caricature, and comic art from the 18th century to the present day. OPENING TIMES - Tuesday - Saturday 10.30am - 5.30pm / Sunday 12.00pm - 5.30pm.

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The Brunel Engine House Museum

Railway Avenue, London, SE16 4LF
Tel: 020 7231 3840     E-mail: education@brunel-museum.org.uk
Web: www.brunel-museum.org.uk

Brunel's Thames Tunnel & Brunel's Great Eastern Steamship. An award winning museum located within an ancient monument, set in picturesque riverside gardens. An exhibition using new technology and spanning the career of both Brunel's. The Brunel Museum regularly organises tours by tube train through the Thames Tunnel, now part of the East London line. Courtesy of Transport for London the tunnel is floodlit, so travellers can clearly see the columns and Doric capitals of the one time fairground as they glide past the carriage windows. You are travelling through the first underwater shopping arcade. Public tours are arranged for Architecture Week, National Science & Engineering Week and Open House weekend, but on Valentine's Day couples throng the platform for a journey through the Tunnel of Love! The Engine House is a striking piece of 19th Century architecture. It is a listed red brick building, elegant but simple. It was designed by Sir Marc Brunel to contain the steam engines which drained the celebrated Thames Tunnel. The tunnel was built between 1825 and 1843, and was a triumph of ingenuity and perseverance in the face of floods, financial losses, and human disaster.

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The National Army Museum

Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 4HT
Tel: 020 7730 0717    Fax: 020 7823 6573
E-mail: info@national-army-museum.ac.uk     Web: www.national-army-museum.ac.uk

Visit the National Army Museum and find out how Britains past has helped to shape our present and our future. Discover the impact our Army has had on the story of Britain, Europe and the world, and see how the actions of a few can affect the futures of many. Our shop offers a wide range of goods, including National Army Museum branded ranges, which support the Museums purpose in increasing your interest in understanding and enjoying the history, heritage, and impact of Britains army. The Great Escape Caf offers fresh, seasonal food and healthy kids meals at value for money prices.
Nearest Station: Victoria Station

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The London Fire Brigade Museum

94 Southwark Bridge Road, London, SE1 0EG
Tel: 020 7587 2894     E-mail: museum@london-fire.gov.uk
Web: www.london-fire.gov.uk

Visit our museum in Southwark and see how fire fighting has developed over the last 340 years. All visits to the museum are by appointment only. Once booked, your visit will be specially guided by one of our expert tour guides who will tailor the visit to your requirements. Open Monday to Friday, tours start from 10.30am or 2.00pm. The museum holds a wealth of information and exhibits depicting the history of fire fighting in London from the Great Fire of London in 1666 to the present day, You can also visit our shop which sells a wide range of items.
Nearest Tube Stations
: Borough / Southwark / Elephant & Castle

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The London Sewing Machine Museum

292-312 Balham High Road, London. SW17 7AA
Tel: 020 8682 7916    Fax: 020 8767 4726

The London Sewing Machine Museum illustrates the history and development of the sewing machine, on both a domestic and industrial level from 1850-1950. The museum displays excellent examples such as the feature attractions, the first Singer machine, a unique machine originally owned by Queen Victoria's eldest daughter, and a patent machine from America sent over for the Great Exhibition. With over 600 machines on display we offer an interesting insight into the sewing machine.
Nearest Tube Stations
: Tooting Bec / Balham

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The Wimbledon Museum of Local History

26 Lingfield Road, London. SW19 4QD
Tel: 020 8296 9914     E-mail: wimbledonmuseum@yahoo.co.uk
Web: www.wimbledonmuseum.org.uk

The Wimbledon Museum of local history is a small intimate museum in which we show you, in pictures, words and objects, the three thousand year history of Wimbledon. The staff you'll meet there are friendly local people who are proud of our history and will gladly help you in any way they can. Please contact us for further information.

