I have to confess the Geffrye Museum was chosen because I had a lunch meeting around the corner, and am struggling with the childcare-working mum juggle.
But it was a hit with my 5 year old. Set in old Alms Houses right by Hoxton overground station, the museum recreates interiors through from the 17th Century to the present day.
In each room, there is a prompt for kids about things to look for but we mostly just talked about what we liked best and how comfy it would be.
There was a bit of a dispute over style. My choices were late 18th Century elegance of which I am sure Elizabeth Bennet would have approved and early Liberty prints. F plumped for 1870s Victoriana at it’s most brilliantly florid bright red and pink best.
Although, she did also like the 1960s G-Plan and was suitably shocked to hear her grandma had thrown all hers out in the 90s.
We spent 40 minutes at most on the rooms and then wandered through the lovely herb gardens overlooked by Hoxton station, and engaged in some fantasy gardening. Pink again popular.
We dashed back round to Hoxton station for lunch. And afterwards scooted to Hackney City Farm. It proved the perfect combination and a lovely gentle start to the summer holidays.
We took the Overground to Hoxton station which is literally 2 minutes from the Geffrye Museum. You can get to Hoxton directly on the Clapham Junction/West Croydon – Highbury & Islington branch. Alternatively the 243 bus takes about 10 minutes from Old Street tube. Or the 26, 48 or 55 along Hackney Road from Cambridge Heath station and walk up Cremer Road.
We didn’t eat at the museum but there is a cafe. And plenty of space in the gardens for a picnic.
Do hope you and the kids enjoy the Geffrye Museum.
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