London is packed full of historical institutions, galleries and museums that showcase everything from the history of the universe to the development of medical technology but many of them often get overlooked.
During your stay at one of our hotels close to Bayswater Tube Station, you’ll be perfectly situated to check out some of the smaller museums that don’t usually make it onto people’s bucket lists. Here are a few worth checking out while staying at the Park Grand Kensington Hotel.
Hunterian MuseumLincoln’s Inn Fields, London
Try to imagine a room full of the strangest and most surreal objects in the world and that might be close to what you’ll find at the Hunterian Museum. The weird and wonderful museum belongs to the Royal College of Surgeons and boasts a collection of bones, teeth, eyes and all kinds of other extremities. From Winston Churchill’s dentures to a jarred monkey’s head, you’ll feel like you’re in a dream as you browse the exhibits at the Hunterian Museum.
Old Operating TheatreSt Thomas Street, London
Have you ever wondered what surgery was like during the Victorian era? If so, a trip to the Old Operating Theatre Museum will transport you back in time to see how things were done before the turn of the 20th century. Browse a collection of antique medical equipment as you make your way around a genuine Victorian operating theatre that has been restored and maintained. Take the kids along and learn all about the incredible history behind medicine in London.
Fan MuseumCrooms Hill, London
An entire museum dedicated to fans may not seem like the most interesting attraction at first glance but once you get inside and you see the incredible collections and exhibits, you’ll soon change your opinion. Nestled between two Grade II listed houses in the lush Greenwich World Heritage Site, the Fan Museum is a must-see if you’re trying to steer clear of tourist traps. The huge collection includes over 4,000 antique hand fans, the oldest of which is 1000 years old.
Freud MuseumMaresfield Gardens, London
Visit the home of the world’s most well-known psychologists and walk in his footsteps as you browse his personal collections. The Central London home has been preserved to look exactly as it did when being used by Freud himself. As you walk around, you’ll find antiques, artwork and the desk at which he devised many of his works and theories. A trip to the Freud Museum is an amazing opportunity for any academics to learn more about the renowned theorist.
Museum of Brands, Packaging and AdvertisingColville Mews, London
Take a trip back in time and follow the evolution of modern design and advertising. Over the years, the MBPA has cultivated an impressive collection of packaging that showcases the best brands and commercial imagery from the last century. From classic Heinz tin designs to modern cereal box branding, you’ll be amazed at how the industry has changed over the years.