London is a top museum destination with some 250 museums within the city limits. Of course everybody knows the Tate Modern, the Victoria Albert Museum and the National Gallery. However, in addition to these prestigious institutions, there are also many house museums offering a charming tribute to the celebrities who once lived here.
Just about every British and foreign hero who has lived for even a short time in London is commemorated with a house museum. The Freud Museum displays the famous couch of the father of psychoanalysis, the Handel Museum houses the composer’s piano, and the Dickens House offers a glimpse behind the scenes of this Victorian writer. Lesser known celebrities include Edward Linley Sambourne, Scientology leader L. Ron Hubbard and artist Dennis Severs, and their house museums are just as fascinating.