Geffrye Museum

Museum in Clerkenwell, Shoreditch & Spitalfields

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These beautiful ivy-clad brick almshouses were built in 1714 as a home for poor pensioners. Most are closed until spring 2020 for renovations, but one remains open a few days a week as part of a 30-minute guided tour. Two rooms have been furnished to show how residents lived in the 1770s and 1880s, atmospherically lit by candles and the original gas lamps. The attention to detail is impressive, down to the vintage newspaper left open on the breakfast table.

Tickets can be purchased in advance online on Eventbrite but come with a surcharge – tours don't seem to fill up, so it's better to pay in person.