Horniman Museum

It’s hard to precisely categorise the focus of the Horniman Museum and that’s what makes it so interesting – it’s essentially a vast private collection of esoterica, compiled by Victorian tea trader Fredrick Horniman (1835-1906), with a broad skew towards anthropology and natural history.

There are a couple of must-see highlights. One part of the museum is given over entirely to musical instruments from around the world – it’s a catalogue mind-boggling in its breadth and variety, all lovingly restored.

Elsewhere, the section of stuffed animals is also renowned; in particular there’s a bizarre-looking walrus, who was packed too tight and has since become a symbol of the museum’s slightly off-kilter vibe.

Great for: Something a bit different

100 London Rd, SE23 3PQ
Tube: Forest Hill