Looking for a education day out but sick of the usual array of museums you’ve explored to death? Then the following list of lesser known, but just as intriguing museums is just what you need.
MAGIC CIRCLE MUSEUM
Harry Houdini’s handcuffs and Prince Charles’s balls (really!) and various mechanical fortune tellers are among the pieces of magical memorabilia on display in this Euston museum. Visits are by appointment (or apparition) only.
LONDON SEWING MACHINE MUSEUM
No doubt you’ve often asked yourself: where can I see 600 beautifully maintained vintage sewing machines? Well, look no further than this small Tooting museum, open the first Saturday of every month inside the Wimbledon Sewing Machine Company.
One of London’s most under appreciated museums is this cramped cornucopia of picturehouse heritage. The tucked-away Kennington space is packed with art deco furnishings, usherette uniforms and outdated cinematic oddities.
LONDON FIRE BRIGADE MUSEUM
Book yourself a visit to this wonderful little museum in Southwark to learn about the history of firefighting in London since 1666. Something presumably happened that year to make people think fire brigades would be kind of useful. We can’t think what.
Here the top 10 weird exhibits in London.