Benjamin Franklin House

In the heart of London, is Benjamin Franklin House, the world’s only remaining Franklin home.

The Historical Experience presents the excitement and uncertainty of Franklin’s London years using rooms where so much took place as staging for a drama that seamlessly integrates live performance, cutting edge lighting, sound and visual projection.

The Student Science Centre focuses on Franklin’s London science – from lightning rods to hydrodynamics, allowing school children to satifsy their historical and scientific curiosity, free of charge. Outreach, including Ben’s Travelling Suitcase, brings our educational activities into schools and the community.

The top floor Robert H. Smith Scholarship Centre is a focal point in Europe for Franklin and the myriad subjects with which he is associated, featuring a full set of the Papers of Benjamin Franklin, as catalogued by Yale University, as well as an active internship programme, and nearly 40 public events per year.

36 Craven Street, London WC2N 5NF
Monday: Architectural tours run at 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3.15pm and 4.15pm Tuesday: Schools day (advance booking required) Wednesday–Sunday: Historical Experience shows run at 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3.15pm and 4.15pm (booking is recommended)
No wheelchair access
020 7839 2006
Camden Arts Centre

Renowned for being one of the best contemporary art centres in London, this is also a great place to have afternoon tea.

In warmer weather you can sit outside in the garden with a cup of fresh mint tea and home-made cake.
Arkwright Road, London NW3 6DG
Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 10pm
It is wheelchair accessible
020 7472 5500
Carlyle’s House

Renowned Victorian writer Thomas Carlyle lived here from 1851 to 1881 with his wife Jane, who was not only a prolific letter writer herself, but also encouraged her illustrious, rather shy husband.
Built in 1708, this is a beatiful house to wander around, with the added attraction of discovering the lives of two 19th-century literary celebrities.

24 Cheyne Row, Chelsea, SW3 5HL
March – October: Wednesday – Sunday, 11am – 4.30pm
Limited wheelchair access, garden partially accessible
020 7352 7087
Chisenhale Gallery

Chisenhale Gallery supports the production and presentation of new forms of artistic activity and engages diverse audiences, both local and international. This expands on their award winning, 32-year history as one of London’s most innovative forums for contemporary art and our reputation for producing important solo commissions with artists at a formative point in their career.

They enable emerging or under-represented artists to make significant steps and pursue important new directions in their practice. At the heart of Chisehale’s Gallery programme is a remit to commission new work, supporting artists from project inception to realisation and representing an inspiring and challenging range of voices, nationalities and art forms.
64 Chisenhale Road, London E3 5QZ
Wednesday – Sunday 12pm – 6pm
It is wheelchair accessible
020 8981 4518
Courtauld Gallery Cafe

The Courtauld Gallery Café is an oasis of calm set within the elegant surroundings of Somerset House.

The Café has indoor and outdoor seating and is the perfect spot to relax and unwind. Delicious seasonal food is made on site all year round. You can enjoy freshly baked cakes, salads, soups and light meals.

Somerset House, The Strand, London WC2R 0RN
Every day 10am – 5.30pm
It is wheelchair accessible
020 7848 2527
Cuming Museum

The Cuming museum is based on the worldwide collection of the Cuming family and is also the museum of Southwark’s history. Collections include archaeology, ethnography, art, local history, social history and natural history.

As well as the Cumings’ worldwide collection, the museum has many local history objects which reflect Southwark’s rich and diverse history and its unfolding story.

The museum opened new public spaces on the ground floor of the former Walworth Town Hall in 2006. The changing exhibition space and activity room housed regular events and exhibitions plus two permanent displays showed key items from the collections.

Old Walworth Town Hall, 151 Walworth Road SE17 1RY
Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Fully accessible for wheelchair users
020 7525 2332
Danielle Arnaud Gallery

This sophisticated gallery is one of the few commercial art spaces south of the river and it’s well worth making the trip to see work by emerging and established artists in this beautiful exhibition space.
123 Kennington Road, London SE11 6SF
Friday – Sunday 2pm – 6pm
No wheelchair access
020 7735 8292
Doctor Johnson’s House

Dr Johnson’s House is a small historic town house in the City of London that preserve the memory of Samuel Johnson, one of the greatest literary figures of the 18th-century, most famously compiling A Dictionary of the English Language.

They are an independent, fully accredited museum and a registered charity (no. 1122396).  The house has two members of staff and a dedicated team of volunteers who together run a vibrant programme of education, exhibitions and events.
17 Gough Square, London EC4A 3DE
October to April: Monday – Saturday, 11am – 5pm // May to September: Monday – Saturday, 11am – 5.30pm
No wheelchair access
020 7353 3745
Dulwich Picture Gallery Café

With its cool veined marble table-tops, black felted seating and pale stone floor, this is a very stylish café to enjoy a mid-morning coffee or afternoon tea.

Professional chefs bake delicious cakes in-house, and their lemon and poppy seed drizzle cake and raspberry and white chocolate muffins are much admired.

Gallery Road, London SE21 7AD
Tuesday – Friday 9am – 5pm, Saturday – Sunday 10am – 5pm
It is wheelchair accessible
020 8299 8717
Fenton House

This beautiful 17th-century merchant’s house is a hidden gem in London, a place of unique charm and ambience.

Lady Binning bought the house in 1936 and filled it with her highly decorative collections of porcelain, Georgian furniture and 17th-century needlework.

The sound of early keyboard instruments and the colours of early 20th-century drawings and paintings add to a captivating experience.

Hampstead Grove, Hampstead, London, NW3 6SP
March – November, Wednesday – Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Limited wheelchair access, garden partially accessible
020 7435 3471