Cinema museum, London

London’s grand museums are among the finest in the world, showcasing antiquities and the natural world in incredible detail. But the capital’s lesser-known joys include the niche museums that celebrate esoteric interests in a lovingly batty way.

The Cinema Museum stands as a monument to the golden age of Hollywood, its walls lined with glorious old promotional posters and lustrous images of heavily airbrushed matinee idols.

It’s not just old stuff in boxes, either. The museum hosts regular talks by industry professionals sharing trade secrets and old war stories.

Anyone obsessed with film, whether the technical aspects or the folklore, will find plenty here to fire their imagination, its charm only heightened by its ramshackle character.

GREAT FOR: Film anoraks

» 2 Dugard Way, SE11 4TH,
Tube: Elephant & Castle