In the 18th, 19th and earlier 20th centuries, London was the capital city of a vast global empire. Much of this was trade-based and huge riches flowed into the city and wider United Kingdom through the nobility and wealthy merchant classes. This was also a time when some in government and certain rich individuals believed that exposure to art and science for the public could lead to the betterment of all. That belief coupled with plenty of available funds led to the establishment of what have since become some of the world’s greatest museums and art galleries, displaying treasures from all parts of the globe and all epochs. Many of these institutions are world-famous and household names but some are far less well known but fascinating nevertheless. A good example there is the Toy Museum (Museum of Childhood) in the relatively unfashionable Bethnal Green area of London. It might not always appear in the top guide books but it’s truly fascinating. So, if you’d like to find the hidden gems of the museums in London, just ask your Withlocals local tour guide. He or she will be able to show you some remarkable displays that ordinary tourists will just miss.
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