Yesterday morning I arrived Hoxton super early for a meeting and I thought I could go have coffee at Geffrye’s one of my favourite London museums.
I am obsessed with home decor anyway.
I scrolled through my phone on the train, recollecting I had this single photograph I never deleted. It was taken 6 years ago outside Geffrye’s.
This beautiful 18th C almshouses (turned Museum of the Home) built in 1714 by Sir Robert Geffrye exhibits English middle class homes and home life dating from 1600.
Varying from a hybrid of homespun Elizabethan, romanticist Edwardian
Linking back to vintage Georgian, aesthetic Victorian
And of course to more recent 21st C modern contemporary home furnishings.
One cannot underestimate how gorgeous this musee is.
Everytime I visit, I finish the tour of the museum with a walk round the walled herb garden.
But yesterday I couldn’t get in.
It’s been closed since January.
I was told It’s being refurbished for an £18m redevelopment.
A member of staff told me it’s a major piece of work. Well, of course it is.
I hope it doesn’t lose its originality. Preservation is a beautiful thing.
I think a very few scheduled tours may be available.
The museum will be re-open to the public in 2020.
As the garden was accessible, I ended up having a little wander- the morning was glorious anyway.
I then resorted to go sit in one of ‘dem’ trendy French chic cafes in Hoxton for a lovely cafe au lait.
Photographs still emain my personal process to revisit remarkable past memories.