The Foundling Museum

 
 
ADDRESS
40 Brunswick Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1AZ 
 
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OPENING TIMES
Tue to Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm, Closed Mon
 
PRICES
£7.50 (Adults), £5 (Concs), Free (Children up to 16 years) | Special rates for groups and school visits by appointment
 

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The Foundling MuseumThe Foundling Museum is one of London's real hidden treasures. Originally established in 1739 as a hospital which looked after abandoned children, the museum now tells their story. Using oral testimony, original artefacts and photographs, their history is explored and compared to the lives of contemporary children. In addition, the museum displays works by the many artists who became governors of the hospital, including William Hogarth and Handel. It's all housed in interiors preserved from the 18th century. There are very few museums in London that offer such a fascinating history. Each month the museum hosts a variety of afternoon concerts in the Picture Gallery which are free with museum admission. Concerts and recitals usually take place at Thursday lunchtimes, one Sunday in the middle of the month and the last Friday of each month.

 

The Foundling Museum events

 
FindingFindingExhibition in response to the Museum's Collection and the Foundling Hospital story, with lecturers and students from Central Saint Martins creating a series of new artworks around the subject of jewellery.30th December 2014Friday 30th January 2015 Where:
The Foundling Museum, 40  Brunswick Square      WC1N 1AZ
Category: event
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Finding
event > Exhibitions > Art exhibitions - Graphic Design
DATES  14th November 2014 to 30th January 2015
Exhibition in response to the Museum's Collection and the Foundling Hospital story, with lecturers and students from Central Saint Martins creating a series of new artworks around the subject of jewellery.
Dawn ChorusDawn Chorus30th December 2014Sunday 4th January 2015 Where:
The Foundling Museum, 40  Brunswick Square      WC1N 1AZ
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Dawn Chorus
event > Exhibitions > Art exhibitions - Installation | PRICING  Free  
DATES  28th Dec 2014, 30th Dec 2014 & 31st Dec 2014 and 2nd Jan 2015 to 4th Jan 2015
Superman Was A FoundlingSuperman Was A FoundlingAward-winning writer Lemn Sissay MBE presents a visual exploration of the character who has come to play an important role in our culture.30th December 2014Thursday 30th April 2015 Where:
The Foundling Museum, 40  Brunswick Square      WC1N 1AZ
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Superman Was A Foundling
event > Exhibitions > Art exhibitions - Modern and Contemporary Art | PRICING  Free  
DATES  14th June 2014 to 30th April 2015
Award-winning writer Lemn Sissay MBE presents a visual exploration of the character who has come to play an important role in our culture.
Sir Jacob Epstein: Babies And BloomsburySir Jacob Epstein: Babies And BloomsburyExhibition of bronzes and drawings of babies and children, including members of his own family, by the artist.30th January 2015Sunday 10th May 2015 Where:
The Foundling Museum, 40  Brunswick Square      WC1N 1AZ
Category: event
 
Sir Jacob Epstein: Babies And Bloomsbury
event > Exhibitions > Art exhibitions - Sculpture
DATES  30th January to 10th May 2015
Exhibition of bronzes and drawings of babies and children, including members of his own family, by the artist.
 

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Opening and closing times for The Foundling Museum

Today (Monday) The Foundling Museum is closed.

Monday:

Closed
 
 

Tuesday:

10.00
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17.00
 
 

Wednesday:

10.00
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17.00
 
 

Thursday:

10.00
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17.00
 
 

Friday:

10.00
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17.00
 
 

Saturday:

10.00
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17.00
 
 

Sunday:

11.00
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17.00
 
 

LondonTown.com - The Foundling Museum Location Map

 
 
 
Underground Stations

Underground Stations

 
Russell Square Tube Station
 
4 minutes walk
 
King's Cross Tube Station
 
7 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
 
Camden Road Overground Station
 
27 minutes walk
 
 
Car Parks

Car Parks

 
Judd Street NCP
 
2 minutes walk
 
Brunswick Square NCP
 
2 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

Further articles featuring The Foundling Museum on LondonTown.com

 
Egg Hunts

Hopping Mad! | Chocolate Bunny Hunt The Foundling Museum, WC1N 1AZ 3rd & 4th April 2010 Create and make Easter-themed items at the Foundling Museum on...

