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These unique London museums offer an ideal way to discover lesser-known artefacts, learn more about the history of the stranger sides of London, and to delve into some the city's peculiar corners.
Where else in the world can you find a museum dedicated to a fictional character, as if he were real; a model of Tower Bridge made from matchsticks; and a museum dedicated solely to fans?
See some of the magic world's most important memorabilia, including handcuffs used by Harry Houdini and props used by HRH Prince of Wales during his induction into the mysterious Magic Circle. Read More The Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising in Notting Hill features more than 12,000 original items from the Robert Opie Collection.
Step inside for a nostalgic journey through childhood toys, fashions, magazines and more from Victorian times, through austerity Britain to the swinging 60s.Housed in a pair of restored 18th-century houses, this surprising museum also features a Japanese garden and spectacular orangery where visitors can enjoy afternoon tea.Read More Visit the Hampstead-based family home of Sigmund Freud and his family, who came to England in 1938 as refugees from Nazi-occupied Vienna.Read More Open on the first Saturday of every month, the London Sewing Machine Museum in Balham houses a fascinating collection of more than 600 antique sewing machines, dating from 1850 to 1950.Highlights include a unique machine bought by Queen Victoria for her daughter, one from the Great Exhibition and the first-ever Singer.Read More A must for anyone with a love of machines and engineering.Opened in 1874 as David Kirkaldy’s Testing & Experimenting Works, his 116-ton ‘universal testing machine’ still works and was used to test materials’ strength for bridges, locomotives, ships, airliners and more.Read More The Canal Museum tells the story of London's canals, cargoes, boats and trade.Discover a Victorian ice well and learn about the people who lived and worked on the canal.Visit the Sherlock Holmes Museum, a Grade II-listed lodging house on Baker Street which has been furnished as the apartment of Conan Doyle's famous fictional detective and his friend Doctor Watson.The museum features waxworks, Victorian ephemera and a very popular gift shop selling Sherlock Holmes collectibles and novelty items.