Wednesday, July 31, 2013

in London: Horniman museum & gardens

skeleton reflectionmoths One day, we decided to venture out of the borough of Hackney and use the good ol' Overground. Am I being crazy saying I'm in love with the London transport system? It can be hell during peak hours (I nearly had a stroke one morning on the tube) but overall, I just love everything about it, even the smell of the tube halls (I know, I'm gross!).
We made our way to South London, in the lovely borough of Lewisham, more precisely in the aptly-named Forest Hill. This little trip was prompted by this post on Junkaholique about the Horniman Museum. Artemis' atmospheric pictures made me feel that it would be my kind of place.
And it totally was, give me some creepy stuffed animals and I'm buzzing! I also liked the fact that the museum is surrounded by a beautiful garden (from which you can see an impressive view of the London skyline), it felt great lounging about during that amazing, sunny day.
The only blackspot on this memorable day was that I really wanted to see the museum's mascot, the giant overstuffed Walrus, but the fecker had moved to Margate for Summer. Bummer. baby koalagiant locuststag's and other headsstarfisheschameleonsskeletonsbeetle boardhalf bathorniman natural history museumhalf turtlestuffed birdshorniman gardens view

13 comments:

Jane said...

I've never actually heard of this museum before, but I think I'd like it - it looks like my kind of place as well!

moira said...

have you planned what you're going to visit in december yet? let me know what you think if you stop by this museum x

A Certain Vintage said...

the outside of the museum looks lovely and it looks properly creepy and wonderful on the inside. Really enjoying your summer posts :)

little henry lee said...

oh wow, you got some beautiful photos in there! also when i stayed in london a few years ago it was in the hackney area and i really liked it there. hope you're enjoying your trip!

little henry lee

Madeline said...

Wow these are wonderful photos! those skeletons are bit creepy though...

Chuck said...

Ooh, I've been meaning to go to the Horniman for aaaages. Did you see the Walrus?

moira said...

@a certain vintage: i'd really recommend a visit if you go to london, it makes for a really nice afternoon. There's also an instrument museum and an aquarium in the building x

@little henry lee: i think i fell in love with hackney, i'm already bookmarking places to visit for the next time! Do you have any recs? x

@madeline: haha they are, the whole place was a bit musky x

@chuck: no i didn't :( they moved him for the summer to another exhibition. You should go in september for his return! x

Rita Scamander said...

Gotta love this post! Awesome. Have a good weekend,The Remembrall

moira said...

@Rita Scamander: thank you! x

Kasia Górska said...

What a fantastic place!! I would love to visit and snap some pictures with my own cameras, such an inspirational post dear! I adore your photography!

moira said...

@Kasia: why, thank you :) it is a very cool place, hope you'll get to photograph it x

Dulcie said...

Thanks so much for the recommendation. I live in Lewisham borough but I had never heard of this museum. It is now top of my 'to do' list and I can't wait to go. Your photos are all magical! x

moira said...

@Dulcie: oh lucky you, it looked like a really lovely area! do you know junkaholique's blog? it is (or used to be, not sure) based in lewisham, that's how i found out about the horniman museum - http://www.junkaholique.com/ - there might be other places of interest to you on there.
Hope you'll make a blogpost of your visit, would be really cool to see it through your lens (especially if the walrus is back :D) xx

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