Things You Never Do Because Youíre Not A Tourist

Are we missing out purely because we donít want to be tourists in our own city?

Itís no secret that Londoners spend most of their spare time avoiding tourists and the areas they frequent. Buckingham Palace and the Big Ben will still be there next month, along with all the other attractions weíre used to seeing on postcards. But are we missing out purely because we donít want to be tourists in our own city?

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Not at one of the big museums like the British Museum, the Science Museum, the V&A or the Tate, all of which you probably visited at least once when you first moved to London. Instead, check out Londonís smaller, lesser known collections. There are cartoons of an adult nature at the Cartoon Museum (adult as in not for children, rather than X-rated); for war memorabilia head to the Imperial War Museum or the RAF Museum, or to learn more about the cityís past there is the Museum of London near Old Street. The Underground also has its very own exhibition space at the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden. There are more obscure collections too, which include things like the Chinese torture chairs and chastity belt at the Welcome Collection, the organs preserved in jars of the Hunterian Museum, and the post-mortem sets at the Royal London Museum, which is part of Barts Hospital. But before you start to worry that there is nothing to do with the kids, consider taking the little ones to look at the Star Wars set at the London Film Museum, the insect specimens at the Horniman Museum, or to visit the animals at a city farm Ė just donít go to Richmond Park expecting to see deer, theyíre notoriously shy. The farm at Spitalfields has a Shetland pony and a donkey, and thatís got to be a lot more interesting than looking at old oil paintings.

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