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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 coffee.

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 beverages.

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 main productions.

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