Month: Jan 2020

Freud Museum London

A picture of the front of the building of the Freud museum in London

The Freud Museum is located on Maresfield Gardens in North London. This very spacious detached house was the final home of Sigmund Freud. An Austrian neurologist and most famously founder of Psychoanalysis.

Freud and his family moved into this rented property on the 27th September 1938 where he remained until his death on the 23rd September 1939 aged 83. After his death the house remained occupied with his wife Martha Freud, his sister in law, daughter Anna and their housekeeper.

His daughter Anna Freud’s last wishes were for the house to be turned into a museum chronicling her father’s life and works. Anna Freud died in 1982 and her wish granted, the Freud Museum was opened to the public in July 1986.

Sigmund Freud came to London in 1938, after fleeing Nazi-occupied Vienna and briefly lived in house in Elsworth Road nearby before moving into this house.

Freud’s Study

Freud was able to bring with him his much-loved collection of antiques and extensive library of books recreating his study/consulting room much the same as it had been in Vienna, his original home of 47 years.

The study is packed with his antiques mainly bought from dealers in Vienna and transported here when he came to London. Most originating from Rome, Ancient Greece, Egypt and the Orient. He had a passion for collecting and visited many archaeological sites over the years.

Sigmund Freud’s famous Psychoanalytic couch is now one of the most Iconic pieces of furniture in the world. Currently displayed at the museum this famous piece of furniture was given to him by one of his patients, Madam Benvenisti around 1890. Patients would like on the couch and Freud would sit in the green tub chair deliberately out of sight. He once exclaimed to Hann’s Sachs “I cannot let myself be stared at for eight hours daily”

I was most intrigued by his unusual looking armchair at his desk. It was specially made for him in 1930 by an architect called Felix Augenfeld, as a gift from one of his daughters Mathilde. Apparently Freud had a habit of reading in unusual and uncomfortable positions and this armchair was designed to maintain his habitual posture making sitting down reading far more comfortable for him.

This iconic desk in the photo is his original desk and back in the day was filled to the brim with an array of writing impliments, smoking paraphernalia and antique figurines.

This study and Library was preserved by Freud’s Daughter after his death and is exactly as he left it.


You cannot help but notice the large collection of books lining the bookshelves. Freud was an avid reader and his favourite authors include Shakespeare, Heine, Flaubert, Geoth and Anatoe France.

The library of books cover a wide range of subjects including History, Archaeology, Philosophy, Literature, Medicine, Psychology and Psychoanalysis.

Most of the books on display are the ones he chose to bring with him from Vienna.

The House

Sigmund Freud completed his life and work in this house and it offers a unique insight into him and of Psychoanalysis.

A theatre is located on the first floor to which I had the great opportunity watching a film of him and his family.

The museum’s gift shop is located on the ground floor selling a host of memorabilia, souvenirs, gifts and books.

I fully recommend the hiring the audio guide. You are loaned a small device with headphones which gives you an informative audio tour guide of the rooms.

Charles Dickens Museum

Located on Doughty Street, Central London is this historic museum details the life and works of Charles Dickens, a writer and a critic regarded by many as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era.

Dickens moved into this then rented Georgian townhouse in 1837 with his wife, Catherine Dickens and first child spending nearly three years. Of the various homes Charles Dickens took up occupancy, this is the only one that remains today.

Opened to the public on the 9th June 1925 his actual furniture and personal effects furnish throughout the house. The hallway walls are lined with his original writings and paintings hung throughout the building. Information can be noted on the exhibits, walls and display cabinets. His famous novels are on display and for sale in the museum shop.

Charles Dickens lived at this property in London 1837-1838. Relatively unknown here, he wrote under a pen name Boz, a family nickname.

The Rooms

The spacious late Regency style decor Georgian townhouse is set on five floors including the entrance hall, dining room, morning room, kitchen, scullery, wash house, drawing room, his study, his dressing room, nursery, wine cellar and several bedrooms.

