Have you ever wondered what your home might have looked like before the Great Fire of London or during wartime Britain – before the focal point of the room was your TV?
Well now you can poke around London homes and interiors across four centuries – without leaving your own living room, thanks to a new virtual tour of the Geffrye Museum.
With a few mouse clicks, you can visit a grand drawing room from a nineteenth-century home, an ‘urban flat’ from 1935 and the chapel used by the residents of the Geffrye almshouses for more than 200 years, before they became a museum.
There’s even a room devoted to different chairs through time, paired with their likely owners. And there are little snippets of information about why a house would feature certain things and where different eras would have taken their inspiration – whether that was fancy France, or their family home.
Sure, the virtual tour is convenient, but the museum itself has a lot to offer (the beautifully airy garden room just by the coffee shop for one) so it’s also worth the trip to go and see it. It’s also free.
You can take the virtual tour here, or see the Geffrye IRL at 136 Kingsland Road, E2 8EA.
Want more? How about The Shard’s completely terrifying virtual reality slide.