London’s Best Alternative Museums


London is home to several of the very best museums in the world. The British Museum is home to 8 million artefacts that span the length of human history, the Natural History Museum is home to some of the best fossil collections, and the Imperial War Museum offers stunning insight into the damages of war.

But if you’ve visited these before then you may be looking for something new. Lucky for you there are quite literally hundreds of amazing museums in London with a focus on all sorts of areas.

Make the most of your stay in the Park Grand London Kensington Hotel and maximise your usage of the amazing London hotel deals currently on offer by visiting some of the lesser known museums in the city.

Let’s take a look at the finest alternative museums in the city.

The Foundling Museum

Located in the Brunswick area of London, The Foundling Museum tells the story of the Foundling Hospital, which was established in the 18th century to care for abandoned children.

The museum houses an impressive collection of art, including works by Hogarth and Gainsborough, as well as an archive of records relating to the hospital.

The London Transport Museum Depot

This hidden gem is located in Acton and is home to the London Transport Museum’s vast collection of historic vehicles, signs, and other transport-related items.

Visitors can take a guided tour of the depot and see everything from vintage buses and trains to ticket machines and advertising posters.

The Cinema Museum

Tucked away in the Elephant and Castle area of London, The Cinema Museum is dedicated to the history of cinema and features a collection of memorabilia, including posters, photographs, and film equipment.

The museum is housed in a former Victorian workhouse that was used as a film studio in the 1920s.

The Charles Dickens Museum

Located in the author’s former home in Bloomsbury, The Charles Dickens Museum is dedicated to the life and works of one of Britain’s greatest novelists.

Visitors can explore the rooms where Dickens lived and worked, as well as see displays of his personal items and manuscripts.

The Grant Museum of Zoology

This museum, located in the University College London, is home to over 68,000 specimens of animals and insects, including rare and extinct species.

See everything from a dodo skeleton to a jar of preserved moles in this wacky and cool place.

The Fan Museum

Located in Greenwich, The Fan Museum is dedicated to the history and art of fans.

The museum has an extensive collection of over 5,000 fans, dating from the 11th century to the present day, as well as displays of fan-making tools and techniques.

The Garden Museum

Situated in Lambeth, The Garden Museum tells the story of British gardening and features displays of tools, plants, and historic artefacts.

The museum is located in the deconsecrated St Mary-at-Lambeth church, which has a beautiful garden and a café.

Cultural London

Make the most of your wonderful Park Grand Kensington accommodation and enjoy some of the alternative and wacky London museums.

There is something for pretty much any interest in the city, so don’t spend all your time in London in meeting rooms, Kensington is perfectly located to enjoy some of the wonderful museums in London- so get out there!