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What better way to learn about our beloved capital, than visiting a museum within London itself. Soak in the information and then get exploring! Read on for our top 5 museums centred around London.

We’re all big fans of London here, and it’s safe to assume you are too. What a city - one of the finest in the world - but how much do you actually know about it? We’ve rounded up the five finest museums about London, in London. Discover elements of the city you never knew about and gorge on the wealth of history that surrounds us each day, and when you’re done, why not rediscover it for yourself?

London Canal Museum

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12/13 New Wharf Rd, London N1 9RT, United Kingdom

It’s easy to forget that our many waterways, including the Thames itself, used to play a crucial part in the workings of our great city. The London Canal Museum looks at the history of the canals, about cargo’s that were carried and the people that lived and worked on the waterways. That’s not all, because the location of the museum is in a former ice warehouse (used by premier gelato maker Carlo Gatti) it also charts the humble history of the ice cream.

There are fascinating insights about a totally different London (imagine boats transporting enormous blocks of ice down the rivers all the way from Norway!) and entry is very reasonably priced at £6 per adult and £3 per child.

New London Architecture

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The City Centre, Basinghall St, London EC2V 5AR, United Kingdom

At Holborn's New London Architecture you can learn all about future projects and works-in-progress through the array of talks, studies and exhibitions they program. The biggest draw is the New London Model - an enormous, 12.5 metre-long model of the city that stretches from King’s Cross in the North to Peckham in the South, and the Royal Docks in the East to Old Oak Common in the West. It’s free to view, and touch-screens allow buildings and major infrastructure projects to be examined in detail.

They also have regular events and exhibitions you can sign up for which can be explored here. Some are free whilst others are ticketed at a small fee.

Museum of London

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150 London Wall, Barbican, London EC2Y 5HN, United Kingdom

It doesn’t get much more London than, well, the Museum of London. There are nine permanent exhibitions spread over the Barbican site, which look at London in its various guises from 450,000 BC to the present day, and into the future. There’s lots to discover, with their other temporary exhibitions observing everything from the Roman influence on the city, to 1920’s fashion, 19th century ginger cake recipes. It’s jam packed with different historical influences on London. Best yet, entry is free!

Imperial War Museum

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Lambeth Rd, London SE1 6HZ, United Kingdom

Founded in 1920, the Imperial War Museum tells the stories of peoples’ experiences of war, from the First World War to present day. You can immerse yourself in the historical accounts of those who explain what it was like to live in both the UK and abroad during the time of war. From those that were at the forefront in the trenches to those that were based in factories. The collections include photographs, videos, military vehicles, official documents and weapons.

Their current exhibitions include original objects from the two World Wars and models of war scenes so you can really have an insight into how things were. Weaponry and the horrors of the Holocaust that occurred.

Entry is free but visitors must book their slot online.

London Transport Museum

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The Piazza, London WC2E 7BB, United Kingdom

With public transport in London being extremely popular and widely used, it’s a wonder to think we never stop and think about how it works and the history of the system we so deeply rely on.

Based in Covent Garden, the London Transport Museum showcases how London’s culture, growth and society have been intertwined with its extensive transport system. From the 1800’s to today. You can view many historic machines from the first underground steam train to the development of the London Underground tube map. With hands-on interactive galleries and even a simulator, you’ll be immersed before you can even say “mind the gap”.

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