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  • Brian T
    London, UK6,351 contributions
    This is one of London’s more quirky, eccentric and somewhat bizarre museums. Sir John Soane was a renowned English architect in the early 19th century, and he built his house / museum opposite Lincoln’s Inn Fields around 1809. He was quite eccentric, and collected a vast amount of drawings, paintings, and antiques, as well as sculptures, architectural models made of plaster and marble, and curiously a huge alabaster sarcophagus of Seti I, covered in Egyptian hieroglyphs.

    The display of all these objects is equally as fabulous, in rooms with ornate or domed ceilings. There are various rooms such as the drawing room, library and so one which remain as when John Soon lived in the house. These are quite opulent and grand. However, the house is full of irregular nooks, crannies and alcoves, all stuffed to the rafters with curiosities, and it’s in these rooms that the real charm of the museum can be found. The whole thing is rather eclectic, mirroring the collector, and the absolute clutter overload added to the charm. It was fabulous to explore; I certainly had a great time poking around.

    However, there’s a few things you need to note:
    1. Entry is free, and you don’t need to book a time slot in advance. However, numbers allowed in the museum at any given time are limited. This is understandable as some of the galleries have extremely limited space and narrow passageways. I visited mid-morning and had to wait about 20 minutes for entry.
    2. Bags which are anything bigger than a small handbag are not permitted, and bags you carry have to be put in plastic bags. iIf you are carrying the likes of a backpack, they have to be removed and stored in a cloak room beside the entrance. This is also understandable, for the reason I have already mentioned in relation to the limited space in some galleries and passageways. However, the security guard on duty at the entrance on the day I visited was officious and unwelcoming, and did not like being questioned about a couple of things I enquired about in relation to the small back pack I was carrying.
    3. Whilst photography is permitted, cameras MUST be worn around the neck, without any regard for people who may have issues with the neck.
    4. Nothing in the museum is labelled, so unless you buy a guide book you may be left wondering what a lot of the collection items are. I didn’t buy a guidebook as I just like to browse and see what’s there.
    5. The museum is over three floors or four floors, including the basement where the Egyptian sarcophagus of Seti I is located (though you can view it from open floor above). I am not sure of the accessibility for those using mobility assistance.

    It took me a good 90 minutes or so to see it all. You’re supposed to stick to a one-way system but most people seemed to ignore that.

    There’s a lot to see. Take your time. The museum is a short walk from Holborn underground station. There are bathroom facilities in the museum.
    Written 25 September 2022
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  • Joel
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands458 contributions
    A look into legal London, you can watch on-going cases, or walk around this majestic building. I think this is such a stunning building and combined with the authenticity of seeing cases in action, it makes this a very exciting and fascinating place to visit.
    Written 9 June 2022
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  • Fluffy501
    London, UK41 contributions
    Drove to Hatton Garden very easy to park considering a Saturday cost £12 to park on road side for 2 hours not bad for London parking prices plus it’s in congestion zone so £15 charge. Went to variety of jewellers and everyone was so polite and welcoming and best by far JCO Jewellers suite 47 4th floor 88-90 Hatton Garden and Jay was absolutely amazing so knowledgeable, professional and polite offering us refreshments in a very pleasant office environment with no pressure at all and fast easy transaction plus have to mention Star Jewellers who again were amazingly helpful friendly and gave such good advice and help
    Written 6 August 2022
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  • orlandouk
    Manchester, UK1,736 contributions
    & Juliet the musical. Wow what an incredible joyous show with the most amazing songs from Max Martin. I laughed,cried and cheered. simply outstanding in every way the sets the singing the costumes and the very talented cast including the amazing Miriam Teak Lee, Keala Settle,Oliver Thompsett, Cassidy Janson to name a few. Cant wait to go and see it again and again!
    Written 28 May 2022
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  • Billy
    London, UK2 contributions
    A real, genuine, bona-fide hidden gem and, above all, a very unique way to spend an afternoon. The games and displays are absolutely fascinating and fantastical. Made to feel very welcome upon arrival. The world of automation is one I want to explore a lot more in the future.!
    Written 26 September 2022
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  • John W
    Douglas, UK2,055 contributions
    Ramped side entrance as platform lift broken. Lifts to all areas. Each level with disabled loos.

    Convenient seating position. Good sight lines.

    We went to see the Trocks and really enjoyed ourselves
    Written 11 September 2022
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  • TeamWard
    Nottingham, UK5,072 contributions
    Lincoln's Inn is a splendid building near Fleet St to go and see, marvellous architecture and looks lovely in the summer sun, nice park next door
    Written 28 August 2022
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  • OZS_ATW
    Budapest, Hungary2,520 contributions
    You can find nice bars and eateries along the Sicilian Avenue. It is a hidden gem in Holborn, that is for sure!
    Written 16 May 2022
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  • Andy H
    Alexandria, VA160 contributions
    A little hard to find, but this is an absolutely treasure. I caught Mass at the church, but even for those just interested in stepping back in time the interior of the church is worth seeing - the stained glass, but especially the stone work.

    Also worth stopping in Ye Olde Mitre down the alley for a pint. Incredibly hard to find, closed on the weekends, but wow! super cool.
    Written 3 March 2020
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  • Casper
    3 contributions
    Great place to shop, friendly customer service. I always find Hatton Garden Jewellers a little intimidating however this please makes you feel welcoming. Fantastic selection , will definitely be back.
    Written 19 June 2022
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  • HDS
    Porto, Portugal3 contributions
    Your support services, especially by Connor, an usher, helped my family and I immeasurably as we were going to see Les Miserables at the theatre. Connor was incredibly gracious in helping my son who had injured himself and was unable to walk properly by helping us through side entrances, assisting with toilet visits, helping us to seats, following up on my son’s wellbeing throughout and then making himself available on our exit to kindly assist once again.

    Truly a show we will never forget but an experience made so much more special by the kind-hearted and attentive spirit demonstrated by Connor, in particular, and supported by his colleagues.

    Immensely grateful.
    May the force be with you too Connor.
    Written 23 July 2022
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  • Hooray H
    London, UK2,257 contributions
    This square really is a hidden gem, small, secluded but bright.It is surrounded by lovely Georgian terraced houses that the University now uses. Lots of the famous Bloomsbury set lived here.
    There is a lovely little cafe, serving home made foods.
    Written 6 April 2021
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  • Christos P.
    Athens, Greece1,257 contributions
    Historical Londin School of Economics buildings.

    Nice to see the library inside.

    It has definately changed ober the past years...
    Written 25 November 2019
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  • OZS_ATW
    Budapest, Hungary2,520 contributions
    Holy Sepulchre Church is a beautiful place to visit. It is so close to Holborn station.
    It is such a well built structure!
    Written 24 May 2022
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  • Alice R
    Hobart, Australia8,216 contributions
    Once one of several historic gates into the city now lies a dragon which appears ready to swoop down. We only saw this in passing.
    Written 19 March 2020
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