Sir John Soane's Museum
A leading neo-classical architect, Sir John Soane obsessively filled his home with art and antiquities. Following an Act of Parliament, it was decreed that it should be maintained as it was when he died. Offering a kind of cabinet of curiosities in a fascinating domestic setting, the collection includes many important works from Hogarth’s 'A Rake’s Progress' to the alabaster sarcophagus of Seti I in the basement (Soane held parties to celebrate the new arrival in his ‘Sepulchral Chamber’). Architecture remains key, with a swathe of Robert Adam drawings and endless scale models of Soane’s own buildings alongside reconstructed classical gems. Candlelit tours on the first Tuesday of each month are particularly atmospheric.
Tel: 020 7405 2107