No 242. Visit London’s Aquarium, No 568. Get Stuffed (and enjoy London taxidermy) & No 621. Visit the wonderful Horniman Museum

9 Dec

South East London has some real gems and without a doubt, one of these is the Horniman Museum. If you have kids, it is a godsend and if you don’t, there is still plenty to enjoy.

The Horniman Walrus

The Horniman Walrus

Frederick J Horniman was a tea trader who collected souvenirs from around the world and put them in this amazing local museum. There are Egyptian mummies, stuffed animals, different exhibitions, lots of interactive rooms for curious young minds and a sensory music room which is great if you have a little one who needs to have a nap (Amaya was out for the count within two minutes).

Enjoying the Sound Garden

Enjoying the Sound Garden

Then downstairs there is the aquarium. Now be warned, this is a local museum and is nothing like the grand scale of London Aquarium but it is a lot of fun and you can stare at the large, colourful tropical tank for ages.

Tropical fish

Tropical fish

The grounds are also stunning. On warmer days, they are dotted with people of all ages who have found a tranquil spot for a picnic or a chilled out afternoon. For kids, there is an animal walk, a sound garden and a conservatory. The café overlooking the gardens is a perfect spot to take a break.

The bandstand and the grounds

The bandstand and the grounds

The Horniman Museum and grounds have so much to offer but more than anything, I can’t believe this place is not even a 20 minute walk from where we live. I’ll always miss Whitechapel but local treasures like this remind me there is life outside the East End.

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3 Responses to “No 242. Visit London’s Aquarium, No 568. Get Stuffed (and enjoy London taxidermy) & No 621. Visit the wonderful Horniman Museum”

  1. kimlhine December 16, 2014 at 10:18 am #

    hi Hanna, I just nominated you for an award..
    http://kimlhine.wordpress.com/2014/12/16/liebster-awards/

    • notsuchagirliediary December 19, 2014 at 8:24 pm #

      Hi Kim, thanks so much for the nomination, what a lovely surprise! I will definitely look into those questions once I’m done frantically trying to finish my bucket list 🙂

      • kimlhine December 20, 2014 at 12:45 am #

        Great! I cant wait to read it! Have a lovely Christmas.

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