 
 
Egg Hunts

Easter Egg Hunt at The Foundling Museum The Foundling Museum, WC1N 1AZ 11th April 2009 The Foundling Museum and nearby posh chocolate shop Chocolat...

 
 
Egg Hunts

All Day Easter Trail at The Foundling Museum 40 Brunswick Square, WC1N 1AZ Easter Saturday, 22nd March 2008 Combine an Easter trail with some fun learning at ...

 
 
London Calendar 2014

Find out what's happening in London throughout 2014 with our comprehensive guide to the best entertainment in the city for the year ahead. From January through to December, 2014 is shaping up to be something special - so read on to get the best out of London town.

 
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Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £58  25% off
Coram Street, WC1N | 3 minutes from The Foundling Museum
This is a smart, modern hotel located in one of the Capital's oldest and most beautiful areas. Bloomsbury is a great place to stay since it's ... More
 
 
 
Hotel Russell London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £59  37% off
Russell Square, WC1B | 4 minutes from The Foundling Museum
The Hotel Russell is a huge Victorian pile with stately art deco reception rooms and luxurious accommodation. The opulent public areas have recently undergone a £20 ... More
 
 
 
Studios2Let Apartments Cartwright Gardens
London > Apartment > Apartment   from £51  33% off
36-37 Cartwright Gardens, WC1H | 5 minutes from The Foundling Museum
Studios 2 Let Apartments on Cartwright Gardens are situated in the beautiful Bloomsbury area. Located right at the heart of the city, the high quality studios ... More
 
 
 
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Alternative Museums nearest The Foundling Museum

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Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Charles Dickens Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
48 Doughty Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 5 minutes from The Foundling Museum
Charles Dickens brought London to life with his imaginative depictions of city life and his fascination and passion for the foggy Victorian streets have inspired two ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Wiener Library
London > Attractions > Museums
29 Russell Square, WC1B | 7 minutes from The Foundling Museum
The Wiener Library is the world's oldest library dedicated to the study of the Holocaust, its causes and legacies. The library also hosts a regular programme ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
British Library
London > Attractions > Museums
96 Euston Road, King's Cross, London NW1 | 8 minutes from The Foundling Museum
With over 150 million items, a copy of every publication produced in the UK and Ireland, artwork by artists such as Antony Gormley and Eduardo Paolozzi, ... More
 
 
 
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Sights and Attractions near The Foundling Museum

The best museums, galleries, attractions near The Foundling Museum
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Coram's Fields
London > Attractions > Attractions for Kids
93 Guilford Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 3 minutes from The Foundling Museum
Coram's Fields is a special place for children where adults are allowed in only if accompanied by a child. Tucked away in the city centre it ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Russell Square
London > Attractions >
Bloomsbury, WC1B | 4 minutes from The Foundling Museum
The grade II listed Russell Square is a large green space located within the Bloomsbury district with its own cafe, overlooked by the Hotel Russell and ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Gagosian Gallery Britannia Street
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
6-24 Britannia Street, King's Cross, London WC1X | 7 minutes from The Foundling Museum
The Gagosian is a cavernous space for exhibitions of the highest calibre. It is a major asset for the regeneration of the King's Cross area. Larry ... More
 
 
 
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Events near The Foundling Museum

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Esben And The Witch
London > Events > Concerts  Dates: Monday 29th December 2014 - 8pm
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Road, N1 | 12 minutes from The Foundling Museum
Self-penned contemporary rock come courtesy of the three-piece, Brighton-based band....More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
War Horse
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 28th March 2009 to 14th February 2015
New London Theatre, Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 13 minutes from The Foundling Museum
This moving adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's World War I epic War Horse gets a West End transfer to the New London Theatre after two critically acclaimed ...More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Memphis The Musical
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 9th October 2014 to 28th March 2015
Shaftesbury Theatre, 210 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H | 13 minutes from The Foundling Museum
Beverley Knight and Killian Donnelly star in Joe DiPietro and David Bryan's Memphis the Musical set in the underground nightclubs of 1950s Memphis. Already a smash ...More
 
