A visit to The Geffrye Museum is a trip into the heart of the English home. Crammed with decorative objects and antique furniture, it presents a perfect snapshot of a quintessentially old English lifestyle. A walk through the museum, set in 18th century almshouses, takes you through eleven period rooms spanning more than 400 years.
Something of an institution in British culture, the Geffrye offers a unique and unusual way in which to study English history and heritage. It attracts visitors of every description, from art-expert historians and designers to bustling families keen to dive into cultural heritage. The rooms are classic representations of the styles and tastes of the English urban middle classes throughout time.
Outdoor period gardens create secluded and pocket-sized retreats, each one an extension of a period room that includes geometric beds, small orchards, and vegetable patches. They bring to life the changes in contemporary London living by transporting visitors back to the idyllic outdoors of the 17th to 20th centuries.
The Geffrye Museum has a beautiful little café that compliments the rest of the museum. It overlooks the stunning period gardens and sells some great typically British food, such as smoked salmon and cream cheese sandwiches. You can also taste Kent’s best beer and wine. It’s a very warm and welcoming place, and caters meals for children.
The shop here is just as quaint as the museum itself, and there are plenty of little options to bring back a little of the Geffrye to your home. The books on design and collecting are always popular, as are the growing lavender pots. Paper gifts are aplenty and the staff are lovely.
136 Kingsland Road
+44 (0) 20 7739 9893
Tuesday – Saturday 10.00 – 17.00
Sunday 12.00 – 17.00
Tube: Old Street (Northern Line)
Train: Old Street