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Fan Museum

The Fan Museum

The Fan Museum is the UK’s only museum dedicated to fans and the craft of fan making. You’ll find this cultural gem in Crooms Hill, a winding road that connects the hustle and bustle of historic Greenwich to the Royal Observatory and Meridian Line. The museum spans two Grade II listed Georgian townhouses and is…

Visit Middle Temple Hall

How to visit Middle Temple Hall

Middle Temple Hall is a hallowed space, one of the most extraordinary historical venues in London. It’s hosted the who’s who of London’s legal and royal past, from medieval times to the present. However, unless you’re a member of Middle Temple or if you’re on a private tour, it’s hard to get a peek into…

Cosmic House

Cosmic House: is this the quirkiest house in London?

The Cosmic House in London’s leafy Holland Park is not for the faint-hearted. Designed by Charles Jencks, the house is considered one of the most important examples of Postmodern architecture and is the UK’s first Grade I listed house of that style. No psychedelic drugs are required for your visit which will convince you that…

quirkiest cafe in London

Host Café: is this the quirkiest café in London?

Walk around the timeworn streets off St Paul’s Cathedral and you might come across Host Café, a stunning daytime pitstop hiding away behind the doors of the church of St Mary Aldermary. St Mary Aldermary St Mary Aldermary, like so many churches in the area, was badly damaged in the Great Fire of 1666. The…

Jamaica Wine House, oldest coffee shop London

Jamaica Wine House: the oldest coffee shop in London

The oldest coffee shop in London isn’t what you would expect. For starters, it’s named the Jamaica Wine House and not the Jamaica Coffee House. But it is actually a pub cum wine house as we will discover in a moment. It does sell coffee but no, it doesn’t sell Jamaican food or drink. Confused?…

Time travel in London at Christmas

How to time travel in London at Christmas

Did you know you really can time travel back to London’s yesterday? And there is no better time than at Christmas when you can experience the sights and smells of ‘ye old London as you tread in the footsteps of Christmas past. I might not be able to give you a horse and carriage, but…

Sambourne House

Sambourne House: A Victorian time capsule

Tucked behind the green door of Number 18 Stafford Terrace is Sambourne House a house museum which time forgot and an extraordinary five-storey cabinet of curiosities. You may have seen it before in Merchant Ivory’s A Room with a View or in Maurice. It’s the former family home of Punch cartoonist, Edward Linley Sambourne, his…