Guide to... Sightseeing in London

Whether you are visiting London for the first time or you have lived in London all your life there is never a shortage of impressive historical places to visit. Our guide to sightseeing in London has lots of recommendations to help you make the most from your time in London.

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Philip Mould
Philip Mould

18 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5LU

Philip Mould & Company are a leading specialist dealer in British art and Old Masters. Our gallery is a new...Read 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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Plus One Gallery
Plus One Gallery

B & C Trafalgar House, Juniper Drive, Battersea, London, SW18 1GY

Plus One Gallery has over the past decade established itself as one of the worlds leading specialists in modern...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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Priestly & Ferraro
Priestly & Ferraro

15-17 King Street, London, SW1Y 6QU

Priestley & Ferraro specialises in early Chinese art, with a particular focus on the ceramics of the Song...Read more

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Pullman Gallery
Pullman Gallery

14 King Street, London, SW1Y 6QU

Simon Khachadourian opened the first Pullman Gallery on London's St. James's next to Christies in 1998, with the...Read 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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Queens Gallery
Queens Gallery

Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1A 1AA

The building that originally stood on the site of the current Queen’s Gallery was designed by John Nash as one of...Read more

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Rafael Valls
Rafael Valls

11 Duke Street St James's, London, SW1Y 6BN

Rafael Valls Limited is a St. James’s art gallery mainly dealing in Old Master Paintings with specialist areas in...Read 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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Regents Park
Regents Park

Chester Road, London, NW1

Millions of Londoners and tourists visit the eight Royal Parks for free each year. The 5,000 acres of historic...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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Rountree Tryon Gallery
Rountree Tryon Gallery

Tryon Gallery, 7 Bury Street, London, SW1Y 6AL

Rountree Tryon Galleries, originally established as the Tryon Gallery in 1959, specialises in maritime, sporting,...Read more

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Royal Academy of Music Museum
Royal Academy of Music Museum

Marylebone Road, Mayfair, London, NW1 5HT

Includes catalogue of holdings and calendar of exhibitions.Read 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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Royal Society of Arts
Royal Society of Arts

8 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6EZ

(Approved Wedding Venue)Read 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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Sinai & Sons
Sinai & Sons

60 South Audley Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 2QW

Second generation antiques dealership, including Fine 19th and 20th Century Decorative Arts, Art Nouveau Furniture,...Read 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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Sladmore (19th & 20th Century Sculptures)
Sladmore (19th & 20th Century Sculptures)

57 Jermyn Street, London, SW1Y 6LX

The Sladmore, founded in 1965, is today one of the world's leading art galleries. We specialise in the sale of fine...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 Jamess Park
St Jamess Park

London, SW1A 2BJ

St James’s Park includes The Mall and Horse Guards Parade, and is surrounded by landmarks such as Buckingham Palace,...Read more

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St Paul's Cathedral
St Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul's Churchyard, City of London, London, EC4M 8AD

St Paul's Cathedral is an iconic part of the London skyline, reaching up to 111m with one of the world's tallest...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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Stoppenbach & Delestre Ltd
Stoppenbach & Delestre Ltd

17 Ryder Street, London, SW1Y 6PY

The gallery participates in important art fairs including The European Fine Art Fair in Maastricht and the Biennale...Read 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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Tate Gallery
Tate Gallery

Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

Tate holds the national collection of British art from 1500 to the present day and international modern and...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 Buckingham Palace
The Buckingham Palace

London, SW1A 1AA

As part of a visit to Buckingham Palace, combine a visit to the State Rooms with a guided tour of the most remarkable...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 Illustration Cupboard
The Illustration Cupboard

22 Bury Street, London, SW1Y 6AL

Illustrationcupboard Gallery is a unique central London art gallery representing the most distinguised contemporary...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 Mayor Gallery
The Mayor Gallery

21a Cork Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 3NA

Known as the first gallery in Cork Street, The Mayor Gallery was founded in 1925 and is London’s foremost gallery for...Read 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 Osborne Studio Gallery
The Osborne Studio Gallery

2 Motcomb Street, Belgravia, London, SW1X 8JU

The Osborne Studio Gallery was opened by the Princess Royal in March 1986, in Floral Street, Covent Garden. It...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 Shard
The Shard

2 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9SG

Irvine Sellar, The Shard’s developer and joint owner, had an ambitious vision to create an architecturally striking...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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The Tower of London
The Tower of London

Tower Bridge Road, London, SE1 2UP

The Tower of London, founded by William the Conqueror in 1066, has been used over the years as a fortress, palace,...Read more

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Thomas Dane
Thomas Dane

11 Duke Street St James's, London, SW1Y 6BN

Thomas Dane Gallery was established in March 2004 and currently exists in two gallery spaces at 3 and 11 Duke Street...Read more

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Trafalgar Galleries
Trafalgar Galleries

London, SW1Y 6AA

Trafalgar Galleries is a St James’s art gallery dealing with Old Master paintings.We specialise in paintings deriving...Read 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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Victor Arwas Gallery
Victor Arwas Gallery

8 Shepherd Market, Mayfair, London, W1J 7JY

The Victor Arwas Gallery has specialised in original graphics (etchings, lithographs, woodcuts, etc,), posters,...Read 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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Weiss Gallery
Weiss Gallery

59 Jermyn Street, London, SW1Y 6LX

The Weiss Gallery is the leading dealer in Tudor, Stuart and North European Old Master portraiture, and it is a...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

White Cube
White Cube

25-26 Masons Yard, London, SW1Y 6BU

White Cube Bermondsey opened in October 2011 and is the largest of all the gallery's sites, incorporating more than...Read more

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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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Blue Plaques in London

Dietrich Bonhoeffer Maroon Plaque - Dietrich Bonhoeffer 1906-1945 Theologian and Pastor lived here 1933-1935
Samuel Romilly Black Plaque - Sir Samuel Romilly Knt, Solicitor-General 1806 occupied chambers here 1778-1791
Royal Hospital School, London And National Maritime Museum Bronze Plaque - The buildings of this museum were occupied until 1933 by  The Royal Hospital School  founded in 1694  for the sons of seaman of  The Royal Navy.  The ashes of many of the former pupils of the  school have been scattered over the lawns
Walter Sickert Green Plaque - W. R. Sickert  1860-1942  had his school of painting  & engraving here 1927-34
Edward Blue Plaque - The New No. 2 Court was opened by HRH the Duke of Kent KG GCMG GCVO ADC President of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on Monday 22nd June 2009
Jacob Epstein Blue Plaque - The house of Sir Jacob Epstein Sculptor lived and died here 1929-1959

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