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The Foundling Museum

40 Brunswick Square, London. WC1N 1AZ
Tel: 020 7841 360     E-mail: enquiries@foundlingmuseum.org.uk
Web: www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk

Britain's original home for abandoned children and London's first ever public art gallery, The Foundling Museum tells the story of the Foundling Hospital, and of three major figures in British history: its campaigning founder the philanthropist Thomas Coram, the artist William Hogarth and the composer George Frederic Handel. This remarkable collection of art and social history is now housed in a restored and refurbished building adjacent to the original site of the Hospital, demolished in 1926.

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London Transport Museum

39 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7BB
Tel: 020 7379 6344    Fax: 020 7379 6344
E-mail: enquiry@ltmuseum.co.uk     Web: www.ltmuseum.co.uk

The London Transport Museum is currently undergoing re-development which means that the public galleries in Covent Garden are closed now until Autumn 2007. Our shop is open in Covent Garden and our events still continue at various venues. Please visit our website for further details.

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The Charles Dickens Museum

48 Doughty Street, London, WC1N 2LX
Tel: 020 7405 2127     Web: www.dickensmuseum.com

The Charles Dickens Museum in London is the world's most important collection of material relating to the great Victorian novelist and social commentator. The only surviving London home of Dickens (from 1837 until 1839) was opened as a Museum in 1925 and is still welcoming visitors from all over the world in authentic and inspiring surroundings.

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Hackney Museum

Technology Learning Centre, 1 Reading Lane, London, E8 1GQ
Tel: 020 8356 3500    Fax: 020 8356 2563
E-mail: hmuseum@hackney.gov.uk    Web: www.hackney.gov.uk

Discover the world on your doorstep, Hackney Museum features exciting new displays on the history of immigration to Hackney over the past 1000 years. The museum looks at the stories of some of the amazing range of people that have made their homes here from Saxon times onwards. Brought to life with interviews capturing the experiences of real people, which visitors can listen to on handsets situated throughout the display. The museum is also equipped with the latest computer technology. Touch screen computers let you visit online exhibitions, map your family history, take a virtual tour of a Victorian home and eavesdrop on the fascinating memories of local people from around the world.

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Greenwich Heritage Centre

Artilary Square, London, SE18 4DX
Tel: 020 8854 2452    E-mail: heritage.centre@greenwich.gov.uk
Web: www.greenwich.gov.uk

The Heritage Centre brings together the former Borough Museum and Local History Library to offer a wealth of information and fascinating displays about the history of Greenwich.

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The Crossness Pumping Station and Engines

Belvedere Road, Abbey Wood, London, SE2 9AQ
Tel: 020 8311 3711     Web: www.crossness.org.uk

The site is open to visitors by appointment only on the following days of the year when the history of Crossness and a guided tour will be provided. We regret that, at present, we cannot admit visitors who have not made an appointment. Visits must be booked in advance either on a Tuesday or Sunday between 9.30am and 4.00pm.

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North Woolwich Old Station Museum

Pier Road, London, E16 2JJ
Tel: 020 8430 2457     Web: www.newham.gov.uk

The museum is great place to take the family with lots of hands on activities for youngsters. Why not start by taking a wander through the booking hall, the waiting rooms and out onto the platform of this Victorian railway station. There you can see locomotives, carriages, models, railway memorabilia and a reconstructed 1920's ticket office. Discover how the railway shaped the history of Newham and its people. There's plenty more to see and do, including: Dudley the Diesel - younger visitors can climb aboard and take control, Quizzes, BRIO layout and a virtual railway. Guided tours and talks for party visits (must be booked in advance), Museum shop - souvenirs, books and other publications. Special events for kids during the school holidays.

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Museum of Brands & Packaging

2-5 Colvile Mews, Lonsdale Road, Notting Hill, London, W11 2AR
Tel: 020 7908 0880     E-mail: info@museumofbrands.com
Web: www.museumofbrands.com

Its all herethe toys and games, posters and magazines, fads and fashions, postcards and packaging. Nostalgic and inspiring, its an unexpected reunion with your past! Featuring over 12,000 original items from the Robert Opie Collection, the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising has now opened in Londons Notting Hill after seventeen years in Gloucester. This history of consumer culture is revealed decade by decade in the time tunnel, from Victorian times to the present day. Discover the trends of daily life, the revolution in shopping habits, the groceries, sweets and household goods, the changes in taste and tempo, the advent of motoring, aviation, radio and television, the gradual emancipation of women and the effects of two world wars. Open Tuesday to Saturday: 10am to 6pm, Sunday 11am to 5pm, closed Mondays except Bank Holidays.

