Last updated November 29th, 2020
The Old Operating Theatre Museum is set at the top of a church tower which was built in 1821. Despite it being ‘gore-free’, the Theatre Museum is just as stomach churning as the London Dungeon as this theatre dates back to the pre-anaesthetic era. Florence Nightingale commenced her nursing training here.
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The Golden Hinde – originally circumnavigated by Sir Francis Drake and meticulously reconstructed – is a real sailing galleon which has sailed over 140,000 miles. It is an educational museum which enables visitors to see what life was really like aboard an Elizabethan galleon. The ship is open to the public on certain days each week and is used extensively by schools. It is also available for private parties and functions including weddings and receptions.
The Clink Prison Museum is built on the site of the first clink prison. The prison began as a dungeon for disobedient clerics under the Bishop of Winchester’s palace. The exhibition features a handful of prison life tableaux, and dwells on the torture and grim conditions within. Admission fees apply and concessions are also available.
The Fashion & Textile Museum was founded by British designer Zandra Rhodes and hosts exhibitions relating to the worlds of fashion, textiles and jewellery. There are also design classes available throughout the year, from student to professional training and apprenticeships.
The ‘Old Lady of Threadneedle Street’ is the national bank of the United Kingdom. The national gold reserves are kept in its vaults. The Bank of England was incorporated by Royal charter in 1694 as in order to finance the war against Louis XIV of France, and was brought under government control only in 1946. The majestic building which it occupies was designed by Sir John Soane, and was built between 1788 and 1833, although it was completely rebuilt between 1924 and 1939. Admission is free.
The Guildhall Art Gallery opened in 1999 and displays 250 works of art alongside smaller temporary exhibitions that explore different themes. Admission fees apply and concessions are available.
Focusing on the work of young artists, the Jerwood Gallery has established itself as one of London’s significant exhibition spaces for contemporary art. The year-round programme of one-person and thematic group exhibitions also includes the prestigious Jerwood Painting Prize. The 2,600 sq ft Jerwood Gallery comprises three interconnected spaces and an adjacent sculpture gallery. Admission to the gallery is free and the cafe is open daily.
The Royal Armouries is situated within the White Tower. There are three floors featuring an extensive range of armoury dating from the 9th century. The original tower can only be accessed by a wooden staircase which, in historical times, was removed during times of siege.