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Dennis Severs' House

Uniquely London, this eccentric museum is more like theatre. Visitors take an eerie tour around a Spitalfields merchant's house, preserved as if an eighteenth-century family has just vacated it. Devised and created by Severs in the 1970s, the joy of this ingenious adventure comes from imagining what isn't seen. Tucked on a cobbled street near Liverpool Street station, the house is open sporadically, so it's not just a question of knowing where it is, but when you might get to see it...

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