Nearest Tube Station: Notting Hill Gate

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Livesey Museum for Children

682 Old Kent Road, London, SE15 1JF
Tel: 020 7639 5604     E-mail: info@liveseymuseum.org.uk
Web: www.liveseymuseum.org.uk

The Livesey is for all kids under 12, their families, carers and teachers. We are one of the UK's leading children's museums, located in Peckham in the London Borough of Southwark. We show an all-new interactive exhibition every year. At our museum you can learn things by experimenting and investigating, by having fun and using your imagination. Every exhibition is designed to support the National Curriculum at Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. If you're looking for ideas for family days out with children in London, please come and see us soon!

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The Museum of Garden History

5 Lambeth Place Road, London, SE1 7LB
Tel: 020 7401 8865    Fax: 020 7401 8869
E-mail: info@museumgardenhistory.org     Web: www.museumgardenhistory.org

The Museum of Garden History exists to enhance understanding and appreciation of the history and development of gardens and gardening n the UK, with reference to European and worldwide influences. The Garden Cafe is ideal for refreshments. The museum's shop contains a delightful selection of gifts for garden-lovers.
Nearest Tube Station
: Lambeth North / Westminster

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Ragged School Museum

46-50 Copperfield Road, London, E3 4RR
Tel: 020 8980 6405     Web: www.raggedschoolmuseum.org.uk

The purpose of the Ragged School Museum is to make the unique history of the East End of London, and in particular of the Copperfield Road Ragged School, accessible to everyone. The Museum was opened in 1990 in three canalside warehouses in Copperfield Road, East London. These buildings were previously used by Dr. Barnardo to house the largest ragged school in London. In a re-created classroom of the period, visitors can now experience how Victorian children were taught. There are also displays on local history, industry and life in the East End and a varied programme of temporary exhibitions.

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The Royal Airforce Museum

Grahame Park Way, London, NW9 5LL
Tel: 020 8205 2266     E-mail: london@rafmuseum.org
Web: www.rafmuseum.org.uk

From a total collection of well over two hundred aircraft, over a hundred full-size aircraft from all over the world are displayed under cover on the historic site of the original London Aerodrome. These include the legendary Spitfire and Lancaster Bomber. Facilities include: Baby changing rooms, Full access for wheelchair users, Wheelchairs available for use on site - please pre-book. The Wings is a fully licensed restaurant with seating for 120 guests and is operated under franchise by professional caterers. The Wessex Cafe in the Historic Hangars serves a selection of light snacks and drinks throughout the day. There is seating for 60 guests. We also have a Picnic Area. Please visit our website for further information.

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Island History Trust

197 Docklands Settlement, East Ferry Road, London, E14 3BA
Tel: 020 7987 6041     E-mail: eve@islandhistory.org.uk
Web: www.islandhistory.org.uk

The Island History Trust is based in one of the oldest community centres on the Isle of Dogs - the Dockland Settlement. Up to eight visitors can be accommodated, for larger groups, please phone in advance. Please visit our website for more information.

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The Golden Hinde Museum

Unit 1-2 Pickfords Wharf, Clink Street, London, SE1 9DG
Tel: 020 7403 0123

Drama workshops, tours and storytelling sessions. Life on board the Golden Hinde Experience the life of a Tudor Cabin Boy learning all the necessary skills to survive life at sea. Skills include gunning, barber-surgery and navigation. Use your new skills to defeat the Spanish. Activities include loading cannons, raising the anchor and singing Tudor sailors' songs.

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Islington Museum

Foyer Gallery, Town Hall, Upper Street, London, N1 2UD
Tel: 020 7527 3535     E-mail: Islington.Museum@Islington.gov.uk

The Museum will be closed throughout 2007 while it is relocated to the new museum building. Islington Council has received Heritage Lottery funding to develop a new, purpose-built Islington Museum at Insbury Library. It is planned that the new museum will open in early 2008.

