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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
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Incredible afternoon tea!

I learned about the Fan Museum from one of those "best budget teas in London" articles, and it absolutely did not disappoint! They only have tea sittings a few days a week, and I... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I learned about the Fan Museum from one of those "best budget teas in London" articles, and it absolutely did not disappoint! They only have tea sittings a few days a week, and I do recommend a reservation, but for only £12 each (£8 for tea + museum admission) you receive your pot of tea, scones with clotted cream &... More 

Thank rachelbottoms
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

it's the details that make this visit worthwhile, so buy the catalogue, then you can find the connection between Charlie Chaplain, Noel Coward, & Lord Olivier. Most people seem to visit these days mainly to enjoy to Afternoon Tea & peaceful view over the garden (I was there, in tranquillity, in a thunder storm). But please, it is worth looking... More 

Thank Sue A
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

Wonderful exhibition. Very small but have regular special exhibitions. The orangery offers lovely afternoon teas at a reasonable cost. Staff are very welcoming. Lovely location. Good for a rainy afternoon ...

Thank An1e
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

Came here with my family who had rented out the events room for a traditional Chinese tea ceremony prior to my cousin getting married the next day. Lovely setting to mix and mingle with our guests and we were free to tour the fan museum upstairs as well. Just incredible examples of how our societies used to prize fans, but... More 

Thank robby321
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

The 'museum' consists of two very small rooms. A DVD on repeat regarding the museum and it's development on an old TV in the corner of one room. If you want to see a dead bird with it's feathers pinned to some ivory, a turtles shell and some other fans this is the place for you. Afternoon tea was bland,... More 

Thank Claire R
Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

Beautiful Victorian style museum with a lovely terrace to have tea. Delicious scones and a simple but nice selection of teas. I also recommend you leave space for a delicious brownie!

Thank arianne04
Sutton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

This a lovely, tiny hidden treasure in Greenwich, mainly recommended for women. They have a wonderful, fine collection of fans: very exceptional and precious. (they have fans from the 15th century!) There is also a little shop and a tea room, so you can combine your visit with a typical British habit: afternoon tea. You can find the entrance fees... More 

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Camberley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016

The museum is so interesting, giving a good mixture of information and variety of artifacts to view and of course some lovely fans and related items to buy.I would like to say a big thank you to all of the staff, for making our Afternoon Tea for my daughter so special. Everyone I spoke to at the museum for the... More 

Thank Paul C
Beckenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

This museum is situated just off the main Greenwich High Road, it is housed in a very pleasant Victorian property and seems to be very well looked after, I believe the lady who started the museum is still alive and I have memories of her some 15 - 20 years ago when I was working at Greenwich market. There are... More 

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Worthing, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

A fabulous collection of fans through the ages. Gift shop. Friendly staff. Beautiful garden and.....you can afternoon tea. Worth a visit.

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Greenwich Mean Time starts here, so to speak, as the very concept of global time was established at Royal Observatory, just one of several buildings of architectural interest in Greenwich. Indeed, the whole of Greenwich's historic town center, its Royal Park and a number of related buildings (and one world famous ship, the Cutty Sark) make up the UNESCO World Heritage site known as Maritime Greenwich. Today a laser beam is shot out across the night sky from the Observatory to mark the location of the Prime Meridian. Other bold (some say brash) 21st century additions to the area include landmarks such as The O2 entertainment complex (previously known as the Millennium Dome) and the Air Line cable cars, which offer scenic transport across the Thames between North Greenwich and the Royal Docks.
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