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A FASCINATING MIX OF DOMESTICITY AND CREATIVITY

Some of the most interesting and informative museums in London are where someone once lived and worked! Learn more about some famous artists, professionals, normal working Londoners and fictional characters as you move from room to room and discover what home life was like for them. If you are staying with us this winter in one of our holiday apartments London, may we recommend these delightful house museums?

THE SHERLOCK HOLMES MUSEUM

Conan Doyle’s fictional detective has as strong a following as ever and recent excellent films and TV series dedicated to Mr Holmes has endeared him to the younger generations. Visit the wonderful Sherlock Holmes Museum, located where the brilliant and moody sleuth and his patient friend and chronicler Dr Watson lived and worked, at 221 Baker Street. The first floor study is kept exactly as Mr Holmes would have had it in 1881 with all his working paraphernalia around, and you can sit in the great man’s armchair by the fire, if you like. All of our holiday apartments London here in Marylebone also benefit from being close to Madame Tussaud’s and Regent’s Park.

THE FREUD MUSEUM

In beautiful Hampstead, you will find the former home of Sigmund Freud and his family.  The Freud’s escaped Austria after the Nazi envision in 1938 and made London their home. The most popular item here in the Freud Museum London is not found amongst the great psychiatrist’s papers and books.  It is his psychoanalytic couch which stands in his study exactly as it did when he practiced! Covered with a fine Oriental rug and Chenille cushions, it is said to be comfortable as well as beautiful to look at. Any of our holiday homes in Camden are within easy distance of Hampstead and it’s traditional pubs and tea rooms, plus the wonderful Heath, of course.

THE CHARLES DICKENS MUSEUM

The beautiful Charles Dickens Museum in Bloomsbury is where Dickens lived with his wife and family and wrote some of his most well loved books, such as Oliver Twist.  This former home is especially charming to visit in the winter, as much is made at this time of year of how deeply an English Christmas is associated with Dickens and The Christmas Carol. See where the great writer worked, slept and dined.  Thousands of personal effects are on display including paintings, papers, notebooks, letters and rare editions of his books. Bloomsbury is one of London’s most lovely and cultured neighbourhoods and it is where we have some of our most popular short lets.

DENNIS SEVER’S HOUSE

Lastly, Dennis Sever’s House in Spitalfields. This museum is utterly unique, totally fascinating and quite hard to classify.  Mr Sever was an American artist who adored London. He bought this East London house in the late 1960’s and proceeded to create a living house museum dedicated to bringing the past alive. Prepare to be astounded by atmosphere, mood and incredible detail in this time capsule, as you move from cellar to upstairs and discover how a family of Hugenot silk weavers lived and worked between 1724 – 1914. Stay in one of our holiday apartments London in Spitalfields and enjoy this iconic neighbourhood which is filled with art, markets and some very good restaurants.

Each of our holiday apartments London has its own neighbourhood description to keep you informed and entertained.  See our Free London Attractions guide to find out more about some of London’s most famous museums and galleries that are absolutely free to visit.  Just perfect for the winter!

Free London attractions

Battersea Park

Beautiful Battersea Park, with it’s ancient trees and undulating green spaces perfect for dog walking, running, or simply wandering happily along in all seasons and all weathers, enjoying nature and the sound of people having fun!

This park is considered by many Londoners to be the most interesting of all for the sheer variety of attractions and facilities available to everyone who visits here. The open spaces of the park are ideal for children (or anyone else for that matter!) to kick a ball or run around in. Feed the ducks on the lake, admire the wildlife and birds that congregate here, try to find some of the ancient and mysterious trees that hold records… There are countless gardens to explore, wonderful sporting facilities for those interested in keeping fit, both for the serious minded and those just out to have a little fun, and the wonderful and very popular children’s play-park that suits all ages, (miniature zoo included.) Walk from here down to the River Thames, which takes you past the famous pergola and the fountains. Once you all have thoroughly exhausted yourselves with all this wonder and activity, find a spot to have some lunch, or re-fuel at one of the ice-cream stands or cafe’s that serve cold refreshments in the summer and hot chocolate in the winter! The other winter attraction that is worth mentioning is the fantastic fireworks display that you can enjoy in the park for Guy Fawkes Night, in early November.

We have a few fabulous short let holiday homes available in friendly Battersea, and quite a few more in neighboring Chelsea or Fulham, just across the river.  All of them in good, centrally convenient locations, complete with property, transport and area information.  We wish you many sunny summer days in this, or any of our free London parks. What a delightful thing it is that our amazing capital city offers so many parks and green spaces to enjoy in the summertime…