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London Off The Beaten Track

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Find out about London off the beaten track -- the more unusual places to see in London. These places have been chosen as they aren't on the general tourist routes but are all well worth a visit.

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1. The Museum of Brands, Packaging, and Advertising

Museum of Brands and Packaging, London
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The Museum of Brands, Packaging, and Advertising in London's Notting Hill documents social history through consumer products. You will see over 12,000 items from shampoo bottles and drinks cans, to toys and postcards.

2. National Army Museum

National Army Museum - Kid's Zone
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The National Army Museum in Chelsea has five floors of exhibits showing the history of the British Army and its impact on others. There are four permanent gallery displays and an extensive program of exhibitions, events, and activities.

3. Fashion and Textile Museum

Fashion & Textile Museum London
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The Fashion and Textile Museum is a center for contemporary fashion, textiles and jewelry in London. Founded by iconic British designer Zandra Rhodes, and operated by Newham College, the museum houses permanent and changing exhibitions. It's a 5 minute walk from Tower Bridge.

4. Sir John Soane's Museum

Sir John Soane's Museum London
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Sir John Soane was an architect and avid collector of antiquities and art. He merged 3 houses on Lincoln's Inn Fields to be his home and museum which he left to the nation in 1837. Expect to be stunned by the building itself as well as the exhibits which include the sarcophagus of Seti I in the crypt and Hogarth paintings in the picture gallery. An absolute treasure trove and well worth a visit.

5. Foundling Museum

Foundling Museum, London
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The Foundling Museum tells the story of the Foundling Hospital, London's first home for abandoned children and of three major figures in British history: its campaigning founder the philanthropist Thomas Coram, the artist William Hogarth, and the composer George Frederic Handel. These pioneering men never had any children of their own but dedicated themselves to London's foundlings.

6. Wellcome Collection

Welcome Collection, London
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Wellcome Collection on Euston Road is a modern museum and gallery bringing together science and art. Sir Henry Wellcome enthusiastically collected over a million medical objects and Wellcome Collection displays as many as possible to help visitors discover more about the development of medicine through the ages and across cultures.

7. Museum of Childhood

Museum of Childhood, London
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The Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Gree, east London, is spread over 4 floors, with the Mezzanine and First Floor acting like a balcony around the edge of the building so you can look down over the ground floor central hall with the shop, Information Desk, and Benugo Café.

8. London Wetland Centre

London Wetland Centre
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The London Wetland Centre is a beautiful wildlife reserve visitor attraction not far from central London. More than 43 hectares of wetland habitats have been created attracting thousands of wild birds from around the world.

9. Columbia Road Flower Market

Every Sunday, 8am-2pm, along this narrow cobbled street, you can find over 50 market stalls and 30 shops selling flowers, and gardening supplies. It's a truly colorful experience.

10. Imperial War Museum

Imperial War Museum London
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The Imperial War Museum is unique in its coverage of conflicts, from the First World War to the present day. It seeks to provide for, and to encourage, the study and understanding of the history of modern war and how it affects our lives.
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