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The Design Museum

28 Shad Thames, London, SE1 2YD
Tel: 0870 9099 009     Web: www.designmuseum.org

The world renowned Design Museum has many exhibitions, talks & events, Kid's activities, education and research and much much more. Our on site shop offers a diverse range of products from Homewares and Household items to games and toys.

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V & A Museum of Childhood

Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9PA
Tel: 020 8980 2415    Fax: 020 8983 5225
E-mail: moc@vam.ac.uk     Web: www.vam.ac.uk

The V&A Museum of Childhood has re-opened following a 4.7 million transformation. There is a stunning new entrance, fully updated galleries and displays, a brand new gallery and expanded public spaces. Galleries include Creativity, Moving Toys, World in the East End, Design in Focus, and Children in Trouble. There is also a full programme of activities. The museum is 150 in 2007. Exhibitions include Space Age Exploration, Design and Popular Culture, and Children's Furniture.

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Cuming Museum

The Old Town Hall, 151 Walworth Road, London, SE17 1RY
Tel: 020 7525 2332     E-mail: cuming.museum@southwark.gov.uk

The Cuming Museum is home to the rich and unusual collection of the Cuming family and the museum of Southwark's history. The galleries contains a variety of hands on activities for younger visitors as well as a lively temporary exhibition programme. The Museum Shop sells a range books and souvenirs including; Local history books, publications and maps, Greetings cards and postcards and a small collection of souvenirs.

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Alexander Flemming Laboratory Museum

St. Mary's Hospital, Praed Street, London, W2 1NY
Tel: 020 7886 6528    Fax: 020 7886 6739
Web: www.medicalmuseums.org

Discover for yourself the secrets of the laboratory in which Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928. An in-situ reconstruction of the laboratory, displays and a video uncover the remarkable story of how a chance discovery became a lifesaving drug destined to revolutionise medicine. Visitors to the Museum can follow in the footsteps of Fleming as they explore the birthplace of penicillin, a journey taking them back to the days when there were no antibiotics to fight against often lethal bacteria. After seeing the laboratory in which the discovery took place and learning how it all happened, visitors retrace through displays and a video the remarkable story of Fleming, the man and the scientist, and the discovery and development of penicillin.

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Police Museum

37 Wood Street, London, E17 3JX
Tel: 020 7601 2705

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Sam Uriah Morris Society

Harriet Tubman House, 136a - 142a Lower Clapton Road, London, E5 0QJ
Tel: 020 8985 6449     Web: www.hackney.gov.uk

The Sam Uriah Morris Society is a museum with a permanent pictorial display of Black contributions to Culture and Civilisation. The exhibition begins in early Egypt and stretches through to modern day. Some parts of it is mobile and journey to events around the country and some parts have been used as material for television documentaries. The exhibition is supported by a small reference library and some artefacts. By appointment during weekdays. Usually open SAT 10.30am - 3.30pm.

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Geffrye Museum

Kingsland Road, London, E2 8EA
Tel: 020 7729 5647 Fax: 020 7729 5647
E-mail: info@geffrye-museum.org.uk     Web: www.geffrye-museum.org.uk

The Geffrye Museum is one of Londons best-loved museums. The Geffrye Museum depicts the quintessential style of English middle-class living rooms. Its collections of furniture, textiles, paintings and decorative arts are displayed in a series of period rooms from 1600 to the present day. The displays lead the visitor on a walk through time, from the 17th century with oak furniture and panelling, past the refined splendour of the Georgian period and the high style of the Victorians, to 20th century modernity as seen in a 1930s flat, a mid-century room in 'contemporary style' and a late-20th century living space in a converted warehouse.

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Bank of England Museum

Threadneedle Street, London, EC2R 8AH
Tel: 020 7601 5545     E-mail: museum@bankofengland.co.uk
Web: www.bankofengland.co.uk/education/museum/index.htm

The Bank of England Museum tells the story of the Bank of England from its foundation in 1694 to its role today as the United Kingdom's central bank. The historical displays include material drawn from the Bank's own collections of books, documents, silver, prints, paintings, banknotes, coins and photographs. There is a display of gold, including Roman and modern gold bars, alongside pikes and muskets once used to defend the Bank. Computer technology and audio visual displays explain the Bank's present day role. Mon - Fri, 10.00 - 17.00, Admission FREE, Closed weekends, Public and Bank Holidays.

