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What to Do in London During the Day

SOMETHING DIFFERENT

DENNIS SEVERS’ HOUSE

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Located in a not particularly picturesque part of London, Dennis Severs’ House is easy to miss.

And what a shame if you did, as it has got to be one of the capital’s most unusual experiences. Brainchild of eccentric American Dennis Severs, the house is a faithful recreation of the way an English home changed between the early 1700s and the dawn of the Victorian era. This bizarre space invites visitors to experience history in as authentic a way as possible; not only through sight but also through sound and smell. Strictly for grown-ups, visits through the multi-era house are conducted in silence and in tiny groups.

Contact: Mick Pedroli, House Manager
Phone: +44 (0)20 7247 4013
Email: info@dennissevershouse.co.uk, c/o Mick Pedroli
Address: 18 Folgate Street, E1 6BX
Website: www.dennissevershouse.co.uk

THE OLD OPERATING THEATRE

Contact: Karen Howell (Curator)
Phone: +44 (0)20 7188 2679
Email: curator@thegarret.org.uk
Address: 9a St. Thomas St, SE1 9RY
Website: www.thegarret.org.uk

Hidden in the roof of a baroque church, this intriguing museum showcases The Operating Theatre, a tiny but perfectly preserved operating space in use between 1821 and 1862 in the days before anesthetic and antiseptic surgery. The museum also includes a 300-year-old herb garret containing an extensive collection of the herbs, infusions, and extracts used before the birth of advanced science, as well as an unusual array of archaic medical utensils. Contact the curator for a private guided tour.