One of the best things about London is the abundance of free museums and galleries, and the Geffrye Museum is a fantastic example. Conveniently located opposite the Hoxton overground station (and right around the corner from my apartment) – it explores the history of the British home over the past 400 years. Combine a visit to the museum with a sneaky Swedish pastry and coffee at nearby Fabrique Bakery (like I did) and you’ve got yourself an afternoon out for five pounds!

Geffrye Museum

IMG_5158The Geffrye Museum is situated within 18th century almshouses and contains a series of period rooms that are complemented by period gardens in the museum’s spacious grounds. The gardens are at their best in Spring/Summer and offer a peaceful respite from the hustle and bustle of nearby Shoreditch.

136 Kingsland Road, London E2 8EA

Fabrique Bakery

IMG_5144This traditional Swedish bakery is located under the arches of the Hoxton station train tracks. There’s only a couple of tables inside and outside the bakery, so on busier weekends your best bet is taking away their signature loaves or cinnamon buns. The aroma of stone oven baked bread is sure to entice many a passer by from the train station.

Arch 385, Geffrye Street, London E2 8HZ