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A row of 18th-century almshouses in Shoreditch contain this excellent (free) museum of everyday life.
In contrast to the West End's grand aristocratic town houses, this charming museum is devoted to the life of the city's middle class over the years. Full review →
If you'd like an overview of British interiors and lifestyles of the past 4 centuries, head to this museum, housed in a series of restored 18th-century almshouses. Full review →
Pemberley, Satis House, Brideshead, Downton Abbey—all accounts of these fictional houses are accompanied with obsessively lavish descriptions of their furnishings (re: indicators of... Full review →
This series of beautiful 18th-century ivy-clad almshouses, with an extensive and well-presented herb garden, was first opened as a museum in 1914. Full review →Be sure to time your visit in order to see the exquisite restoration of a historic almshouse interior.
Located in an almshouse (1712-1719) built by the Ironmongers' Company, the museum seeks to illustrate the daily life of the British middle classes from 16C to 20C by reconstructing interiors. Full review →
English interior design from 1600 to today. Full review →
Housed in a set of 18th-century almshouses, the Geffrye Museum offers a vivid physical history of the English interior. Full review →
Taking visitors on a journey through time, the Geffrye Museum offers a unique look at English middle-class life from the 1600s to present day. Full review →