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"Great introduction to the history of a fascinating city…"
The new Galleries of Modern London opened in 2010 and are a great introduction to the city's history, post-Fire of London. These galleries are imaginative and interactive with objects set into the floor and walls. A favourite with the children are the touch-screens with quizzes and games that foreground ordinary experience through the centuries. A favourite with the adults is Charles Booth's poverty map, which is pasted over the walls and floor in an alcove.
The museum (which is free) also covers London through the Roman, Saxon and Medieval periods, but these galleries are more old fashioned so save these for last.
There's a light and airy Benugo cafe inside the museum and you can go straight over to the Barbican Centre via the Highwalks (no traffic!) afterwards to get some fresh air by the fountains. The highwalks are great for scooters.Read moreLess