"Geffrye Museum" London Off The Beaten Path Tip by Dabs
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2nd visit December 2015
On a rainy Tuesday morning we headed over to the Geffrye Museum which had been on my list of places to visit in London for several years. A visit here takes you chronologically through a series of rooms showing the changing styles of interior decor for the middle class in England from 1600 to the present day, explaining why certain fabrics, furniture, decoration and styles became popular during the different periods.
On my 2nd visit, Jo and I visited in December 2015 to see the Christmas decorations. While I thought there would be a bit more decoration, they are decorated in the manner in which they would have been in that time and obviously they did not have the sometimes over the top decorations that people have now. So that was interesting to see, the progression of decoration over the decades.
The Geffrye Museum is named for Sir Robert Geffrye, Mayor of London, his bequest established the Ironmongers almshouses, opened in 1715. The almshouses were turned into the museum in 1914. The lovely period gardens that surround the museum were opened to the public in 1912 and also worth a look.
To get here we took the tube to Liverpool Street station and then a bus to the Geffrye Musuem stop, either bus 149 or 242. I think it would have been too far to walk. You can also go to Old Street (Exit 2) and then bus 243 or a 15 minute walk.
Currently the Geffrye is free to visit except for the Almshouse which is only open the 1st Saturday of the month by timed ticket, 1st and 3rd Wednesday primarily for groups, and has a small admission charge. Closed on Monday except bank holidays. See the website below for current information.
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