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St John's Gate Museum – Distance from The Zetter = 318 ft!
Literally opposite The Zetter’s entrance you can take a tour around the ancient Priory of the Knights Hospitallers with its Tudor Gate House, 16th century Church and 12th century Crypt. The setting for both Shakespeare's and Dr Johnson's place of work, Hogarth's childhood home, and Dickens's Club, St John's Gate has many literary and artistic associations to explore. In more recent times, St John Ambulance was founded here and a new interactive exhibition tells its story.
Exmouth Market – Distance from The Zetter = 0.6m
A five minute stroll north will take you to Exmouth Market, a vibrant pedestrianised street flanked on either side by a colourful mixture of small independent design boutiques and long-standing traditional shops. There are also many bars, cafés and restaurants for which it is well known, most notably the award-winning Moro, our sister restaurant, where you can drop in for tapas at the bar, or enjoy the full dining experience. Booking is essential!
Museum of London – Distance from The Zetter = 0.6 miles
Discover over 2000 years of the capital's history from prehistoric to modern times. The Museum of London brings alive all aspects of London living through the ages. Highlights include the Roman gallery, reconstructed Victorian walk including shops, Newgate prison, the Great Fire Experience and a display of Elizabethan jewellery. Galleries are arranged in chronological order but designed so that visitors can start at any period.
St Barts the Great & Smithfield Market – Distance from The Zetter = 0.9m
St Bartholomew the Great is an active Anglican Church, founded in 1123. The church survived the Great Fire of 1666 and two World Wars and is known for its wonderful architecture, and its appearances in recent films Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love and The End of the Affair. Across the road stands Smithfield Market, a huge Victorian grade II listed building, where meat has been bought and sold for more than 800 years – making it one of the oldest markets in London.
St Paul's Cathedral – Distance from The Zetter = 0.9m www.stpauls.co.uk
St Paul's, with its world-famous Dome, is an iconic feature of the London skyline, but there is so much more to Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece than its impressive facade. The interior and its glittering mosaics, intricate stone carving, famous Whispering Gallery and breathtaking vantage points, are just a few reasons why a visit to St Paul’s is a must. The Cathedral is open to sightseers from Monday to Saturday between 8.30am and 4pm (last admission). There are daily services which are quite beautiful and we very much recommended Evensong.
Art Galleries around Hoxton Square - Distance from The Zetter = 1.1m www.whitecube.com
Known for being home to London's trendsetters, Hoxton Square and its environs contain some of the country’s most reputable and cutting edge art galleries. The glass-topped White Cube art gallery is one of the more recognizable but the area is teeming with others.
Sir John Soane's Museum – Distance from The Zetter = 1.2m
Sir John Soane's Museum is partly a bewitching house and partly a small museum brimming with surprising effects and curios, representing the taste of celebrated architect and hoarder extraordinaire, Sir John Soane (1753-1837). The candlelit night-time tours are enchanting, with the light flickering off busts, old coins and dark paintings.
Dennis Sever's House – Distance from The Zetter = 1.5m
The brainchild and life’s work of American artist, Dennis Severs (1944-200), this house in Spitalfields is a time capsule from the early 18th century. The ground floor furnishings date to 1900 and as you ascend, each floor leaps back 50 years into the past, ending at the early 18th century attic garrett where water drip-drips into a rusty bucket. Sound effects, smells and an astonishing eye for period detail make a visit an extraordinary experience.
The British Museum – Distance from The Zetter = 1.5m
One of the world's largest and most comprehensive collections of objects, originating from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginning to the present. Most famously the collection includes: the Rosetta Stone, the Elgin Marbles and the largest collection of Egyptian Mummies outside Egypt.
Geffrye Museum – Distance from The Zetter = 1.5m
The Geffrye Museum depicts the quintessential style of English middle-class living rooms. Its collections of furniture, textiles, paintings and decorative arts are displayed in a series of period rooms from 1600 to the present day. A wonderfully quirky and unusual museum, giving real insight into the English personality through the ages.
Spitalfields Market - Distance from The Zetter = 1.5m
Nestled in the heart of the city, Old Spitalfields Market offers the perfect antidote to out-of-town shopping malls. Sundays are busiest, with over 200 stalls operating, including a specialist organic market; weekdays are generally quieter except at lunchtime, when the choice of eating places attracts a young City crowd; and on Fridays, over 50 young designers show their work at the Fashion Market.
Tate Modern – Distance from The Zetter = 1.5m
Housed in the Bankside Power Station, the hugely popular Tate Modern contains Britain's collection of international 20th-century and modern art. On display are high-quality works by Picasso, Matisse, Cézanne, Pollock, Rothko, Warhol and many more, arranged by theme rather than chronologically or by artist.
Somerset House – Distance 1.6m
Passing beneath the arch towards this Palladian masterpiece, it's hard to believe that the splendid courtyard before you, with its 55 dancing fountains, was a car park for tax collectors up until a spectacular refurbishment in 2000! William Chambers designed the house in 1775 for royal societies and it now contains three fabulous museums. The courtyard is transformed into a lively ice rink in winter and used for a mixed programme of concerts in summer.