A 25-foot Alaskan totem pole outside the main entrance gives a clue as to what’s in here: a wealth of quirky anthropological and natural history treasures. You can while away hours perusing the place, but the Grade II-listed natural history gallery – refreshingly devoid of computer touchscreens – possibly contains the most memorable: a comically overstuffed walrus (the work of an over-zealous 1880s taxidermist).
So, think you’re London’s king of culture because you spent a whole day at the Natural History Museum and went home with a pop-up book about fossils? You ain’t seen NOTHIN’. For as well as the much-visited big hitters, London is also home to a whole load of lesser-known, equally awesome museums catering to all manner of niche interests. Read on and see what takes your fancy.