Geffrye Museum

 
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An East London museum in a category of its own, chronicling the changing style of the English domestic interior — with furniture, textiles, paintings and decorative arts — in a series of parlour, drawing and living rooms spanning nearly 400 years, from a 17th-century oak-panelled hall to a late-20-th-century warehouse conversion. Set inside 18th-century almshouses, the museum is named after Robert Geffrye, former Lord Mayor of London and Master of the Ironmongers' Company. Several gardens and a restaurant also feature. Local landmarks include trendy/arty Hoxton/Shoreditch. Plus Columbia Road Market [see entry] on a Sunday morning, local restaurants (Vietnamese etc) and, further afield and definitely worthy of investigation, Spitalfields and Whitechapel. Recommended Swedish bakery (with great coffee) is just behind the museum, under a railway arch [see entry]. Free entry. Overground station: Hoxton. Tube station: Old Street.

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