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William Morris Gallery

Lloyd Park, Forest Road, London, E17 4PP
Tel: 020 8527 5604    Fax: 020 8527 7070
E-mail: wmg.enquiries@walthamforest.gov.uk     Web: www1.walthamforest.gov.uk

The William Morris Gallery is part of London Borough of Waltham Forest's Adult and Community Services Directorate. WILLIAM MORRIS - Designer, Craftsman, Writer and Socialist - was born at Elm House, Walthamstow, on 24th March 1834. He died, 'having done more work than most ten men', at Hammersmith on 3rd October 1896. The WILLIAM MORRIS GALLERY, opened by Prime Minister Clement Attlee in 1950, is the only public museum devoted to England's best known and most versatile designer. William Morris Gallery is open: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-1pm, 2-5pm, First Sunday of each month 10am-1pm, 2-5pm.

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Horniman Museum & Gardens

100 London Road, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3PQ
Tel: 020 8699 1872     Web: www.horniman.ac.uk

The Horniman, through its collections and related exhibitions and events, seeks to encourage a wider appreciation of the World, its peoples and their cultures, and its environments. Palaces Jewel Tower Westminster Abingdon Street, London, SW1P 3JY The Jewel Tower is the only surviving part of the Medieval Palace of Westminster, which was burnt to the ground in 1834. The building was built to an L shaped design with a moat dug around the tower on two sides. The tower was built to house the Kings Wardrobe- a collection of jewels and decorative items. The ground floor of the building retains its vaulting and is adorned with grotesque heads and bosses. The Jewel Tower has acted as home to the Board of Trade's Standards Department and there are displays of weights and measuring equipment on show. Currently home to the Parliament Past and Present exhibition which chronicles the evolution in the government across the centuries.

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The 198 Gallery

194-198 Railton Road, London, SE24 0JT
Tel: 020 7978 8309

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291 Gallery

291 Hackney Road, London, E2 8NA
Tel: 020 7613 5678

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Aicon Gallery

8 Heddon Street, London, W1B 4BU
Tel: 020 7734 7575

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Alexia Goethe Gallery Ltd

5-7 Dover Street, London, W1S 4LD
Tel: 020 7629 0090

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AOP Gallery

81 Leonard Street, London, EC2A 4QS
Tel: 020 7739 6669

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The Architecture Foundation

2a Kingsway Place, London, EC1R 0LS
Tel: 020 7253 3334

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Arthouse Gallery

140 Lewisham Way, London, SE14 6PD
Tel: 020 8694 9011

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Artisan Fine Art

153-155 High Road, London, E18 2PA
Tel: 020 8505 6162

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Bankside Gallery Ltd

48 Hopton Street, London, SE1 9JH
Tel: 020 7928 7521

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British Library

96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB
Tel: 020 7412 7332
Web: www.bl.uk

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Barbican Art Gallery

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, Barbican, London, EC2Y 8DS
Tel: 020 7382 7006

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Beaconsfield Contemporary Art - The Former Ragged School

22 Newport Street, Vauxhall, London, SE11 6AY
Tel: 020 7582 6465

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Ben Uri Gallery

108a Boundary Road, London, NW8 0RH
Tel: 020 7604 3991

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C2 Plus

33 Clerkenwell Green, London, EC1R 0DU
Tel: 020 7251 9200

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Camden Arts Centre

Arkwright Road, London, NW3 6AA
Tel: 020 7472 5500

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Cell Project Space

258 Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9DA
Tel: 020 8981 6336

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Cha Cha Cha

20-22 Avenue Mews, London, N10 3NP
Tel: 020 8815 9990

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The Chamber Of Pop Culture

The Horse Hospital, 30 Colonnade, London, WC1N 1JD
Tel: 020 7833 364

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Chisenhale Gallery

64 Chisenhale Road, London, E3 5QZ
Tel: 020 8981 4518

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Churchill's Gallery

153 High Road, London, E18 2PA
Tel: 020 8505 6162

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The Citizens Gallery

151 Powis Street, London, SE18 6JL
Tel: 020 8855 3240

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The Coningsby Gallery

30 Tottenham Street, London, W1T 4RJ
Tel: 020 7636 7478

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County Hall Gallery

Riverside Building, Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7PB
Tel: 020 7450 7600

Currently home to the Dali universe collection.

