Benjamin Franklin House  

 
 
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36 Craven Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N 5NF
 
 
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OPENING TIMES
Wed to Sun 12pm-5pm | Guided tours take place on Mondays at 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:15 & 16:15 (pre-booking is advised).
 
PRICES
£7 (Adult), FREE (Under 16s) | Historical Experience: adults £7, conc £5 | Archictectural Tour: £3.50 | Under 16s free at all times
 

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Benjamin Franklin HouseThis Georgian terraced house was the London base of the great American statesman and key founder of the United States, Benjamin Franklin between 1757 and 1775. Benjamin Franklin House was essentially the first American Embassy, as Franklin struggled to contain the growing enmity between England and her colony. In his spare time, the great man pursued his own interests, including meeting the great men and women of the day and working on inventions - including bifocal spectacles, a new musical instrument and a fuel-saving stove. The house itself has been recreated as a 'Historical Experience'. Visitors receive a guided tour from Polly, Franklin's landlady's daughter, accompanied by appropriate sound effects and visuals, while Emmy-award winning actor Peter Coyote plays the part of Benjamin Franklin.

 

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Franklin And His British FriendsFranklin And His British FriendsLiterary & Education, Talk.2019-05-29T18:30:00+01002019-05-29T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Benjamin Franklin House, 36  Craven Street      WC2N 5NF
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Charing Cross Tube Station
 
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Charing Cross Railway Station
 
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Blackfriars Railway Station
 
19 minutes walk
 
 
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St Martins Lane NCP
 
4 minutes walk
 
Q-Park Trafalgar
 
4 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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Amba Hotel Charing Cross
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £136  22% off
The Strand, WC2N | 1 minute from Benjamin Franklin House
Located within walking distance from Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden, the Amba Hotel Charing Cross is ideal for guests looking to be near to all the ... More
 
 
 
Corinthia Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £335  40% off
Whitehall Place, SW1A | 1 minute from Benjamin Franklin House
With 294 bedrooms, multi-level penthouse suites and terraces offering spectacular views of the River Thames, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall - the £300 million restoration of the ... More
 
 
 
The Trafalgar St. James London, Curio Collection by Hilton
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £149  38% off
2 Spring Gardens, SW1A | 2 minutes from Benjamin Franklin House
Almost in the shadow of Nelson's Column, and with the Palaces of Whitehall looming behind it, this hotel is at the heart of the Capital. ... More
 
 
 
 
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Alternative Historic Buildings nearest Benjamin Franklin House

Nearest to Benjamin Franklin House
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St Martin-in-the-Fields
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 2 minutes from Benjamin Franklin House
This historic church of St Martin-in-the-Fields overlooking Trafalgar Square was built in 1726 and is the best known work of Scottish architect James Gibbs whose ... More
 
 
 
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Admiralty Arch
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
The Mall, Westminster, London SW1A | 4 minutes from Benjamin Franklin House
Admiralty Arch, a grade I listed building just off Trafalgar Square, was commissioned by Edward VII in memory of his mother, Queen Victoria. The inscription reads ... More
 
 
 
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St Paul's Church, Covent Garden
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 5 minutes from Benjamin Franklin House
Affectionately known as "The Actors' Church", St Paul's in Covent Garden is in the heart of theatreland and has long been associated with the theatre community. ... More
 
 
 
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Sights and Attractions near Benjamin Franklin House

The best museums, galleries, attractions near Benjamin Franklin House
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British Optical Association Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
42 Craven Street, WC2N | 1 minute from Benjamin Franklin House
Run by the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers the British Optical Association Museum in Charing Cross features historic examples of London-made spectacles from ... More
 
 
 
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The Strand Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
32 John Adam Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 1 minute from Benjamin Franklin House
Part of the Proud Galleries family, Proud Central became The Strand Gallery in 2010 expanding from a photography gallery to an exhibition space for all disciplines ... More
 
 
 
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Cenotaph
London > Attractions > Sights
Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A | 2 minutes from Benjamin Franklin House
Standing solemnly in the middle of Whitehall, visitors could be forgiven for passing the Cenotaph by unnoticed. But every November it becomes the focus of Britain's ... More
 
