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Unique Collections in London – The Best of London's Museums

London is a city of immense significance, so it comes as no surprise that there are many museums to be seen. Here are some of the most essential ones if you find yourself in this famed city.

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Handel and Hendrix

This is definitely one of the most unique museums you could possibly experience, and is situated in one of the most elegant and sophisticated areas in London, with many a luxury Mayfair hotel nearby such as COMO Metropolitan London. This museum incorporates the residencies of two very famous musical individuals; the first is George Frideric Handel who was a famous British composer born in Germany. Almost all of his life work, ranging from operas to ceremonial music was composed in this house. His house contains a variety of his original manuscripts and several musical instruments. The upper floors of the apartment next door famously served as the home of Jimi Hendrix from 1968 to 1969, and were incorporated in 2016 with the Handel House to become the Handel and Hendrix Museum.

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The Clink Prison Museum

After a history of being in operation from 1144 all the way till 1780, this is the oldest prison in England. It has since been converted into a somewhat macabre museum where one can learn about the museum's history in a fun and interactive manner. Visitors can handle prison artefacts and even attend extended speeches delivered by actors in characters. Even the tour guides are in full costume. As educational and insightful as the Clink museum is, it also has the ambience of a dark fun-house, enabling it to appeal to a variety of ages.

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Geffrye Museum

For a trip through time encapsulating more than four hundred years of middle-class life in London, head to the Geffrye Museum. According the museum's website, its goal was to offer by showcasing the 'technical and artistic excellence' of historical craft. The massive collection of items in the museum have been organised into rooms where each one shows an example of middle-class English life during a specific period of time. Here you can find expertly curated replicas of housing from 1630 to even depictions of loft-style apartments from the 1990s. The museum is particularly famous for its period gardens which showcase the changing nature of British landscaping throughout the country's history. This is a most unique museum.

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God's Own Junkyard

This is probably the most baffling and enticing museum London has to offer. God's Own Junkyard was the brainchild of Marcus Bracey, a neon-artist, who curated an old industrial estate with a vast collection of hand-made neon signs. The smorgasbord of vibrant colours at the museum is kaleidoscopic in nature and is a sight to behold. In addition to serving as a free art gallery, this museum serves as a prop-shop for many theatrical productions and photo-shoots, as well as a Valhalla of sorts for people looking to get some unique pictures for their Instagram accounts. If you ever find yourself in London, this museum is definitely a place that you should consider visiting.

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