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London’s best museums and the areas they inhabit

You may have already noticed that London is full of history. The centuries-old buildings and the abundance of museums dotted all over the capital remind us of the city’s colourful past. The museums themselves tend to be located in pretty trendy areas, too.

With all this history and culture, we thought it was only right to point you in the direction of some of our favourite museums in London, along with the popular areas they inhabit. Who knows, you may even find a further area to live while discovering all about the capital’s past.

Museum of London, London Wall, EC2

The Museum of London covers the capital’s history from prehistoric to modern times. They are currently showcasing an exhibition of The Great Fire of London, while permanent galleries include Medieval London, Roman London and The London 2012 Cauldron.

Located on the London Wall, close the world-famous Barbican Centre, the museum forms part of the impressive brutalist architecture buildings of the 1950s. Rents for one bedroom apartments will set you back £2,730 per month, while two bedroom properties start from around £3,120. They aren’t  cheap, but there is more than enough history and culture around the area to justify the price.

Science Museum, South Kensington, SW7

Founded in 1857, the Science Museum is one of London’s major museums and attracts around 3.3-million visitors per year. It’s publicly funded so there is no admission charge, although temporary exhibitions may require a small fee.

The Science Museum’s location on Exhibition Road is right in the heart of South Kensington, one of London’s most affluent and popular areas. You need to have pretty deep pockets to live in SW7, but if you can afford it, expect to pay around £3,500 per month for a one bedroom apartment and just under £5,000 for a two bedroom.

London Transport Museum, Covent Garden, WC2E

More commonly known as the LT Museum, The London Transport Museum displays the capital’s transport heritage. This is the place to be if you want to discover the history of London’s Tube stations, bus services, and classic trains.

The area of Covent Garden is one of the most exciting in London and has an array of boutique shops, bars and restaurants. However, such a central location means rental property won’t come cheap: the average one bedroom property costs around £2,800 per month.

London Motor Museum, Hayes, UB3

Sticking with transport but this time moving onto cars, the London Motor Museum offers more than 160 exhibits of vehicles dating as far back as the 1930s. It’s Europe’s only custom car museum and features cars such as the Batmobile from the original 1989 Batman film, as well the Ford Gran Torino from iconic TV series Starsky and Hutch.

Hayes is located on the edge of west London and is more residential than the previous areas on our list. Living costs are certainly cheaper are Hayes, which is reflected in the rental properties: one bed apartments average just over £1,000 per month.

National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, SE10

Welcome to the world’s largest maritime museum, which forms part of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site, incorporating the Royal Observatory, the Cutty Sark and the Queen’s House. The museum itself hosts 10 free galleries, as well as artworks, maps, charts and other memorabilia.

The SE10 postcode is fast becoming a rental hotspot for young families and professionals thanks to its blend of period and modern houses, excellent open spaces and, of course, maritime history. A two bedroom property will set you back an average of £1,800 per month, while three bedrooms average £2,690.

More museums

This is just a small selection of our favourite museums in London, but there are many, many more to discover – large, small, public or private. If we were to list them all, we might be here long enough to feature as an ancient relic in one of the exhibitions. Honourable mentions go to The V&A Museum, The British MuseumNational Gallery and the Design Museum.

It really does go to show the depth of culture and art that is readily available in the capital. So don’t waste any time getting yourself down to a museum for some history lessons and inspiration – and possibly falling in love with the area they’re located in, too.

October 7, 2016 rentonomy London Living