Top 10 Small Heritage Sites in London
Dotted around Camden are countless hidden museums and heritage sites. Many famous people have been Camden residents and their stories remain, ready to be told! Some heritage sites close for the winter, but are ready to open our doors this Spring, so it’s the perfect time to do some exploring!
London Shh is a collection of thirteen small historic houses and hidden gems of London and here they provide a round up of their favourite historic houses in Camden.
When Sigmund Freud and his family fled Austria, following the Nazi annexation in 1938, they came to live at 20 Maresfield Gardens in Hampstead. Now the Freud Museum London, you can visit this house Wednesday - Sunday 12.00 - 17.00, children go free and entry is just £4 for students! Check their website for info on their events.
Founded in 1932, The Jewish Museum London now resides in a beautiful Grade I listed building in Camden Town. A museum of Jewish life, history, culture and art from its earliest histories in Britain in 1066, to the contemporary, Jewish Museum London has something for everyone. Open to all daily from 10am-5pm (2pm on Fridays).
Burgh House and Hampstead Museum lies nestled in the historic Hampstead Village, one of the oldest buildings in the area which now also holds a museum. Look inside its beautiful rooms, explore some history (and pop downstairs for a cream tea) Wednesday to Friday and Sunday from 12-5pm for FREE.
Camden Arts Centre is a hub of culture, with exhibitions and events featuring emerging artists and focusing on creating with the community in mind. With a range of projects and courses, this interactive gallery space also has a bookshop, café and garden open all year round. Open Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 6pm and open late on Wednesdays.
5. Keats house
Keats House, originally Wentworth Place, was built in 1814 and became home to the famous poet in 1818. Since 1925 the House has been a museum open to the public. Today, the house can be visited to experience the history of Keats, but also holds many exciting events, from family days to poetry evenings, Keats House holds poetic history from the time of Keats to the present day.
Open Wednesday – Sunday 11am – 5pm.
Keats House events: www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/keats-house-4777597709
Hidden in Fitzrovia, this incredible museum is packed with toys from all over the world. With a large Victorian collection, dolls, teddys, tin toys and even puppets are in abundance. Originally a shop and printers from the 1850s, Benjamin Pollock hand printed, constructed and coloured much of the toy theatre material housed in the museum today. Visit between 10am and 5pm Monday- Saturday to be transported to a childhood of another time!
2 Willow Road is an incredible example of early Modernist architecture built in the 1930s by architect and resident Ernö Goldfinger. The central part of the house remains filled with his designs, from clever folding walls to his own work desk. From the 1st March, the house is open Wednesday to Sunday, by tour from 11am to 2pm and self-guided from 3pm – 5pm.
8. Fenton House
This 17th Century house in Hampstead, with its own walled garden orchard (you can buy their own apple juice!) can be visited Wednesday to Sunday 11am – 5pm. When the house was home to Lady Binning in 1936, she filled it with a collection of decorative porcelain, Georgian furniture and 17th century needlework that can be seen displayed today. For musicians interested in historical keyboards and early instruments, you can even apply to play their Benton Fletcher Collection, and the house is often filled with ambient Harpsichord music.
48 Doughty Street is where the author wrote Oliver Twist, The Pickwick Papers and Nicholas Nickleby. Now housing the Charles Dickens Museum, this charming house takes you back in history to a family home whilst also hosting exhibitions and events about the authors works and life. Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am – 5pm.
10. Petrie museum
Walking through the UCL campus it could be easy to miss this hidden trove of Egyptian Archaeology. Next to the Science Library, The Petrie Museum on Malet Place is one of the world’s leading collections of Egyptian and Sudanese material. Pop in to see some amazing historical items for free on Tuesdays to Saturdays, 1pm – 5pm.
Looking to discover more culture in Camden? Why not read our Top 10 Galleries article.