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The Fan Museum

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Address: 12 Crooms Hill, London SE10 8ER, England
Phone Number: 44-20-8305-1441
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Charming, interesting and informative - and great afternoon tea!

This is the most delightful little museum which deserves to be better known. I took a group of 10 business contacts and we were given a guided tour by the museum's curator, who... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
London, United Kingdom

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London, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the most delightful little museum which deserves to be better known. I took a group of 10 business contacts and we were given a guided tour by the museum's curator, who knew his stuff inside out and was a natural-born communicator. The history of how the museum came into being was fascinating - and as to the fans... More 

Thank JLWreview
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were mostly there for the Afternoon tea, but afterwards we had a look at the fans on display and the Chinese export fan exhibition. Never knew fans could be this interesting. So delicately made. The handbook provided explains the displays in great detail. It was a nice way to avoid the rain in Greenwich park and the cakes and... More 

Thank Kirihitiana
London, England, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

This must be the most beautiful and quaint museum in London. Afternoon tea is cheap but i was disappointed there was no sandwiches so it was all a bit too much sugar. Also the atmosphere was a little hushed and would have been better with some simple instrumental music to soften the vibe whist drinking and eating. The addition of... More 

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Bright, Australia
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182 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

Many people travel to Greenwich to go and see other attractions and places of interest my wife was keen to visit and I must admit that I did enjoy the Fan Museum many different types of fans from around the world and good to read up on the History of fans and how they are made small entry fee but... More 

1 Thank Darren S
Indianapolis, Indiana
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

I was indeed skeptical when my wife suggested going to Greenwich for tea at The Fan Museum (Le Orangeries). But we had tea there - amazing classic and a true memory - and visited the museum as well. It is a labor of love for Mmme. Alexander, whom we had the pleasure to meet. She is a pure joy, her... More 

1 Thank george e
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28 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

I have been meaning to go to the Fan Museum for ages and finally got round to going. What a lovely little surprise, it is not more than 5 rooms excluding the small shop and tea room in this lovely old property but the displays are beautiful, the fans they have on show are just exquisite and until the end... More 

Thank LondonTravelLady
Andover, Hampshire, UK
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

A wonderful place to spend a hour - beautiful fans with neat descriptions of design and development - and with the best value cream team in England

Thank Stephen P
Greater London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

Fantastic afternoon spent wondering around this delightful museum which is in a beautiful house in Greeniwch. We had a lovely afternoon tea in the orangery. The staff were all brilliant and could not do enough to make this a very special occasion for us. My Mother is wheelchair dependent which that was not a problem at all. The new exhibition... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Charming, welcoming museum. Stunning examples of many different types of fans. The special exhibition ' belle epoch ' displays fans from 1890-1920. Some are art nouveau and some are jewel encrusted. Do not miss the opportunity to visit the orangery for afternoon tea. Scrumptious and very good value.

Thank LizzyRoo
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
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34 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We didn't have time to tour the museum, so my comments relate just to the lovely afternoon tea that is served here. The tearoom is pleasant and relaxing (although a little warm in July). It is painted in soft murals and overlooks a pretty garden. The tea was good and included the usual sweet fare of scones and cake. One... More 

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