Preserved domestic space with antiquities and treasures
A favourite among London visitors, the seemingly untouched home of neo-classical architect John Soane (1753–1837) — which has been a museum since the 1830s — inarguably offers something unique among the city's attractions. A wander around this upright but not quite eccentric townhouse amounts to a genuine-feeling historical experience. And there's much to look at, as the rooms are sensibly cluttered with Soane's personal belongings, including the sarcophagus of Seti I, Roman bronzes from Pompeii, Soane's architectural models, paintings by Canaletto and Reynolds, THE RAKE'S PROGRESS by Hogarth and much more. Open the first Tuesday evening of each month for candlelit viewings. Tube station: Holborn. The Soane Museum is centrally located, with Covent Garden, Soho, Bloomsbury [including the British Museum] and the Strand all within easy reach.