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Sir John Soane's Museum

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Address: 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields | Holborn, London WC2A 3BP, England
Phone Number: 44-20-7405-2107
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Description: The unusual and unique home of Sir John Soane, eccentric architect of the...
The unusual and unique home of Sir John Soane, eccentric architect of the Bank of England, presents a chimera of colors, unusual perspectives and decorative ornaments drawn from many centuries.
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A hidden gem!

We got to the museum about 10 mins before opening and there was already a small queue - it's worth doing as there are limited people allowed in the house at any given time (it is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

We got to the museum about 10 mins before opening and there was already a small queue - it's worth doing as there are limited people allowed in the house at any given time (it is very cramped, with narrow corridors). The house is amazing - there is so much to see that you probably cannot take it all in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

My friend Karin and I had always wanted to visit this house, which has been lovingly kept exactly the way it was and is full of amazing sculptures and artefacts. At one time Sir John Soane had more paintings than the Royal Academy and it was a thrill to see so many Canalettos and then for the guide to press... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The experience went well but i could not get over the feeling of being watched very closely all the time, and this made me uncomfortable. You see many nice things as you walk through the various rooms. Sadly, not being able to take pictures makes the experience difficult to remember. I remember seeing probably hundreds, if not thousands of small... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This museum is odd. First, you need to be ready to queue for a while since the museum is small and only a certain number of people can enter at any given time. And when you enter, you find a dark house with lots of narrow corridors and small rooms. And everywhere is packed with miscellaneous artefacts collected by the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is the most amazing collection of a late Enlightenment eccentric. It is slightly off the beaten track and because of its size, small rooms and narrow passages the number of visitors at any one time is limited. However, it is, in its own way, a time capsule of the period when gentlemen were polymaths with a wide range of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We had few hours to walk around so we stopped to visit these very interesting Museum, we payed 10 pound and we enjoyed it!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Hidden away in Lincoln's Inn Field, this gem of a museum was the most surprising and exciting I have seen for many a year. The standard (for the area) Georgian façade is only identified as a museum by a small sign seen only from this part of the street. A small queue is quickly sent into the museum as plastic... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

A hidden jewel of a museum and an absolute diamond too!! This little museum is tucked up in such a pretty part of central London that it would be a crime to miss on a visit to the capital. An area that's right in the centre but has blue skies and fresh air with a rash of beautiful historic buildings... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Booked on internet paid for 1 hour visit at £10 a head between 3.30 and 4.30 on 12th. March. Whilst entry is free and you can get a voucher for coffee and pastry at Inn in the Fields for £2.95 its worth the cost of the ticket for a tour of the house. It is an 1837 time capsule, school... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

This is a tiny museum, in contrast to so many of the giants like the British Museum or the National Gallery. But its specificity makes it incredibly fascinating. This space conserves part of Sir John Soane's living quarters, and displays his possessions as they were arranged during his lifetime. It's a peek inside a (very well-furnished) home in the past.... More 

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Inner London’s busiest streets crisscross quiet cobbled lanes for an effect that can be urbane or quaint – or an intriguing blend of both – depending on the particular corner you turn. Due to its especially convenient location, bustling Holborn hosts an excellent range of hotels, eateries, and shops to suit practically any taste or budget. With major attractions like the British Museum and Somerset House as well as popular areas such as Covent Garden and Soho all just a short walk away, Holborn is a smart base from which to explore London.
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