If you find yourself in London, make sure to visit these museums, they’re so cute and curious and an absolute source of nice 19th century art and decoration.Even if you’re not very interested in Charles Dickens, the Charles Dickens Museum is worth a visit. It houses the world’s most important collection of material about this Victorian novelist. Dickens lived here between 1837 and 1839, and it was opened as a museum in 1925. The museum shows paintings, books, manuscripts, original furniture, and items related to the life of Dickens.Dickens museum homepage
Though not exclusively a 19th century museum, the Sir John Soane’s Museum is truly breathtaking. The house is designed by Sir John Soane (1753-1837), who was an architect and an art-lover. The house is totally stuffed with items (so make sure to wear clothes that cling to your body and a small purse!) ranging from Egyptian archeologic artifacts to books and Victorian furniture. There are also many very impressive sculptures and paintings. Look carefully and on one of the walls you will find a tiny portrait of Napoleon!
Leighton House Museum is housed in the former home and studio of Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-1896), a Victorian painter. It’s a beautiful house in a very nice neighborhood, perfect to spend your afternoon. Inside the house you will find paintings by Leighton himself and his contemporaries, for example John Everett Millais, Edward Burne-Jones and George Frederick Watts. Don’t forget to check out the Arab Hall which is very marvelous!