London is paradise for museum fans, with some of the most famous venues on earth located within city limits. However, there’s also several underrated finds which visitors are sure to appreciate – spanning everything from cinema to design, history and much more.
Here are a few of our favourites…
If you have even a fleeting interest in interior design, the Geffrye Museum is a fantastic stop on any tour of underrated London museums during your stay at accommodation in Chelsea London.
Comprised of several almshouses built in the 18th century, the museum provides a walk through the history of interiors, starting with a 17th century living area and ending at the present day.
If the weather permits, there’s also gardens designed in the appropriate style of each age, providing much more to browse.
Sherlock Holmes Museum
One of the city’s most popular fictional residents, Sherlock Holmes is a famed literary creation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Situated in the exact location where the man himself lived in the novels, the museum goes above and beyond to create an authentic space, including filling it with antiques and artefacts from the Sherlock’s own era.
As an elegant and leisurely museum to visit while you stay at hotels near Saatchi gallery, this is another fine addition to the city’s most underrated finds.
Cartoons and comics are enduringly popular art forms around the world, which makes London’s space entirely dedicated to them an underrated gem.
Close to the larger and more popular British Museum, this is a great place for fans of cartoons to discover more about the art form in the UK.
There’s lots to see here, with a vast collection complete with pieces which date back to the 18th century. Whether you’re interested in discovering something satirical or eager to see some hugely popular cartoon strips, this is a great destination for anyone eager to explore the lesser-known museums.
Bank of England Museum
The world of finance is enough to confuse most of us, but the Bank of England Museum tries its best to remove the jargon. The Bank of England was founded in 1694, and this museum includes antiquities which date from the 1600s right up to the present day, including coins, antiques, banknotes and gold bars.
Pollock’s Toy Museum
Located in literary Fitzrovia, this charming museum has collected together some of the key children’s toys from several decades, and is sure to prove eye-opening as both a trip down memory lane and a look at what childhood used to be like.
The museum fills two adjoining houses, and is best-suited to adults who want to indulge in some nostalgia while staying at accommodation in Chelsea London.
The Cinema Museum
For a little escapist fare, the Cinema Museum is strongly tied to the pre-digital age of cinema-going, and is complete with everything from antique posters to vintage staff uniforms.
Guided tours are available when booked in advance.