This now-wonderful 1960s complex consists of apartments, restaurants, shops and a cinema. A £24-million project transformed it from a...
Charles Dickens Museum
After a £3.5 million year-long renovation, this museum in a handsome four-storey house – the great Victorian novelist's sole surviving...
The Lamb’s central mahogany bar with beautiful Victorian dividers (also called ‘snob screens’ as they allowed the well-to-do to drink...
Gourmet Burger Kitchens dishing up creative burger constructions, including lots of vegetarian options.
40 Brunswick Sq · interesting places nearby
Foundling Museum information
The Foundling Hospital opened in 1741 at a time of such extreme poverty that a thousand babies were abandoned annually. Hogarth was a founding governor, and in order to raise funds he hung his own artwork in the hospital's picture gallery and encouraged other artists to do the same – creating the first permanent exhibition space in Britain. The hospital closed and was demolished in 1928, but this neighbouring building recalls its social and artistic legacy.
Leading-edge artists still exhibit their work here, along with art from throughout the hospital's history. Most affecting is the display of the trinkets and tokens that mothers left as a parting gift to their children; they were never passed on.
The top floor is devoted to a collection of Handel memorabilia – including concert programs, tickets and the composer's handwritten will. Handel staged an annual performance of his greatest work, Messiah, as a fundraiser for the hospital.