Museums in South East London
Step back to where time literally began with a visit to The Greenwich Borough Museum [map],
Plumstead High Street, Greenwich. See a fine collection
of archaeology, coins, medals and as you’d expect
from Greenwich a range of time pieces, in this large museum
in the interesting borough of Greenwich.
If you’re looking for an unusual museum why not
stay in the Greenwich area and pay a visit to the fascinating Fan Museum [map],
Crooms Hill. This is the only museum in the world dedicated
to every aspect of fans and fan-making. Here you’ll
uncover some extremely rare and unusual fans from every
corner of the globe. Have your own fan specially commissioned
in the gift shop or design one for a friend and give them
a unique gift. Why not head to The Orangery,
a Georgian-themed restaurant within the museum, for a
delicate spot of lunch or an exotic selection of tea and
Southwark is definitely the place to be for history
lovers and those who are searching for a more unusual
slice of London life.
See how fire fighting has evolved over more than 300 years
with a visit to The London Fire Brigade Museum [map],
Winchester House, Southwark Bridge Road, Southwark. Take
a guided tour and discover a wealth of information beginning
with the Great Fire of London in 1666 to technological
advances in the present day and future of the service.
Just minutes from London Bridge Station you’ll find The Bramah Tea and Coffee Museum [map],
Southwark Street. This is the world’s first museum
dedicated exclusively to the often-turbulent history of
tea and coffee.
London has more than 200 years tea history from the
early days when Chinese and Indian traders sold their
wares on the edge of the River Thames but this history
exercise goes right back to the very beginning of tea
and coffee drinking and has hundreds of interesting
artefacts used in the process of making these ever-popular
Take the family to the high seas with a trip aboard the Golden Hinde Educational Museum [map],
St. Mary Overie Dock, Cathedral Street, Southwark. This
is an amazingly accurate reconstruction of Sir Francis
Drake’s Tudor Galleon, berthed on the
Thames in Bankside.
Take a journey across the five decks of The Golden
Hinde to see the harsh realities of sailing the seas
in this period. Children have the opportunity to listen
to salty tales from old sea dogs and participate in
activities such as swilling the decks and learning how
to tie those all-important knots.
The world’s first Museum of Garden History [map] is just a short journey away at Lambeth Palace Road. Here
you’ll uncover the secret garden commemorating John
Tradescant and Son, the 17th century royal gardeners and
planters. Enjoy a stroll in the heavenly grounds or visit
the nearby church, which is home to a programme of changing-exhibitions
with a horticultural theme.
Theatregoers should definitely pay a visit to Shakespeare’s
Globe Theatre [map],
New Globe Walk, Bankside, Southwark. This theatre was
founded by the late actor/director Sam Wannamaker and is a monument to the better understanding of Shakespeare
in the modern world. Inside The Globe you’ll discover
the world’s largest exhibition dedicated to Shakespeare
that showcases a range of artefacts from the Elizabethan
era as well as lively sword battles and rehearsals of
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