Guide to... Museums in London

London is one of the best cities in the world for museums. Whether you are interested in science, art, history, war, or practically any topic you will find a museum in London to suit your taste.

Many museums in London are free too so if you are looking for a cheap day out in London you will find few better options than incorporating a visit to a museum in your day. Of course the Science Museum and Natural History Museum are really well known but there are many other great museums that are not well known.


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Kirkaldy Testing Museum
Kirkaldy Testing Museum
Kirkaldy Testing Museum, 99 Southwark Street, London, SE1 0JF

Materials testing machines used by engineer David KirkaldyRead more

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L-13 Light Industrial Workshop
L-13 Light Industrial Workshop
L-13 Light Industrial Workshop, 31 Eyre Street Hill, London, EC1R 5EW

Contemporary art spaceRead more

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Landmark Arts Centre
Landmark Arts Centre
Landmark Arts Centre, London, TW11 9NN

Arts centre with visual art gallery, located in the former St Alban's Church[12]Read more

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Langdon Down Museum of Learning Disability
Langdon Down Museum of Learning Disability
Langdon Down Museum of Learning Disability, Normansfield, 2A Langdon Park, London, TW11 9PS

Operated by the Down's Syndrome Association in the Langdon Down Centre, history of treating people with learning...Read more

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Little Holland House, Carshalton
Little Holland House
Little Holland House, Carshalton, 40 Beeches Avenue, London, SM5 3LW

Arts and Crafts home of the artist Frank Dickinson (1874–1961) with interior influenced by John Ruskin and William...Read more

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London Fire Brigade Museum
London Fire Brigade Museum
London Fire Brigade Museum, Lambeth High Street, London, SE1 7JS

Open by appointment only, history of the London Fire Brigade, equipment, apparatusRead more

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London Motorcycle Museum
London Motorcycle Museum
London Motorcycle Museum, London, UB6 9LB

Over 150 classic and British motorcyclesRead more

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London Sewing Machine Museum
London Sewing Machine Museum
London Sewing Machine Museum, 292-312 Balham High Road, London, SW17 7AA

Collection of sewing machines[13]Read more

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Mall Galleries
Mall Galleries
Mall Galleries, The Mall, London, SW1Y 5AH

Gallery exhibits of the Federation of British ArtistsRead more

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Markfield Beam Engine
Markfield Beam Engine and Museum
Markfield Beam Engine, Markfield Road, London, N15 4RB

Victorian 100 horsepower beam pumping engineRead more

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Media Space
Media Space
Media Space, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD

Located on the second floor of the Science Museum, showcases the collection of the National Media Museum, explores...Read more

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Merton Heritage Centre
Merton Heritage Centre
Merton Heritage Centre, London Road, London, SM4 5DX

Local history[14]Read more

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MOCA, London
MOCA, London
MOCA, London, 113 Bellenden Road, London, SE15 4QY

Museum dedicated to Contemporary Art of varied media. Curated by Michael PetryRead more

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Morley College
Morley Gallery
Morley College, 61 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7HT

Part of Morley College, exhibitions include painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, ceramics, textiles,...Read more

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Museum of Army Music
Museum of Army Music
Museum of Army Music, 2 Kneller Road, London, TW2 7DN

Open Wednesday afternoons and by appointment, history of British military bands and music, includes musical...Read more

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Museum of Asian Music
Museum of Asian Music
Museum of Asian Music, 1 Bradford Road, London, W3 7SZ

Musical instruments, music extracts and video clips of music from across AsiaRead more

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Museum of Comedy
Museum of Comedy
Museum of Comedy, St George’s Church, Bloomsbury Way, London, WC1A 2SR

Located in the undercroft of St. George's, Bloomsbury, photos, posters, memorabilia, scrips, video and film about the...Read more

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Museum of Croydon
Museum of Croydon
Museum of Croydon, 1918 Katharine Street, London, CR0 1NX

Local history, culture, social history, Riesco Gallery with collections of Chinese pottery and ceramics, and Roman...Read more

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Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture
Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture
Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture, 9 Boulevard Drive, London, NW9 5HF

Open by appointment only, research museum of Middlesex University, 19th and 20th century decorative arts for the home...Read more

