London's Quirkiest Museums You Might Not Know About

Published . By Kay Field.

Yeah, the Natural History Museum's great and the V&A's always a winner, but have you ever seen a wholphin skull? Take a few steps off the beaten track and you'll find a powder keg of curious venues, wacky collections and immersive exhibitions, all poised and ready to entertain you. We've searched around and uncovered some of London's quirkiest museums that you might not know about and the places to grab a drink or bite to eat after - cus as we all know: museums are tiring work. 

Freud Museum (Hampstead)

Delve into the private life of the founder of psychoanalysis with a visit to the Freud Museum. See the now-infamous patient couch as you explore the notorious thinker's home office and take a look at some of his pioneering theories and trailblazing works, alongside a number of other guest exhibitions. 

Refuel here: Get your dose of pizza, cocktails and glamorous interiors at Bobby Fitzpatrick. If you find yourself there during the weekend, their bottomless brunch is a must.

Bobby Fitzpatrick

End your psychology-filled day on a high with a drink at this kitsch bar and restaurant.

Dennis Severs' House (Spitalfields)

An experience unlike any other, Dennis Severs' House will take you on an immersive adventure into the fictional home of 18th century Huguenot silk weavers. Venture around ten stunningly decorated candlelit rooms as you attempt to discover what's happened to the fabled inhabitants.

Refuel here: Boasting a charming secret rooftop, The Culpeper is your go-to for a relaxed post-museum meal whilst topping up your tan.

The Culpeper

A trip back in time washed down by a craft pint? Sounds good to us.

Sir John Soane's Museum (Holborn)

One of the ultimate weird and wonderful museums in London, Sir John Soane's Museum is a treasure trove of historical gems. Step through the unassuming Georgian townhouse doors and you'll find walls covered with paintings, status and antiquities, including a 3,000-year-old sarcophagus.

Refuel here: Finish things off with a cocktail or two at the stylish Shutters Chancery, whilst nibbling on cauliflower pakoras and crispy crab wontons.

Shutters Chancery

Sir John Soane's Museum is only a hop, skip and a jump from Holborn underground. 

Pollock's Toy Museum (Fitzrovia)

Pollock's Toy Museum is bringing you a heavy dose of childhood nostalgia. As quirky museums in London go, this Fitzrovia spot doesn't disappoint. Take a look at toys through the ages with everything from teddy bears to folk favourites and dolls houses to puppets over six intimate rooms. 

Refuel here: Just a few minutes walk from Oxford Street is the swanky Percy & FoundersWhether you're after a quick coffee, a lunchtime bite or an evening drink, you'll find them all here.

Percy & Founders

Bizarre museums? This playground's a must for families and big kids alike.

The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities (Bethnal Green)

Combining fact with fiction, The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities is up there with the most entertaining and unusual museums in London. Expect an eccentric jumble of shrunken heads, wholphin bones (that's a killer whale-dolphin hybrid), cyclops skulls and fairies galore. 

Refuel here: Renowned around London for its incredible brunches, Arepa & Co is a top choice for cachapas, rice bowls and its Venezuelan staple of pork-topped cornbread.

Arepa & Co Bethnal Green

From the strangest offerings to the best bites, Bethnal Green's got you covered.

Fan Museum (Greenwich)

Whilst its name may leave you feeling uninspired, Greenwich's Fan Museum is an unexpected goldmine. Housing over 4,000 items, the venue will teach you the history of the fashionable accessory whilst showcasing some of the most exquisite pieces from around the world. Sounds fan-tastic.

Refuel here: Trott over to The Old Brewery for a craft pint from their in-house microbrewery. Grab a seat in the vibrant dining room or bag yourself a bench on their large outdoor terrace. 

The Old Brewery

Gaze at handheld artworks before sipping on a freshly-poured brew. 

Hunterian Museum (Holborn)

Not for the faint-hearted or easily squeamish, the Hunterian Museum is a haven of oddities. Filled with countless jars of animals, body parts and organs, this one-of-a-kind collection will have you gawping for hours. It's crazy, curious and you won't be able to look away.

Refuel here: An award-winning restaurant, Haché are rustling up mouthwatering beef, lamb, chicken and veggie burgers for the ultimate midday pick-me-up.


A strong contender in the list of London's most quirky museums.

London Transport Museum (Covent Garden)

Thousands use it daily, but how many of us actually know the history behind the city's network system? London Transport Museum is offering insight into the creation behind the capital's tube and bus infrastructure, including the effect it had on expanding and changing its culture.

Refuel here: Can't decide where to eat? Seven Dials Market has got you covered with a range of stalls, including Japanese soul food, vegan tacos and hot dog steamed bao.

Seven Dials Market

Covent Garden's got something for everyone, with transport for all and food for the many. 

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