All filled with original furniture owned and used by Charles Dickens.

Charles Dickens original desk.

Located in the study an original desk he used to create his famous works. Taking occupancy in this then rented Georgian townhouse he focused on fiction for the very first time.

It was here in Doughty Street where his fiction works were born and he was very productive producing his legends such as Oliver Twist, Pickwick Papers, Nicholas Nickleby and others

Charles Dickens Museum Cafe

I thought I would give a shout out to the cafe located on the ground floor selling great coffee and a selection of delicious cakes. I fully recommend the tasty scones.

Royal Air Force Museum, London

Today I visited The Royal Air Force Museum situated in North London and what a great afternoon it was. The whole museum, split into a whopping six hangers, was packed to the brim with old military aircraft, military vehicles, uniforms and equipment from days gone by.

Throughout the buildings posters, audio screens and information pods blared out information and facts about the history of the RAF. I personally recommend anyone to put this on there to do list whether you are visiting London or you live there.

About the Royal Air Force Museum

On entry I purchased their very colourful souvenir guide packed with information about the RAF’s role, it’s history and details some of the heroic people who have fought for our Country. Including heaps of photographs, history and information of the fighting machines, vehicles and equipment displayed throughout the hangers.

The Royal Air Force Museum was opened By HM Queen Elizabeth II on 15th November 1972 having been originally an RAF base (RAF Hendon) since 1926.

The very early planes

The first stop was hanger 1 and above are some first planes drafted into military service. They are iconic for their time and as you can see here technology has really moved on. But it was a joy walking around seeing these old original vintage planes that once ruled the skies.

The RAF Fighter Planes

The museum has an array of fighter planes from this spitfire to missile launchers and bombers. The one that caught my attention was ‘The Mosquito’, it was largely built of wood at a time when most other aircraft were built of metal. It was also used by the American Air Forces because it was a good quality aircraft. There were many Military planes in the museum and these are just a small handful on display here and I fully recommend you visit.

RAF Search and Rescue Helicopters

The RAF provide an integral role in search and rescue both in the United Kingdom and abroad, in fact 90% of their call outs are in response to civilian incidents here in the UK. These three types of helicopters are now retired from service but ruled the skies in their day. The Westland Sea King above was the original helicopter flown by HRH the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William whilst he served as a search and rescue pilot at RAF Valley.

RAF Transport Helicopters

The RAF has supported it’s own people and those in need around the world delivering disaster relief and humanitarian aid since 1918. The above transport helicopters have worked in both civil and military operations until they were retired.

Military Vehicles

There is a selection of military vehicles on display throughout the museum including motorbikes, cars, 4X4’s, ambulances and specialist vehicles. My favourite had to be ‘The Ferret Car’, a fast and light 4X4 armoured car. The first prototype was finished in 1949 and they came into production in 1951. The RAF started using them in the 1960’s; apparently ‘The Ferret Car’ saw action in most parts of the world as it proved to be a tough and reliable vehicle.

The Facilities

There are a total of three coffee shops, two located inside and Claudes Cafe located outside and plenty of bathroom facilities. Outside there is a children’s play area with a mock helicopter and there is a gift shop for memorabilia etc located in hanger 1. There is lots of interactive pods and your able to board several of the crafts.

Regents Park, London

Regents Park, originally a hunting ground in days gone by is located in North West London between the Borough of Westminster and Borough of Camden. The Regents Park as it’s officially known is one of eight royal parks dotted around London. What hit me first about this tranquil park is the effort that’s been put into the landscape and buildings throughout.

This beautiful 410 acre royal park combines large open spaces with tree-lined pathways, formal gardens, ponds and a large lake. It boasts excellent sports facilities containing central London’s largest outdoor sports area. Sports played range from cycling, netball, athletics, cricket, softball, rounders, football, hockey, rugby, ultimate frisbee and running.