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Crafts Council

44a Bentonville Road, Islington, London, N1 9BY
Tel: 020 7278 7700

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Cubitt Gallery

8 Angel Mews, London, N1 9HH
Tel: 020 7278 8226

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De Morgan Centre

38 West Hill, London, SW18 1RZ
Tel: 020 8871 1144

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The Drawing Room

Brunswick Wharf, 55 Laburnum Street, London, E2 8BD
Tel: 020 7729 5333

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34-36 Kingsland Road, London, E2 8DA
Tel: 020 7729 5777

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Dulwich Picture Gallery

Gallery Road, London, SW21 7AD
Tel: 020 8693 5254

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Estorick Collection

Northampton Lodge, 39a Canonbury Square, London, N1 2AN
Tel: 020 7704 9522

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Enviedart UK

16 Victoria Grove, London, W8 5RW
Tel: 020 7589 8200

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The Flemming Collection

13 Berkeley Street, London, W1J 8DU
Tel: 020 7409 5733

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Galleria Charlick

138 Grays Inn Road, London, WC1X 8AX
Tel: 020 7713 6206

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The Gallery

125 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0EW
Tel: 020 7287 1779

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Gallery 32 and Framing

32 Alexander Street, London, W2 5NU
Tel: 020 7229 5758

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The Gallery At Oxo

Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank, London, SE1 9PH
Tel: 020 7401 3610

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Gallery Fore

107 Fore Street, London, N18 2XF
Tel: 020 8350 6653

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The Gallery at Willesden Green

Willesden Library Centre, 95 High Road, London, NW10 2SF
Tel: 020 8459 1421

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155 Vauxhall Street, London, SE11 5RH
Tel: 020 7582 6848

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Getty Images Ltd

46 Eastcastle Street, London, W1W 8DX
Tel: 020 7291 5380

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Guildhall Art Gallery & Roman Amphitheatre

Aldermanbury, London, EC2V 7HH
Tel: 020 7332 3700

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Hayward Gallery

Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XZ
Tel: 0871 6632500

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House Gallery

70 Camberwell Church Street, London, SE5 8QZ
Tel: 020 7358 4475

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Unit 2, 210 Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9NQ
Tel: 020 8980 5475

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133 Whitechapel Road, London, E1 1DT
Tel: 020 7247 4926

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Inspired Art Fair Ltd

42 Talbot Road, Highgate, London, N6 4QP
Tel: 020 8374 7318

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The Iveagh Bequest

Within Kenwood House, Hampstead Lane, London, NW3 7JR
Tel: 020 8348 1286

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Just Originals

324 Battersea Park Road, London, SW11 3BX
Tel: 020 7585 0111

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Lacy Road Gallery & Art Academy Ltd

30 Lacy Road, London, SW15 1NL
Tel: 020 8789 1777

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32 Calvert Avenue, London, E2 7JP
Tel: 020 7729 7349

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Lazarides Gallery

8 Greek Street, London, W1D 4DG
Tel: 020 3214 0055

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London International Gallery Of Childrens Art

255 Finchley Road, London, NW3 6LU
Tel: 020 7435 0903

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London Print Studio

425 Harrow Road, London, W10 4RE
Tel: 020 8969 3247

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Louise T Blouin Institute

3 Olaf Street, London, W11 4BE
Tel: 020 7985 9600

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Matt's Gallery

42-44 Copperfield Road, London, E3 4RR
Tel: 020 8983 1771

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The Muse Gallery

269 Portobello Road, London, W11 1LR
Tel: 020 7792 4036

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My Life In Art

4 Broadway Market, London, E8 4QJ
Tel: 020 7275 9575

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National Gallery Publications Ltd

St. Vincent House, 30 Orange Street, London, WC2H 7HH
Tel: 020 7747 5950     E-mail: emma.ambrose@nationalgallery.co.uk

Retail outlet selling products based on the collection at The National Gallery.

