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Museum Of Garden History

Worth visiting simply to see the amazing Vegetable Lamb of Tartary (above), The Museum Of Garden History is housed inside a lovely old parish church attached to Lambeth Palace (where the Archbishop of Canterbury lives). 
Essentially, this is one large room but enough to keep you interested for an hour or so.  Lots of ancient gardening implements and curios in glass cases.  
There's a shop selling all kinds of garden-related stuff as well as a small but perfectly formed gothic garden.  The cafe food is really good too. 

Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7LB
(Opposite the Houses Of Parliament on the south bank of the Thames)

Admission :

£6 Adults
£5 Senior Citizens

£3 Art Fund Members

Nearest tubes : Vauxhall, Lambeth North, Westminster or Waterloo

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The Wellcome Collection

A brand spanking new museum to house the fascinating artefacts collected by entrepeneur, philanthropist, science patron and pioneer of aerial photography, Henry Wellcome.  The permanent exhibition includes such oddities and coups as Napoleon's toothbrush, a lock of George III's hair, ancient Japanese sex aids, artificial limbs, chastity belts, a shrunken head, diagnostic dolls, a mummified man (see above), skeletons and phallic tribal amulets. 

There's also a cafe and Blackwell's bookshop in the foyer. 

Free entry. 

183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE
Right next to Euston Square tube station.

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Postman's Park

Small memorial garden tucked away in the City Of London, close to St Paul's Cathedral whose centrepiece is a wall of 47 hand-painted tiles that pay tribute to everyday people who sacrificed their lives helping others.
The memorial was the idea of the painter, George Frederick Watts who wanted to celebrate the heroism of people who may otherwise have been forgotten. The park's name celebrates the postmen who work in the principal London post office and the former sorting office in King Edward Street.

The park features in the Mike Nichols'-directed film, Closer (starring Julia Roberts, Natalie Portman, Clive Owen and Jude Law.

It is located between King Edward Street, Little Britain and Angel Street.

Nearest Tube Station is St Paul's on the Central Line, alternatively Barbican on the Circle Line.

Postman's Park at Wikipedia : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postman's_Park



Compact but fascinating museum housing the oldest known operating theatre in Britain within the roof space of an English Baroque Church. 
Also includes herb garret, shop, lots of things in jars and bottles, skeletons, old surgical implements, medical charts, etc. 
Main access by very narrow, steep spiral staircase. 

Address : 9a St. Thomas's St. London SE1 9RY (two minutes walk from London Bridge Station).

Museum website : www.thegarret.org.uk/