 
 
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Near The Foundling Museum
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Renoir Cinema
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
Brunswick Shopping Centre, Marchmont Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 2 minutes from The Foundling Museum
Almost invisible in the ridiculous 1960s sci-fi architecture of the Brunswick Centre, the two-screen arthouse Renoir Cinema is a firm favourite with London's film buffs. It ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Horse Hospital
London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
30 Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 4 minutes from The Foundling Museum
As the name suggests, The Horse Hospital wasn't always the modern arts venue it is today. Once home to sick and injured horses - many references ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Scala
London > Entertainment > Live Music
275 Pentonville Road, King's Cross, London N1 | 7 minutes from The Foundling Museum
Housed inside the old King's Cross Cinema, the Scala might be a bit tattered around the edges but this only adds to its battered charm. The ... More
 
 
 
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Shopping near The Foundling Museum

The best shops and markets near The Foundling Museum
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
School of Life
London > Shopping > Specialists
70 Marchmont Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 3 minutes from The Foundling Museum
The School of Life offers so much more than your average shopping experience. In fact, it doesn't do it justice to label it a mere shop ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Gay's the Word
London > Shopping > Books
66 Marchmont Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 3 minutes from The Foundling Museum
A broad selection of gay and lesbian interest books ranging from fiction, through biography, travel and counselling. Magazines and cards are also on offer.... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Alara Wholefoods
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
58 Marchmont Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 3 minutes from The Foundling Museum
Alara Wholefoods Health shop on Marchmont Street has been recommended by one of our readers, poet Kim Morrissey, who took the trouble to write in to ... More
 
 
 
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Restaurants near The Foundling Museum

What are the best dining options near The Foundling Museum London?
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Crussh
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
U28 The Brunswick, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 2 minutes from The Foundling Museum
This chain of juice bars squishes together a delightful variety of flavoursome, healthy drinks. They press fresh juice fruit right in front of you, and blend ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Giraffe
London > Restaurants > International restaurants
19-21, Brunswick Centre, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 2 minutes from The Foundling Museum
The family friendly Giraffe restaurants really appeal to their target audience: kids. But that doesn't mean adults won't enjoy their bright colours and big portions too. ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Strada
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
15-17 Brunswick Centre, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 2 minutes from The Foundling Museum
This branch of the popular pizza/pasta chain Strada is in the Brunswick Centre, a popular destination for eating out and shopping in the Bloomsbury area. The ... More
 
 
 
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Education near The Foundling Museum

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Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Place
London > Education > Evening Classes
17 Duke's Road, Bloomsbury, London WC1H | 7 minutes from The Foundling Museum
London's specialist venue for contemporary dance, The Place plays a role in every aspect of this fast-growing art form. The London Contemporary Dance School offers degrees ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1H | 7 minutes from The Foundling Museum
The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) is among the best schools for the studies of foreign cultures and languages in the world. In fact, ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Method Studio
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1R | 8 minutes from The Foundling Museum
Learn to act by becoming the person you are portraying. Think yourself into the role... eat what they would eat, weigh what they would weigh, behave ... More
 
 
 
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Leisure near The Foundling Museum

The Foundling Museum gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
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Ted's Grooming Room & Ottoman Lounge
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
31 Theobalds Road, WC1X | 8 minutes from The Foundling Museum
Inspired by the skills and techniques of the Ottoman Empire's barbers, Ted's Grooming Room provides a sanctuary for men seeking the perfect shave. With ... More
 
 
 
