Edward Linley Sambourne’s Victorian home still looks as it did in the late 19th-century, when he worked as an illustrator for Punch magazine.
Fleming’s old lab at St. Mary’s Hospital where the Nobel Prize-winning doctor discovered penicillin is now a museum.
The Duke of Wellington’s mansion on Hyde Park Corner still contains his collection of artworks and memorabilia from his campaigns and Battle of Waterloo.
This museum tells the story of money and the Bank of England, and has lots of interesting old paintings and photos.
Benjamin Franklin was one of America’s Founding Fathers, and helped to draft the Declaration of Independence and US Constitution.
The archaeological remains of a Roman house from 200 AD, buried in the basement of an office on Lower Thames Street.
One of the world’s great museums, it has an extensive collection of objects from Egypt, Assyria, Greece and Rome, plus Asia, Africa and the Americas.
This terraced house contains many of the original fittings from the days of Thomas Carlyle – a gifted essayist from the Victorian era.
The Victorian novelist lived here during the 1830s when he was writing Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby and the Pickwick Papers.
The atmospheric tunnels under Whitehall still look exactly as they did when Winston Churchill held meetings with his wartime cabinet here during the Blitz.
Located on the site of the notorious medieval gaol, the Clink Prison Museum is less-scary than the London Dungeon and is a good day out for kids.
During the 1870s this famous old clipper ship used to sail to China in world record times. Now you can explore its cabins and walk around the deck.
The Design Museum takes the best of 20th and 21st-century design and reveals how consumers’ tastes have changed through the decades.
This 18th-century Georgian townhouse was home to the writer Samuel Johnson, who is probably best known for writing the first English dictionary.
Housed in the basement of the Royal Institution, this is where Faraday experimented and discovered electro-magnetic induction and magnetic rotation.
St. Thomas’s Hospital has a museum about the Victorian nurse Florence Nightingale and her work during the Crimean War.
St. Mary-at-Lambeth houses a museum about the early days of gardening, and has a graveyard out the back containing the tomb of Captain Bligh.
This unusual museum explores how home life has changed from the 1600s to the present day. It is housed inside an old 18th-century almshouse.
This replica of the ship which carried Sir Francis Drake around the world has plenty of decks and cabins for your kids to walk around and explore.
This museum tells the history of the Foot Guards: the Coldstream, Grenadier, Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards, and contains Waterloo memorabilia.
This building was once home to two very different musicians: the German composer Handel and 1960s guitar hero Jimi Hendrix.
This cruiser fought in World War II and the Korean War, and you can walk through its engine rooms, missile rooms, mess hall and cabins.
Discover the history of the Household Cavalry, and look through a window into the stables where they keep the horses.
Housed inside the Royal College of Surgeons, this museum is filled with specimens, skeletons and the fossilised remains of old animals and humans.
This popular museum tells the story of the British Army from the days of the Empire, through World Wars I and II, right up to the Falkands and Gulf.
The Jewel Tower dates back to the 14th-century Palace of Westminster, and houses a small exhibition about the history of the British Parliament.
The famous poet John Keats lived here from 1818 to 1820 and houses some of his original letters, manuscripts and old Regency furnishings.
This house was once home to the Victorian artist Lord Frederic Leighton, and contains paintings by the Pre-Raphaelites.
This museum tells the story of the Regent’s Canal and how they transported the cargos by barge. There’s also a small dock out the back.
It’s more of a James Bond museum than a film museum, because all it contains are costumes, cars and props from the James Bond movies.
A collection of old fire engines, pumps and uniforms, plus some information about the Blitz and Great Fire of London in 1666.
The ancient remains of the Temple of Mithras, one of the best preserved buildings of Roman London, can be found inside the Bloomberg building.
The history of London from prehistoric times, through the Roman, medieval, Tudor and Victorian eras, right up to the Blitz and Swinging Sixties.
This museum tells the story of how London’s river became one of the world’s busiest docks, and what it’s used for today.
This museum tells the history of the British military from the Battle of Agincourt, through the Battle of Waterloo, and right past World War II.
The National Maritime Museum has a collection of ships and historic artefacts, like Nelson’s jacket from the Battle of Trafalgar.
A great museum for kids if they’re interested in dinosaurs. It also contains a whole zoo’s-worth of stuffed mammals, fish and birds.
An 19th-century herb garrett and operating theatre which miraculously survived intact at the very top of St. Thomas’s Church.
The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology has cabinets full of ancient Egyptian pottery, sarcophagi tombstones and pieces of decorated jewellery.
This museum contains much more than an exhibition about letters and stamps – you can also ride a mail train through the tunnels under London.
A working stables for the horses that pull the royal carriages. You can also see the Queen’s limousines, State Coaches and the Gold State Coach.
This was once part of Clerkenwell Priory, the headquarters of the Knights of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem who gained fame during the Crusades.
A great museum for kids if they like space. It also has lots of historic machines and vehicles, a 3D IMAX cinema, plus some exciting flight simulators.
221b Baker Street has been done up to look like the home of the fictional detective, filled with memorabilia and waxworks.
This house has to be seen to be believed! It’s crammed full of ancient artefacts and even has an Egyptian pharaoh’s sarcophagi.
The London Transport Museum contains a collection of early buses, taxis and trains, from horse-drawn coaches right up to the Routemasters.
Highlights include the Cast Room and Raphael’s Cartoons, drawn as preparatory studies for his work inside the Sistine Chapel.
Part art gallery and part museum, the Wallace Collection has medieval armour, French furnishings, and famous works like The Laughing Cavalier.