 
 
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Near Benjamin Franklin House
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Waitress
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 8th February to 19th October 2019
Benjamin Franklin House, 18-20 Maiden Lane, The Strand, WC2R | 4 minutes from Benjamin Franklin House
Transferring from Broadway, the Waitress musical comes to the Adelphi Theatre for its UK premiere in February. The first musical to have an all-female creative team, ...More
 
 
 
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The Starry Messenger
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 16th May to 10th August 2019
Benjamin Franklin House, Charing Cross Road, WC2H | 5 minutes from Benjamin Franklin House
Hollywood star and multiple Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick makes his West End debut at Wyndham's Theatre opposite Elizabeth McGovern from Downton Abbey. The star of ...More
 
 
 
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The Price
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 5th February to 27th April 2019
Benjamin Franklin House, Charing Cross Road, WC2H | 5 minutes from Benjamin Franklin House
This February, Wyndham's Theatre presents a new adaptation of Arthur Miller's The Price as a 50th anniversary celebration of the work. Directed by Jonathan Church, the ...More
 
 
 
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Playhouse Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Northumberland Avenue, Westminster, London WC2N | 1 minute from Benjamin Franklin House
A short step away from the main strip of West End theatres, the Playhouse's stylish curved facade is rather lost among the towering architecture of Charing ... More
 
 
 
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Boat Show Comedy Club
London > Entertainment > Comedy Clubs
Tattershall Castle, Victoria Embankment, Westminster, London SW1A | 3 minutes from Benjamin Franklin House
The Boat Show Comedy Club aboard the Tattershall Castle has consistently good line-ups and has played host to some of the finest comedy acts on the ... More
 
 
 
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London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO)
London > Entertainment > Theatres
St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 3 minutes from Benjamin Franklin House
London Coliseum is a magnificent historic building and an excellent venue in which to enjoy the soaring sounds and high drama of some truly thrilling operas. ... More
 
 
 
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The best shops and markets near Benjamin Franklin House
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Davenports Magic Shop
London > Shopping > Specialists
7 Charing Cross Underground Shopping Arcade, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 2 minutes from Benjamin Franklin House
From budding Harry Potters and bumbling Tommy Coopers to dynamic David Copperfields, Davenports is a haven for magicians of every level and ability. Non-magicians too are ... More
 
 
 
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Pan de Vie
London > Shopping > Delicatessens
5 New Row, WC2N | 5 minutes from Benjamin Franklin House
Combining classic European baking with exotic flavours of the Far East, Pan de Vie delivers a visual treat of brilliantly-coloured sweet patisseries and ... More
 
 
 
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Tenderproduct
London > Shopping > Art and Design
6 Cecil Court, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 5 minutes from Benjamin Franklin House
Tenderproduct is the second tender venture by Etan Ilfeld, who previously founded the neighbouring Tenderpixel Gallery, an innovative space for emerging talent. Tenderproduct is a shop ... More
 
 
 
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Champagne Charlies
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
17 The Arches, Villiers St, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 1 minute from Benjamin Franklin House
British Cuisine... More
 
 
 
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The Northall at Corinthia Hotel London
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
Corinthia Hotel London, 10a Northumberland Avenue, Westminster, London WC2N | 1 minute from Benjamin Franklin House
Offering excellent seasonal British fare within the five star, classically designed Corinthia Hotel, The Northall is a celebration of British cuisine and, though it doesn't shout ... More
 
 
 
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The Terrace, Amba Hotel Charing Cross
London > Restaurants > Afternoon Tea
The Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 1 minute from Benjamin Franklin House
In the centre of London's world famous West End, right on The Strand, is The Terrace, an all-day dining venue and bar located within the Amba ... More
 
 
 
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Education near Benjamin Franklin House

Near Benjamin Franklin House
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Courtauld Institute of Art
London > Education > Arts and Drama
Somerset House, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 8 minutes from Benjamin Franklin House
The Courtauld is one of the most prestigious art schools in the country, affiliated with the Oxbridge system and boasting a huge private location and prime ... More
 
 
 
