London's hidden museums and libraries



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The quirkier and unsung enclaves of curios in the capital

London Library reading room London Library reading room - © Lottie Cole

The London Library

Those in search of an escape hatch from the garish West End should head for the London Library, a haven for the intelligentsia since 1841. The book depository of choice for the likes of Tennyson, TS Eliot, AS Byatt and Tom Stoppard, it's a literary pleasure dome where classification is eccentric (see their 'Science and Miscellaneous' section) and aimless browsing is the order of the day.

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