• 2022.08.01
  • London: Quirky collections and more unique places.
London is a culturally diverse, lively and dynamic city.
The most various city in the world has so much to offer when it comes to restaurants, hotels, shops and, of course, attractions and entertainment.
Cultural and educational attractions are plenty here and, among them, there are many museums.
After visiting multiple times the most famous ones such as the British Museum or the Victoria and Albert Museum, I searched for smaller exhibitions and more unique places to visit.
From science to art and from technology to the most bizarre collections, London is home to many outstanding museums and galleries that can please anyone.
I have listed here below some cool and quirky museums in London, for those looking to do something other than the ordinary, whether they are visiting or living here.

Saint Dunstan in the East – The hidden corners of London are innumerable, and when you get lost in the streets of the centre you always find yourself amazed by the discoveries that can be made at every corner.
One of such discoveries was for me: St. Dunstan in the East.
St. Dunstan is a special place, gothic and mysterious, an oasis of peace set among skyscrapers, surrounded by lush vegetation that grows into the ruins of a medieval church and it is not far from the banks of the river Thames.
Last October I decided to go there and take some photos as this place is a paradise for photographers (and I am not) since the lush vegetation grows in and around the ruins creating beautiful spots.
St. Dunstan in the East is part of a disused church, now closed to the public, which was destroyed during the Second World War and then rebuilt.
The walls and its cute little garden with tall trees have a fountain and a few benches where one can relax and read a book.
Once you arrive you will be delighted, the peace and tranquillity that this place offers are really rare in the frenzy of this city.


Saint Dunstan in the East, Eastern walls

The “New” Mosaic – This mosaic apparently does not have a name…yet! Yes, because it is a new discovery which was made just at the beginning of this year.
Located near the London Bridge, this large mosaic is in good conditions, and it was discovered by workers digging at a construction site just in February of this year.
It is believed to be the largest stretch of a Roman mosaic discovered in London for more than half a century and it seems that the work dates from the end of the 2nd century and the beginning of the 3rd century.
Not much else is known about this mosaic but, in the news, they said it is assumed that at that time the site was a place of relaxation for senior officials, a sort of spa perhaps like the Roman baths in Bath.

The Hunterian Museum – I had visited this place pre-Covid (it is now temporarily closed to the public) is located in the premises of the Royal Academy of Surgeons.
This tiny but extraordinary museum contains hundreds of medical curiosities, including skeletons of an Irish giant, tons of antique surgical instruments, skulls, paintings and photos depicting freaks of nature, anatomical prosthetics and other jars containing formalin and body parts of all sorts that I would rather not tell you about.
This visit is exciting and free, but I do not recommend it to sensitive people.
I believe it is very educational too because you get to learn more about anatomy and how our body works.
Given the sensitive content and out of respect, it is understandably not allowed to take any pictures inside the galleries.

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I moved to London over 2 years ago but only last year I started writing for a local newsletter for Expats in London telling about my experience in this big city and giving advice to newcomers. London is a very dynamic city and has a lot for everyone but it’s important to have a local point of view to navigate it without getting lost. Let me be your guide to hidden London!

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