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Museum of Immigration and Diversity
Museum of Immigration and Diversity
Museum of Immigration and Diversity, 19 Princelet Street, London, E1 6QH

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Museum of Life Sciences
Museum of Life Sciences
Museum of Life Sciences, King's College London, London, SE1 1UL

Historic biological and pharmaceutical collections, including skeletons, fluid-preserved material, taxidermy, and...Read more

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Museum of London
Museum of London
Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London, EC2Y 5HN

City's history, culture, archaeologyRead more

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Museum of Richmond
Museum of Richmond
Museum of Richmond, Old Town Hall, Whittaker Avenue, London, TW9 1TP

Local history, cultureRead more

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Museum of Wimbledon
Museum of Wimbledon
Museum of Wimbledon, 22 The Ridgway, London, SW19 4QN

Local history, culture[15]Read more

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Musical Museum, Brentford
Musical Museum
Musical Museum, Brentford, 399 High Street, London, TW8 0DU

Collection of music boxes and automatic instrumentsRead more

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National Portrait Gallery
National Portrait Gallery
St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE

Portraits of historically important and famous British peopleRead more

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Odyssey Fine Arts Ltd
Odyssey Fine Arts Ltd
129 Lisson Grove , London, NW1 6UP

In September 2012, Online Galleries was acquired by 1stdibs, the world’s largest online marketplace for rare and...Read more

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Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art
Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art
Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, 14 Wharf Road, London, N1 7RW

Exhibitions of works by international contemporary artists working in various mediaRead more

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Peckham Platform
Peckham Platform
Peckham Platform, Copeland Park, 133 Copeland Road, London, SE15 3SN

Contemporary artRead more

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Pitzhanger Manor
Pitzhanger Manor
Pitzhanger Manor, Mattock Lane, London, W5 5EQ

Also known as PM Gallery and House, manor designed by architect John Soane with PM Gallery for contemporary art....Read more

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Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum
Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum
Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum, 20 Princes Gate, London, SW7 1PT

Contributions of the Polish Armed Forces in the West in World War IIRead more

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Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge
Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge
Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge, 8 Ranger's Road, London, E4 7QH

Tudor hunting lodgeRead more

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Rainham Hall
Rainham Hall
Rainham Hall, Broadway, London, RM13 9YN

Operated by the National Trust, 18th-century Queen Anne houseRead more

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Red House (London)
Red House
Red House (London), Red House Lane, London, DA6 8JF

Operated by the National Trust, 19th-century house commissioned, created and lived in by William Morris, founder of...Read more

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Red Mansion Foundation
Red Mansion Foundation
Red Mansion Foundation, Portland Place, London

Gallery exhibits of contemporary Chinese artRead more

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Redbridge Museum
Redbridge Museum
Redbridge Museum, Redbridge Central Library, Clements Road, London, IG1 1EA

Local history, culture, located on the second floor of Ilford Central Library[16]Read more

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Riverside Gallery
Riverside Gallery
Riverside Gallery, Old Town Hall, London, TW9 1TP

Municipal art gallery[17]Read more

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Rivington Place
Rivington Place
Rivington Place, Rivington Place, London, EC2A 3BE

International visual arts centre, home to InIVA and Autograph ABPRead more

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Rose Theatre Exhibition
Rose Theatre Exhibition
Rose Theatre Exhibition, 56 Park Street, London, SE1 9AR

Excavations of an Elizabethan theatreRead more

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Royal Academy of Music Museum
Royal Academy of Music Museum
Royal Academy of Music Museum, London, NW1 5HT

Musical instruments and artefacts of the Royal Academy of MusicRead more

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Royal Air Force Museum London
Royal Air Force Museum London
Royal Air Force Museum London, Grahame Park Way, London, NW9 5LL

History of aviation and the British Royal Air ForceRead more

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Royal College of Music
RCM Museum of Music
Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, London, SW7 2BS

Musical instruments, art, documents and accessories, part of the Royal College of MusicRead more

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Royal College of Physicians
Royal College of Physicians Museum
Royal College of Physicians, 11 Saint Andrews Place, London, NW1 4LE

Portraits, silver, medical instruments and artefactsRead more

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Royal Pharmaceutical Society Museum
Royal Pharmaceutical Society Museum
Royal Pharmaceutical Society Museum, 66-68 East Smithfield, London, E1W 1AW

