The Delightful Geffrye Museum's Christmas Past Exhibition

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In the 1630s room the table is laid out with sweet dishes 

Updated with 2016 opening times

One of my favourite places to visit in London is the Geffrye Museum, located in former eighteenth century almshouses. The Museum is named after Sir Robert Geffrye, a former Lord Mayor of the City of London, at whose bequest the almshouses were built. The Geffrye features eleven period rooms which reflect the styles and fashions of the English middle classes from 1600s to the present day.

It is worth visiting at any time of the year but it is at its most magical during its annual Christmas Past exhibition when the rooms are transformed and decorated as they would have been for their era. The rooms are laid out sequentially with the earlier rooms tending to have just very simple evergreen decoration.

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The 1830s room with its Twelfth Night cake at the centrepiece for this elegant dinner party.

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The Victorian room (1870s) features a Christmas tree which became popular in Britain during this period.

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The 1910s room with its tree, Christmas crackers and teddy bear.

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The 1965 room with its colourful paper chain decorations.

Practical Information

Address:  Geffrye Museum, 136 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch, London, E2 8EA

Nearest Station:  Hoxton (London Overground) is directly behind the museum. The station is in Travelcard zones I and 2. Alternatively Liverpool Street Station and then walk or take the bus 149 or 242 or from Old Street Station, then walk or take the bus 243.

Opening Times:  Tuesdays to Saturdays 10am to 5pm, Sundays 12 – 5pm. Closed Mondays and also closed 24, 25 and 26 December and 1 January. Please check website for up to date details before travelling.

Christmas Past exhibition is on from Tuesday 22nd November 2016 until Sunday 8th January 2017

The Geffrye is worth repeated visits as they hold special exhibitions and lots of events throughout the year and their herb and period gardens are also open from 1 April to 30 October during museum hours.

Admission:  Free

Restaurant available serving home made food.


The author of this blog is a qualified City of London and City of Westminster Tour Guide who leads guided walks combining world famous landmarks with hidden treasures often missed by the crowds.