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St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel Spa
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, Euston Road, King's Cross, London NW1 | 8 minutes from The Foundling Museum
The lavishly restored St Pancras Renaissance Hotel has attracted a lot of attention since opening in 2011 as part of the grand Eurostar relocation. The Hotel's ... More
 
 
 
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All Star Lanes, Bloomsbury
London > Leisure > Activities
Victoria House, Bloomsbury Place, Bloomsbury, London WC1B | 8 minutes from The Foundling Museum
This fun bowling alley and restaurant is a great place for a gang of you to spend a memorable night out trying to out-do each other. ... More
 
 
 
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Pubs near The Foundling Museum

The best pubs near London The Foundling Museum.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Harrison
London > Nightlife > Pubs
28 Harrison Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1H | 3 minutes from The Foundling Museum
Originally built in the 1880s by Samuel Harrison to refresh the workers in his shoe factory, The Harrison pub's current building dates back to 1934. Owned ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Lamb
London > Nightlife > Pubs
94 Lamb's Conduit Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 4 minutes from The Foundling Museum
On the peaceful, pedestrianised Lamb's Conduit Street, hidden behind an 18th century facade, is The Lamb, a beautifully preserved Grade II listed Victorian pub. The pub ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Queens Larder Restaurant & Pub
London > Nightlife > Pubs
1 Queen's Square, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 5 minutes from The Foundling Museum
... More
 
 
 
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Nightlife near The Foundling Museum

The Foundling Museum clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Perseverance
London > Nightlife > Bars
63 Lamb's Conduit Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 5 minutes from The Foundling Museum
Formerly run by Billy Drew (who has opened The Chippy in Soho), The Perseverance in Lamb's Conduit Street re-opened in April 2007 under new management. It's ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Big Chill House
London > Nightlife > Bars
257-259 Pentonville Road, Kings Cross, , King's Cross, London N1 | 7 minutes from The Foundling Museum
From the outside, The Big Chill House building looks spectacular, a floodlit white townhouse that puts the grimy environs of King's Cross to shame. The interior ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Scala
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
275 Pentonville Road, King's Cross, King's Cross, London N1 | 7 minutes from The Foundling Museum
Housed inside the old King's Cross Cinema, the Scala might be a bit tattered around the edges but this only adds to its battered charm. The ... More
 
 
 
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Meeting venue hire near The Foundling Museum

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course near The Foundling Museum.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Foundling Museum
London > Business > Venue Hire
40 Brunswick Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | Same location as The Foundling Museum
The Foundling Museum is one of London's real hidden treasures. Originally established in 1739 as a hospital which looked after abandoned children, the museum now tells ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
British Library Conference Centre
London > Business > Venue Hire
96 Euston Road, King's Cross, London NW1 | 8 minutes from The Foundling Museum
As the national library of the United Kingdom the British Library is renowned for its world class collection of books but its Conference Centre is something ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Friends House
London > Business > Venue Hire
173-177 Euston Road, Bloomsbury, London NW1 | 9 minutes from The Foundling Museum
The historic headquarters of Quakers in Britain, Friends House in Euston has 23 function rooms including a large Meeting Hall which seats up to 1,100 guests. ... More
 
 
 
 

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Mail Rail: An Exhibition Of Photographs
Exhibitions | Until 31st December 2014 

British Postal Museum & Archive 7 minutes walk from The Foundling Museum

Photographs taken throughout the Mail Rail network by Bradley Photography, Northumberland, documenting postal and transport history....More

Aladdin
Theatre | Until 3rd January 2015 

Shaw Theatre 7 minutes walk from The Foundling Museum

A colourful and entertaining pantomime for all the family, with Ben Richards as Abanazar, La Voix, Britain's Got Talent semi-finalist, ...More

Beano Annual 75th Anniversary Exhibition At St Pancras
Exhibitions | Until 5th January 2015 

St Pancras International Station 8 minutes walk from The Foundling Museum

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Lines In The Ice: Seeking The Northwest Passage
Exhibitions | Until 29th March 2015 

