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69 Historic Houses & Buildings
museums in London

Draw back the curtain and reveal the stories behind some of London's most intriguging historic houses and buildings—and the learn of the facintating characters who once occupied them.

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18 Stafford Terrace (Linley Sambourne House)

The former home of Victorian Punch cartoonist, Edward Linley Sambourne. A rare example of 'Aesthetic interior' or 'House Beautiful' style.

West LONDON

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575 Wandsworth Road

The hand-carved fretwork interior of this modest, early 19th-century, terraced house is enthralling and inspiring.

South LONDON

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All Hallows by the Tower Undercroft

The oldest church in the City of London, founded by the Abbey of Barking in 675AD and survived the 1666 Great Fire of London.

Central LONDON

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Apsley House, Wellington Museum

Revel in the dazzling Regency interiors, glittering treasures and fabulous art collections of the Duke of Wellington's Apsley House.

Central LONDON

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Bank of England Museum

The story of the Bank's private enterprise beginnings in the 17th century — to the governing fiscal officialdom that it is today.

Central LONDON

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Banqueting House

The only complete surviving building of Whitehall Palace and the site of King Charles I's execution in 1649.

Central LONDON

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Benjamin Franklin Museum

The world's only remaining home of Founding Father of the United States.

Central LONDON

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Boston Manor House

A fine three-story Jacobean manor house built in 1622-3, with 19th century style furniture and paintings of the locality.

West LONDON

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Bruce Castle Museum

Set in Grade I listed 16th century manor house, the museum tells the history of Haringey and Tottenham from Roman times to the present day.

North LONDON

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Carlyle's House

Hidden in the quiet back streets of Chelsea is the home of 19th century literary celebrity couple, Thomas and Jane Carlyle.

West LONDON

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Charles Dickens Museum

The beautiful Georgian terraced house in Bloomsbury is the only remaining London home of Charles Dickens.

Central LONDON

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Chiswick House

Chiswick House is among the first glorious examples of 18th-century British architecture.

West LONDON

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Churchill War Rooms

The secret underground headquarters where Prime Minister Winston Churchill worked and lived during the Second World War.

Central LONDON

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Danson House

One of the finest surviving 18th century villas by the architect Robert Taylor.

Outer LONDON

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Down House

The Victorian country house of Charles Darwin where the world was changed.

Outer LONDON

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Dr Johnson's House

A Charming 300-year-old townhouse, nestled amongst a maze of courts and alleys in the historic City of London.

Central LONDON

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Eltham Palace & Gardens

The childhood home of Henry VIII meets 1930s Art Deco decadence.

South LONDON

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Emery Walker's House, 7 Hammersmith Terrace

The Georgian building with the last authentic Arts and Crafts interior in Britain.

West LONDON

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Fenton House

Former 17th century merchant's home with a walled garden, classic Georgian furniture and harpischord collections.

North LONDON

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Garrick's Temple and Lawn

The small garden folly, erected in 1756 is an ode to Shakespeare on the north bank of the River Thames at Hampton.

Outer LONDON

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Gunnersbury Park Museum

Lots of local history set in a former banker's mansion.

West LONDON

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Hall Place and Gardens

Set in 65 acres of stunning award winning gardens, this grade I listed Tudor mansion was built for a former Lord Mayor of London in 1537.

Outer LONDON

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Ham House

This rare and atmospheric 17th-century house sits on the banks of the River Thames in Richmond.

Outer LONDON

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Hampton Court Palace

The former home of the flamboyant King Henry VIII, is set in 60 acres of formal gardens and includes the famous maze and Great Vine.

Outer LONDON

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Hendrix and Handel in London

In a single street in London, separated by a wall, are the homes of two of history’s most significant musical artists.

Central LONDON

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Hogarth's House

The 18th century country home of the great painter, engraver and satirist William Hogarth.

West LONDON

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John Wesley's House

Built by Wesley in 1779, is one of London’s finest surviving examples of a small Georgian house.

Central LONDON

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Keats House

Grade 1 listed and set in a peaceful garden, this was the home of poet John Keats from 1818 to 1820.

North LONDON

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Kensington Palace State Apartments

Both a palace open to the public while still home to royal family members; the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Central LONDON

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Kenwood

18th century stately home set in 112 acres of leafy north London parkland. With paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Turner, Reynolds, Gainsborough and Constable.

North LONDON

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Kew Palace

The Grade I listed, royal palace in Kew Gardens on the banks of the Thames.

West LONDON

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Leighton House Museum

Former home and studio of the leading Victorian artist, Frederic, Lord Leighton.

West LONDON

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Library and Museum of Freemasonry

An extensive collection of objects with Masonic decoration including pottery and porcelain, glassware, silver, furniture and clocks, jewels and regalia.

Central LONDON

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London Museum of Water and Steam

One of London’s most significant Victorian visitor attractions housing some of the world’s rarest working steam engines.

