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Exploring East London

East London is a mine of museums and galleries, with treasures from historic to modern. Whether it’s art you love, design, history, landscapes or a fascination with the Thames, there’s a plethora of places to go - and plenty of them are free, too.

Museum of London Docklands

Part of the Museum of London is the Museum of London Docklands - not too far from Limehouse station if you connect with the DLR. A look at how the British Empire used slavery and servants, yet it still manages to be family-friendly. There’s plenty of opportunities for young historians and archaeologists to learn to handle and identify artefacts, too.

Museum of London Docklands, West India Dock Road, E14 4AL.

The Museum of the Home

In Hoxton you’ll find the Geffrye Museum, which explores our homes and the way we live. There are 11 period rooms from the 1600s to today. Housed in historic almshouses it also has a set of fabulous period gardens through the centuries too. A real gem of a museum - and free.

V&A Museum of Childhood

The V&A Museum of Childhood at Bethnal Green isn’t just for kids. It is a fascinating romp through the history of childhood, which will bring back fond memories for parents and grandparents alike. Best of all it's free.

V&A Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green

Musical History at Wilton’s

A 10 minute stroll from Fenchurch Street and music and history comes together beautifully in the amazing Wilton’s Music Hall. This place was once a Victorian sailors’ pub and over the years transformed into an iconic music hall.  Find all about the world’s oldest grand music hall on one of its fascinating tours. The View described it as, ‘Part museum, part theatre, part bar’. We’re in.

Graces Alley, London E1 8JB

Rainham Hall 

In addition to sutton House in Hackney, east London has another National Trust property worth visiting - Rainham Hall. Just minutes walk from Rainham Station it, as you would hope, has lovely gardens and a trusty team room. Pass the scones please!

The Broadway, Rainham, Havering, London, RM13 9YN