The Boating Lake

This scenic lake is home to a number of species of water birds including the mute swan, Egyptian goose, manderin duck, hobby, common sandpiper, pied wagtail, water rail, herring gull, red crested pochard, little grebe, great crested grebe, tuffed duck, lesser black-backed gull, gadwall, common pochard, canadian goose, moorhen, northern shoveler, heron, black headed gull and more.

In the summer months there’s facilities to hire small boats to row around the lake exploring its hidden beauty.

Queen Mary’s Gardens

Located within the park is ‘Queen’s Mary’s Gardens’ boasting over 12,000 planted roses of many different varieties throughout. Home to a peaceful man made waterfall, smaller lake and beautiful garden arrangements throughout. One thing you can say about this part of the park it’s exceptionally maintained and well cared for.

The Avenue Gardens

The Avenue Gardens is located to the south of Regents Park with formal displays of spring bulbs and summer bedding. Here you can see excellent thought out tiered fountains and ornamental bowls bustling to the brim with flowers and shrubs. These displays were a delight to photograph and take in.

Statues and sculptures of the park

As I wondered around the park taking in the hidden beauty this park has to offer I came across some statues and wooden sculptures. These can be found randomly throughout the park.

Facilities of Regents Park

Apart from the array of sports you can take part in, Regent Park have their very own open air theatre currently showing Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. As well as cafe’s dotted throughout the park including the boathouse cafe, the espresso bar, broadwalk cafe, the hub cafe and Regents park bar and kitchen.

Other Photos of Regents Park

Trent Country Park

Trent Park English Country House

Trent Park English Country House

Trent park itself is a grade II listed English Country house located in north of London. The house sits in its former grounds extending to some 320 hectares lies within a conservation area and designated as Metropolitan Green Belt. Having special historic interest in England it dates back to the fourteenth century and was part of Enfield Chase and one of Henry IV’s hunting grounds. But this historic English House has another closely guarded secret!

In 1939 Trent park was requisitioned by the war office on behalf of the Intelligence Service (MI6) and in 1942 the house was reserved exclusively for captured Germans.

The house exterior was used as a location for scenes in the 1957 film ‘The One That Got Away’ and in the 1983 episode of Doctor Who ‘ Mawdryn Undead’ the one with Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor Who.

On the historical daffodil lawn over 30,000 daffodils have already been planted as part of a project, a further 120,000 more bulbs planned before the end of the project.

Trent Country Park Grounds

The grounds extends to some 320 hectares and since 1973 has been known as Trent Country Park. Teeming with wildlife the park boasts an array of birds including the Kestrel, Swallow, House Martin, Skylark, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Robin Redbreast and several species of Bat. Has an array of wild animals including the Squirrel, Stoat, Shrew, Vole and Mole. With all the regular insects including the Green Tiger Beetle, Seven Spot Ladybird, Grasshoppers and Crickets. Butterflies include the common Blue, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, White-Letter Hairstreak, Tufted Vetch, Large Skipper, Large White and Six-Spot Burnet Moth.

Statues situated in the park

Statues are dotted around the park, but the one that caught my eye was the Obelisk statue located on the west side of moat wood. Inscribed into the base it reads:

“To the memory of the birth of George Grey Earl of Harold son of Henry and Sophia Duke & Duchess of Kent” 1702

Lakes and Ponds in the park

The park boasts two big lakes, a water garden and other ponds inhabited by the common frog, toad and newts. Fish including Pike, Carp, Chub and Roach. And lovely waterbirds such as the Mute Swan Mallard Duck, Coot, Moorhen and Mandarin Duck.

Facilities in the park

Walking through the park I came across a tea shop supporting the running of the wildlife hospital and animal sanctuary, the Trent Park Cafe and the Go Ape activity centre. I am told there is a sports ground somewhere in the park (Southgate Hockey Centre) and a separate golf course. Public toilets are located next to Trent Park Cafe and there are several car parks around the park.

The park can get very muddy, especially in January so make sure you pack your boots or wellies!