Discover the entire history of London at the Museum of London

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Museum of London

London is home to some of the greatest museums in the world, and the Museum of London is arguably one of the most important the city has to offer. Whether you’re an avid history buff or simply want to discover more about your destination while exploring England’s capital, this is a great place to find out everything you want to know and more! Here’s our quick guide to the museum…

What is the Museum of London?

The Museum of London is designed to help showcase the city’s history and includes a range of both temporary and full-time exhibitions. There are daily gallery tours which will showcase some of the highlights, including:

  • London Before London

This exhibition helps visitors to Shoreditch hotels find out more about London’s pre-history. The city had a long story before it became the thriving port of trade and commerce it is today, and this exhibit brings this history to life in vivid detail. Focusing on the years between 450,000 BC and AD 50, discover the events that happened at some of London’s major hotspots before they even took shape.

  • Roman London

The next major part of London’s story involved the Roman occupation, where London was transformed into Londinium and the Roman wall was built. Covering all aspects of daily life in the capital 2000 years ago, this is another fascinating chapter in London’s history.

  • Medieval London

The medieval era saw great changes in the city, including catastrophic events and the beginnings of real innovation. This permanent exhibit brings it all to life.

  • War, Plague and Fire

Between the 1500s and the 1600s, London experienced one of it’s most turbulent eras – as this exhibit documents.

  • Expanding City

This exhibition shows how London reformed following the Great Fire of London, and details life between the 1670s – 1850s.

  • People’s City

During the 1850s, London became the wealthiest city in the world. This exhibition covers life up until the 1940s.

  • World City

An exhibit which details exactly how London came to be the technology, culture and fashion hub it is today.

Facilities at the Museum of London

There are plenty of great facilities at the venue, helping you to really make the most of your visit. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout, as well as ample disabled access to help all guests enjoying special offers at Shoreditch hotels enjoy their trip. There is also a shop on-site, ideal for picking up a few London souvenirs, two cafes and a restaurant with a family-friendly feel.

Planning your visit 

Getting here is easy thanks to London’s transport system. Barbican tube station is only 5 minutes away, as is St Paul’s. The City of London car park is situated below the museum for those driving to the venue, and various bus and train routes also serve the area. Bicycles can be accessed from the Santander docking station beneath the museum, ideal for anyone who’d like to carry on exploring London for themselves after their visit while staying at Shoreditch hotels.

Fares and opening times

The museum includes free entry, and is open each day between 10am and 6pm. The gallery exhibitions close a little earlier, at 5:40pm. The full address of the museum is Museum of London, 150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN.