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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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Charing Cross Tube Station
 
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Embankment Underground Station
 
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Charing Cross Railway Station
 
1 minutes walk
 
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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Corinthia Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £390  21% 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 £162  30% 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
 
 
 
Club Quarters Trafalgar Square
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £78  23% off
8 Northumberland Avenue, WC2N | 2 minutes from Benjamin Franklin House
A fantastic nineteenth century exterior hides a thoroughly modern hotel, with clean, minimalist design in the rooms. The biggest draw is the location, in the very ... More
 
 
 
 
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Alternative Historic Buildings nearest 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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Waitress
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 8th February 2019 to 4th July 2020
Benjamin Franklin House, 18-20 Maiden Lane, The Strand, WC2R | 4 minutes from Benjamin Franklin House
Based on the 2007 film by Adrienne Shelley, Waitress the musical tells the story of Jenna, an expert pie maker in a small town who dreams ...More
 
 
 
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Touching The Void
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 9th November 2019 to 29th February 2020
Benjamin Franklin House, St Martins Lane, WC2N | 4 minutes from Benjamin Franklin House
The true story of two young climbers who get into trouble has already been told in a BAFTA-winning film and now it comes to the stage ...More
 
 
 
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Uncle Vanya
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 14th January to 2nd May 2020
Benjamin Franklin House, 6 Panton Street, SW1Y | 6 minutes from Benjamin Franklin House
Toby Jones plays the disaffected Uncle Vanya while Richard Armitage is the local doctor Astrov as Olivier Award-winner Conor McPherson - who directed a landmark production ...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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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 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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Rockwell
London > Nightlife > Bars
2 Spring Gardens, Trafalgar Square, SW1A | 2 minutes from Benjamin Franklin House
This bar is all about location, location, location. Overlooking Trafalgar Square, the Rockwell bar within the Trafalgar St. James hotel is a lush affair from a ... 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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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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A Taste Of Honey
A Taste Of Honey
Theatre | Until 29th February 2020 

Trafalgar Studios 3 minutes walk from Benjamin Franklin House

Covering race, class, gender and sexual orientation, A Taste of Honey was a great defining and taboo-breaking play of the ...More

 
Chinese Arts Now (CAN) Festival
Chinese Arts Now (CAN) Festival
Exhibitions | Until 23rd February 2020 

Various Venues London 3 minutes walk from Benjamin Franklin House

The first arts festival in the UK dedicated to British-Chinese performance and culture, the Chinese Arts Now (CAN) Festival comes ...More

 
English National Opera: Carmen
English National Opera: Carmen
Concerts | Until 27th February 2020 

London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO) 3 minutes walk from Benjamin Franklin House

Calixto Bieito's "tough, dark, spare and intelligent" (The Guardian) production of Bizet's classic love story about Don Jose and his ...More

 
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2019
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2019
Exhibitions | Until 16th February 2020 

National Portrait Gallery 4 minutes walk from Benjamin Franklin House

With his honest portraits of his late mother, Goldie, Los Angeles-based photographer Pat Martin has won the prestigious Taylor Wessing ...More

 
The Nitery by Gizzi Erskine
The Nitery by Gizzi Erskine
Foodie Events | Until 30th April 2020 

St Martins Lane Kitchen 4 minutes walk from Benjamin Franklin House

At The Nitery chef, food writer and broadcaster Gizzi Erskine delivers a restaurant with the atmosphere of a night club ...More

 
Touching The Void
Touching The Void
Theatre | Until 29th February 2020 

Duke of York's Theatre 4 minutes walk from Benjamin Franklin House

The true story of two young climbers who get into trouble has already been told in a BAFTA-winning film and ...More

 
Valentine's Day at Frenchie
Valentine's Day at Frenchie
Seasonal | Until 16th February 2020 

Frenchie Covent Garden 4 minutes walk from Benjamin Franklin House

One of central London's prettiest restaurants, Frenchie Covent Garden is the perfect setting for a romantic Valentine's Day dinner. The ...More

 
Magic Goes Wrong
Magic Goes Wrong
Theatre | Until 30th August 2020 

Vaudeville Theatre 4 minutes walk from Benjamin Franklin House

Mischief Theatre, creators of The Play That Goes Wrong, join forces with master magicians Penn & Teller to conjure an ...More

 
Waitress
Waitress
Theatre | Until 4th July 2020 

Adelphi Theatre 4 minutes walk from Benjamin Franklin House

Based on the 2007 film by Adrienne Shelley, Waitress the musical tells the story of Jenna, an expert pie maker ...More

 
Lucie Jones
Theatre | On 16th February 2020 

Adelphi Theatre 4 minutes walk from Benjamin Franklin House

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As part of the year-long Inside Out series, the Barbican Art Gallery presents a major exhibition on French artist Jean Dubuffet. Regarded as one of the most powerful and provocative voices in the post war ...More

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Dulwich Picture Gallery

Completing the 2020 exhibition programme at Dulwich Picture Gallery, Woman in the Window looks at ...More

 
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Coal Drops Yard

A crazy golf course inspired by the King's Cross rave culture of the '80s and ...More

 
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Ask For Janice

One of London's best pancake spots all year round, Ask For Janice is putting a special menu for Pancake Day with both sweet and savoury options to choose ...More

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Following glowing reviews for its debut production, The ...More

 
Waterworks Festival
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WaterWorks Nature Reserve

A blend of DJ sets and live acts, Waterworks is a brand new electronic dance ...More

 
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Explore London's canals in Camden, Little Venice and beyond on a self-drive boating from Paddington....More

 
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Tate Modern

First officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen on 11th May 2000, Tate Modern marks ...More

 
Lighthouse Family
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London Palladium

Originally hailing from Newcastle, the Lighthouse Family came to fame in the mid-nineties with hit ...More

 
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The Conductor is a Fullers pub and restaurant on Fleet Place in Farringdon serving indulgent ...More

 
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