South London Museum Guide

South London Museum Guide

For all your South London cultural needs


London is renowned for the high calibre of its museums, many of which are strewn across South London. Take a look at these historical delights.


*EDITOR’S PICK* Horniman Museum & Gardens 

Tucked away in Forest Hill, the Horniman is a wonderfully eclectic and eccentric museum housing taxidermy, natural history specimens, musical instruments and more. The museum has a hands-on approach and visitors are frequently encouraged to pick up objects and engage with them.

Address: 100 London Road, Forest Hill, SE23 3PQ

Telephone: 020 8699 1872


National Maritime Museum 

The UK’s leading naval museum in Greenwich is part of the Royal Museums Greenwich, which also features the Cutty Sark and Royal Observatory. The museum specialises in British maritime history and hosts an incredible array of maps, artefacts and maritime art.

Address: Park Row, Greenwich, SE10 9NF

Telephone: 020 8312 6565


Imperial War Museum 

The Imperial War Museum sits proudly in the heart of South London and chronicles the explosive history of war. The museum encourages visitors to understand the nature of modern warfare by immersing them through interactive exhibits.

Address: Lambeth Road, Lambeth, SE1 6HZ

Telephone: 020 7416 5000


Garden Museum 

Housed in an abandoned church overlooking the Thames, this tranquil spot can be found beside Lambeth Bridge. The museum celebrates the history of horticulture with a vast collection of antique tools, artwork and artefacts.

Address: Lambeth Palace Road, Lambeth, SE1 7LB

Telephone: 020 7401 8865


Cinema Museum 

The Cinema Museum is devoted to showcasing both the grandeur and history of the big screen. Each visitor to the museum is given a tour by an expert in cinematography, memorabilia, equipment and more. Booking is essential.

Address: 2 Dugard Way, Lambeth, SE11 4TH

Telephone: 020 7840 2200


Royal Observatory 

The Royal Observatory sits on top of Greenwich Park overlooking the London skyline. It’s the home of the Prime Meridian and therefore the epicentre of global time. Beyond the tourist friendly Prime Meridian line, visitors can find the apartments of Sir John Flamsteed and other notable timekeepers.

Address: Blackheath Avenue, Greenwich, SE10 8XJ

Telephone: 020 8858 4422


Bethlem Museum of the Mind 

Opened by Grayson Perry in 2015, the Bethlem Museum of the Mind sits within the Bethlem Royal Hospital, originally known as Bedlam - the first place in the UK to specialise in care for the mentally ill. Visitors can expect to see a variety of art and objects, which support the history of mental healthcare and treatment.

Address: Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, BR3 3BX

Telephone: 020 3228 4227


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