British pharmacy history, medicines and artefactsRead more

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Russian Cultural Centre (London)
Pushkin House
Russian Cultural Centre (London), 5A Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1A 2TA

Russian art and cultureRead more

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Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition
Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition
Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition, 21 New Globe Walk, London, SE1 9DT

Backstage tours and history of the theatre, costumes, music, theatrical effects, recreation of a 17th-century...Read more

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Shirley Windmill
Shirley Windmill
Shirley Windmill, London, CR0 5DY

Restored mid-19th-century tower windmillRead more

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Sir John Soane`s Museum
Sir John Soane`s Museum
13 Lincoln's Inn Fields London, Holborn, London, WC2A 3BP

Welcome to the historic house, museum and library of distinguished 19th century architect Sir John Soane. At Soane’s...Read more

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Soseki Museum in London
Soseki Museum in London
Soseki Museum in London, 80 The Chase, London, SW4 0NG

London home of Japanese author Natsume Sōseki[18]Read more

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South London Gallery
South London Gallery
South London Gallery, 65-67 Peckham Road, London, SE5 8UH

Contemporary artRead more

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Southside House
Southside House
Southside House, 3-4 Woodhayes Road, London, SW19 4RJ

17th century period houseRead more

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St Bartholomew's Hospital
St Bartholomew's Hospital Museum
St Bartholomew's Hospital, St Bartholomew’s Hospital Museum, North Wing, St Bartholomew’s Hospital,, West Smithfield, London , EC1A 7BE

History of the hospital and its work, historic surgical instruments, sculpture, mediaeval archives, works of art...Read more

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St Paul's Cathedral
St Paul's Cathedral
St Paul's Cathedral, St. Paul's Churchyard, London, EC4M 8AD

Anglican cathedral with religious art, sculpture, architecture, tombs, decorative artsRead more

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Studio Voltaire
Studio Voltaire
Studio Voltaire, 1A Nelsons Row, London, SW4 7JR

Contemporary art[19]Read more

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The Bank of England Museum
The Bank of England Museum
Bartholomew Lane, London, EC2R 8AH

Includes general information such as opening hours, location, private hire and collections, as well as the history,...Read more

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The Building Centre
The Building Centre
The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London, WC1E 7BT

Exhibits on architecture and design[4]Read more

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The Fleming Collection
Fleming Collection
The Fleming Collection, 7-12 Half Moon Street, London, W1J 7BH

Exhibitions of Scottish art, both from its collections and elsewhereRead more

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The Geffrye Museum
The Geffrye Museum
136 Kingsland Road, London, E2 8EA

Specialist collection of English furniture and decorative arts set in 18th century almshouses. Period room displays...Read more

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The Hayward
Hayward Gallery
The Hayward, 337-338 Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Part of the Southbank Centre, contemporary artRead more

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The Horniman Museum & Gardens
The Horniman Museum & Gardens
100 London Road, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3PQ

We’ve been open since Victorian times, when Frederick John Horniman first opened his house and extraordinary...Read more

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The Library & Museum of Freemasonry
The Library & Museum of Freemasonry
Freemasons Hall 60, Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5AZ

Offers publicly available collections of Masonic material in the world. Includes collection, catalogue, news, events...Read more

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The Library and Museum of Freemasonry
Library and Museum of Freemasonry
The Library and Museum of Freemasonry, 60 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5AZ

Library, artefacts and regalia of FreemasonryRead more

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The Magic Circle
Magic Circle Museum
The Magic Circle, Centre for the Magic Arts, 12 Stephenson Way, London, NW1 2HD

Magic tricks, props, posters, artefacts, open by appointmentRead more

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The Musical Museum
The Musical Museum
399 High Street, BrentfordB, London, TW8 0DU

The Musical Museum contains one of the world's foremost collections of self-playing musical instruments. From the...Read more

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The Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garret
The Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garret
9a Street Thomas Street, Southwark, London, SE1 9RY

Discover Europe’s oldest surviving operating theatre.Dated to 1822 it was housed within the attic of an 18th century...Read more

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The Royal Institution of Great Britain
The Royal Institution of Great Britain
21 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4BS