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The Nunnery Gallery

183 Bow Road, London, E3 2SJ
Tel: 020 8980 7774

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Unit 14 Wharf Road, London, N1 7RW
Tel: 020 7490 7373

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The Photographer's Gallery

5 Great Newport Street, London, WC2H 7HY
Tel: 020 7831 1772

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The Political Cartoon Gallery

32 Store Street, London, WC1E 7BS
Tel: 020 7580 1114

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The Portobello Arts Club

117 Portobello Road, London, W11 2DY
Tel: 020 7229 9240

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Primrose Hill Gallery

81 Regents Park Road, London, NW1 8UY
Tel: 020 7586 3533

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Pump House Gallery

Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ
Tel: 020 7350 0523

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The Queens Gallery

Buckingham Palace, London, SW1A 1AA
Tel: 020 7766 7301

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Red Gate Gallery

209a Coldharbour Lane, London, SW9 8RU
Tel: 020 7326 0993

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Reunion Images Ltd

236 Westbourne Park Road, London, W11 1EL
Tel: 020 7221 3489

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Rock Archive

289 King Road, London, SW3 5EW
Tel: 020 7376 7129

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Rocket Gallery

Unit G04 Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JJ
Tel: 020 77267594

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S. Althani

Portman Towers, George Street, London, W1H 7HW
Tel: 020 7487 1540

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SS Robin Gallery

West India Quay, Hertsmere Road, London, E14 4AE
Tel: 020 7538 0652

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The Saatchi Gallery

Kings Road, Chelsea
Tel: 020 7823 2363
Web: www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk

The Saatchi Gallery is moving to Chelsea, and will open again in early 2008.

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15c Clifford Street, London, W1S 4JZ
Tel: 020 7287 9923

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The Showroom Gallery Ltd

44 Bonner Road, London, E2 9JS
Tel: 020 8983 4115

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Smash Bang Wallop Ltd

85 Church Road, London, SE19 5517
Tel: 020 8771 5517

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South London Gallery

65 Peckham Road, London, SE5 8UH
Tel: 020 7703 6120

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St. Paul's Gallery

St. Stephens Road, London, E3 5JL
Tel: 020 8981 5050

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The Stables Gallery & Arts Centre

Gladstone Park, Dollis Hill Lane, London, NW2 6HT
Tel: 020 8452 8655

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Stark Gallery

384-386 Lee High Road, London, SE12 8RW
Tel: 020 8318 4040

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The Stephen Wiltshire Gallery

5 Royal Opera Arcade, London, SW1Y 4UY
Tel: 020 8133 4455

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Stolen Space Ltd

91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL
Tel: 020 7247 2684

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Studio Voltaire Ltd

1a Nelsons Row, Clapham, London, SW4 7JR
Tel: 020 7622 1294

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Tannery Arts

Brunswick Wharf, 55 Laburnum Street, London, E2 8BD
Tel: 020 7729 8008

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Tate Britain

Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG
Tel: 020 7887 8000

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Tate Modern

Bankside, London, SE1 9TG
Tel: 020 7401 5000

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Untitled Art Gallery At Throgmortons

27a Throgmorton Street, London, EC2N 2AN
Tel: 020 8374 8536

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Waterloo Gallery

14 Baylis Road, London, SE1 7AA
Tel: 020 7261 9080

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Westminster Gallery

Westminster Central Hall, Storeys Gate, London, SW1H 9NH
Tel: 020 7222 2723

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The Wapping Project

Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, Wapping Wall, London, E1W 3ST
Tel: 020 7680 2080

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Whitechapel Gallery

80-82 Whitechapel High Street, London, E1 7QX
Tel: 020 7522 7888

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Will's Art Warehouse

Sadlers House, 180 Lower Richmond Road, London, SW15 1LY
Tel: 020 8246 4840

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