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The London Film School
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
24 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H | 8 minutes from Benjamin Franklin House
The London Film School is the oldest-established international school of film technique in the world. The school has contributed significantly to ... More
 
 
 
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Saw Swee Hock Student Centre
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
1 Sheffield Street, Holborn, London WC2A | 11 minutes from Benjamin Franklin House
The award-winning Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, designed by Irish architects O'Donnell + Tuomey and awarded the RIBA London Building of the Year Award in 2014, ... More
 
 
 
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Victoria Embankment Gardens
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Victoria Embankment, Villiers Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 1 minute from Benjamin Franklin House
Created in 1874, the Victoria Embankment Gardens run parallel to the River Thames, creating a green walkway between Waterloo Bridge and Embankment, and are dotted with ... More
 
 
 
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ESPA Life at Corinthia
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
Whitehall Place, Westminster, London SW1A | 2 minutes from Benjamin Franklin House
The people at Espa take grooming pretty seriously, and quite rightly, when it comes to appearances it's often best to leave it to the experts. You'll ... More
 
 
 
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The Sanctuary
London > Leisure > Fitness
12 Floral Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 6 minutes from Benjamin Franklin House
This day spa exclusively for women is a total pampering experience from the minute you step through the door. Located in bustling Covent Garden you'll soon ... More
 
 
 
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The best pubs near London Benjamin Franklin House.
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The Sherlock Holmes
London > Nightlife > Pubs
10 Northumberland Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 1 minute from Benjamin Franklin House
Thirsty Sherlock Holmes fans look no further than this homage to the great detective himself and to original Victorian pubs. While you indulge in a soothing ... More
 
 
 
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The Clarence
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
53 Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A | 3 minutes from Benjamin Franklin House
Just a hundred yards from Trafalgar Square, the MOD and the Horse Guard's Parade, The Clarence has an undeniably impressive location that attracts both locals and ... More
 
 
 
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The Harp
London > Nightlife > Pubs
47 Chandos Place, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 3 minutes from Benjamin Franklin House
The Harp, a welcoming bar in Covent Garden, is a traditional pub where the emphasis is firmly on real ale - earning it CAMRA's National Pub ... More
 
 
 
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Gordon's Wine Bar
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
47 Villiers Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 1 minute from Benjamin Franklin House
Home to Samuel Pepys in the 1680s, the building housing Gordon’s is now home to a regular, thriving crowd of drinkers of all ages and all ... More
 
 
 
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Walkers Of Whitehall
London > Nightlife > Bars
15 Craig's Court, St James's, London SW1A | 2 minutes from Benjamin Franklin House
Built in 1694 on Craig's Court, just south of Trafalgar Square, Walkers of Whitehall was originally ... More
 
 
 
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Bassoon Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
Corinthia Hotel London, Whitehall Place, Westminster, London SW1A | 2 minutes from Benjamin Franklin House
The cocktails in the Bassoon Bar are very good, expensive, yes, but very, very good. Not only that but the bar has a piano which is ... More
 
 
 
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Royal Society Of Arts
London > Business > Venue Hire
8 John Adam Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 3 minutes from Benjamin Franklin House
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St Martins Lane Hotel
London > Business > Venue Hire
45 St. Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 4 minutes from Benjamin Franklin House
To enter the stunning St Martins Lane Hotel in the heart of London's Theatreland you pass through the tallest revolving door in London, a luminescent yellow-glass ... More
 
 
 
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Banqueting House
London > Business > Venue Hire
Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A | 4 minutes from Benjamin Franklin House
The only surviving section of Whitehall Palace. In its heyday the largest royal palace in Europe, this historic venue is the only surviving section of Whitehall Palace ... More
 
 
 
 

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Fiddler On The Roof
Fiddler On The Roof
Theatre | Until 15th June 2019 

Playhouse Theatre 1 minute walk from Benjamin Franklin House

Proud father Tevye struggles to maintain his family's Jewish traditions in turn of the 20th century Imperial Russia in the ...More

 
St Martin's Voices
Concerts | On 19th April 2019 

St Martin-in-the-Fields 2 minutes walk from Benjamin Franklin House

Andrew Earis conducts Bach's St John Passion sung in German, with Stephen Anthony Brown as the Evangelist....More