The Royal Institution of Great Britain (often abbreviated as the Royal Institution or Ri) is an organisation devoted...Read more

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The Sherlock Holmes Museum
The Sherlock Holmes Museum
221B Baker Street , Marylebone, London, NW1 6XE

The Baker Street home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional detective, maintained as described in the novels. ...Read more

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The Showroom
The Showroom
The Showroom, 63 Penfold Street, London, NW8 8PQ

Contemporary art galleryRead more

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Twickenham Museum
Twickenham Museum
Twickenham Museum, 25 The Embankment, London, TW1 3DU

Local historyRead more

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Type Museum
Type Museum
Type Museum, 100 Hackford Road, London, SW9 0QU

Collection of typesetting equipment and artefacts, currently[when?] not open to the publicRead more

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UCL Institute of Archaeology
Institute of Archaeology Collections
UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PY

Part of the University College London, open by appointment only, prehistoric ceramics and stone artefacts, Classical...Read more

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University College London
UCL Art Museum
University College London, University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

Part of the University College London, exhibits in the Strang Print Room (South Cloisters)[20]Read more

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University College London
UCL Geology Collections
University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

Part of the University College London, rocks, minerals, fossils on display in the Rock Room, limited opening hours[21]Read more

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Upminster Tithe Barn Museum of Nostalgia
Upminster Tithe Barn Museum of Nostalgia
Upminster Tithe Barn Museum of Nostalgia, Hall Lane, London, RM14 1AU

Artefacts of rural domestic and agricultural lifeRead more

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Upminster Windmill
Upminster Windmill
Upminster Windmill, The Mill Field, Saint Marys Lane, London, RM14 2QL

19th century windmill, exhibits on its historyRead more

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Valence House Museum
Valence House Museum
Valence House Museum, Becontree Avenue, London, RM8 3HT

Local history, archaeology, maritime and fishing industry, artRead more

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Valentines Mansion
Valentines Mansion
Valentines Mansion, Emerson Road, London, IG1 4XA

Country house with recreated Victorian kitchen and Georgian rooms, contemporary art exhibits, 18th-century gardensRead more

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Victoria & Albert Museum
Victoria & Albert Museum
Cromwell Road, Kensington, London, SW7 2RL

The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art and design, housing a permanent collection of over 2.3 million...Read more

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Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum
Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum
Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum, 10 South Access Road, London, E17 8AX

The museum is due to become the Lea Valley Experience, pioneering achievements in road, rail, air and sea transport...Read more

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Wandle Industrial Museum
Wandle Industrial Museum
Wandle Industrial Museum, London Road, London, CR4 3UD

Industries along the River Wandle, including flour and textile mills[22]Read more

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Westminster Abbey Museum
Westminster Abbey Museum
Westminster Abbey Museum, 20 Deans Yard, London, SW1P 3PA

Royal and other funeral effigies, religious artefactsRead more

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Part of Westminster Abbey

Whitewebbs Museum of Transport
Whitewebbs Museum of Transport
Whitewebbs Museum of Transport, Whitewebbs Road, London, EN2 9HW

Cars, trucks, motorcycles, model railway[24]Read more

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Wiener Library
Wiener Library
Wiener Library, 29 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5DP

Exhibits of art and history from its collections about the Holocaust and genocides around the worldRead more

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Wimbledon Windmill
Wimbledon Windmill Museum
Wimbledon Windmill, Windmill Road, London, SW19 5NR

19th century windmill, exhibits on its history and other windmillsRead more

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World Rugby Museum
World Rugby Museum
World Rugby Museum, Twickenham Stadium, 200 Whitton Road, London, TW2 7BA

Rugby union history and the England national rugby union team, players, memorabilia, history of Twickenham StadiumRead more

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Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths
Goldsmiths' Centre
Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, 42 Britton Street, London, EC1M 5AD

Changing exhibits of contemporary jewellery and silversmithing, operated by the Worshipful Company of GoldsmithsRead more

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Stanley S. A. Watkins And George Groves Film Cell Plaque - Stanley S. A. Watkins (1888-1975) George R. Groves (1901-1976)   The British electrical engineers who worked in America for Western Electric and Warner Bros. and played major roles in the development of 'Talking Pictures'.
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