Good morning to all our international students and volunteers! Here is the fifth tip on how to make the most of your time in London. Whether you are going to come over to London to attend our Learn English through Drama summer course in July and August or to do a volunteer work experience in London, I would like to dedicate this post to a little pearl: the Soane’s Museum.
This is the fifth one of a series of posts about how to make the most of your stay in London after the English speaking course for learning English through drama or after volunteering in charity shops.
Harmony and beauty are impressive. This place is truly unreal. You can find the Soane’s museum mentioned in most travel guides of London. But… because it is commonly considered as a minor attraction, you could get distracted by other places to visit. Well, you can pack your free time with things to see in London, but please find some time to visit the Soane’s museum. It is really something you MUST NOT miss out. I literally love this place! Here is why.
Sir John Soane’s Museum
Sir John Soane (1753 – 1837) was one of the most inventive architects of his time. In 1807, Soane bought number 13 in order to acquire its stable block. He rebuilt the stables into a new office and museum space, which he filled with plaster casts and Roman marbles. Soane wanted this space to be educational. In 1809, he toyed with a big idea: turning all of numbers 12 and 13 into a museum for architectural models, casts and drawings –organised into rational categories. He announced this idea to his students at the Royal Academy. However, this ambitious plan was impractical and was soon abandoned. Soane continued to acquire objects and display them, but instead of categorising objects, he decided to show his collection in creative, eclectic ways instead.
Today, this unique house attracts more than 100,000 visitors a year. We hope that they enter curious and leave inspired – as our Founder intended.
Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 to 17:00 (last entry at 16:30). Closed Sundays, Mondays and bank holidays. Admission is free.
13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3BP
Find out more about Sir John Soane’s Museum, the events and the evening tours taking place on a regular basis… and much more!
Catch up next week with the next tip to enjoy London!
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