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Fascinating London house museums

London is a top museum destination with some 250 museums within the city limits. Of course everybody knows the Tate Modern, the Victoria Albert Museum and the National Gallery. However, in addition to these prestigious institutions, there are also many house museums offering a charming tribute to the celebrities who once lived here.

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Back to Victorian times

Back to Victorian times

Victorian Linley Sambourne House

From 1875 onwards, Edward Linley Sambourne, the cartoonist of the legendary satirical magazine 'Punch', lived at 18 Stafford Terrace. The generations who lived in the house afterwards preserved almost all of the entire decor; even the personal property of Linley Sambourne and his family remained exactly in place, including drawings, letters and diaries. The house in Kensington is now a precious time capsule, offering a fascinating glimpse into the life of a middle-class family in Victorian times.

Scientology's old international headquarters

Scientology's old international headquarters

Scientology headquarters: Fitzroy House

This 1791 Georgian House in the literary district of Fitzrovia was once the home of playwright and Nobel Laureate George Bernard Shaw and his mother. But that's not what attracts today’s visitors to the house museum. L. Ron Hubbard resided here in the 1950s and transformed the house into the global headquarters of the Church of Scientology. As a tribute to the founder of the controversial movement, Fitzroy House was fully restored to the way it was then. Visitation is free and by appointment only.

Dennis Severs’ House

Dennis Severs’ House

A life's work: Dennis Severs' House

Until his death in 1999, artist Dennis Severs spent 3 years working his magnum opus. He transformed his own house into a 3D historical painting. The 10 rooms have been decorated in different styles from the 18th to 20th century. Visit for example the elegant parlour of a Huguenot family or the ghastly attic of Scrooge, the old miser from Dickens’ book ‘A Christmas Carol’. It seems as if the residents have just walked out: the fire is still burning and there are half empty wine glasses on the table.

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