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Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Hidden London - The Geffrye Museum

When you are tried of hipstering your way around Hoxton and Shoreditch, have eaten your gluten and lactose free brunch and downed a few soya flat whites, before you jump on the ginger line home, stop here for a breather.

The C 18th almshouses built by Sir Robert Geffryes, with money for which we won't ask its provenance, are a fine example of charitable giving for the deserving poor; a l-shape of dark brick with a central chapel, set in delightful grounds and hidden away in the mishmash of development that is the East End nearest the City. Parakeets were squawking in the plane trees when I visited.

Inside at this time of year, and free to enter, you will find the chronological arrangement of middle class parlours and salons tastefully dressed for Christmas. It is an interesting walk through time that leads you to the downstairs gallery and its photographs of contemporary teenage bedrooms, some of which are worryingly empty and some are truly at peak stuff. It's enough to make you want to take back all the presents before they have been opened.

Bah Humbug! Happy Christmas.

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