West LONDON

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Marble Hill House

A magnificent 18th century Grade I listed Palladian villa set in 66 acres of riverside parkland.

Outer LONDON

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Museum Number 1

Opened in 1857—Features horticultural and botanic exhibitions displayed over three floors.

West LONDON

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Museum of Immigration and Diversity

Open just a few days per year, this evocative museum explores experiences of multicultural refugees.

Central LONDON

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Museum of the Order of St. John

Founded in the 12th century the Order of St John was a religious order with a duty to care for the sick, regardless of creed or country.

Central LONDON

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Old Operating Theatre Museum

One of London’s oldest and most intriguing museums—a former operating theatre where every patient was female.

Central LONDON

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Osterley Park

18th century neo-classical manor house designed by Robert Adam, with landscaped park and gardens.

West LONDON

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Prince Henry's Room

One of the few buildings left untouched by the Great Fire of London in 1666.

Central LONDON

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Queen Charlotte's Cottage

A rustic cottage built in the late 18th century as a royal country retreat.

West LONDON

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Ranger's House

An elegant Georgian villa built in 1723 for Admiral Francis Hosier and where the Greenwich Meridian line passes through its grounds.

South LONDON

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Red House

The only house commissioned, created and lived in by Arts & Crafts movement founder, William Morris.

Outer LONDON

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Royal Hospital Chelsea Museum

Home of the "Chelsea Pensioners" as well as a reconstruction of a typical berth, the uniform of a veteran soldier, and many other artefacts.

West LONDON

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Royal Observatory Greenwich and Peter Harrison Planetarium

London’s only planetarium and features state-of-the-art HD projection technology, visualisations based on real scientific data and real astronomers.

South LONDON

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Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition

The open-air playhouse built as a reconstruction of the building where the great playwright penned many of his plays.

Central LONDON

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Sherlock Holmes Museum

Dedicated to the famous fictional detective Sherlock Holmes situated in Baker Street.

Central LONDON

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Sir John Soane's Museum

Eccentric home of the 19th century collector and architect Sir John Soane. Packed with classical sculptures, paintings and curiosities.

Central LONDON

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Southside House

Grade II listed, 17th century house features rare examples of 17th century furniture, and memorabilia connected to the Pennington family.

South LONDON

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Spencer House

Situated in the heart of St James's, it's the only great 18th century private palace in London to survive intact.

Central LONDON

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St. Bride's Crypt

The "Museum of Fleet Street" with archaeological finds from Roman, Saxon and Medieval times.

Central LONDON

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St. Pauls Cathedral, The Crypt

The final resting place of some of the nation’s heroes including Sir Christopher Wren, Admiral Lord Nelson and the Duke of Wellington.

Central LONDON

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Sutton House

Tudor house surviving in the heart of a thriving East London community.

East LONDON

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The Crossness Engines

Built by Sir Joseph Bazalgette as part of Victorian London's sewerage system, contains the four original pumping engines from 1865.

Outer LONDON

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The Jewel Tower

Built in 1365 as the 'Jewel House' to safeguard Edward III's silver plate and world treasures.

Central LONDON

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The Museum of Fulham Palace

Historic house and garden of the Bishop of London since 704. Paintings, archaeology and artefacts reveal the history of the Palace site from prehistoric times.

West LONDON

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The Queen's House

Originally the home of Charles I's queen, Henrietta Maria—the 17th century building now houses an outstanding fine-art collection.

South LONDON

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The Tower Bridge Exhibition

One of the most impressive structures in the capital that has stood over the River Thames since 1894.

Central LONDON

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The Twickenham Museum

Told, is the rich history of Twickenham, Whitton, Teddington and the Hamptons. Reached via a pleasant riverside walk from Richmond.

Outer LONDON

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Tithe Barn Museum of Nostalgia

A collection of artifacts of nostalgic origin located in Hall Lane. The museum holds around 14,500 artifacts of domestic and agricultural us

Outer LONDON

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Tower of London

The world’s most famous fortresses and has seen service as royal palace, prison, armoury and even a zoo.

Central LONDON

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Valence House Museum

The only surviving medieval manor house of Dagenham, partially surrounded by a moat and situated in Valence Park. With exhibitions of archaeology and rural life.

Outer LONDON

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Vestry House Museum

Explore the local history of Waltham Forest in the attractive former 1730's workhouse.

East LONDON

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Wellington Arch

Crowned by the largest bronze sculpture in Europe—Wellington Arch is one of London's most iconic monuments.

Central LONDON

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White Lodge Museum & Ballet Resource Centre

The first dedicated ballet museum in the UK. It is housed within White Lodge – a Grade I listed building built in 1727 and home to The Royal Ballet Lower School.

Outer LONDON

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William Morris Society - Kelmscott House Museum

William Morris's beautiful 18th century house on the banks of the River Thames from 1878 to 1896.

West LONDON