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Today’s adventure includes a lovley walk and a visit to three museums on London’s South Bank.
Lambeth is located immediately south of Westminster Bridge where you will encounter Lambeth Palace, the Museum of Garden History, the Florence Nightingale Museum, and the Imperial War Museum.
The Florence Nightingale Museum pays tribute to the nurse who brought positive change to the nursing profession through founding the first school of nursing and in her role in modern standards of health care.
Welcome to the Florence Nightengale Museum
Museum exhibits are divided into three areas with one featuring her Victorian childhood, another about her work caring for soldiers of the Crimean War, and health care reforms The museum offers many artifacts including Nightengale’s books, her lamp, and her (stuffed) pet owl Athena!
Although the palace is not open to the public, the gardens occasionally host visitors.
Take a moment to enjoy the view of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, as seen across the Thames. On your left before Lambeth Bridge is your second museum. Located within St. Mary-at-Lambeth is the Garden Museum. Within the museum, you will discover antique garden tools, artwork, photographs, and more for the garden enthusiast.
The Garden Museum came to be when, in the 1970s, two garden enthusiasts, Rosemary and John Nicholson discovered that the church was to be bulldozed. The churchyard contained the tombs of John Tradescant and his son, also named John. The father and son were 17th-century plant collectors who introduced many new species to England. Other tombs included William Bligh, several members of the Boleyn Family, and several Archbishops of Canterbury.
The Hidden Garden Museum in London
The gardeners rescued the church and created the museum. Within the museum, you will find one of the largest collections of historic garden tools in Britain in addition to artifacts, curiosities, artwork, and photographs donated by supporters.
Additional eatery options along Lambeth Road include The Corner Cafe at 178 Lambeth Road, The Three Stags for pub fare at the corner of Lambeth Road and Kennington Road, or The Tankard at 111 Kennington Road. For a quick snack The Songbird Cafe at the entrance to the Imperial War Museum. Serving barista coffee, sandwiches, signature bakery items, artisan soft-serve ice cream, and Jude’s mini tubs and lollies.
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