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London's Hidden History
Greenwich

"An oasis of tranquility" - please tell where? The Fan Museum in Crooms Hill a short stroll from Greenwich station. It is the first and only museum in the world devoted in its entirety to all aspects of the ancient art and craft of the fan.

Based in two beautiful Georgian townhouses is next door to where the Poet Laureate, Cecil Day-Lewis (father of Daniel the film star), once lived, The award-winning Fan Museum is home to 3,000 fans. Not as many as Daniel has, eh girls?

Now the real secret is the Fan Museum's lady's loos. They have also won awards - not the Oscars, The Johns - no only joking! You must see these loos - they look like the aftermath of a whirlwind in a Laura Ashley shop! Fantastic.

Sorry lads, the Gents are bog standard...

Whilst visiting the museum walk out to the Orangery with its enchanting murals and a magical and unexpected garden with formal French "parterre", pond and stream, and plantings in the Japanese manner.

Local MP, The Right Honourable Nick Raynsford, considers the Fan Museum a wonderful building so see it and wonder.


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