Try and forget for a minute that Britain lost the war, and help America celebrate Independence Day at the Benjamin Franklin House.
In return for snatching the colonies from us, they will be treating us to a nice piece of cake and a glass of bubbly in the world's only remaining Franklin home (a fair swap, I'm sure you'll agree).
In case you don't know who Benjamin Franklin is, he originally acted as a middle-man between the British government and the colonies, and later as a representative of the newly independent America, helping to draft the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. So there really is no better place to celebrate Independence Day, than in the house of one of the main men responsible for it.
Craig has been to see this house himself, and written a review of the Benjamin Franklin House on his blog.
> Craig’s review of Benjamin Franklin House – “Benjamin Franklin's House is the kind of place you don't notice even when you're staring at it. For something that's called the "first American Embassy", you might be hoping for something a little bit grand, but it's basically just a townhouse in a side street off Charing Cross. Franklin was just a normal guy back then, negotiating between the government and… continued”
Free tour around the Benjamin Franklin House – 21 to 22 Sep 2019 – Enjoy a free tour around Benjamin Franklin's townhouse, when the building takes part in 'Open House Weekend'.
Slavery, Culture & Collecting – 15 Sep 2018 to 15 Sep 2019 – This exhibition explores the connection between some of Britain's oldest cultural organisations and transatlantic slavery
Feliks Topolski — Drawing Debden – 1 Oct 2018 to 28 Jun 2019 – The Bank of England Museum will be putting on an exhibition of work by Feliks Topolski about the Debden printing works.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition – 19 Oct 2018 to 30 Jun 2019 – Wildlife Photographer of the Year returns to the Natural History Museum with this exhibition of the top 100 photos.
Victorian surgery at the Old Operating Theatre – Sat and Sun – A demonstration about Victorian surgery inside the original 19th-century Operating Theatre at St Thomas's Hospital.
Private tour of the Churchill War Rooms – Every day – Enjoy a private tour of the Churchill War Rooms, and experience Winston Churchill's wartime bunker from behind the glass.
Reimagining Captain Cook – 29 Nov 2018 to 4 Aug 2019 – The British Museum will be marking the anniversary of Cook's Pacific voyage by looking at it from the Islander's perspective
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If you enjoy Benjamin Franklin House then you might like to visit Charles Dickens Museum (walk it in 24 mins or catch the tube from Charing Cross to Russell Square), Dr. Johnson’s House (walk it in 20 mins or catch the tube from Charing Cross to Temple) and Keats’ House (catch the train from Charing Cross to Hampstead)
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