Scary Bikers
Theatre | Until 27th April 2019 

Trafalgar Studios 3 minutes walk from Benjamin Franklin House

The double BAFTA and Olivier Award-winning partnership of John Godber and Jane Thornton perform Godber's comedy about a newly-met couple ...More

Admissions
Admissions
Theatre | Until 25th May 2019 

Trafalgar Studios 3 minutes walk from Benjamin Franklin House

ER actress Alex Kingston and Miranda favourite Sarah Hadland star in Admissions as Daniel Aukin directs the West End transfer ...More

 
The Passion of Jesus
The Passion of Jesus
Seasonal | On 19th April 2019 

Trafalgar Square 3 minutes walk from Benjamin Franklin House

Now a regular addition to Easter in London, The Passion of Jesus is a recreation of the story of the ...More

 
Sea Star: Sean Scully
Exhibitions | Until 11th August 2019 

National Gallery 3 minutes walk from Benjamin Franklin House

New abstract paintings by the artist known for his admiration for colour, composition and power of painting, inspired by the ...More

Bridget Riley: Messengers
Bridget Riley: Messengers
Exhibitions | Until 30th June 2019 

National Gallery 3 minutes walk from Benjamin Franklin House

The artist presents coloured discs painted directly onto the surface of the National Gallery's Annenberg Court. This small, free exhibition ...More

 
Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light
Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light
Exhibitions | Until 7th July 2019 

National Gallery 3 minutes walk from Benjamin Franklin House

In spring 2019 the National Gallery stages the first exhibition in the UK for over a century of the work ...More

 
More Than Muses: A Feminist Guide To Art History
Exhibitions | Until 5th July 2019 

National Gallery 3 minutes walk from Benjamin Franklin House

Exhibitions & Art, Painting....More

Boilly: Scenes Of Parisian Life
Exhibitions | Until 19th May 2019 

National Gallery 3 minutes walk from Benjamin Franklin House

Louis-Leopold Boilly's playful, controversial and wry paintings inspired by the political turbulence in Paris during the era of the French ...More

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Creating superior Spanish tapas in London since 2007, Barrafina Coal Drops Yard, opened in 2018, ...More

 
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After the huge success of their first restaurant in Hackney, Morty & Bob's, named after ...More

 
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Italian meatballs are the hero dish in the New York styled Ballroom which comes with ...More

 
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On the site of the Portobello Gold pub, Gold is a neighbourhood restaurant and late-night ...More

 
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Greek neighbourhood restaurant Suzi Tros covers the whole of Northern Greek cuisine....More

 
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Bringing a taste of Alsace to London, Flamboree offers a contemporary spin on this quintessential ...More

 
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Launched in 2016 by Mauro Palomba, 'O ver is a Neapolitan street food restaurant which ...More

 
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A restaurant by 2013 Masterchef winner Natalie Coleman, a botanical bar and theatrical event spaces....More

 
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In spring 2019 Jason Atherton's Little Social, on this Mayfair spot since 2013, closed to ...More

 
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Norman's Coach & Horses

Soho institution Norman's Coach & Horses becomes a theatre in a stand against Fullers by ...More

 
The Comedy Of Errors
Theatre | From 6th May 

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

The Lord Chamberlain's Men present Shakespeare's most riotous and farcical play, in which merchants, masters, parents, servants and a long-suffering wife find themselves comically entwined. Staging The Comedy of Errors, Shakespeare's Globe presents one pair ...More

Pericles
Theatre | From 4th May 

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Pericles, Prince of Tyre, is forced to flee his own kingdom and wander the world in Shakespeare's romance. Shakespeare's Globe presents Pericles as one of a trio of plays exploring the themes of refuge and ...More

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Shakespeare's well-known comedy, The Merry Wives of Windsor, is about Sir John Falstaff setting about improving his financial situation by wooing Mistress Page and Mistress Ford. Staged at ...More

Ed Sheeran Live at The Haymarket
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Concerts | On 14th July 

Haymarket Theatre Royal

Ed Sheeran comes to London this July to ...More

 
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Bringing the seaside to London, The May Fair will take over Grosvenor Square for two ...More

 
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