Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Geffrye Museum Herb and Period Gardens - a quiet little sanctuary

Geffrye Museum herb garden

With almost every single patch of grass in central London filled with sunbathers, you would be hardpressed to find somewhere quiet to enjoy basking in the sunshine. If you are in Shoreditch, you need not look further than Geffrye Museum.

Geffrye Museum itself is well and fine. Also known as the Museum of Home, its permanent exhibits include eleven period rooms that showcasing how our living rooms have transformed over the last 400 years. There is even an almshouse, that shows how London's poor and elderly live between 1780s to 1880s. The entry ticket priced at £2.50 (free for those under 16), a bargain to spend the better part of an afternoon in this historical flipbook if you will. If you prefer to enjoy this in front of your computer, Geffrye Museum offers one of the best 360 degree virtual tour rivalled perhaps only by Foxtons. To top it up, there is a nice cafe in Geffrye Museum right after the main exhibition if need a pitstop.

What surprises me, however, is how under utilised its lawn is. This rectangular greenary (around 100m by 50m) is not only shielded from the regular traffic along Kingsland Road, there are benches interspersed along its perimeter - perfect if you are looking to spend a lazy afternoon with a novel.

Unknown to many, there is a quaint little herb garden right at the back of the museum (free entry to public). Beyond them are four period gardens styled from 17th-20th century. With the sun out in full force, the gardens do look a tad parched though. You can actually catch a glimpse of them if you are a regular of Fabrique Bakery as you walk past the gates along the perimeter of the museum's rear walled compound. In case you are, like me for the longest of time, wondering how to get into the garden, the entrance is actually through the northwest tip of the museum just next to the exit to Kingsland Road.

The next time when you are in the area and looking for a quiet place away from the bustle, you know where to go.

Geffrye Museum herb garden

Geffrye Museum herb garden

Geffrye Museum herb garden

Geffrye Museum herb garden

Geffrye Museum herb garden

Geffrye Museum herb garden


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