Travel can be tiring. In a city made up of over a thousand square kilometres, London can seems daunting if you’re a fresh faced tourist and new to the city. There are so many sites and attractions spread so thinly over the wide reaching canvas of the capital that you may feel like you’re embarking on an exhibition worthy of Francis Drake when really you’re just trying to check out Museum Row. For guests at The Montcalm At The Brewery London City, you’re already in a prime area of London to really enjoy some of the sparkling gems of London culture. One plus to the wide reaching nature of the city is that the centre and hubs of the city are often very concentrated and this definitely goes for the area around the Montcalm Hotel. So, once you’re in the Moorgate and Liverpool Street area of London, there are many great opportunities for things to do that will ensure you’re back to your hotel for supper time.
London Bridge Operating Theatre Museum
First off on our list of attractions in close proximity is the Old Operating Theatre Museum in London Bridge. This operating theatre dates back to the 18th century and is found, strangely enough, in the attic of a Baroque St Thomas Church, around which St Thomas Hospital was built. Here visitors can learn about the archaic methods and difficulties faced by doctors and surgeons before the innovations of modern medicine, especially when you keep in mind that before the arrival of this surgery room patients, many of whom were women for this particular operating theatre, were operated on in the actually operated on within the ward itself. Most of the operations taking place in this particular theatre were for amputations or external conditions due to the fact that there was no way to carry out operations that were at risk from infection.
Barbican: Bunhill Fields
In a rather morbid jump, we travel from the operating theatre to a graveyard, not the first place you want to visit after surgery. Luckily this graveyard is is just as historically informative and visually striking as our last leg on the tour. Barbican’s grade II listed Bunhill Fields holds an astounding 120,000 bodies dating back to the 17th century. Notable residents of the burial ground include poet William Blake and Puritan preacher and writer John Bunyan. This site is worth a visit not only for the famous dead but for its beautiful tombs and gravestones.
St Paul’s / Farringdon: St Bart’s Hospital Museum
Comprised of archive material and objects from the long running and legendary St Barts Hospital, this permanent exhibition has material which dates back to 1137 as well as art work, and historic medical equipment used throughout the museums centuries long life. William Hogarth holds work within the museum located in St Bartholomew’s North Wing alongside oil paintings by many other talented artists.
Euston / King’s Cross: The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology
The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology is based in the University College of London and acts as both a teaching tool for students and as a public museum. Alongside its 80,000 Egyptian and Sudanese artefacts there is a rostra of talks and tours from professional historians and professors.
Fleet Street: Twinings Tea Museum
The Twinings Tea Museum is based in the building where the famous tea company was first created in 1706. This tea shop was one of the oldest shops in Westminster before it’s conversion into a museum. Here you can learn the history of this popular tea brand whilst also sampling some of their many flavours at the Loose Tea Bar found on site.