British Library 8 minutes walk from The Foundling Museum

A display featuring early European maps, early Arctic photography and accounts by the Inuit population, examining the fascination to exploring ...More

Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination
Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination
Exhibitions | Until 20th January 2015 

British Library 8 minutes walk from The Foundling Museum

Exploring the enduring influence that the gothic genre has had on literature, film, fashion, music and art, Terror and Wonder: ...More

 
The Montague Ski Lodge at Christmas
The Montague Ski Lodge at Christmas
Seasonal | Until 30th January 2015 

Montague Ski Lodge 8 minutes walk from The Foundling Museum

Add some festive sparkle to your Christmas celebrations this year with a visit to The Montague Ski Lodge at The ...More

 
Ancient Lives, New Discoveries
Exhibitions | Until 19th April 2015 

British Museum 9 minutes walk from The Foundling Museum

An installation of eight people who were mummified in ancient Egypt and Sudan, including a priest's daughter, a temple doorkeeper ...More

Germany: Memories of a Nation
Germany: Memories of a Nation
Exhibitions | Until 25th January 2015 

British Museum 9 minutes walk from The Foundling Museum

A 1953 Volkswagen Beetle and a porcelain rhino are just some of the many objects from a 600 year period ...More

 
Witches and Wicked Bodies
Witches and Wicked Bodies
Exhibitions | Until 11th January 2015 

British Museum 9 minutes walk from The Foundling Museum

Co-curated by artist and writer Deanna Petherbridge, Witches and Wicked Bodies at the British Museum explores the changing depictions in ...More

 
Ming: 50 Years That Changed China
Ming: 50 Years That Changed China
Exhibitions | Until 4th January 2015 

British Museum 9 minutes walk from The Foundling Museum

Through spectacular objects from 15th century China, Ming: 50 Years That Changed China, the blockbuster autumn exhibition at the British ...More

 
 

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February in London 2015
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Maxine Peake, Ralph Fiennes and Juliet Stevenson make February 2015 a strong month for new theatre in London. Beatles ...More

 
London 2015: Major Museums
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Naked Greeks, coral reefs and wartime boffins are among the subjects to be explored in exhibitions in London's ...More

 
Citizen Puppet
Theatre | 3rd March 2015 - 14th March 2015 

The New Diorama Theatre

Blind Summit's election-themed Citizen Puppet is a verbatim puppet experiment looking at the lives of people on the political fringe ...More

London A Cappella Festival
London A Cappella Festival
Concerts | 28th January 2015 - 31st January 2015 

Kings Place

Five decades on from their Grammy Award-winning debut album festival favourites and co-hosts The Swingle Singers perform at the London ...More

 
Renato Guttuso: Painter of Modern Life
Exhibitions | 14th January 2015 - 4th April 2015 

Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art

An exhibition of works by one of Italy's most widely respected modern painters. Toward the end of the 1930s, rebelling ...More

FIA Formula E Championship
Sporting Events | On 27th June 2015 

Various Venues London

The world's first fully-electric racing series arrives in London this June. Launched in September 2014 and running through to June ...More

Shrapnel: 34 Fragments of a Massacre
Theatre | 11th March 2015 - 2nd April 2015 

Arcola Theatre

Shrapnel: 34 Fragments of A Massacre at the Arcola Theatre is a new work from Anders Lustgarten on The Roboski ...More

Fenchurch Seafood Bar and Grill
Fenchurch Seafood Bar and Grill
Opens 5th January 2015 

High up on level 37 of 20 Fenchurch Street (Rafael Vinoly's top heavy building also known as the Walkie Talkie) ...More

 
Pennethorne's Cafe Bar
Pennethorne's Cafe Bar
Opened 28th November 2014 

Named after the 19th century English architect Sir James Pennethorne, the man who designed the Somerset House New Wing in ...More

 
Radicals and Victuallers
Radicals and Victuallers
Opened 14th November 2014 

Serving up an unusual selection of burgers - filled with fried egg and peanut butter, or Nik Naks and pastrami ...More

 
 
 
 
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