Secret museums in London

Location: London

London has so many great museums and galleries that sometimes it can be hard to choose where to visit. If you are looking for something a little more unusual and a little less busy compared to the big museums and galleries, like Natural History museum and Victoria and Albert museum, then these could be perfect for you!

Sir John Soane’s museum

the front view of Sir John Soane's museum on a sunny day

artefacts inside Sir John Soane's museum


Sir John Soane’s museum is located within the old house in which he lived and houses his extensive collection of art, sculpture and oddities. Highlights of the items include an Egyptian coffin and check out the room of paintings (all the walls open up to reveal more paintings, a great storage solution!) Unfortunately no photography is allowed inside but the house is beautiful and you can easily get lost inside.

Check out their website here.


Dennis Server’s House




Denis Servers house is next on our list to visit! Ok so this isn’t a museum or gallery really but it is an interactive art piece. Each room has been dressed for a different period and will transport you back in time using all the senses including scent. The house takes you through the stages of everyone’s life using history, room decor and entrusting the journey to the visitors imagination and instinct. Such a unique experience!

Check out their website here.


Two Temple Place

Wooden stairs and landing inside Two Temple Place - London

This house isn’t exactly hidden away but we wouldn’t have known it was there if we didn’t know. It is only open for part of the year when their exhibition is on. It is free to enter so we recommend even if you don’t want to see the exhibition just to check out their interiors. The grand staircase, and the hallway that it is in, is all carved out of wood and is really a magnificent piece of craft. Also check out their stain glass windows that have the most amazing colours, they reminded us of the ones at Saint Chapelle in Paris.

Check out their website here.


Leighton House Museum




Leighton House was the home to the Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton. It features an extraordinary Arab Hall, including golden dome and intricate mosaics. It is described on their website as a “private palace of art”, even Queen Victoria visited here! You do have to pay a fee to enter (£12 an adult) but we are sure it is worth the beauty of the place.


Hopefully these have given you some different options for museums and galleries and London, and let us know if you have any other recommendations. We are always on the look out to do something different in our capital city.





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