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Here’s what the new Museum of London will look like. Fancy!

By Anya Meyerowitz

Museum buffs, we’ve got some exciting news. The Museum of London has today (Monday January 13) revealed its detailed plans to transform a set of derelict, former market buildings in West Smithfield into a world-class, 24-hour cultural destination. 

Currently part of the Barbican complex of buildings, the Museum of London documents the history of the UK’s capital from prehistoric to modern times and it’s a big draw for Londoners looking to learn more about their home and visitors wanting some insider insight. But now the free museum is on the move to a new and bigger home. 

Their proposal, submitted to the City of London Corporation for approval today, aims to preserve much of the historic fabric of the old market buildings, some of which date back to the Victorian era and have fallen into disrepair, by making relatively few contemporary interventions.

The cavernous and atmospheric spaces that exist both above and below ground would serve as display, exhibition, learning and events space. Upon its completion, the brand spanking new Museum of London would expect to welcome more than 2 million visitors a year.

So what will the new Museum of London look like if the plans are approved? Well, pretty fancy if these images are anything to go by:  

Photograph: Secchi Smith

Photograph: Secchi Smith

Photograph: Secchi Smith

If everything goes to plan, when it opens in its new space the Museum of London will host a range of exciting events and entertainment, as well as even more opportunities for people to get stuck in with learning about their capital. 

We’ll all be encyclopedias of London knowledge before we know it!

Worried about where to get your culture fix while the Museum of London gets an overhaul? Check out the best museums in the capital.   

Ticked those off your list? Move on to these 101 amazing things to do in London. 


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